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Duke University, J.D., summa cum laude, 2014, Mordecai Scholar; University Scholar; Senior Notes Editor, Duke Law Journal, 2013-14

Duke University, LL.M. in International and Comparative Law, summa cum laude, 2014

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., with highest honors, 2010, Morehead-Cain Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa; Undergraduate Prize in Mathematical Decision Sciences; Undergraduate Prize in Economics


James Waters is a transactional attorney focusing on mergers and acquisitions, joint venture transactions, private equity finance and investment transactions, and general corporate law. He helps clients drive their strategic goals by drawing on his experience advising businesses and nonprofit organizations on a breadth of commercial matters, including organizational and governance matters, as well as significant commercial contracts.

James also helps clients conduct business overseas by advising on a wide range of cross-border issues. He regularly assists clients with forming international supply chains spanning Europe, Asia and Latin America to reduce and manage legal and political risk across various continents. James guides clients in navigating international compliance matters such as economic sanctions compliance and issues relating to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards.

Active in various civic organizations in the United States and abroad, James maintains his leading-edge knowledge on international affairs and policy by publishing in a variety of international law journals. Prior to joining the firm, he worked in Managua, Nicaragua, as both a statistical and economic adviser for the Nicaraguan National Commission for Free Trade Zones and as an international program coordinator for the Foundation for Sustainable Development.

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