James W. Stevens


Business Phone: 404.885.3721
Business Fax: 404.885.3900



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

Representative Matters

  • Buyer and sellers in the financial services, manufacturing, building products, telecommunications, business consulting and other industries in more than 100 mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • Issuers in more than 80 public and private debt and equity offerings
  • Real estate investment companies in connection with equity capitalization, including through broad private placements
  • Issuers and private equity investors in controlling and non-controlling private equity investments involving the preservation of deferred tax assets, regulatory control avoidance and other complex issues
  • Corporate governance matters at all stages from formation to sale, including in connection with distressed companies, litigation, regulatory issues and disputes
  • Parties to employment, change in control, restricted stock and stock option, technology, purchase, supply and other commercial agreements
  • Bulk asset purchases and sales, proxy contests, failed bank acquisitions, charter conversions and bank holding company formations
  • Regulatory and compliance matters before federal and state regulators
  • Public and private companies in tender offers and going private transactions

Speaking Engagements

  • Facilitator and Presenter, Georgia Bankers Association/Troutman Sanders/Porter Keadle Moore De Novo Bank Accelerator Webinar Series, September-December 2018.
  • Presenter, Troutman Sanders/Porter Keadle Moore/Banks Street Partners Annual Market Update, August/September 2013-2018.
  • Presenter, “Does Your Bank Have the Right Structure?” 2017 GBA Fall Conferences, Oct. 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.
  • 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.

Media Commentary

  • Quoted, “Back From the Brink and Ready to Get Back to Lending,” American Banker, April 30, 2018.

Professional and Community Involvement

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

Rankings and Recognition

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

Professional Experience

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



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

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia