Jim Birge propels companies toward their goals for growth. He advises on corporate transactions and represents high-growth companies in corporate governance, commercial and regulatory matters.

Corporate Expertise

  • Mergers and Acquisitions — Represents private equity firms, family offices and operating companies in acquisitions, dispositions, mergers and other business combinations.
  • Corporate Finance — Advises clients in connection with seed and venture capital investments, mezzanine financing and commercial credit facilities.
  • Economic Development — Advises clients on state and local economic incentive programs, including EDGE, training grants, property tax abatement and the creation of TIF districts.
  • Entrepreneurship — Counsels emerging businesses on formation, employment issues, equity structure, licensing and intellectual property matters, and acquiring investments.
  • Contracts — Advises sports and entertainment clients on marketing agreements, recording contracts, licensing, publishing deals and event sponsorships.

Trusted Advisor

Jim acts as transaction and/or general corporate counsel to many companies with a top 10 U.S. and/or global market share.

Industry Expertise

Jim has experience counseling on strategic mergers and acquisitions in industries such as food and agribusiness, information technology, consumer products, insurance, manufacturing, and life sciences.

Indy M&A Leader

Jim is the founder and chair of Faegre Baker Daniels’ M&A Conference in Indianapolis, which is Indiana's largest M&A conference.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


University of Michigan Law School
J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Michigan Law Review (editor) (1998)

Harvard University
B.A. cum laude (1995)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • The Year Ahead
    Association for Corporate Growth, Indianapolis Business Journal insert, April 10, 2017
  • Market Update — Current Deal Activity, Valuations and Outlook
    Moderator, Faegre Baker Daniels Indianapolis M&A Conference, June 2016
  • Crisis Management and the Legal Response to a Government Investigation
    Association of Corporate Counsel, June 2016
  • Middle Market in Review: 2015
    Indianapolis Business Journal, April 18, 2016
  • Negotiating a Complex Transaction — Legal Pitfalls Before the Deal Is Signed
    Association of Corporate Counsel, June 2015
  • Negotiating a Complex Transaction — Legal Pitfalls Before the Deal Is Signed
    Co-presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel, Indiana Chapter, June 2015
  • Connecting With Other Professional Problem Solvers
    Indianapolis Business Journal, April 20, 2015
  • Building a State of Innovation
    Indianapolis Business Journal, April 29, 2013

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Association for Corporate Growth, Indiana Chapter — Board of Directors (President-Elect)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association — Business Section
  • Indiana State Bar Association — Business Section
  • American Bar Association — Business Section

Civic Activities

  • Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce — Board of Directors, 2015-17
  • Arts Council of Indianapolis — Board of Directors
  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful — Board of Directors


  • Acritas — Star Lawyer, 2018
  • Chambers USA: A Guide to American's Leading Business Lawyers — Corporate/M&A, 2016-18
  • Indianapolis Business Journal — Forty Under 40 Award, 2008
  • Sagamore of the Wabash
  • Junior Achievement's "Best and Brightest" Under Age 40 (Law), 2005
  • Junior Achievement's "Best and Brightest" Under Age 40 (Government), 2004
  • Clarence Darrow Scholar
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