James A. Stuckey

Jim Stuckey practices in the areas of commercial finance, real estate, business, project financing, and leasing. His commercial experience includes complex loan transactions in real estate, construction, project finance, oil and gas, line of credit and asset based loans, as well as leveraged lease and utility securitization financings, and real estate and commercial transactions. His lending practice includes representing lenders and borrowers in oil and gas loans, real estate and construction financings, leveraged leases and secured working capital loans. He advises clients in negotiations of a variety of contracts, including major purchase, lease, and project development and financing agreements.

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Jim Stuckey practices in the areas of commercial finance, real estate, business, project financing, and leasing. His commercial experience includes complex loan transactions in real estate, construction, project finance, oil and gas, line of credit and asset based loans, as well as leveraged lease and utility securitization financings, and real estate and commercial transactions. His lending practice includes representing lenders and borrowers in oil and gas loans, real estate and construction financings, leveraged leases and secured working capital loans. He advises clients in negotiations of a variety of contracts, including major purchase, lease, and project development and financing agreements.

Mr. Stuckey has represented clients from many industries, including banks and other financial institutions, public utilities, oil companies, chemical and product manufacturers, governmental entities and universities.

He serves as the practice coordinator of the business group in New Orleans.

Experience

  • Representation of local and national lenders in real estate, asset based secured, and oil and gas financings, including representation of lead agent bank in $200 million reserves borrowing base line of credit, and $250 million refinery secured loans.
  • Local counsel for real estate and Louisiana contract issues for lease of Louisiana hospital service district and for acquisition of assisted living facility.
  • Representation of companies, as seller and as purchaser, in asset sale and acquisition transactions, including purchaser of $305 million electric generation facility.
  • Representation of borrowers and lenders in multiple project financings, leverage lease and synthetic lease financings, including representation of utility in $215 million electric generation facility financing, and lenders in offshore drilling platforms financings.
  • Negotiation of major lease development contracts, including for tenant for 415 acre container terminal and for landlord governmental port entity for gaming vessel berths and terminal, and major private university for additional campus locations.
  • Representation of utilities in securitization financings of $687 million, $278 million and $180 million for hurricane costs repairs and $200 million for utility cancelled project costs.
  • Representation of governmental entity in development project for thermal energy plant to service multiple hospital and office buildings and construction of parking garage.
  • Representation of sellers and purchasers of office buildings, shopping centers and hotels.
  • Representation of owner in development from green field site of cotton yarn spinning plant.
  • Representation of borrower in multiple government financings of fish processing plant and vessels.

Insights

Publications
  • Author, "Louisiana's Non-Uniform Variations in U.C.C. Chapter 9," 62 Louisiana Law Review 793 (2002)
  • Co-Author, Louisiana Commercial Financing Forms, an 1100-page compendium of forms used in all types of commercial financing transactions published by Reed-Elsevier, Inc. (1991)
Speaking Engagements
News

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Law Institute (Council member); Uniform Commercial Code Committee (Chairman and Reporter), which drafted the Louisiana versions of Revised UCC Articles 1, 7 and 9; Mortgage and Privileges/Security Devices Committee, which drafted the comprehensive restatement of the entire Mortgage Articles of the Louisiana Civil Code; Lease of Movables Committee; Unconstitutional Statutes Committee.
  • Louisiana Bank Counsel Committee of the Louisiana Bankers Association (Past President, two terms), the representative body for the more than 240 attorneys providing recommendations concerning legislation and legal issues to the statewide trade organization of more than 210 banks; previously served for several years as Chairman of the Legislative Task Force of that section during the enactment of Louisiana legislation adopting UCC Article 9 (with modifications) and restating the statutes governing mortgages and foreclosure.
  • American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers (Fellow)

Recognition

  • New Orleans Magazine - Top Lawyers: Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Banking and Finance, Equipment Finance Law, Real Estate Law (Lawyer of the Year - Real Estate Law, 2013; Lawyer of the Year - Banking & Finance Law, 2014; Lawyer of the Year - Equipment Finance Law, 2015)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers