Kanner Baker, LLC

Founding Partner

James R. Kanner


Jim Kanner is a founding partner of Kanner Baker, LLC.

His business practice areas include business structure and formation, business operations such as contracts, executive compensation, investment transactions including venture capital and private equity funding, and mergers and acquisitions. Jim’s estate planning practice focuses on foundational planning and encompasses wills, powers of attorney and healthcare directives, as well as tax-minimization and asset-protection strategies through various trusts and related entity structures. He also handles general estate and trust administration matters. Prior to founding Kanner Baker in 2018, Jim was a partner at MendenFreiman, LLP; Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP; and Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP.


  • Emory University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 1986

  • Washington & Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1982

  • University of North Carolina, B.A., Political Science, 1979

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia, member and former chair of Fiduciary Section

  • North Carolina Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

  • Atlanta Estate Planning Council

Awards and Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating – AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5

  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Review Rating – AV® Preeminent™ 4.5 out of 5

  • Included in Best Lawyers in America®, 2018-2020

  • Georgia Super Lawyers – 2013-2019

  • Georgia Trend Legal Elite – 2012