James M. Zimmerman - Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

James M. Zimmerman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 513-357-9448

James M. Zimmerman is a partner in Taft’s Business and Finance Group and co-chair of the firm’s private equity and venture capital practice.  He represents businesses, entrepreneurs and investors on a range of matters, including financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, technology licensing agreements, and stock options/executive compensation.  James serves as outside counsel for numerous startups and growth companies, and represents private equity and venture capital groups in fund formation and investments.  He also has significant experience leading complex financing and M&A transactions.

In addition to his legal practice, James plays a leadership role in several community organizations and initiatives.  He is a co-founder of Cincinnati Innovates, a regional innovation competition that has received hundreds of entries and awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes since its creation in 2009.  James also is general counsel to Cintrifuse, an organization formed in 2012 by several of the largest organizations in Cincinnati to coordinate and catalyze the Cincinnati region’s innovation ecosystem. 

James serves on the board of the Greater Cincinnati Venture Association, Breakthrough Cincinnati and The Circuit, and on the finance and investment committee for ArtsWave.  He is actively involved with The Brandery, a Top 15 seed stage business accelerator.  He is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship and venture capital.

Vanderbilt UniversityBA 1996Vanderbilt UniversityJ.D. 1999
ArtsWaveBreakthrough CincinnatiGreater Cincinnati Venture AssociationThe Circuit

Office Location

425 Walnut Street, Suite 1800
Cincinnati, OH 45202-3957
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) of the Cincinnati Metro Area
James M. Zimmerman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Corporate Law