Jim Clarke



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Jim is a Shareholder in the firm’s Tax and Corporate Groups. His practice focuses on business transactions, tax planning and dispute resolution, transactional tax and business planning matters in connection with mergers and acquisitions; structuring and choice of entity planning in connections with business formations; buy-outs; equity financings; reorganizations, acquisitions, business dispositions and succession planning involving corporate (including nonprofit) and pass-through business entities, and client representation in federal, state and local tax controversy matters.

As part of his executive compensation practice, Jim combines his corporate and tax specialties to work with businesses in the planning and implementation of key employee compensation arrangements; including stock and synthetic equity performance incentives, deferred compensation plans, stock option plans, stock appreciation rights, and phantom stock option plans.


LL.M., with great distinction, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1989

J.D., with distinction, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1988

Order of the Coif

Traynor Honor Society

B.A., with honors, University of Alberta, Canada, 1984


Sacramento County Bar Association, Tax Section – Executive Committee

State Bar of California – Business Law, Employee Benefits and Tax Sections

Meritas Law Firms Worldwide


Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List, 2015-2017 – Tax

The Best Lawyers in America®, Tax Law – 2013-2018

The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation & Controversy – 2006-2018

Northern California Super Lawyers®,2013-2017