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James Garfield Dodrill II

Securities offerings Attorney at Boca Raton, FL

5.0   18 reviews

also known as Jim Dodrill


Licensed for 28 years

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Business
    25%
    assisting in organization and strategic decisionmaking for businesses

    29 years

  2. Contracts and agreements
    25%
    draft/negotiate corporate contracts for private and public companies

    29 years

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    25%
    preparation of various documents for corporations, mergers, acquisitions, reverse mergers, stock option plans, advising boards of directors, preparation of public company SEC reports

    29 years

  4. Securities offerings
    25%
    private placements, public offerings (IPOs, secondary offerings), PIPEs (private investment in public equity), venture capital

    29 years

I have been working on corporate and securities transactions since 1988. My wife, Meredith, and I were married in 2000 and I am the proud father of two children (Brooke born in 2001 and Grant born in 2004). I am an active participant in my community, coaching basketball and baseball teams and volunteering in charitable organizations as well as at my children's school. I am a life long athlete and an avid golfer.

 

I graduated from Brown University in 1988 with a B.A. in Psychology.  Additionally, I took classes in business management. While at Brown, I was a member of the track team and the co-founder and first president of a co-educational fraternity.

 

From 1988 through 1990 I worked as a corporate legal assistant in the mergers and acquisitions department at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. While there I assisted on some of the largest M&A transactions ever.

 

I left Davis Polk after two years and attended the University of Miami School of Law, with my electives focused on corporations, finance and securities. I received my J.D., magna cum laude, in 1993, and was an Articles and Comments Editor of the University of Miami Law Review. I graduated ranked #8 out of 341 in my class and was named a Dean’s Honor Scholar as well as a member of Order of the Coif and Phi Delta Phi legal honor society. I served on the Corporate Law Digest and received American Jurisprudence Awards in Torts, Civil Procedure II and Legal Ethics. Additionally, I authored Interstate Securities Corp. v. Hayes Corp.: Should the Economic Loss Doctrine Apply to Actions Against Fiduciaries?, 47 U. Miami L. Rev. 1193, and co-authored The ABCs of a Leveraged Buyout, 1 Corp.L.Dig. 1.

 

I started my legal career doing securities and general corporate transactional work in the New York office of Latham & Watkins.  Latham is one of the largest and most prestigious firms in the world. While there, my practice emphasized securities and general corporate law. Representative transactions included public and private offerings of common stock, preferred stock and high yield debt (representing both issuers and underwriters), asset and stock purchase transactions as well as drafting proxy statements, annual reports, 1933 and 1934 Act filings and general corporate contracts.

 

In 1996 I left Latham and co-founded a company that designs and markets golf equipment, apparel and accessories, serving as President and General Counsel. While serving as such, the company successfully completed multiple rounds of private financing, achieved sales in seventeen states and ultimately consummated an underwritten IPO.

 

The process of taking my own company public taught me that the experience smaller companies go through in these types of transactions is very different from that of the larger companies I had previously represented – and oftentimes not in a good way. I decided that I wanted to try and change this and subsequent to the IPO, I phased myself out of the company, resigning in early 2000 to start James Dodrill, P.A., a firm focusing on corporate and securities transactional law.

 

My client base is global, with clients located in approximately a dozen states and a half-dozen countries. In 2008, my firm was ranked as #8 in the United States in rankings of the number of PIPE (private investment in public equities) transactions consummated as investor’s counsel.

