James G. M. Lenschau is a Partner in the Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs Memphis office. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis and his Juris Doctorate degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Computer Law Review and Technology Journal. He has also completed post-graduate programs in environmental matters at the University of California, Davis, and the University of California, Berkeley. Jim concentrates his practice in the areas of business transactions, economic development, conservation, commercial real estate, environmental law, commercial lending, secured transactions and title insurance and tax sales. He serves as counsel to wide a variety of entities, ranging from start-ups and non-profits to investor groups in a variety of business transactions. Jim also advises and assists clients on a wide range of related matters, including environmental, entitlements and corporate governance. Jim’s legal experience includes:
Representing local, regional and national lenders and borrowers in a variety of real estate and asset based loan transactions, including multi-state loans, loan syndications, participations, refinancing, defeasance, mezzanine financing, workouts and foreclosures; representing local, regional and national owners and tenants of real estate in a wide variety of projects, including the acquisition, financing, leasing and sale of shopping centers, hotels and multi-family housing developments, and office, commercial, and retail spaces and centers; representing a publicly held REIT in the acquisition and disposition of multi-family properties and in the negotiation of credit facilities with institutional lenders for the purchase, sale, refinancing and defeasance of such properties; representing local, regional and national companies in a variety of commercial lease transactions, including securitized leases, build-to-suit transactions, tax incentives and payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) transactions; and representing real estate developers in a wide variety of residential, office, commercial and retail developments. Jim has lectured on commercial and real estate law topics for programs sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers, various CLE providers and several title insurance companies. He is a member of the Memphis (director, 2008) and Tennessee Bar Associations, as well as a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and is a Fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation. Jim is the current chairperson of the Memphis and Shelby County Air Pollution Control Board, a member of the Executive Council of the Environmental Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, a member of the Executive Council of the Real Estate Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, and the pro bono attorney for the Memphis Urban Art Commission.