James J. Barnes


James Barnes concentrates his practice on corporate and securities law, capital markets, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. He also co-chairs the firm’s Family Office practice group.

James has a wide range of experience in corporate and securities law matters, including working with companies to raise capital in public and private offerings of debt and equity securities. He regularly assists public companies with the preparation and review of their SEC periodic reports. He represents companies, funds, sponsors and investors in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other complex corporate transactions, and serves as outside general counsel to family offices. James also has experience with corporate governance matters and regularly advises boards with respect to compliance and best practices.

A significant portion of James’ practice involves providing advice to family offices and other investors with respect to the terms and structure of private equity and other investment opportunities.

During law school, James served as the managing editor of the Howard Law Journal.


  • IGATE Corporation, in its $4 billion acquisition by Capgemini.
  • SKF, in its $1.2 billion tender offer and acquisition of Kaydon.
  • A NYSE-listed environmental solutions company, in its acquisition of two target companies and the related $245 million and $400 million 144A offering of high yield convertible notes and $80 million public offering of common stock.
  • A financial institution, in its $115 million public offering of depository shares.

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  • 2020–2023, Mergers and Acquisitions Law in Pittsburgh, listed in Best Lawyers in America©
  • 2018–2023, Corporate Law in Pittsburgh, listed in Best Lawyers in America©
  • 2019, Influencer of Law, listed by The Business Journals


Professional Activities

James is a frequent speaker for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He is a director and former chairman of the board of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and a board member of the Carnegie Museum of Art.



  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania


  • Dartmouth College, BA
  • Howard University School of Law, JD