Jim Rotch

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Jim Rotch

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Jim Rotch has been a transaction lawyer and business counselor with the firm since 1972. Over the course of his career he has participated in all aspects of complicated business and finance transactions. He has experience with complex securities, tax and other business and finance transaction issues. He has extensive experience helping businesses with issues of shareholder and/or family conflict.

Jim Rotch has been a transaction lawyer and business counselor with the firm since 1972. Over the course of his career he has participated in all aspects of complicated business and finance transactions. He has significant experience with complex securities, tax, commercial lending, mining and other business and finance transaction issues. He has extensive experience helping businesses with issues of shareholder and/or family conflict.

He organized and chaired the Birmingham Area Technology Task Force (BATT Force) in 2001-2002 and then chaired the Birmingham Area Technology Leadership Alliance (Tech Birmingham) which is implementing the strategic plan for the growth of technology businesses developed by the BATT Force for the Birmingham region. Jim has devoted a substantial part of his practice to technology transfer matters, with more than fifteen years experience in biotechnology, licensing and commercialization matters. He is the founder of the firm's emerging business and technology team. His clients include manufacturers, banks and other financial institutions, distributors, construction companies and mining companies.

In 1997, Jim authored the Birmingham Pledge (www.birminghampledge.org), which has grown into an international movement to eliminate racism and prejudice one person at a time.

Jim enjoys farming (horses and cattle), restoring historic buildings, collecting antiques and art, and quail hunting. His favorite pastime is playing with his grandchildren. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation.

Distinctions

  • Birmingham Pledge Foundation, Chairman
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Appreciation Award, 2009
  • National Conference for Community and Justice Award, 2007
  • Birmingham Bar Burton Barnes Award, 2006
  • Listed in Birmingham Magazine, "Men of Substance and Style," 2004
  • Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Chairman, 2004
  • Listed in Birmingham Business Journal, "Communicator of the Year," 2001
  • Operation New Birmingham
    • Liberty and Justice Lifetime Achievement Award, 2000
    • Outstanding Achievement Award, 1999
  • Alabama State Bar, Award of Merit, 1999
  • Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, Exceptional Leadership Award,1999
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Corporate Law, 2006-2014
    • Corporate, M&A, and Securities Law, 1995-2006
    • Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2010-2014
    • Martindale-Hubbell VA Preeminent Rated
    • Mercedes-Benz U. S. International Commitment to Achievement of Diversity Award  
    • Listed in Who’s Who in America
    • Listed in Who’s Who in American Law
    • Alabama Super Lawyers, Business/Corporate Law, 2009
      • Memberships and Affiliations

        • American Bar Association
        • Birmingham Bar Association
        • Alabama State BarAssociation 
        • Alabama Information Technology Association, Advisory Board
        • Birmingham Area Technology Leadership Alliance (TechBirmingham), Former Chairman
        • Birmingham Area Technology Task Force, Chairman
        • Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board 2004
        • Governor’s Biotechnology Task Force
        • Leadership Alabama, Board of Directors (Past Member)
        • Leadership Birmingham
        • Birmingham Venture Club, Past President, 1993 to 1994
        • Birmingham Pledge Foundation, Chairman and President, 1990 to Present
        • Co-chair, Birmingham Region Auburn University Capital Fund Drive, 2006-2008
        • Co-chair University of Alabama at Birmingham Minority Health Research Center 2009 Gala
        • Auburn Alumni Association Minority Alumni Involvement Now
        • The Edward Lee Norton Board of Advisors, Birmingham-Southern College
        • Auburn University Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Leadership Council