James A. Dressman III is the Managing Partner of Dressman Benzinger LaVelle. In addition to managing the firm, Jim has an active legal practice. He represents profit and nonprofit entities and individuals in financial transactions, business mergers and asset acquisitions and sales, and real estate acquisitions and development. He provides guidance for entity structuring, reorganization, owner and employee buy/sell arrangements and management and owner successions, with respect to general business and tax matters. Jim has successfully guided clients through a number of significant matters:
Jim has extensive and varied experience in representing financial institutions in all types of financing transactions and in troubled asset workouts. His experience includes the structuring of financing of a floating restaurant and entertainment complex with U.S. Coast Guard registered vessels on a publicly owned leasehold; and its eventual unwind through bankruptcy with no loss to the financial institutions he represented.Jim currently is involved in his community and serves on several planned giving and development committees for Thomas More College, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington and Saint Charles Care Center. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Freestore Foodbank and the Freestore Foodbank Foundation, the Board of Advisors of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, past president of Greenup Haus, Inc., a low income nonprofit housing project, and was past president and board member for over 13 years of Senior Services of Northern Kentucky. He resides in Edgewood, Kentucky with his wife. Has three grown children and five grandchildren.
Kentucky Bar Association (Chair of the Audit Committee)
Northern Kentucky Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Cincinnati Bar Association
Kentucky Banker’s Association (Bank Counsel Division)
Association for Capital Growth
Cincinnati Estate Planning Council
Northern Kentucky Chamber of CommerceGreater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce
J.D., University of Kentucky (1977)B.A., Thomas More College (cum laude, 1974)
Cincy Business Magazine's Leading Lawyers Award in Banking since 2004Best Lawyers in America (Banking & Finance Law) 2012
Legal Documentation Seminar to employees of Huntington National Bank in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Region (January, 1995) and on real estate title insurance to the same group (1996)
"10 Ways Seniors Mess Up Their Finances," an estate planning workshop sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Covington (March, 2003)
“Case Study: The St. Elizabeth Medical Center Acquisition of Patient First Physicians Group” at the Fourth Annual Physician Agreement & Ventures (November, 2007 in Chicago) sponsored by Renaissance American Management, Inc and BeardGroup.“Making Tomorrow’s Decisions Today: a Pre-Planning Seminar (October 2009 and 2010) sponsored by Linneman Funeral Homes.