William Painter, former managing shareholder of the Jackson office and former Chief Strategic Officer of the Firm, is the Chief Innovation Officer for the Firm and chair of the Firm’s Technology Committee.
Mr. Painter concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate, tax and health care restructuring. His experience includes corporate, employee benefits and deferred compensation, federal, state and local taxation, securities, and trusts and estates.
As Chief Innovation Officer, Mr. Painter has administrative responsibility for the Information Technology Department, the Office of Legal Project Management and Pricing, the Knowledge Management Office, the Office of eDiscovery and Litigation Support, Baker Research and the Firm’s non-traditional subsidiaries including its consulting affiliate LegalShift.
- University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 1974, with honors
- New York University, LL.M. in Taxation, 1975
- Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1971
- U.S. Tax Court, 1975
- Mississippi, 1974
- Advised a national e-commerce company in the health care sector with respect to health care regulatory issues and related contract issues which arose out of its e-commerce business model.
- Advised a software development company in the employment field with respect to its corporate and business issues, including its licensing agreements, financing arrangements, corporate structure and shareholder relationships.
- Represented a large shareholder of a fuel supply company on the sale of the company to a venture capital investor, negotiating and drafting the waterfall agreement between the shareholder and his venture capital co-investors with respect to the sale of their respective interests in the company, and negotiating the employment and investment agreements with the acquiring company.
Professional Honors & Activities:
- Fellow – American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
- Fellow – American College of Tax Counsel
- Former Chair – Secretary of State’s Business Law Advisory Group, which has the ongoing responsibility of improving the state’s business laws (1987 – 1996)
- Member – American, Mississippi and Capital Area Bar Associations
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