James Bristol

Trusted counsel for executive compensation and benefits, ERISA and ESOP transactions

James Bristol has more than 30 years of experience representing businesses, governmental entities and nonprofit organizations in all areas of executive compensation and benefits, including ESOPs and ERISA.

His vast experience includes advising healthcare companies, financial institutions and other entities on matters ranging from employment and separation agreements to complex ERISA litigation. Clients value his experienced and practical approach to resolving conflicts and complex issues.

From startup ventures to publicly traded companies, James advises clients on all types of compensation and benefits.


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Get To Know James

James frequently entertains in his home and has developed skills in the kitchen and wine cellar. He is an avid reader with a keen sense of humor and has been fortunate to have nurtured long-lasting relationships inside and outside of his profession.

James' Related Experience

South Florida ENT Associates partners with Texas ENT Specialists

Represented South Florida ENT Associates in their partnership with Texas ENT Specialists, backed by Audax Private Equity, to support the collective of ear, nose, and throat (“ENT”) centers with the necessary resources to fuel continued growth.

Radio Systems Corp. acquired by Clayton Dubilier & Rice (CD&R)

Served as lead transaction counsel to Radio Systems in its acquisition by an affiliate of Clayton Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), a private equity firm.

Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners acquires DentalOne Partners

Represented Mid-Atlantic Dental Partners in its acquisition of DentalOne Partners and assisted with regulatory compliance and corporate matters related to the transaction.

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  • J.D., cum laude, Pepperdine University, 1987
    • Note and Comment Editor - Pepperdine Law Review
  • B.A., cum laude, Columbia Christian College, 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Georgia
  • Washington


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Professional Involvement

  • Member, Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Washington and American Bar Associations
  • Member, Health Law Section and Tax Section of the American Bar Association
  • Member, Employee Benefits Committee of ABA Tax Section; active in various subcommittees and meet annually with members and officials from national office of Treasury Dept. and Internal Revenue Service, Employee Plans Division

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Community Involvement

  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Knowledge Academies
  • Former Member, Board of Directors of the American Lung Association of Tennessee
  • Pro bono Volunteer, Nashville Bar Association

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