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James B. Bristol

James B. Bristol


Tennessee, U.S.A.

tel: 615 850 8922
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From startup ventures to publicly traded companies, James Bristol advises clients on all types of compensation and benefits. Well-versed in federal and state tax rules, ERISA, SEC disclosures, and the myriad regulations that surround benefits and compensation packages, James embraces the challenge of finding solutions that meet the client's goals. Clients who rely on the firm for a variety of corporate and litigation matters appreciate that James adds another layer of service. His experience includes:

Compensation packages for incoming executives and directors
Deferred compensation agreements, including 409A, SERPs, rabbi trusts and funding
Revised compensation packages following a merger or acquisition
Severance packages for departing executives and directors
Stock and equity incentive programs, including ESOPs

A creative, convergent thinker, James recognizes that executive benefits issues are complex, not only because of regulatory scrutiny, but also because of the public relations aspect related to shareholder scrutiny. Clients can appreciate that James collaborates with their internal advisors to craft well-rounded solutions.

Best Lawyers recognizes James in the following categories: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law – Management, Litigation – ERISA, Tax Law. Furthermore, James has been named Nashville's 2013 "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law. He has also served on several occasions as an expert witness on ERISA matters. James' expert witness CV is available here.

Bar Admissions



J.D., cum laude, Pepperdine University, 1987
B.A., cum laude, Columbia Christian College, 1980
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Professional Associations

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
Member, ESOP Association, Washington, D.C., NewSouth Chapter Advisory Board

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