Due to ongoing changes in the banking industry – from demographic shifts to the drive to digital – it’s never been more important for bank boards to get proactive about strategy. James McAlpin Jr., a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and global leader of the firm’s banking practice group, shares his point of view on three key themes explored in the 2021 Governance Best Practices Survey.

  • Taking the Lead on Strategic Discussions
  • Making Meetings More Productive
  • The Three C’s Every Director Should Possess

Jim McAlpin

Board Member

Jim McAlpin is a board member at Bank Director.  He 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. 


Mr. McAlpin has deep expertise in the duties, responsibilities and fiduciary obligations of corporate directors and he regularly represents boards of directors and special committees.  He 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.


Mr. McAlpin 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.


Mr. McAlpin was the leader of the firm’s Banking Practice Group from 2011 until 2021.