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James S. Meyer
James S. Meyer
Partner — Tax
Partner — Tax

James S. Meyer

James S. Meyer

Trammell Crow Center
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3900
Dallas, Texas 75201

start quote symbolTax touches everything. Any business transaction has a tax component to it. I enjoy coming up with solutions on the best ways to structure business transactions and arrangements to help my clients achieve their business goals.end quote symbol
James S. Meyer

Experience Highlights

  • Tax counsel to Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (HEP) in connection with a $1.25 billion recapitalization that eliminated HEP’s incentive distribution rights and general partner economic interest in exchange for HEP common units 

  • Devon Energy Corp. in the $3.125 billion sale of ownership interests in EnLink Midstream Partners and EnLink Midstream to Global Infrastructure Partners

  • SemGroup Corporation in its $2.1 billion acquisition of Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company, one of the largest oil terminals in the U.S., from Alinda Capital Partners

  • TPG RE Finance Trust, Inc. in its $233 million initial public offering and multiple follow-on offerings

  • Holly Corporation in its $7 billion merger with Frontier Oil Corporation, creating one of the largest independent refiners in the United States

  • Devon Energy Corp. in the $8.84 billion contribution of substantially all of its U.S. midstream business to Crosstex Energy and Crosstex Energy to form a consolidated midstream business controlled by Devon

  • Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust in its $200 million initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange and its subsequent sale to Starwood Capital for $2.85 billion

  • Rayonier in an internal reorganization and spin-off of its non-REIT qualifying wood products business to its public shareholders

  • Pioneer Natural Resources in its $1.3 billion joint venture with Reliance Industries for the development of acreage in the Eagle Ford Shale

  • Targa Resources Partners and Targa Resources Corp. in the $7.7 billion acquisition of Atlas Pipeline Partners and Atlas Energy

  • Plains All American Pipeline in its $744 million merger with PAA Natural Gas Storage, L.P. through a unit-for-unit exchange

  • HM Capital Partners in the $660 million sale through an auction process of Sturm Foods, a private label food manufacturer

  • Constellation Energy in the $175 million acquisition of MXEnergy Company, a retail electric and gas supply company with operations in 14 states and Canada

  • HollyFrontier Corporation in the $315 million drop down of its interest in the owner of a refined products pipeline and related assets to Holly Energy Partners

  • T-3 Energy Services in the $422 million sale of the company to Robbins & Myers

  • EXCO Resources in connection with the sales of interests in the Haynesville and Marcellus shale plays for $1.4 billion, and the formation of joint ventures to govern the drilling and development of such interests, including $550 million of carried interest obligations

  • Brazos Private Equity Partners in the acquisition of a substantial majority interest in Vision Source, a practice development and supply chain solutions provider for independent optometrists and dentists in the United States and Canada

  • ArcBest Corporation in the approximately $180 million acquisition of Panther Expedited Services, Inc., a North American transportation and logistics provider


  • Southern Methodist University, J.D., 1982 (Order of the Coif; Editor, Journal of Air Law & Commerce)
  • Southern Methodist University, B.B.A. summa cum laude, 1979 (Beta Gamma Sigma)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), Tax Law (Dallas), 2005−2024
  • Legal 500 U.S., Domestic Tax: Central, 2012
  • Former Chair: Tax Section, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member: Committee on Partnership Tax, Tax Section, American Bar Association
  • Texas
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Claims Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • “IRS Issues Guidance on Elective Cash Stock Dividends by REITs,” V&E REIT Update E-communication, August 16, 2017 (co-author)
  • Author of various articles in Journal of Taxation, Journal of Partnership Taxation, 42nd Annual Institute on Oil & Gas Law and Taxation, and Journal of Air Law & Commerce
  • Speaker on various topics before the Dallas Bar Association Tax Section and Southwestern Legal Foundation’s Oil & Gas Tax Institute