Attorney James M. LaLiberty
Commercial Real Estate, Corporations, Contract Law
Jim is a graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A. cum laude, 1977), where he majored in philosophy, and the University of Maine School of Law (1980). He concentrates his practice at Jabar LaLiberty & Dubord, LLC on commercial transactions, business law, and the formation and structuring of business entities.
He has extensive experience representing banks, credit unions, and private lenders in all aspects of commercial loans and represents both buyers and sellers in the sale of businesses and business assets, including commercial real estate. Prior to its sale in 2010, Jim was general counsel for the country's leading occupational health software developer, and represents many area businesses.
Jim won two important, precedent-setting cases for the Maine equipment rental industry establishing an inventory exemption from property tax resulting in the savings of millions of dollars: Eagle Rental, Inc. v. City of Waterville, 632 A.2d 130 (Me. 1993) and Handyman Equipment Rental et. al. v. City of Portland, 724 A.2d 605 (Me. 1999). The cases had a national impact, resulting in responsive legislation in 16 states. Jim also handles a variety of general legal matters.
Raised in Waterville, Jim and his wife, Julie Schoenthaler, a recently retired teacher in the Waterville School System, have two married children (and four grandchildren): James, a Colby College graduate and partner at the firm, and Elizabeth, (University of New Hampshire '05).
For many years, Jim coached youth hockey in Waterville. He serves on the Board of Directors for Maine General Hospital, the Waterville Opera House and Waterville Creates! He enjoys music and plays guitar, reads history, and is an amateur photographer.
Our attorneys never back down
We represent small retail stores, contractors, manufacturers, start-ups, software and IT companies, assisted living facilities, banks and credit unions. Our attorneys have experience in the formation of corporations, LLC’s, partnerships and limited partnerships, as well as commercial lending, business sales and commercial real estate.
Our firm was founded in 1979 and since that time we have helped countless clients with cases involving car accidents, premises liability, personal injury, commercial transactions, business law and Social Security disability claims. We never back down from a challenge and have earned a reputation as lawyers that Mainers trust.
We’re a family law firm, and are committed to helping other families throughout the community. Our lawyers were born and raised here. We’ve chosen to work and raise our families here. So when our fellow residents need our help, we work hard to get the best possible outcome in their case.
At other firms, you may deal with a case manager and rarely speak to the lawyer handling your case. Not here. Personal attention to clients is important to us. From your initial consultation to the resolution of your case, you will be in regular contact with us. Our attorney will keep you informed every step of the way.
If you need legal help concerning a commercial transaction or business law matter – or were involved in an accident – learn more about how we can help. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.