James McElroy

James McElroy

Adjunct Professor of Management

Subject Areas

Strategy and Business Economics



Professor McElroy, a member of the Cumberland Law Group, LLPC, has built a distinguished career at the intersection of law and business. He possesses a wealth of expertise in legal issues, especially those related to startup companies, technology and real estate.


Jim has organized (and represents) a group of affiliated start-up companies in business of building and operating college dormitories, including acquisition (ground lease structure), contracting and financing. He is also a representative of the developer of 80+ acre tract in Williamson County. He formerly had a solo law practice focusing on corporate law.


Jim was active in the Governor’s Task Force on Biotechnology in Tennessee. He was Incorporator, Director, President, Chairman and member of the Executive Committee of The Tennessee Biotechology Association, a nonprofit trade association.


Jim teaches Law and Business at Vanderbilt.


Ph.D., SUNY, 1974

J.D., Harvard (Magna Cum Laude), 1980

B.A., Rhodes College, 1969