Keith James has resided in Palm Beach County since 1987. Mr. James currently practices corporate and real estate law through his own law firm, Keith A. James, P.A. Mr. James graduated from Harvard College in 1979 and Harvard Law School in 1982.
Keith James has been significantly involved with his local and state communities. Most recently, Mr. James chaired a special citizens’ task force formed by the Mayor of West Palm Beach to review the city’s ethics code and make recommendations thereto. Mr. James is also chairing the Paragon Foundation, which was formed at the request of County Commission Chairperson Addie Greene to implement minority economic development in connection with the location of the Scripps Research Institute in northern Palm Beach County.
Mr. James has served on the Boards of Trustees of such illustrious organizations as the Norton Museum of Art, the Quantum Foundation (former Chair), the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Leadership Florida (former Chair), Florida Commission on Human Relations (former Chair), Legal Aid Society, JFK Hospital, and the Harvard Alumni Association. In 1992, Mr. James was awarded the Price Waterhouse/South Florida Business Journal “Up and Comers” Award. In 1996, Mr. James was selected as an African American Achiever by the J.M. Family Foundation.
Since graduation from Harvard Law School, Mr. James has concentrated his practice in the area of general corporate law, real estate law, and governmental law. Mr. James represents several small and medium-sized corporations, and private entrepreneurs. Mr. James has lectured extensively in professional seminars relating to formation and organization of family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, purchase and sale of businesses, non-profit corporations, and preparation and negotiation of stock purchase and asset purchase agreements. In recent years, Mr. James lectured at the Delray Academy for Non-Profits.
Mr. James is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the Palm Beach County Bar Association, and the Florida Bar. Mr. James formerly served as chairman of one of the Florida Bar’s Grievance Committees for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit.
Commissioner Keith A. James was sworn in to office on March 31, 2011.
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