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James A. Kuzmich, Esq. (602) 888-9229   Download PDF

Favored for his tenacious approach to complex legal issues, Jim Kuzmich focuses his practice on entertainment law, corporate law, intellectual property, and all types of business transactions. He has additional experience in real estate transactions and employment contracts.

Jim provides legal counsel to small and mid-sized businesses, advising on both the challenges and growth opportunities that owners experience throughout numerous transitional phases. Notably, Jim is a valued advisor during the acquisition or sale of a company as well as navigating business partnerships. He has assisted startup companies faced with a myriad of legal issues, including entity formation and structure, commercial leasing, intellectual property protection, and general operational matters.

Highly regarded as one of the state’s top entertainment attorneys, Jim has experience representing musicians, YouTube influencers, entertainers, and professional athletes. He brings extensive knowledge of trademark, copyright, and licensing law, presenting practical solutions to some of the most common legal issues that musical artists and other creatives face. He previously served as in-house counsel and vice president to a mid-sized baseball agency specializing in athletic representation. During his tenure, Jim assisted with negotiating player contract salaries, endorsements contracts and preparing salary arbitration cases.

Jim also offers unique insight into the telecommunications industry, having assisted with both tower development and corporate legal issues, including new site acquisition and tower optimization projects.

Before co-founding Guidant, Jim honed his diverse skill sets at Portland-based Davis Dixon Kirby LLP, where he served as founding and managing partner, as well as Davis Wright Tremaine in Portland.

  • Serves as a legal and business advisor to numerous corporate clients, proving guidance on starting a business, entity formation, commercial leasing, and intellectual property.
  • Assists business with issues involving entity formation, commercial leasing, intellectual property, and general corporate matters.
  • Involved in negotiating employment and endorsement contracts, as an in-house legal counsel to a mid-sized agency specializing in athletic representation.
  • Worked with telecommunications companies to revise title issues and negotiate tower leases.
  • Advised site acquisition companies and tower companies on corporate legal issues and tower development.
  • Certified agent, Major League Baseball Players Association
  • Voting member, Country Music Association
  • Voting member, Academy of Country Music
  • J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law
    • Founded the school’s Sports and Entertainment Law Association
  • B.S., Hotel and Restaurant Management, Northern Arizona University
  • Admitted in Arizona, Oregon, and Tennessee