James W. Beasley, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in West Palm Beach, FL

James W. Beasley, P.A.
315 5th St
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 561-835-0900
Fax: 561-835-0939
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1972
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas: Business Litigation (80%), Estate & Trust Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Jim Beasley has 40 years of litigation experience. Jim began his practice on Wall Street with Sullivan & Cromwell, and in Washington, DC with Wilmer Cutler & Pickering. He was a partner in the Palm Beach office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Jim is regularly recognized as one of the leading litigation lawyers in the State of Florida. Jim is one of approximately 500 lawyers in the country that have been listed continuously in The Best Lawyers in America since its first edition in 1983. Jim has tried cases and argued appeals in state and federal courts, resulting in more than 50 reported court decisions.

Jim's litigation experience has included breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and misrepresentation.  His practice includes real estate and Trust and Estate matters, including litigation.   In the 1980s, Jim was general counsel to two of the premier real estate development companies in Florida, Avida Corporation and the Walt Disney Company.

Jim is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Davidson College.

Jim is also the subject of a chapter in the book "The Money Lawyers" by Joseph C. Goulden.

About James W. Beasley, Jr.

Admitted: 1972, New York

Professional Webpage: https://beasleylaw.net/james-w-beasley-jr/

Educational Background

  • Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, A.B., history, cum laude, 1965
  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, LL.B, cum laude, 1968


  • "Who's Who in America," 1994 - Present
  • “Florida Super Lawyers” list by Florida Super Lawyers magazine from 2006 through 2020, and named in the 2008 and 2009 Florida Super Lawyers – Corporate Counsel Edition.
  • "Top Lawyer" -South Florida Legal Guide 2012-present
  • "Who's Who in American Law,A" 1994 - Present
  • "Best Lawyers in America," 1983 - Present
  • Named one of the Florida “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine for 2007, 2008, and 2011.
  • "30 Years AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell, highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability.

Bar/Professional Activity

  • State of Florida, 1972
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd 11th and 5th Circuits
  • New York State Bar Association, 1969
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • PUBLISHED WORKS: "10...9...8...RUPA's Retroactive Liftoff", Florida Bar Journal, December, 1997; "Statute of Limitations Under Rule 10b-5", 21 Securities and Commodities Regulation 197, November, 1988; "Statute of Limitations for Implied Actions", 41 The Business Lawyer 645, February, 1986; "Exempt Transactions and Federal Requirements", Florida Corporations (Matthew Bender), 1985; "Regulation D - The SEC's New Private Offering Rules", Florida Bar Journal, November, 1982; "Federal and State Regulation of Political Contributions", Florida Bar Journal, April, 1980; "Intrastate Exemption", Florida and Federal Securities Regulation, The Florida Bar, Second Edition, 1979.

Industry Groups

  • Banking
  • Business Law And Litigation
  • Financial
  • Real Estate
  • Trusts And Estates
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Office Location for James W. Beasley, Jr.

315 5th St
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Last Updated: 12/29/2020

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