Jim regularly appears in reorganization proceedings, usually in matters that are complicated, contested or both. In court, he typically represents creditors - financial institutions, licensors and lessors, and acquirers of assets. He has extensive litigation experience, including many trials, both to judges and juries. He also has handled many appeals, including those to the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, the District Court and to Courts of Appeal.
Jim regularly works with our attorneys in other areas of specialization - corporate, finance, venture capital and private equity - on complex bankruptcy planning issues such as deal structure, highly-leveraged transactions, consolidation of entities, triangular preferences, constructive dividends, lease-as-security interest, fraudulent conveyances and similar creditor concerns, and on acquisitions of distressed businesses. He is also a member or our non-consolidation opinions practice group, which regularly delivers opinions for debt destined for securitizations.
•Jim represented bank mortgage lenders whose debtor owned a prominent Boston marina and development site; the matter achieved notoriety when local newspapers publicized the principal owner's dubious background.
•He defended a mortgage company that received third party mortgage payments against claims of the third party's bankruptcy trustee, for fraudulent transfer.
•Jim represented a non-management partner in a Chapter 11 plan confirmation contest, which resulted in an evidentiary hearing and resolution by material enhancement of the treatment of the client partner.
•Jim represented a high-margin lender in a series of litigations with a borrower, eventually resulting in foreclosures in favor of our client, and in addition to two bankruptcies, several ancillary state-court litigations.
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Golf, fishing, and reading, notably history.