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, antitrust 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, 2008-2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers® 2007-2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 1993-2019; 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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T 502.779.8475