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James E. Wreggelsworth

WreggelsworthJames
Partner
T206.757.8174
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Jim Wreggelsworth advises clients in a wide range of transactional and federal tax matters, including complex merger and acquisition transactions, real estate, and private equity investments. He counsels clients on the structuring and taxation of pass-through entities such as partnerships, limited liability companies, and S corporations. Jim also counsels clients on general corporate, individual, and employment-related tax matters. Jim is a past chair of the Partnership and LLCs Committee of the American Bar Association Tax Section.

Representative Experience

ATA Retail Services, Inc.

Tax counsel to ATA Retail Services Inc. in connection with corporate restructure and contemporaneous sale of a majority interest in the company to a private equity buyer. (2016)

Nintendo of America

Tax counsel to Nintendo in sale of a controlling interest in the Seattle Mariners and in the regional sports network. (2016)

Pacific Market International, LLC

Tax counsel to Pacific Market International LLC and its founder in equity investment by Endeavour Capital, related partial liquidity event for founder, and contemporaneous strategic acquisition of Formation Brands. (2016)

Victory Brewing Company

Tax counsel to Victory Brewing Company and its majority shareholders in a recapitalization, sale, and investment by Artisanal Brewing Ventures. (2016)

Big Fish Games, Inc.

Tax counsel to founder and largest equity holder in $885 million sale of Big Fish Games, Inc. to Churchill Downs. (2015)

Milestone Technologies, Inc.

Tax counsel to Milestone Technologies Inc. in the sale of the company to a private equity buyer. (2014)

Navitas Naturals LLC

Tax counsel to superfood snack company, Navitas Naturals LLC, in the sale of a minority ownership interest to a private equity firm. (2014)

Clearwire Corporation

Tax counsel to Clearwire in its equity financings and M&A transactions from 2003 until its sale to Sprint in 2013, including the $14.5 billion merger of Sprint and Clearwire WIMAX businesses and investment in Clearwire of $3.2 billion by Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Google, and Intel, and the follow-on $1.564 billion investment in Clearwire by Sprint, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Intel, and Eagle River. (2003-2013)

MidSpan Partners Holdings LLC; MidSpan Partners, LLC

Tax counsel to Midspan in merger of two middle-market investment banks. (2013)

Milestone Technologies, Inc.

Tax counsel to Milestone Technologies Inc. in connection with corporate restructuring and contemporaneous sale of the company to a private equity buyer. (2013)

PB Restaurants, LLC

Tax counsel to PB Restaurants LLC in connection with corporate restructuring and contemporaneous sale of a majority interest in the company to a private equity buyer. (2013)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Former Chair, Partnerships and LLC Committee, Section of Taxation, American Bar Association
  • Former Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Advisory Board, Corporate Tax and Business Planning Review, Bureau of National Affairs
  • Director, Attorney-CPA Tax Clinic, Bellevue, Wash., 1994-2010 
  • Former Chair, Seattle Tax Group, 1993-2001

Professional Recognition

  • Fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel
  • Named as one of "America’s Leading Lawyers for Business" in Corporate/Commercial: Tax (Washington) by Chambers USA, 2006-2016; Received "Band 1" ranking, 2012-2016
  • Selected by Best Lawyers as Seattle's "Lawyer of the Year" in Tax Law, 2016
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Tax Law by Best Lawyers, 2005-present
  • Listed in "Your Top Lawyers In the Puget Sound Region," Seattle Business, January 2012
  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2003-2016
  • Selected to the "Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2008-2009
  • Named as one of "155 Top Lawyers" by Seattle Magazine and Seattle Business Monthly, 2007
  • Named as one of "Puget Sound's Top 90 Business Lawyers" by Seattle Business Monthly, 2006
American Bar Association view tax section government submissions
Recognized by Chambers USA