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James H. Cheek III

Professor of the Practice of Law
Partner, Bass Berry & Sims

Jim Cheek is a nationally renowned securities expert who has been selected by the National Law Journal as one of the top 50 U.S. securities lawyers. Professor Cheek is the author of numerous articles and a frequent lecturer at national symposia and institutes. He has represented public companies in various SEC and merger and acquisition matters, represented regional and national investment banking firms in various equity and debt public offerings and merger and acquisition transactions, and represented special committees of boards of directors of public companies in going private, internal investigation and derivative litigation matters. He acts as counsel for boards of directors and board committees on matters relating to corporate governance and corporate legal compliance. He served as the Regulatory Auditor of the New York Stock Exchange and was Chair of the Legal Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange and of the NASDAQ Legal Board. He also chaired the National Task Force on Corporate Responsibility and chaired the ABA section of Business Law. He is a life member of the American Law Institute and is a Founding Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel.