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James Robert Waite

Contracts and agreements Attorney at Denver, CO

5.0   22 reviews
  • State Years
    Colorado - CO 28 years
    Texas - TX 31 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1992
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About James

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Practice areas
  1. Business
    Corporate and securities law, business startups, financing, capital structures, and M&A.

    32 years, 5,000 cases

  2. Contracts and agreements
    General Counsel for Businesses (includes negotiating and drafting thousands of contracts, including those for business entities, financing, offering documents, real estate, equipment, employment, brokers, independent contractors, etc.))

    29 years, 5,000 cases

  3. Equipment finance and leasing
    Equipment Dealer and Lessor representation in thousands of transactions dealing with most equipment types, including construction equipment, oilfield equipment and aircraft.

    32 years, 2,000 cases

  4. Mergers and acquisitions
    Representation of buyers and sellers of businesses in small and mid-cap M&A transactions, primarily in the equipment (dealers and lessors) and transportation (primarily aviation and trucking) industries.

    32 years, 250 cases

James R. Waite, is an internationally recognized corporate and commercial equipment leasing attorney with over 25 years of experience. He previously served as General Counsel for RentX Industries, Inc., a nationwide chain of U.S.-based equipment rental stores, and as General Counsel of International Cargo Charters, Inc., a Toronto-based Canadian airline.  Mr. Waite has written equipment and aircraft leases throughout the world, and authored a book on the subject which was published by the American Rental Association in 2011. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, has a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s University, and an MBA Northwestern University.



