James J. Holman: Lawyer with Duane Morris LLP

James J. Holman

Philadelphia,  PA  U.S.A.
Phone215 979 1530

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Practice Areas

  • Commercial Finance Law
  • Business Reorganization and Bankruptcy
  • Municipal Insolvency
  • Wealth and Asset Planning
Contact InfoTelephone: 215 979 1530
Fax: 215 689 2562
University DeSales University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1986
Law SchoolVillanova University School of Law, J.D., 1989 Managing Editor, Villanova Law Review
Admitted1989, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; New York; Delaware; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; Supreme Court of New Jersey

Professional Activities

•American Bar Association
- Vice Chairman, Secured Transactions & Insolvency Committee
•Delaware State Bar Association
•American Bankruptcy Institute
•Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
•Commercial Finance Association Education Committee

Board Memberships

•The Philadelphia Singers
•Commercial Finance Association Education Foundation

BornChester, Pennsylvania, March 21, 1964

James J. Holman practices in the areas of commercial finance law, business reorganization, business and municipal insolvency, and complex asset planning. He represents institutional lenders, trust companies, insurance companies and businesses in a broad spectrum of transactions, including corporate finance, asset sales and planning structures, business restructuring and bankruptcy. He also provides advice on matters affecting wealth and asset planning for high net worth individuals.

Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York, he is a member of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, the Delaware State Bar Association, the Commercial Finance Association Education Foundation, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Mr. Holman was hiring partner for the firm from 2001 through 2006, and has been an active member of the firm's Recruitment and Retention Committee since 1994.

He is listed annually by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, by Best Lawyers in America, and by the London organization Citywealth as a leading lawyer in the United States.

Mr. Holman is a 1989 graduate of Villanova University School of Law, where he served as managing editor of the Villanova Law Review, and a summa cum laude graduate of DeSales University.

The listing of areas of practice in the foregoing profile does not represent official certification as a specialist in those areas.


•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 1999-present
- Hiring Partner, 2001-2006
- Associate, 1989-1998

Honors & Awards

•Listed in Best Lawyers Greater Philadelphia, 2016
•Named 2014 Volunteer of the Year, Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
•Named a Citywealth Leader
•Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2010-2015
Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•Listed in Citywealth Leaders List 2013- Leading Lawyers-International

Civic and Charitable Activities

•Member, Kimmel Center Corporate Council
•Member, Advisory Board, Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
•Mentor, University of Pennsylvania Law School International LLM Program
•Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
•Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
•Thresholds Mid-Atlantic
•Mentor, University of Pennsylvania International LL.M. Program

Selected Speaking Engagements

•Speaker and Co-Author, Risk and Recovery: Developments in Business Bankruptcy and Commercial Finance Law, New York, NY, June 7, 2012; Philadelphia, June 5, 2012
•Speaker, Recent Trends in Business Bankruptcy Law Affecting Commercial Real Estate: Key Issues and Strategies for Weathering Extended Economic Uncertainty, presented to Principal Financial Group, August 17, 2011
•Speaker and Co-Author, “Risk and Recovery, Developments in Business Bankruptcy and Commercial Finance Law, ” New York, NY, June 7, 2011; Philadelphia, June 5, 2011
•Speaker, “U.S. Trusts and Companies in International Planning, ” Geneva, Switzerland, November 23-24, 2009
•Speaker, Annual Review of Developments Related to Recovery of Preferential Transfers Under Section 547 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meetings
•Speaker, The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods: An Overview for Attorneys Representing U.S. Clients, CLE program sponsored by the American Corporate Counsel Association

Selected Publications

•Quoted in Parsing Absolute Priority, The Deal, September 29, 2015
•Author, Commercial realities: to what extent can US commercial trust mitigate investor risks?, Trust Quarterly Review, June 2015
•Quoted in Buffalo and 'Ag Gag': Battling to Save Yellowstone's Hairy Humpbacks, Al Jazeera America, February 13, 2015
•Author, Strategies for Avoiding the Headache of Preference Liability, The Legal Intelligencer, April 17, 2013
•Speaker and Co-Author, Risk and Recovery: Developments in Business Bankruptcy and Commercial Finance Law, New York, NY, June 7, 2012; Philadelphia, June 5, 2012
•Speaker and Co-Author, Risk and Recovery, Developments in Business Bankruptcy and Commercial Finance Law, New York, NY, June 7, 2011; Philadelphia, June 5, 2011
•Contributing Co-Author, Trusts in Prime Jurisdictions, 2010, Global Business Publishing Ltd. (Chapter on Delaware) (Also at Wilmington, Delaware Office)

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Acting as co-counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in representing a reporter and an animal rights group seeking access to Yellowstone National Park to observe and report on the United States Park Service's population control efforts against the wild bison of Yellowstone.; Represented a national bank lender as Administrative Agent, Collateral Agent, Lead Arranger, and Sole Bookrunner in an $85 million syndicated lending facility to one of the mid-Atlantic's largest contracting and construction companies and its affiliates.; Represent Principal Life Insurance Company, as secured lender in restructuring of shopping mall loan facilities in chapter 11 proceedings of General Growth Properties (SDNY).; Represent UBS Ag Stamford as Agent for Bank Group in valuation, sale, and chapter 11 reorganization proceedings of Nellson Nutraceuticals, Inc. (D. Del.).; Represent principal and majority equity interest holder of major mid-western golf course facilities and real estate projects in reorganization proceedings of Cordillera Golf Club, LLC.; Represent Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. in negotiation, documentation, and implementation of asset based lending facilities extended to retailer Five Below, Inc.; Represent Wells Fargo Bank N.A. in negotiation and documentation of credit facilities for national trucking and transportation group, Unified Logistics Holdings, Inc. and affiliates.; Represent Citizens Bank, N.A. in workout and restructuring matters associated with gaming and casino borrower Philadelphia Entertainment and Development Partners.

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Bank Leumi Agreement with Department of Justice Results in Disclosure of Identities of 1,500 U.S. Account Holders
Jon Grouf,James J. Holman,Hope P. Krebs,Anthony D. Martin,Megan R. Worrell, February 17, 2015
These developments raise many significant issues for U.S. persons with undisclosed accounts at Bank Leumi with respect to potential criminal prosecution, civil examinations and the availability of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program and the Streamlined Programs for residents and nonresidents.

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James J. Holman

30 South 17th Street
PhiladelphiaPA 19103-7396


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