James A. Dressman III is the Managing Partner/ CEO 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 simple and complex development. He also provides guidance for entity structuring, reorganization, owner and employee buy/sell arrangements and management and owner successions. Jim advises clients with general business and tax matters, estate planning, and probate matters.
Jim has successfully guided clients through a number of significant matters:
- The land acquisition, development, leasing, and financing of various real estate developments including the Kentucky Speedway motor sports complex.
- Various transactions in the healthcare industry including bond financing, physician practice mergers and acquisitions and hospital mergers.
- Diverse joint ventures, sales, mergers and acquisitions in other industries including the sale of a sports complex, the strategic purchase by an industrial valve sales and manufacturing company of an industrial valve servicing company, the acquisition by a specialty paper company of a New England division and the site acquisition and construction of franchised restaurants.
- The restructuring of family owned businesses, succession planning and estate planning, including funding of the transfer of a funeral home business to the sixth generation
- Charitable giving, including establishing charitable remainder trusts.
Jim has extensive and varied experience in representing financial institutions in all types of financing transactions and in troubled asset workouts, Jim’s 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 has always been active in the community and has served on a number of charitable and community boards. He resides in Edgewood, Kentucky with his wife and has three children and nine grandchildren. He serves on the board of the Freestore Foodbank; Baptist Life Communities, Inc; Northern Kentucky Volunteer Lawyers, and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors. Jim also annually leads a mission trip to Jacob’s Ladder, a residential community in Jamaica for severely disabled adults operated by Mustard Seed Communities, where his team has been constructing new residencies.