Of Counsel

Jim Tramonte is Of Counsel in MendenFreiman’s estate planning, estate administration, tax planning, and business law practice areas. He limits his practice to counseling closely held businesses and high net worth individuals on asset protection, wealth preservation, succession planning and income and estate/gift tax planning.

He has previously served as General Counsel of a $200 million healthcare service provider and as Chief Legal Officer of its $40 million public company spin-off. Jim then served as General Counsel of a premier home service provider, making acquisitions that resulted in revenue growth from $22 million to $85 million. He was then promoted to Executive Vice President with executive operational responsibilities. This experience enables Jim to advise the firm’s clients with the perspective of an executive decision maker and has resulted in his reputation for taking a practical and astute approach to balancing business opportunities with legal risks.

Throughout his career, Jim has developed business succession plans for the preservation of family legacies, including family businesses founded in the 19th century. He has achieved significant estate and income tax savings for family members, while working to maintain family harmony. He has also provided tax counsel to private equity funds in structuring investments, and helped public company executives create a tax plan that allowed for transition and asset protection prior to entering the entrepreneurial start-up arena.

Prior to joining MendenFreiman in 2021, Jim was Of Counsel with Miller & Martin PLLC.


  • New York University School of Law, LL.M. Taxation, 1977
  • Tulane University School of Law, J.D., 1976
  • University of New Orleans, B.S. in Accounting, 1973

Admissions and Professional/Civic Organizations

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • United States Tax Court
  • Georgia Society of CPAs, member
  • Certified Public Accountant, Inactive, 1976
  • Chesterton Academy of Atlanta, Director
  • St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Permanent Deacon

Awards and Recognition

  • Georgia Super Lawyers – 2007-2016
  • Georgia Trend Legal Elite – 2009, 2011-2018