James C. Palmer

Partner
T: (207) 253-4508
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1981), summa cum laude
  • Bowdoin College (A.B., 1978), summa cum laude

Highlights

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"Every now and again something will pop up that will make my partner and I say, “That’s great – we wouldn’t have even thought of that.” Jim Palmer is a very good, creative law attorney."
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Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.

Biography

Jim Palmer has practiced commercial real estate law for 30 years and over that time he has experience in handling a wide variety of transactions. He started his career in the real estate department at Goodwin Procter in Boston and during the 1980s he represented lenders in commercial lending, handled a variety of lease negotiations and represented developers of various types of projects, including office buildings and hotels.

During the early 1990s Jim gained experience with loan restructuring transactions and later did a lot of work for a large bank’s national real estate lending group based in Atlanta. The transactions for that client were secured and unsecured lines of credit and term loans to REITs and other large real estate companies.

Over the past decade Jim has continued to represent lenders and developers, including a developer of large retail projects. Since the opening of the firm’s Boston office, he has had the opportunity to work on several transactions relating to Massachusetts real estate. He has also handled transactions involving large tracts of Maine timberlands and several energy related transactions including purchases and sales of hydroelectric facilities and financing and leases for wind power projects.

Jim and his family are enthusiastic sailors. For years they have cruised on their boat Morning Star along the coast of Maine. Jim’s wife, Leigh, was the first female commodore of the Portland Yacht Club where their three children have learned to race small sailboats. The family’s passion for the sport has led to successful college sailing careers by daughter Libby (MIT ’09) and son Alan (Harvard ’11).

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1981), summa cum laude
  • Bowdoin College (A.B., 1978), summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1981
  • Maine, 1983

Honors

Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under 
    Real Estate
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Real Estate Law
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Real 
    Estate