ATLANTA-James A. Fleming, a real estate lawyer in Atlanta for 19 years, is the new senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Cousins Properties Inc. Fleming replaces Tom G. Charlesworth who was promoted to executive vice president and chief investment officer in January of this year.

For the past seven years, Fleming has been a partner in Fleming & Ray, a local firm he founded in 1994 that specializes in commercial real estate. He also spent 12 years at Long, Aldridge & Norman in Atlanta where he was managing partner from 1991-1993. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1982.

Fleming has served as an executive committee member of the real property law section, State Bar of Georgia, since 1997. He chaired the real estate section of the Atlanta Bar Association last year.

Counsins’ common opened this morning on the New York Stock Exchange at $26.15, up 39 cents (1.51%) from $25.76 on Aug. 6. The stock’s 52-week high-low was $29.54 and $23.49.

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