The phrase “the grass is always greener” applies equally to the transition of external counsel to internal counsel as it does to any other transition. This presentation is designed to focus on the realistic challenges and benefits which should be expected to be encountered by external counsel as they transition into internal counsel roles.
CURRENT James (Jim) T. Holder joined Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated in December 2000 as General Counsel and in January 2001 was also named Corporate Secretary. In his role as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Mr. Holder is responsible for world-wide corporate legal matters including corporate organization, litigation, regulatory compliance, contracts, conducting the annual shareholder meetings and Board of Director representation. Mr. Holder oversees the Company’s team of attorneys responsible for all aspects of SYKES’ legal affairs around the world. Mr. Holder is also responsible for SYKES’ global insurance programs, global real estate and facilities, as well as its global ethics and compliance program.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE Before he became general counsel for SYKES, Mr. Holder wore several hats for Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. Between 1993 and 2000, he served in various capacities at Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., including Corporate Secretary, Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Interim CEO and finally as Special Counsel. Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. was a publicly held operator and franchisor of fast food restaurants.
Prior to his work with Checkers, Mr. Holder served as General Counsel for Health Care Products group of companies, a privately held consortium of companies involved in the sales and marketing of various health care products as well as real estate investments. Mr. Holder was also previously in the private practice of law through his tenure with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick and in public accounting through his employment with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), both of which were in their respective Tampa, Florida offices.
A native of Florida, Mr. Holder received his Bachelors of Arts in Accounting from the University of South Florida in 1980, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia in 1983. Mr. Holder received his Certified Public Accounting certification in Florida in 1985. During his career, Mr. Holder has been a member of the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar Association, The Georgia Bar Association, The Hillsborough County Bar Association, and The American Association of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Holder is licensed to practice law in the Courts of the State of Florida and Georgia, as well as the United States Tax Court. Mr. Holder has served as an adjunct professor of Business Law at the University of South Florida and has taught private CPA review courses throughout the country.