Jamie Payne is special counsel in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's Dallas office.

Areas of Practice

Through her diverse experience and unique background, Jamie represents public and privately-held companies in sales, acquisitions and mergers. She also works with clients to structure, plan and document joint venture opportunities and negotiate complex commercial contracts. Jamie works with clients across several different industries, including healthcare, transportation, retail, cosmetics, food and beverage, manufacturing and renewable energy.       

Jamie began her legal career as a public company mergers and acquisitions attorney, and she has broadened her practice over the last several years. Throughout her legal career, she has been a valuable member of significant transaction deal teams, including representations involving:

  • a public company acquisition of a privately-held pet product business;
  • a strategic alliance between retailers to expand in-store and online retail business with new products;
  • a public company merger with a privately-held global producer of custom polymer powders and plastic firm concentrates, which transaction was valued at more than $190 million;
  • a public company in its divestiture of an election systems business;
  • a public company auction process that resulted in the corporation’s acquisition by a security and technology company in a transaction valued at more than $600 million;
  • a home health and hospice services joint venture between two large healthcare systems; and
  • a public company’s acquisitions of multiple small businesses across the U.S. ranging in values.

In addition to her experience with larger M&A transactions, Jamie also represents middle market clients and small businesses in their commercial transactions and corporate governance matters, and she has represented borrowers and lenders in connection with commercial loans.    

Jamie recognizes that business and contract matters require more than legal counsel – effective communication and attention to business relationships are necessary for cost-efficient negotiation and problem solving. She negotiates deal points and transaction documents using the communication skills she learned through FBI Basic Crisis Negotiation Training and advanced law enforcement courses.


J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 2008, Magna Cum Laude

B.S., Baldwin Wallace University, 2003, Magna Cum Laude


  • Texas
  • Arizona
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