Attorney James L. Walker, Jr. serves as managing partner of Walker and Associates, LLP, a leading entertainment law firm; president of JW Consulting, LLC, an entertainment consulting, event management and planning company; and managing partner of J. Walker Realty, LLC, a commercial real estate acquisition company.
Walker’s legal practice consists of entertainment, litigation, business, intellectual property and corporate law. Walker started his firm, Walker and Associates, LLP, eight years ago after his tenure at a top-tier Connecticut law firm. Walker’s client list over the years have included, Capitol Records pop superstar Cole; actor Jamie Foxx; Director Bill Duke; BET host Dr. Bobby Jones; award winning writer/producer/arranger Donald Lawrence; WNBA Star Ruthie Bolton-Holifield; Grammy Award Winners Hezekiah Walker, Shirley Caesar, Albertina Walker, Tramaine Hawkins, and Yolanda Adams, and phenomenal international minister Jackie McCullough. Walker’s literary projects have included representing renowned journalist and scholar Dr. Barbara Reynolds, author of the upcoming autobiography of Coretta Scott King; noted author and scholar Randall Robinson; and negotiating with Harper Collins for multi-platinum rapper and actor DMX’s book. Whether in books, recording contracts, or mergers and acquisitions, Walker has developed the legal expertise to close the deal.
Walker’s high profile legal clientele has bolstered his entertainment consulting firm, JW Consulting, LLC. Walker began promoting plays and concerts twenty years ago while in college. In recent times, Walker has promoted Grammy Award Winners Patti LaBelle and Freddie Jackson in concert. Walker has also teamed up with the world’s largest gaming facility, Foxwoods Resort and Casino, to host New England’s largest urban and gospel music summit, The Urban IMPACT Summit. Walker designed the Summit to attract political and industry leaders, athletes, and music artists that impart knowledge to youth and adults in the urban community. The Summit also affords Walker the opportunity to direct and executive produce footage for a season of television programming that airs on The Word Network. New this year, Walker has launched a commercial real estate acquisition company, J. Walker Realty, LLC. Walker has already made great inroads into this industry with the acquisition of five commercial units in Stamford and Hartford, CT consisting of 36 total units. Walker has another deal pending.
Walker holds a law degree from Howard University and a Master’s of Divinity from Yale University. Walker is an adjunct professor teaching entertainment law at the University of Connecticut School of Law, and he has also taught at Boston College School of Law and the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music. Walker has just released the sequel to the legendary “This Business of Music” series published by Billboard Books entitled “This Business of Urban Music”. In the past, Walker has served as guest commentator on leading entertainment issues for CBS and its affilliate BET, Court TV’s Prime Time Justice, Power of Attorney, and Gospel Music Workshop Association (GMWA).
Above all, Walker is married to Los Angeles native Cristi C. Walker, former in-house counsel with Northeast Utilities and partner in Walker and Associates. The couple has four children (Jordan, James III, Kristian Joi, and Zion).