Burr & Forman

Sam S. Grimes

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  • J.D., cum laude, University of Alabama School of Law (2016)
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Alabama
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • The Best Lawyers in America®️: Ones to Watch, Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2022)
  • Regularly counsels international automotive manufacturer on all phases of manufacturing process, including direct/indirect procurement of parts and services, equipment and tooling, antitrust compliance, and supply chain disruptions.

  • Counseled food distributor in multi-million dollar sale of assets.

  • Counseled solar developer in multi-million dollar purchase of facility.

  • Counseled private equity fund in multi-million dollar purchase of over 100 franchise locations.

  • Counseled biotechnology company in multi-million dollar sale of assets.

Associate | Birmingham, AL

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Services

Mergers & Acquisitions Commercial Contracts Private Equity & Venture Capital Economic Development Intellectual Property

Industries

Automotive

Sam practices in the firm’s Corporate and Tax practice group. He counsels domestic and international entities in areas including mergers and acquisitions, corporate formations and reorganizations, corporate governance, contract law, private placements, and intellectual property. He works with clients in a variety of industries and specializes in advanced manufacturing and technology companies—particularly in the automotive industry.

Sam’s corporate practice focuses on the following:

  • General Counsel Services- Regularly serves as outside counsel to global manufacturers and technology companies. Automotive experience includes the negotiation and enforcement of supply agreements involving hundreds of millions of dollars as well as counsel to OEMs facing catastrophic supply shortages and line stoppages. Frequently counsels clients on the licensing and protection of trade secrets.
  • Emerging Growth & Start-ups- Counsels start-ups from incorporation to liquidity event. Experience includes counsel to start-ups in the fintech and RV industries from incorporation through multiple capital raises.
  • Mergers & Acquisitions- Represents private companies on both buy-side and sell-side transactions as well as joint ventures. Experience includes representing private equity funds on the acquisition of portfolio companies as well as rapidly growing technology companies on strategic acquisitions.

Sam spent over a year in a secondment position with the legal department of an international automotive manufacturer, where he gained significant experience negotiating and enforcing complex supply agreements. Prior to his legal career, Sam worked for the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, where he developed programs to grow start-up companies and consulted on workforce development issues facing some of the state’s largest corporations.

Sam received his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Alabama School of Law, where he was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient. While in law school, Sam served as a Senior Editor of the Alabama Law Review and as a member of the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board.