Bank Director’s 2020 Governance Best Practices Survey, sponsored by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, focused on how bank boards manage their business, including their composition, independence and oversight. The analysis also digs into some key best practices, which Bryan Cave Partner James McAlpin Jr. explores further in this video.

  • Meeting Frequency
  • Appointing a Lead Director
  • Building Diversity
  • Assessing the Board

Jim McAlpin

Board Member

Jim McAlpin has over thirty years of experience in advising leaders of privately held companies in the areas of corporate and business law, strategic matters and dispute resolution. In addition to his work in the financial services industry, he has extensive experience in representing private companies, including family owned entities, in connection with board consulting, strategic planning, capital and acquisition strategies, and dissident shareholders.


He counsels private companies and banks on corporate governance matters, regulatory issues, mergers and acquisitions, strategic advice and succession planning. Jim has deep expertise in the duties, responsibilities and fiduciary obligations of corporate directors and he regularly represents boards of directors and special committees.


Jim is a nationally recognized speaker at financial industry conferences and contributes regularly to publications on bank and corporate governance related topics. He is also often quoted in banking industry publications.


Jim served as Chairman of Powell Goldstein LLP from March 2004 until its combination with Bryan Cave LLP in January 2009. He subsequently served on the Executive Committee of Bryan Cave until October 2014. Jim was the leader of the firm’s Banking Practice Group from 2011 until 2021.


He received a J.D. from the University of Alabama in 1984, where he was an editor on the Alabama Law Review, and graduated, cum laude, from the University of Alabama in 1981, with a B.S. in Business Administration.