Larry James partners with real estate developers to execute transactions that align to their business goals. He represents clients in sales and leasing transactions, title review, financing, tax credit transactions, platting, and municipal entitlements. He works closely with developers on land development as well as redevelopment transactions.

Past Experience

Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Larry owned a development company that lead a major mixed-use redevelopment project, restored historic homes, and successfully obtained Federal Historic Tax Credits and State Historic Tax Credits for projects.


Bar Admissions



Drake University Law School
J.D. with honors (2001)

Marquette University
B.A. in International Affairs, cum laude (1994)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Urban Land Institute

Civic Activities

  • Connect Downtown — Co-Chair, 2016-present
  • Plan DSM Advisory Committee — Committee Member, 2016-present
  • Des Moines Film Society — Board Member, 2016-present
  • Capital Cross Roads, Natural Capital — Co-Chair, 2015-present
  • Iowa Soil and Water Future Task Force — Co-Chair, 2015-16
  • City Sounds: Des Moines Piano Project — Co-Founder, Board Member, 2014-17
  • Urban Land Institute Iowa — Co-Founder, Chair 2013-16; Governance Chair, 2016-present
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership Sustainability Committee — Chair, 2010-13
  • Roosevelt Cultural District Streetscape Committee — Committee Member, 2011-13
  • West Side Chamber of Commerce — Board Member, 2010-12
  • Polk County Bar Association — Real Estate Committee, Chairperson, 2009-11
  • Neighborhood Resource Office — Board Member, 2008, 10
  • Neighborhood Finance Corporation — Board Member 2005-06
  • Drake Area Business Association — President, Vice President and Board Member, 2002-10
  • City of Des Moines Housing Appeals Board — Chair, Vice-Chair, Board Member, 1999-05
  • Drake Neighborhood Association — President, Vice President and Board Member, 1999-06


  • CEOs for Cities — City Changemaker, May 2016
  • Des Moines Bicycle Collective — Bicycle Advocate of the Year Award, 2015
  • Des Moines Register — 14 People to Watch in 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America — Land Use & Zoning Law, 2011
  • Chambers USA — Associate to Watch, Real Estate, 2010
  • Des Moines Business Record — Forty Under 40, 2009
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership — Young Professional of the Year, 2008
  • Alice Rodine Awards — Outstanding Local Business, 2006
  • City of Des Moines — Certificate of Appreciation for Housing Appeals Board Service, 2005
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015, 2017-18
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