Corporate Governance


Real Estate


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia



JD, Harvard Law School,
cum laude
Board of Student Advisers


BA, Washington & Lee University,
summa cum laude


Phi Beta Kappa

James S. Wilson


P (202) 688-3531 | F (202) 835-0243 |   email me

Jim Wilson counsels both non-profit and for-profit organizations on a range of corporate, regulatory and legislative matters. Mr. Wilson’s practice principally consists of serving as general counsel to trade associations, professional societies and other non-profit organizations. In that capacity, Mr. Wilson advises his clients on issues relating to corporate organization and governance, tax, antitrust compliance, commercial contracts, real estate lease and acquisition transactions and employment matters. He also represents nonprofit executives negotiating employment agreements. He frequently speaks and writes on many of these topics.


Mr. Wilson was the 2015-2016 Chair of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Legal Section Council.


Mr. Wilson maintains an active real estate practice, representing tenants in commercial office lease negotiations. Prior to joining Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, Mr. Wilson was a member of the Business & Finance practice group at a major international law firm.

  • Author: When Board Members Go Rogue, AssociationsNowPlus, ASAE, 2015.
  • Author: The Problem With Rogue Non-Profit Board Members And What To Do About It, Taxation of Exempts, Thomson Reuters, 2015.
  • Co-Author: What to Watch for when Negotiating Commercial Office Leases, AssociationsNowPlus, ASAE, 2014.
  • Co-Author: Complex Rules Govern Association Relationships With Federal Workers, Association Law & Policy, ASAE, 2012.
  • Author: The Basics of Hotel Contracts, Non-Profit Legal & Tax Conference, OMI, April, 2008.
  • Author: The Basics of Independent Contractor Agreements, Doors & Hardware Magazine, July, 2008.
  • Author: Limiting Liability and Piercing the Corporate Veil, Doors & Hardware Magazine, August, 2008.