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James D. Garbus

Garden City, Long Island, NY

Direct: (516) 592-5797
Fax: (516) 741-6706
New York City, NY
Direct: (212) 763-7005
Fax: (212) 763-7024
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Corporate law
Corporate Finance


University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1987 cum laude Order of the Coif Dickinson College, B.A. English & Spanish, 1984 magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa Sigma Delta Pi


American Bar Association
Bar Association of the City of New York
Business Advisory Board of the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Middle Marketing Alliance of Long Island, Inc., Founding Member, and Co-Chair
Producers Guild of America, Producer’s Council


New York State

James D. Garbus is a Partner of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.. He is Chair of the Corporate Law Department and Chair of the Corporate Finance Practice. Mr. Garbus represents established as well as start-up businesses, providing day-to-day general corporate representation including legal and business advice to management on strategic planning (including exit strategies) and operational issues as they arise. Mr. Garbus focuses his practice in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance (representing both issuers and investors and including seed, private equity, and venture capital transactions and mezzanine and acquisition financing). Mr. Garbus also represents banks, other debt providers, and borrowers in lending transactions (including senior secured and subordinated debt facilities). He has experience in structuring and forming complex joint ventures, limited partnerships, and limited liability companies.

Over the past 20 years, Mr. Garbus has spent significant time counseling shareholders, partners, members and companies on strategizing, negotiating, and settling business owner disputes and partnership divorces of closely-held companies.

Notable experience includes:

  • Represented private equity firm in roll-up acquisition of multiple international semiconductor businesses and subsequent sale to an international public company
  • Represented manufacturer of products for the aerospace and military markets in sale to a private equity firm
  • Represented private multi-generational family-owned business in ESOP transactions
  • Represented national bank in the restructuring of secured debt to corporate borrower in connection with its sale to a private equity firm
  • Represented two digital media advertising firms in their sale to a major mobile and social app publisher

From 2019-2021, Mr. Garbus was named to the New York Super Lawyers list. In 2019, Mr. Garbus was awarded Long Island Business News’ Executive Circle Award. He is a founding member and co-chair of the Middle Market Alliance of Long Island, Inc. Since 2010, Mr. Garbus has been recognized annually as a top corporate attorney in Long Island Business News’ Who’s Who in Corporate Law.

Mr. Garbus is also the co-founder of a film finance and production company. He is the producer of several independent films and other productions. He is also a former member of the Board of Naked Angels theater company in New York City.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Garbus was in private practice. Before that, Mr. Garbus was a Partner at Parker Chapin LLP and an Associate at Breed Abbott & Morgan LLP where he practiced in the Corporate Department.