R. James Straus

T 502.568.0221
F 502.581.1087
400 West Market Street
Suite 3200
Louisville, Kentucky 40202-3363

Jim concentrates his practice on general business planning and problem solving for private and public companies, the buying and selling of companies and other strategic transactions, anti-trust analysis and supply chain design, franchise law and the representation of financial institutions and their directors and advisors.


Involved in a large number of the intra and interstate bank reorganizations and acquisitions over the last decade
Serves as a general business counsel for over 30 regional and community financial institutions

Represents purchasing organizations for the restaurant industry

Captain, United States Marine Corps, Vietnam

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Chambers USA, Corporate/M&A, 2008-2016
  • Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers® 2007-2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 1993-2017; Louisville Financial Services Regulation Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2015
  • AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Legal Aid Society, Board

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Donna Wheatley
T 502.779.8475