James Dressman
Dressman Benzinger LaVelle psc

207 Thomas More Parkway
Crestview Hills, KY 41017, United States
Phone: 859-341-1881
Fax: 859-341-1469
Areas of Practice
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Finance & Banking
  • Real Estate
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Practice/Organization Description

Dressman Benzinger LaVelle psc (DBL Law) is a full-service law firm of 39 attorneys and 51 staff, with offices located in Cincinnati, Ohio and Crestview Hills, Kentucky. DBL attorneys represent private individuals and companies in many industries and areas of law including: Administrative, Banking & Commercial, Business Organizations and Taxation, Civil Litigation, Construction, Employment and Labor, Estate Planning and Probate, Healthcare, Real Estate, Technology and Workers' Compensation.

James A. Dressman III represents profit and nonprofit entities and individuals in financial transactions, business mergers and asset acquisitions and sales, and real estate acquisitions and development. He provides guidance for entity structuring, reorganization, owner and employee buy/sell arrangements and management and owner successions, with respect to general business and tax matters. Jim has successfully guided clients through a number of significant matters:

• He represented the owners in the land acquisition, development and financing of the Kentucky Speedway motor sports complex and its subsequent sale to Speedway Motorsports Inc. He continues to represent the new owners of Kentucky Speedway as it acquires land and expands facilities to accommodate the Sprint Cup Series.

• He has handled various transactions in the healthcare industry including bond financing, physician practice mergers and acquisitions and hospital mergers.

• He has also guided clients in numerous transactions in other industries including the sale of a sports complex in 2007, the strategic purchase by an industrial valve sales and manufacturing company of an industrial valve servicing company, and the acquisition by a specialty paper company of a New England division; and the site acquisition and construction of franchised restaurants.

• He has also assisted several clients with restructuring of family owned businesses and succession planning.

Jim has extensive and varied experience in representing financial institutions in all types of financing transactions and in special asset workouts. His experience includes the structuring of a floating restaurant and entertainment complex with U.S. Coast Guard registered vessels on a publicly owned leasehold; and its eventual unwind through bankruptcy with no loss to the financial institutions he represented.

Jim currently is involved in his community and serves on several planned giving and development committees for Thomas More College, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington and Saint Charles Care Center. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Freestore Foodbank and the Freestore Foodbank Foundation, the Board of Advisors of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, past president of Greenup Haus, Inc., a low income nonprofit housing project, and was past president and board member for over 13 years of Senior Services of Northern Kentucky.

Bar Admissions

Commonwealth of Kentucky

State of Ohio

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Licensed Title Insurance Agent in Ohio


J.D., University of Kentucky (1977)

B.A., Thomas More College (cum laude, 1974)

Professional Associations & Memberships

Kentucky Bar Association (Chair of Audit Committee)

Northern Kentucky Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Cincinnati Bar Association

Kentucky Banker’s Association (Bank Counsel Division)

Association for Capital Growth

Cincinnati Estate Planning Council

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce

Honors and Awards

Cincy Business Magazine’s Leading Lawyers Award in Banking since 2004

Best Lawyers in America (Banking & Finance Law) 2012

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated

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