Licensed for 28 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1999
Updated 11/23/2022
State NY
Status Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday
Acquired 1994
Updated 07/18/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact James

James Garfield Dodrill II
5800 Hamilton Way
Boca Raton, FL, 334962543

Reviews

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Posted by Rick | September 2, 2010
Client
I am an attorney who left the active practice of law in a large law firm and spent nearly a decade working with various major law firms in NY, LA, Chicago, DC and abroad in acquiring partners, practice groups and other law firms. Over the last decade I have worked as a technology entrepreneur incubating two companies with patent-protected technologies that were recipients of Federal grants and which have to navigate in extremely complex business environments. As a result, I have a unique perspective on Jim's capabilities as a fellow legal practitioner, consultant to the legal industry and business person who retains outside counsel for various tasks. Over the last several years I have worked with Jim in managing our companies' corporate and securities matters. Jim brings a unique set of qualities that every business leader seeks and hopefully finds in their counsel: a strong command of their area of legal expertise, trusted business advice, and behavior consistent with that of a partner in the decision making process that business executives like myself need to make on a daily basis. Not only has Jim demonstrated an understanding of our businesses and their unique technologies which in one instance involves radio frequency physics, computer science, electrical engineering and in another optical chemistry, but he has demonstrated a consistently calm manner in reassuring me and others on our executive team and fellow board members of the decisions we need to make in rough waters we often navigate as early stage companies. Jim's intellect helps assure we stay focused and address the tasks that need to be made priorities. He is also quite fair in his billing practices and, above all else, highly ethical and deserving of kudos for his excellence at his craft.
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Posted by Lee | March 25, 2011
Jim Dodrill
I've had the pleasure of working with Jim over the last six years. He has advised me on at least six different companies. I have always found Jim to be professional, knowledgeable and responsive. His corporate and securities knowledge combined with practical business sense has assisted us in getting deals funded and filings completed expeditiously. Jim has never missed a deadline and has always been accomodating to get the job done when required. I have no hesitation in recommending Jim's services.
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Posted by Pablo | March 8, 2022
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Recommendation
Extremely knowledgeable and professional on offshore business setup and related to US laws.
Posted by Irene Fonzi, P.A. | December 2, 2021
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Highly Recommend
We were so fortunate to be refereed to Jim. He is knowledgeable, professional and reasonably priced. We highly recommend him!
Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2021
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SAFE Assistance was exceptionally valuable
We felt very fortunate that Jim Dodrill was recommended to us in assistance with a SAFE. While we had done other types of investing, this was new to us. In addition, the company would still need to transition from an LLC to a C corp. Jim very skillfully created the additional language we needed in the SAFE to protect our interests in that transition.
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Response from James Dodrill October 15, 2021
It was my pleasure. I'm pleased that you found my assistance valuable.
Posted by Jeff | March 26, 2021
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President and Founder
Jim is absolutely exceptional!. He is tireless in his work ethic, available at insane hours, meticulous in the architecture of the documents with an outstanding understanding of the law. Could not say enough good things. Highly recommend to anyone needing excellence and dedication as your corporate counsel.
Posted by Santiago | March 25, 2021
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Expert Guidance
James has been a great asset in guiding us for all our corporate needs. Always available and expedient in his work. We trully appreciate the attention to details and his proficiency.
Posted by Mark | March 25, 2021
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Very professional
I can't say enough great things about Jim!!! He is amazing and very professional. He helped me setup several companies as well as create an operating agreement, bylaws ect...He is very knowledgeable and I learned a lot from him throughout the process. I highly recommend Jim!
Posted by Grazia | January 10, 2018
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THANK YOU!
Mr. Dodrill was excellent! Very professional and efficient in handling our matter. He understood our needs and worked relentlessly to make sure our interests were protected. We are very appreciative of his help and will definitely recommend to family and friends. Thank you!
Posted by Mike | May 8, 2015
Rock Solid Ethical Attorney
