Jim Murphy has represented both governmental entities and private sector clients in numerous economic incentives transactions. He has assisted in the creation of economic incentives grant programs, structuring tax increment financings, and negotiating in lieu of tax agreements. Jim has made presentations on economic incentives to the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development, the Tennessee Economic Development Council, and the staff of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.
Jim practiced for 18 years in the legal department of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, serving as the Director of Law from 1993 to 1999. In his highly visible role with the City, Jim provided legal advice to the Mayor and Metro Council, along with other municipal departments, boards, and commissions. He counseled the Mayor and the Metro Council regarding the economic development incentives for Opryland, Columbia/HCA, Thomas Nelson, and Dell Computer Corporation. Jim’s legal acumen was also instrumental in the establishment of the Sports Authority and the Hospital Authority in Nashville, the development of the downtown arena and the football stadium, and the leases with the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators.
In addition to assisting clients on economic incentives, Jim handles complex matters involving zoning, condemnation, elections, telecommunications, municipal law, environmental law, and commercial real estate.