Client's Choice 2015,2014
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James R. Waite, LLC
Robinson, Waters & O'Dorisio, P.C.
1099 18th St., 26th Floor
Denver, CO, 80202
James Waite Law
9800 Pyramid Court
Englewood, CO, 80111
James Waite Law
115 Wilcox St.
Castle Rock, CO, 80104
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Sheila | August 8, 2018
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Use only the best.
Mr. Waite and Nancy Levy have been wonderful to us. We have opened a very small rental store and they have helped us step by step through the entire process, and continue to do so as we come across new ideas.
Posted by Harry | September 4, 2015
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Confident with the work he did
Mr. Waite totally redesigned my rental contract agreement. He was extremely knowledgeable about the industry and details of the areas of concern.
Posted by Paul | August 28, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Business Contracts
James is known in the rental industry as the guy who knows rental contracts. He has been around our industry and knows the legal terminology and loopholes that rental owners often overlook. I have talked to many rental owners who have used James to write their contracts. Because of referrals of my friends in the industry and his speaking assignments in our association. I chose James to write my contracts and advise me in protecting my business from possible litigation issues. James is known across the country due to his educating owners of the importance of protecting their business assets and avoiding litigation issues. I enjoyed working with James and the professionalism he showed.
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Posted by Aaron | June 1, 2015
Super Helpful
Spoke with James Waite in regards to a contract dispute, he was referred to me by a friend. He took the time to look things over then referred me to another attorney in Minneapolis since the contract had to be that could better assist in this matter. The contract was written under Minnesota Law. appreciated the fact that he cared enough to help me the best he could, even though he didn't make any money from it.
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Posted by Chris | January 15, 2015
Contract assistance
Mr. Waite was very helpful with our rental contract revisions. I found him to be very accessible, gave me the time I needed to completely understand the process and answered all of my questions thoroughly.
Posted by Jacob | January 12, 2015
Just what I needed
Mr. Waite provided a couple of key agreements for my equipment rental business. He is very knowledgable and easy to work with. I will call him the next time I need a legal document for my business.
Posted by Beth | November 10, 2014
Very Informative
I have been in two meetings with James giving presentations-he is incredibly engaging and informative! He brought technical terms down to the listeners level which was very helpful!
Posted by Rob | November 10, 2014
Rob Hoag, Insurance Producer
I work closely with James' office regarding contract reviews and consultation. I enjoy the benefit of his attention to details, professional demeanor, his ability to identify contractual weaknesses and provide appropriate solutions for my clients.
Posted by Jayme | November 10, 2014
Exceptional Service!
We have worked with James on our own contracts as well as referring our clients for contract work. He's the consummate professional and extremely knowledgeable in his field. I trust he will take care of every client we send his way and the feedback is always positive. James is a valued resource within the American Rental Association (ARA), Association of Equipment Distributors (AED), and the Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA). I will definitely be work with him in the future!
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Posted by Rick | November 7, 2014
Rental Contracts
I met James Waite at a ARA meeting in Iowa and as a new rental store owner, I was looking for some legal advice on my rental contracts. I would HIGHLY recommend him for anybody looking for professional legal advice in the rental industry. I was VERY IMPRESSED with the help and advice that he gave on setting up my rental contracts and also on how fast the process went. What seemed like a hard and complicated process, James made simple and easy.
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Posted by Terry | November 6, 2014
Contract help for rental stores
We had not done a total review of our contract verbiage in many years and Jim was very accommodating in getting us up to speed for the two states we do business in. He also got it done in a timely manner. Money well spent in our book!
Posted by Mac | November 6, 2014
Excellend & Integrity
James represented my company on a plethora of different legal matters, and has performed at an extremely high level of excellence every time. James consistently represents himself and our company with a high level of substantive knowledge and expertise, responsiveness, has a client- first attitude, and maintains cost-effectiveness at every level. Being that James represents all the core tenants of an attorney, I recommend him for all legal services, and am committed to utilizing James at any crossroad that comes up in the future. Thanks James!
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Posted by Jim | November 6, 2014
James Waite
Reviewed documents for my company. Did a great job and was timely. Has also provided answers and revisions after the sale. Very pleased with his work. Would recommend James to anyone in the equipment rental industry.
Posted by Jane | November 6, 2014
Great Experience Working With Mr Waite.
Mr Waite helped my partner and I rewrite our Rental Agreement. He knowledge of the rental industry is outstanding!!
Posted by Sheila | November 5, 2014
Professional & courteous
Being totally new to the "rental world", Mr. Waite was extremely helpful and patient with us! We were concerned with him being in a different state but he handled our "Terms & Conditions" contract perfectly. His office staff are equally helpful and proficient, we always felt our needs were taken care of in a timely and professional matter, in fact we would recommend Mr. Waite to anyone needing his services.
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Posted by Ken | November 4, 2014
Competent and professional
James and his staff were very knowledgeable and steadfast in their help for my company in preparing contracts. He took the time to explain why certain wording was included and why it would be wise to include other items that I had given no thought to. I have gone back to him with follow up questions and he is always quick to respond.
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2014
Office Manager
Our company is very pleased with Mr. Waite. We have a Rental company and he did all our legal documentation for our contract and gave us other excellent advise. We would highly recommend Mr. Waite.
Posted by Brian | October 29, 2014
equipment and party rental contracts
When I heard Attorney Waite on a conference call I immediately called and spoke to him directly. He answered my questions in easy to understand terms - rental talk- and why. There were leaks in our contract that were pointed out and his contract has given me more of a piece of mind and leverage when and if we have to move forward with collection or liability issues.
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Posted by Daniel | October 28, 2014
Legal contract
Through our equipment rental association contacts, I was introduced to Mr Waite to provide an overview for our rental agreement. Ours was outdated and was in need of updating. Throughout the process, Mr Waite and his staff were very helpful and responsive to my questions. He was very knowledgeable in my field which greatly helped in understanding my needs. They were very prompt in getting everything done in a timely manner. I highly recommend him for council in any legal matters.
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Posted by Elaina | October 28, 2014
Review of services provided by James Waite
James helped me develop a terms and conditions contract for my business. He was very knowledgable, helpful, listened to my concerns, and created a solid contract to protect me and my business. I would highly recommend him to others.
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AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Winters & Waite, LLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Adkerson, Hauder & Bezney
  • 2005 - 2007
  • VP Finance/General Counsel
  • Health Care Equipment Specialty, Inc.
  • 2003 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Krys Boyle, P.C.
  • 2002 - 2005
  • CEO/General Counsel
  • International Cargo Charters, USA
  • 1999 - 2002
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  • St. Marys University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Northwestern University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • B737 Aircraft Lease
  • Successful negotiation of 90M in aircraft leases
  • Aircraft Leasing Negotiation
  • Successful


  • American Rental Association
  • Author: Business Management: Contracts & Legal Guidelines
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014


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Speaking Engagements

  • AED Summit
  • Indemnity Contracts: The Multi-Million Dollar Issue Almost No One Understands.
  • 2015

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Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Working with James and his office on a contract matter was a pleasure. I found James and his staff to be highly professional, courteous and prompt, and I enthusiastically endorse him."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Highly skilled and knowledgeable. Mr. Waite demonstrates exceptional competence and professionalism at all stages of contract negotiation and execution."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Equipment finance and leasing Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He drafts contracts that are of the highest quality in the legal profession."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. James is an excellent and highly knowledgeable contracts attorney."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Very thorough and easy to work with."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Denver Contracts and agreements Lawyer James Robert Waite
James Robert Waite
Contracts and agreements Attorney
Denver, CO
Licensed for 31 years