James R. Harper

Partner

Tel: (951) 826-8462

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At a Glance

Jim assists private businesses and their owners with all of their general legal counsel requirements. Jim's experience includes a broad spectrum of business, estate planning and real estate matters.
 
He is also a founding organizer, chair and presenter for the Riverside Investor’s Business Daily Meetup Group.
 
Jim is a member of a local competitive cycling team.

Jim Harper provides advice and counsel in general business, mergers and acquisitions, financing, franchising and real estate law matters. Jim also helps successful business owners and families with their business succession and estate planning needs. He is a partner of Best Best & Krieger LLP and a member of the firm’s Business practice group.

Prior to returning to BB&K in 2010, Jim was a shareholder at the Redlands firm of McPeters McAlearney Shimoff & Hatt. He previously practiced law with BB&K and Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, where he represented clients in general business, real estate, land use and employment law matters.

Jim assists clients in a variety of business, estate planning and real estate matters, including the purchase and sale of closely held businesses, tenant-occupied office buildings, shopping centers, golf course clubs and resort properties, and entitled vacant land. In these various matters, he has structured and negotiated the transactions, as well as documented and assisted with due diligence, third-party contracts and consents, environmental matters, governmental entitlements, title insurance and escrow closings. Jim also represents real estate lenders and borrowers in real property secured financing matters, and landlords and tenants in leasing transactions.

Jim is a member of Wealth Counsel, a nationwide community of estate planning and business law attorneys dedicated to developing and maintaining the very best estate planning and business law practices and technical expertise of its members. He is also a founding organizer, chair and presenter for the Riverside Investor’s Business Daily Meetup Group.

Jim is an active member of Citrus Valley Velo, a local competitive cycling team. His other interests include skiing and spending time with his wife, four children and the California Delta. Jim is admitted to practice law in the State of California.

Education

  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D.
  • Brigham Young University, B.S.

 

Best in Law: IRS Moves Mean It’s Time to Shift Family Entity Wealth
Authored Articles & Publications Aug 10, 2015

Best in Law: IRS Moves Mean It’s Time to Shift Family Entity Wealth

Family Businesses That Want to Take Advantage of Valuation Must Act Quickly to Shift Significant Value From Their Estate Into the Hands of Others, BB&K Attorney James Harper Writes in The Press-Enterprise

  • “Dealing with the Dangers of Online Reviewing,” Riverside Press-Enterprise, July 13, 2014
  • “Crowdfunding Gets an Equity Boost,” Riverside Press-Enterprise, Nov. 13, 2013
  • “Know Your Legal Options When Selling A Business,” Riverside Press-Enterprise, Feb. 28, 2012