James K. Dyer, Jr.

James K. Dyer, Jr.


James K. Dyer, Jr.


With more than 25 years of experience as a corporate and bank regulatory lawyer and a background in public accounting, Jim Dyer serves as outside general counsel to a number of business enterprises ranging from privately held businesses to public companies, including financial institutions.

He guides his clients through complex business and finance transactions as an active member of their management teams. Clients appreciate Jim’s approachable demeanor, proven judgment and unwavering client loyalty and dedication.  With over four years of experience as in-house counsel for a large, regional bank holding company, Jim also has perspective that many corporate lawyers do not have.

On any given day, Jim assists clients with a variety of general corporate matters, including corporate governance, corporate structuring, and shareholder relations.  He has a very active financial institutions practice that includes bank mergers and acquisitions and regulatory compliance.  When his clients desire to raise money, they turn to Jim for assistance with corporate finance and capital strategies.  Depending on their growth strategies, Jim assists his clients with organic growth through the development of legal strategies for new products or services or the entry into new markets, and has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience.  With a strong understanding of his clients’ businesses, Jim is also very active with general business matters, including contract negotiations, strategic alliances, and the resolution of disputes.

In his role as outside general counsel, Jim serves as a trusted advisor and when needed draws upon the depth and experience of other lawyers in the firm in such areas as dispute resolution, real estate purchases, sales and leasing, intellectual property, employment, and environmental issues.


  • Serve as outside general counsel to one of the country’s largest credit unions and various community banks in the California Central Valley.
  • Advised $900 million publicly traded bank holding company on acquisition of $200 million bank in merger transaction valued at $24 million consisting of half cash and half publicly traded stock, including active involvement with due diligence, negotiation of Agreement and Plan of Reorganization, advising Board of Directors on fiduciary duties in connection with merger, filing regulatory applications with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the California Department of Financial Institutions, registering the stock with the Securities and Exchange Commission, rendering a tax opinion, and consummating the merger transaction.
  • Advised financial institution in $250 million note purchase.
  • Advised publicly traded bank holding company in $8 million private equity offering.
  • Advised shareholder in acquisition of control of bank holding company, including filing of a Change of Bank Control Application with Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
  • Advised seller in sale of regionally branded meat packing company.
  • Advised buyer in acquisition of petroleum supply company.
  • Advised shareholder in purchase of shares in CA Corporate Code section 2000 dissolution action.
  • Advised physicians in separation from medical practice as part of a dispute resolution.
  • Structure corporate organization for future national franchisor.
  • Structure corporate organization for large, family-owned winery and vineyard.
  • Advised energy consulting and engineering firm on split off transaction.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Co-Chair, San Joaquin A+
  • Board Member, San Joaquin Business Council
  • Member, Capital Region Family Business Center
  • Former appointed member of the following standing committees of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California: Executive Committee, Corporations Committee and Financial Institutions Committee

Honors And Rankings

  • Outstanding Graduating Student in Taxation, Texas Tech University School of Law, 1990
  • Sacramento Magazine, Top Lawyer, Banking & Financial Services and Business/Corporate, 2015-2016
  • Super Lawyers, Northern California Super Lawyer, Business and Corporate, 2016
  • Sacramento Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2015-2016

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