Haynes and Boone Partner James Waters Named to Savoy Magazine 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers


Haynes and Boone, LLP Finance Partner James Waters has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Influential Black Lawyers for 2015 by Savoy Magazine.

The magazine’s comprehensive list features the top partners from leading national law firms and corporate counsel from Fortune 1000 companies.

“Over the years, we have grown to expect such accolades for James,” said firm Managing Partner Tim Powers. “His incredible intellect and steadfast devotion to the profession and the community set him apart from his peers. We are proud and gratified he is a Haynes and Boone partner.”

Added Scott Night, chair of the firm’s Finance Section: “Clients respect James for his business acumen and savvy negotiation skills. Whether he is representing Fortune 500 companies, money center banks and other major financial institutions, or private equity funds in international transactions or providing general business advice to domestic enterprises, our clients have come to trust James to handle their most critical legal needs. He is a true team player.”

The Savoy listing is comprised of the “best of the best” of Black lawyers that are partners within leading national law firms and also corporate counsel from Fortune 1000 corporations. As diversity and inclusion for legal professionals continues to grow, Savoy’s listing of top lawyers emerges with an influential cross section of legal professionals representing a diverse range of expertise with national and global responsibilities.

“Savoy is proud to be at the vanguard of recognizing excellence and success within private industry and corporate professionals,” said L.P. Green, II, publisher. “Recognizing the Most Influential Black Lawyers is a natural extension of our ongoing coverage of influencers and achievers that began in with the creation of the Most Influential Black Executives and Most Influential Black Women listings. We remain committed to recognizing and exposing the world to the full spectrum of excellence within the African American community.”

Savoy focuses this issue on the top lawyers, showcasing visionaries, leaders and advocates – including partners and counsel – within the legal profession who are widely recognized for their professionalism, protection of rights and community service.

Waters concentrates his practice in representing a variety of enterprises in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of domestic and international financing transactions and corporate restructurings and in providing general business advice to domestic and international enterprises.

He has also served as a guest lecturer at SMU Dedman School of Law on NAFTA and related financial services regulations and at the University of Texas at Dallas Executive MBA Program, on international business law.  Previously, Mr. Waters practiced law with a major New York law firm, and held a business position with a national financial institution where he managed a portfolio of debt, subordinated debt, and equity financings.

“Savoy is proud to congratulate those recognized within the 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers listing,” Green said. “We salute their achievement and leadership working at the highest levels within firms of influence and global corporations. 

“This is the definitive and most comprehensive list of Black lawyers compiled within the last five years and we’re proud to share their impact with our readers.”

About Savoy

Savoy Magazine is a national publication covering the power, substance and style of African American lifestyle. From entertainment to sports, business to politics, design to style, Savoy is a cultural catalyst for the African-American community that showcases and drives positive dialogue on and about Black culture. Savoy is published quarterly and distributed via subscriptions and newsstands worldwide. Look for the new Savoy app available for iOS and Android devices March 27, 2015.

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