Golden Holley James LLP, founded in 1993, combines the sophistication and experience of a large law firm with the attention to detail, personal service, cost efficiency and cordial working environment usually associated with small firms.  The mission of the firm is to provide expert legal advice to clients working to improve their communities with creative use of economic development finance tools.

GHJ strives to fulfill or exceed clients’ needs and expectations in a personable and cost effective manner consistent with the highest professional and ethical standards of the legal profession. GHJ is dedicated to providing high quality legal services and establishing and maintaining long-term relationships. GHJ is committed to being responsive to clients, responsible to the profession and reasonable in its pricing.

Our firm is among a select group of law firms with a national reputation for its scope and depth of experience in the area of public finance.  Understanding the requirements and expectations of all aspects of finance transactions, the firm’s broad range of expertise has permitted it to serve as sole bond counsel on issues in excess of $3 billion in the aggregate. Moreover, we are one of a very small number of minority-owned law firms to serve as bond counsel on transactions in excess of $100 million par amount, which we have done nine times: twice for the State of Illinois, four times for the City of Atlanta, twice for Miami-Dade County and once for the State of Georgia.


Charles J. Holley
Charles J. HolleyAttorney

Charles J. Holley has served as bond counsel and underwriters’ counsel in a variety of finance transactions throughout the State of Illinois. Read More

Robert E. James, II
Robert E. James, IIAttorney

Robert E. James, II has a diverse practice that includes municipal finance, general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, real estate development and governmental relations. Read More

Natalia Pearson-Farrer
Natalia Pearson-FarrerAttorney

Natalia Pearson-Farrer focuses her practice on public finance and general corporate transactions, with particular experience in post-issuance tax and securities law compliance issues, tax-exempt leasing and economic development. Read More

Susan L. Ariel
Susan L. ArielAttorney

Susan Ariel is a results-oriented attorney with over 25 years of experience negotiating and documenting direct and third-party financing transactions and syndications. Read More

Martye Kendrick
Martye KendrickAttorney

Martye Kendrick focuses her practice on corporate and real estate lending, as well as municipal finance. Read More

Steven J. Gray
Steven J. GrayAttorney

Steven J. Gray is a corporate securities and bond lawyer representing a diverse group of clients, including governmental units, financial firms and businesses.Read More