Riess LeMieux is pleased to welcome James W. Vitrano to the firm as Of Counsel in New Orleans.

James brings nearly 20 years of legal, executive, M&A, employment, and franchise experience in various industries. James has a deep focus on the structuring and scaling of multiple offerings in the F&B/Restaurant sectors. James also partners with owners and executives to assist in strategic operational planning and implementation, executive development, and Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A). James has significant experience in the buying and selling of various-sized businesses and enjoys working with his clients to assist them in realizing their professional and business goals.

In addition to being Of Counsel at Reiss LeMieux, LLC, James currently serves as an Executive Partner with Salt Creek Capital. Salt Creek Capital partners with experienced executives to acquire and recapitalize profitable small companies seeking additional capital or an ownership change across numerous industries.

Prior to Salt Creek, he was the CEO and President of the company that owned Fat Tuesday and New Orleans Original Daiquiris helping the founder/owners achieve a successful exit.

Mr. Vitrano earned his J.D. from Tulane University School of Law. He completed his undergraduate degree from Louisiana Tech University with a B.A. in Communications, magna cum laude, in 2000.