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James L. Moffett, III


James Moffett joined Adams and Reese in 2015 as an Associate in the firm’s New Orleans office and as a member of the Transactions Practice Group.

Practicing law since 2009, James focuses his practice on public finance law, economic development and government relations, in which he assists local governments, political subdivisions, and private companies access the capital markets through the execution of Tax Exempt and Taxable Bond transactions, as well as New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) transactions. Since joining the firm, James has become a registered lobbyist and assists in maintaining the legislative agenda for a diverse range of clients. James uses his legal skills and political acumen to effectively lobby and advocate on behalf of his clients’ interests.

Prior to joining Adams and Reese, James was an economic developer, focusing on the attraction and retention of private sector companies throughout the southeastern region of Louisiana, and led job creation efforts within advanced manufacturing, energy, international trade, digital media, biosciences, and emerging environmental industries.

James’ further representative experience also includes:

  • Experienced in the roles of Bond Counsel, Underwriters Counsel, and Disclosure Counsel in Taxable and Tax-Exempt bond financings, including political subdivisions, state, parish, municipal obligations, and revenue obligations of state and public entities.
  • Served as a Corporate Finance Legal Extern with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC.

James has a background in investment banking, having worked prior to entering law school as an analyst at a Wall Street investment banking firm. There, he analyzed company financials and helped real estate investment trusts (REITs) access the capital markets through the execution of public and private corporate equity and debt transactions. James also has consulting experience in the areas of project management and compliance initiatives at financial institutions. James earned his J.D., in 2009, from Howard University School of Law, and he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, in 2004, from Morehouse College.

In his spare time, James enjoys spending time with family and friends, serving as a mentor in local youth mentorship programs, playing basketball, watching live Saints, St. Augustine High School, and LSU football games, and, of course, a good meal at a New Orleans restaurant.