I was referred to Jim from another lawyer I do business with and was very impressed with his handling of a difficult situation. During the negotiations, tensions were heightened to a point where the other side almost backed out. After the deal closed, the opposing lawyer made the comment that had it not been for Jim's involvement, the deal would've never happened. I believe the reasons for this had everything to do with Jim's integrity. I prefer to always do business with straight shooters who tell it like it is and operate in an ethical, honest, trustworthy approach. Jim is clearly this. His previous experience of owning his own business is a major plus. I'm more than happy to return the favor to Jim and speak with anyone who wants to ask questions.
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Posted by Debra B | February 27, 2015
Jim is the professional you should work with
I have worked with Jim for many years with my start up company. He is very knowledgeable, patient, has a fast turnaround of documents and information and is such a pleasure to work with. Having been an entrepreneur himself in his own successful consumer products start up years ago, he brings first hand knowledge that is immeasurable. He makes himself available whenever needed and always has a pleasant and courteous disposition. Highly recommended.
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Posted by eugene | December 25, 2014
getting your business going properly
new to the start-up world, i was very favorably impressed with jim dodrill - he guided us through the maze of requirements for a private placement memorandum, executed a truly professional document, was available for questions and well worth the expenditure. i would have no hesitation recommending his services as a business attorney.
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Posted by Chuck | December 16, 2014
A lawyer worth consideration
I've had the pleasure of working with dozens of highly rated and qualified lawyers over the last 20 years and can comfortably say that Jim Dodrill is at the top of the class in his field. Regarding transactional securities law, I'm comfortable with the skill and knowledge exhibited by Jim. On average, his response time to me was excellent, but I marked average as it seems everyone in the firm didn't have the same experience. It's difficult in this day to find quality, integrity, a fair price and accurate information you can rely on and with Jim Dodrill you find all of these qualities. There is one point that I need to address as it will affect some and not all parties who need the services of a Securities Transactional lawyer and that is a large staff who can create documents and provide hand holding while their attorney is on other business. If this is the case, you might consider Jim as a primary lawyer and gain the support of another firm. If you have the time to work within his schedule to get your work done, you will be rewarded and I believe happy. FYI, I'm not in the business of passing out referrals but Jim Dodrill is exceptional and I think that was worth sharing. Chuck Executive Director PEPS
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2011
Private Placement Securities Transaction & Employment Agreement
Jim Dodrill advised me on an employment agreement and a private placement investment I made in an early stage company. Jim's competent counsel helped me secure a fair agreement, and importantly, his knowledge and foresight allowed me to avoid and negotiate to change language that would have been harmful to my position. I highly recommend Jim's services.
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2010
Valued attorney
An excellent attorney, empathetic to client's needs and concerns. Available, knowledgeable, and honest. We have used Mr. Dodrill over a number of years and he has always lived up to our expectations.
Posted by Brian | September 3, 2010
Equities attorney
If you have the project that has the scalability, growth opportunity, and equities need and Jim has time in his schedule to take you on as a client - then don't hesitate and do it. I have had outside advisors and board members, as well as investors, comment on the thoroughness of his work. A very powerful member of our team.
Posted by Scott | September 2, 2010
JGD II
Mr. Dodrill has been a very key ingredient to the ability for my company to not only get sound legal advice but legal advice that incorprates the needs of the bsuiness to function profitably and efficiently. Mr. Dodrill brings an excellent balance of business acumen with a strong securities experience to offer a depth of legal advisement well suited to bsuiness large or small. Our operations involved international customers and investors as well as complicated securities and Mr. Dodrill was well suted to handle all of the above.
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Posted by Roger | September 2, 2010
Our company's experience with James Dodrill
James has been our SEC attorney since 2003. I have found him to be extremely knowledgeable about the regulations, helpful when we had to deal with the SEC and responsive when we needed timely answers to questions. He has proactively contacted the SEC and NASD to help expedite matters that had been stalled by the government workers. I also feel that he is actually concerned with success of our company and is willing to make unsolicited recommendations if he believes that it is in our best interest. I personally know and have worked with many attorneys, and rate him amount the top ones that I know. I have absolutely no reservations about recommending James to other businesses or individuals.
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AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • James G. Dodrill II PA
  • 2000 - Present
  • President and General Counsel
  • Outlook Sports Technology
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Latham & Watkins
  • 1993 - 1996

