James W. Childs , Jr. - Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

James W. Childs , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

James serves as Chairman of the firm’s Venture Capital and Private Equity practice and he has extensive experience in all aspects of venture capital and private equity transactions, including fund formations, the negotiation of venture capital investments, the negotiation of acquisitions and dispositions by private equity funds, and investment adviser, investment company and broker dealer regulation. As Chairman of the firm’s Emerging Growth Companies Team and Co-Chairman of the firm’s Life Sciences Industry Team, James also focuses a significant portion of his practice on representing biotech, software, alternative energy, and other emerging growth companies throughout all stages of their growth, from start up to liquidity, in connection with their angel, venture capital, and other equity and debt financings, acquisitions and dispositions, and the negotiation of licensing and other complex agreements.

James is a frequent lecturer on financing, merger and acquisition, and emerging growth company topics, and he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Venture Capital Law, Reversed Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities Law, and Corporate Law) and Chambers USA – Corporate/Commercial Law. He was named the Best Venture Capital Lawyer in Birmingham in 2010 and 2011 by The Best Lawyers in America. He is actively involved in numerous activities outside of his work for the firm. At the regional level, James is a past President, and currently serves on the Board of Directors, of the Birmingham Venture Club and he is the founder of its Entrepreneur Accelerator Program (where he has taught 100 entrepreneurs to date). He is also a founder and past Chairman, and currently services on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, of TechBirmingham (the Birmingham Area Technology Leadership Alliance), and he serves on the Boards of Directors of Innovation Depot, the Biotechnology Association of Alabama, the Alabama Information Technology Association and the Birmingham International Center. At the national level, James serves as Vice Chairman of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Subcommittee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and Chairman of its Membership Subcommittee, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of International Business Fellows. James also serves on the Boards of Directors of the United Way of Central Alabama and Salty Oak Ministries, Inc., a non-profit organization formed to assist underprivileged individuals in Ukraine and other countries in establishing and growing businesses. 

Baylor UniversityMBA Presbyterian CollegeBS Cumberland School of Law at Samford UniversityJ.D.
Birmingham International CenterUnited Way of Central AlabamaSalty Oak Ministries, Inc.ABA Private Equity & Venture Capital SubcommitteeBiotechnology Association of AlabamaAlabama Information Technology AssociationInnovation Depot

Client Comments

"James Childs is a great guy. He is very knowedgeable, enthusiastic, with a great attitude. He is a pleasure to work with."

"James is by far the finest attorney I have worked with. His attention to detail coupled with the ability to see the large picture make him an invaluable member of our team. His skill in negotiating complex transactions has also been a tremendous benefit to our company. I recommend him as often as the opportunity to do so presents itself."

-Bud Brainerd
Teaching Elder, Pastor
Lebanon Presbyterian Church

"James' effectiveness dealing with shareholders and employees has been extremely helpful. His level of experience and timeliness are great."

-Alston Noah
ComplyMD, LLC

"James has a great bedside manner and an ability to explain complex matters."

-Charles D. Haines, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Charles D. Haines, LLC

"James is the go-to guy in our city and state when it comes to the unique needs of technology companies like ours -- whether it is regarding contracts, mergers & acquisitions, venture capital or stock agreements. His knowledge and passion for the space is unparalleled. Beyond his work at BABC, he has taken on leadership roles with the Birmingham Venture Club, TechBirmingham, and the Entrepreneur Accelerator Program. All of these organizations have had a significant impact on the technology and entrepreneurial environment here in Birmingham. James is clearly the identified leader within the legal community in Birmingham when it comes to understanding and supporting the needs of clients like us."

-David Gray
Daxko, Inc.

"James and his team are very easy to work with. They are high quality and are very knowledgeable. James is more of a business person than a lawyer, and so he is very easy to work with and is an asset when brainstorming approaches for business terms and agreements."

-Lionel Tehini
Acuitec, LLC

"James is seasoned attorney who is very pleasant to work with and can handle complex issues with ease. He is an excellent listener and guides us with a solid approach. He has exceptional leadership skills and understands industry management issues. He has the capabilities to see items that can become an issue later on and is able to address that ahead of time instead of later, which plays an important role in deal structure, agreements, and corporate issues. He is the best."

-Tanveer Patel
Emarico, LLC

"He is highly skilled and experienced. He is very energetic, capable of dealing with complex issues, and is an excellent negotiator. James is a man of high integrity and I enjoy working with him. I have a lot of respect for James, both inside and outside of the workplace."

Office Location

One Federal Place
1819 Fifth Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Venture Capital Law of the Birmingham Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) of the Birmingham Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Venture Capital Law of the Birmingham Metro Area
James W. Childs, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!James W. Childs, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!James W. Childs, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Corporate Law (Securities)
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law
Venture Capital Law