JAMES E. FRIESE
A 35-year veteran of real estate law, James E. Friese brings extensive insight into both transactional and litigation matters facing businesses and individual property owners. He represents clients throughout the United States with business in Georgia on a wide-range of real estate matters and related bankruptcy matters involving those clients. He is a founding team member of Pursley Friese Torgrimson. Previously, he founded and operated for more than 20 years his own litigation firm, Friese Law LLC, before joining his daughter, Stephanie Friese, as a partner in her previous practice, Friese Legal LLC.
As a practicing attorney with Pursley Friese Torgrimson, James is involved in the quality review of all facets of the firm’s transactional real estate practice. He also brings seasoned litigation experience in both state and federal courts. As a former issuing agent for Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation, and an approved attorney for major title insurance issuers, James brings a specialty-focus to solving title and title policy issuance problems in complex commercial real estate transactions and acquisitions.
James also represents Pataula EMC, a division of Cobb EMC in real estate-related matters. He previously served as Pataula’s general counsel for 20 years before that organization was operationally merged with Cobb EMC. In addition to serving the legal needs of both large and small corporate businesses transactionally, and in both federal and state courts, James has particular expertise with real estate transactions involving local governmental entities, having served as city attorney for the cities of Cuthbert, Shellman, Coleman and Georgetown, Georgia, and as attorney for the Quitman County Board of Education.
Before pursuing law, James was a visiting instructor of accounting at Clemson University, a management auditor within the United States Department of Defense involved in auditing U.S. Army installations worldwide, and an Internal Revenue Agent auditing Corporations and Partnerships for the United States Internal Revenue Service.