James W. Stevens


Business Phone: 404.885.3721
Business Fax: 404.885.3900



James Stevens provides general corporate and regulatory advice to our clients. James has substantial experience in the representation of public and private companies, including financial institutions, marketplace lenders and other FinTech and financial services companies, in mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and regulatory reporting and compliance. He often serves as the principal outside counsel for these clients.

James’ experience includes:

  • More than 75 financial services industry mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.
  • Three dozen mergers, acquisitions and divestitures in the building products industry.
  • More than a dozen merger, acquisitions divestitures in the business consulting sector.
  • More than 6 dozen public and private debt and equity offerings.
  • Private equity recapitalizations involving the preservation of deferred tax assets, regulatory control avoidance and other complex issues.
  • Numerous bulk asset purchases and sales, proxy contests, failed bank acquisitions, charter conversions and bank holding company formations.
  • Representing banks and non-compliance in connection with compliance matters and enforcement actions before federal and state regulators.
  • Over a dozen tender offers and going private transactions.

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Conference Speaker and Facilitator, GBA/Troutman Sanders/Porter Keadle Moore De Novo Bank Accelerator Webinar Series, September 19-December 12, 2018.
  • Speaker “Trends in Regulatory Compliance,” 2018 Bank Director Bank Board Training Forum, September 10, 2018.
  • Quoted, “Back from the brink and ready to get back to lending,” American Banker, April 30, 2018.
  • Presenter, "Does Your Bank Have the Right Structure?" 2017 GBA Fall Conferences, October 2, 2017.
  • Moderator, "Regulatory Developments for Marketplace Lenders and their Partner Banks," Technology Association of Georgia FinTech Panel, June 2017.
  • Presenter, "Bank M&A Trends," State Bar of Georgia Banking Law Seminar, March 2017.
  • Presenter, "Updates in Fair Lending/Redlining Enforcement Cases," UNC School of Law Banking Institute, March 2017.
  • Presenter, "Redlining and Fair Lending: What You Need to Know," Troutman Sanders Webinar, February 2017.
  • Presenter, Georgia Society of CPAs Financial Institutions Conference, October 2016.
  • Presenter, "Executive Compensation," Georgia Bankers Association CEO Conference, October 2016.
  • Conference Speaker and Facilitator, GBA/Troutman Sanders/Porter Keadle Moore De Novo Conference, September 14, 2016.
  • Presenter, Troutman Sanders/Porter Keadle Moore/Banks Street Partners Annual Market Update, August 2016-2018, September 2015, August 2014 and August 2013.
  • Conference Facilitator and Presenter, Community Bankers Association of Georgia 2nd Annual CFO Conference, May 2016.
  • Presenter, "Community Banking," UNC School of Law Banking Institute, March 2016.
  • Presenter, "Engaging with Non-Bank Loan Originators and Other Third Party Vendors," State Bar of Georgia Banking and Finance Law Seminar, February 2016.
  • Moderator, “M&A Valuation: An Investment Banking Update,” Georgia Bankers Association Bank Counsel Conference, October 2015.
  • Conference Facilitator and Presenter, Community Bankers Association of Georgia CFO Conference, August 2015.
  • Presenter, “UDAP and Fair Lending Update,” State Bar of Georgia Banking and Finance Law Seminar, February 2015.
  • Presenter, “Now That Credit is Improving, What’s Next?” Georgia Bankers Association Bank Counsel Section, October 2014.
  • Presenter, "Mergers & Acquisitions: The Buyers are Back!” 2014 Georgia Bankers Association Annual Convention, June 2014.
  • Presenter, "Reading the Regulatory Tea Leaves: Basel III and Dodd-Frank Update," State Bar of Georgia Banking and Finance Law Seminar, February 2013.
  • Presenter, "You Survived...Now What?" Georgia Bankers Association CEO/Bank Counsel Conference, October 2012.
  • Presenter, "The Role of Lawyers In The Interaction Between Bank Clients And The Government," Banking and Finance Law Seminar, February 2012.
  • Presenter, "Dodd Frank Update," HA&W Accounting & Legal Update for Public Companies, December 2011.
  • Presenter, "Operational, Accounting, Tax and Legal Considerations," Porter Keadle Moore, LLP’s Strategic Expansion Seminar: Loss Share & Beyond, August 2011.
  • Presenter, "Dealing with Today’s Legal and Regulatory Issues — Ask the Attorneys," 2011 Georgia Bankers Association Annual Convention, June 2011.
  • Presenter, "Are you SAFE — Change is Everywhere," Georgia Bankers Association Compliance Conference, October 2010.
  • Presenter, "FDIC Claims and D&O Insurance," Georgia Bankers Association CEO/Bank Counsel Conference, October 2010.
  • Presenter, "Overview of the Securities Laws and Regulations: Understanding the Framework," Basic Securities Law Seminar, March 2010.
  • Presenter, "So You Bought a Failed Bank: Now What?" Georgia Bankers Association Annual Meeting, June 2009.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Advisory Board Member, Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • Member, GBA Code Review Task Force
  • Past Chairman, Empty Stocking Fund
  • Past Chairman, Georgia Bankers Association-Bank Counsel Section
  • Past Chairman, Leadership Buckhead
  • Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2015
  • Leadership Buckhead, Class of 2008

Rankings and Recognition

  • Georgia, Banking & Finance: Mainly Regulatory, Chambers USA (2017-2018).
  • Best Lawyers in America®: Banking and Finance Law, 2013-2019; Financial Services Regulation Law, 2018-2019.
  • Best Lawyers in America®: Financial Services Regulation Law Atlanta Lawyer of the Year, 2014.
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle: “40 Under 40 Up and Comer,” 2009.
  • Chambers USA: Up and Comer for Banking and Finance Law, 2014. 
  • SuperLawyers magazine: Georgia “Rising Star,” 2006-2007, 2009-2011. 

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2013-present
  • Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, 2009-2013
  • Associate, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, 2001-2009



  • University of Georgia, J.D., magna cum laude, 2001
    Order of the Coif
    Managing Editor, Georgia Law Review
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., 1998

Bar Admissions

  • 2001 Georgia