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law
  • law
  • 1993
  • Brown University
  • AB
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • Public Offerings

Associations

  • Founders Funders and Feeders
  • 2014 - Present
  • Brown Alumni Schools Committee
  • 1988 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar
  • N/A
  • South Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • North Broward Preparatory School
  • Trustee
  • 2008 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Lawyers in Palm Beach County
  • Palm Beach Illustrated
  • 2022
  • Best Business Lawyers
  • Expertise.com
  • 2022
  • 8th most active investor counsel in US for PIPE transactions
  • Sagient Research Systems
  • 2008
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 1993
  • Order of the Coif
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 1993
  • Dean's Honor Scholor
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 1993
  • American Jurisprudence Award - Legal Ethics
  • Lawyer's Cooperative Publishing
  • 1992
  • American Jurisprudence Award - Civil Procedure II
  • Lawyer's Cooperative Publishing
  • 1992
  • American Jurisprudence Award - Torts II
  • Lawyer's Cooperative Publishing
  • 1991
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Publications

  • University of Miami Corporate Law Digest
  • The ABCs of Leveraged a Buyout
  • N/A
  • University of Miami Law Review
  • Interstate Securities Corp. v. Hayes Corp.: Should the Economic Loss Doctrine Apply to Actions Against Fiduciaries?,
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Florida Lawyers Network
  • Digital Assets and the Securities Laws
  • 2022
  • Fundraising Mastermind - Legal Panel
  • Fundraising
  • 2021
  • Startup Bootcamp
  • Accelerating your startup.
  • 2019
  • Business Israel Group - BIG February Meeting
  • Capital Raising: Legal Preparations, Strategies and Structures
  • 2018
  • BIG Boca - October 2018 Meeting
  • Foundational Issues for Capital Raising Transactions
  • 2018
  • BIG Boca Chapter - October 2018 meeting
  • Foundational Issues for Capital Raising Transactions
  • 2018
  • Florida Lawyers Network
  • Beware the Euphemisms - Is it a securities offering?
  • 2018
  • Seminar on Florida LLC Member Disputes
  • Key Issues and Clauses in LLC Operating Agreements
  • 2017
  • Florida Lawyer's Network - Boca Raton chapter
  • Regulation Crowdfunding
  • 2016
  • South Palm Beach County Bar Association - Solo Practitioners Dinner
  • Considerations in Raising Growth Capital
  • 2015
  • Funding a New Business Venture
  • Funding a New Venture - The Legal Perspective
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (5)
Securities offerings Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Jim Dodrill for nearly a decade and I have had numerous opportunities to work with him professionally. I have had the pleasure of referring my clients to Jim for corporate securities representation and for counsel with respect to public offerings. Jim is extremely capable, diligent, professional and adept at navigating the complex and nuanced issues that arise in the corporate securities arena. I would recommend Jim without hesitation."
Securities offerings Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jim for about ten years and can say without reservation that his morals and character are beyond reproach. I have referred a few of my clients to Jim throughout the years and every one of them has thanked me for the introduction. Jim combines his big firm and real-life experiences and provides white glove service with small firm personal attention."
Business Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a brilliant and creative attorney with the highest degree of ethics and professionalism. All the Clients I know who have used Jim praise his work and his tireless commitment to pursue their best interest and accomplish their goals."
Business Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Have known James for many years! Top notch attorney who knows his stuff. Since he also ran his own company, has great insight for clients. Accordingly, I highly recommend his services! I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend James Dodrill, who is professional, smart and always looks out for the best interest of his clients."
Business Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Dodrill are consistently accurate, analytic and customized to the needs of the Avvo asker. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney. Mr. Dodrill exhibits great professional courtesy to his fellow Avvo attorneys. This behavior, translated into working for a client, will almost always produce a superior result for the client. My highest respects, ."
Business Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a tremendously smart and ethical attorney with a well deserved reputation for providing the finest in corporate and business counsel no matter how big or small the client. I would hire him in a heartbeat."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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