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James B. Cunningham

James B. Cunningham is a resident in our Nashville, Tennessee and Troy, Michigan offices and focuses his national practice in three primary areas: corporate and commercial real estate transactions, commercial loan transactions and CMBS loan workouts, resolutions and enforcement actions.

James' corporate and commercial real estate practice includes an emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and capital markets transactions, his commercial lending practice includes structuring and negotiating commercial loan transactions across multiple industries and his commercial loan workout, resolution and enforcement practice includes an emphasis on the representation of CMBS special servicers in negotiations related to CMBS loans in default.

Education & Credentials


Western Michigan University

B.B.A., 1998
  • magna cum laude

University of Michigan

J.D., 2001
  • cum laude

Bar Admission

  • Tennessee
  • Michigan

Representative Clients

  • C-III Asset Management
  • Midland Loan Services
  • Mission Peak Capital
  • Callidus Capital Corporation
  • AmTrust Financial Services
  • Canyon Capital Advisors
  • R.C. Morris & Company Capital Management
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • The D Hotel and Casino
  • Golden Gate Casino and Hotel
  • DROCK Gaming, LLC
  • Pilot Travel Centers

Prominent Assignments

Represented clients in corporate and commercial real estate acquisition and divestiture transactions

Represented lenders and corporate borrowers in commercial loan transactions spanning multiple industries and involving collateral packages of all types

Represented CMBS loan servicers, banks and financial institutions in all phases of the loan workout process, including transactional resolutions of all types and judicial and non-judicial enforcement actions, including receiver appointment actions

Represented clients in isolated business transactions, including negotiating and drafting operating agreements, shareholders' agreements, consulting agreements, employment agreements, joint venture agreements, management agreements, confidentiality agreements, buy-sell agreements and general service agreements

Served as outside corporate counsel with respect to general corporate matters for privately held clients

Professional Involvement

  • Nashville Bar Association


  • Speaker, “After COVID-19: Business Acquisition and Disposition Opportunities,” DW Webinar,  May 27, 2020
  • Recurring panelist, Trigild Lender Conferences
  • Author, "Michigan Court of Appeals Upholds Nonrecourse Mortgage Loan Act," April 19, 2013
  • Author, "Nonrecourse Mortgage Loan Act Signed Into Law," April 1, 2012
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