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

  • Business Reorganization
  • Bankruptcy
  • International Sales
  • Commercial Finance
  • Consignment Law
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
Memberships Delaware State Bar Association; American Bar Association; American Bankruptcy Institute.

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.

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.

Representative Matters

· 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 National Bank in negotiation, documentation, and implementation of asset based lending facilities extended to retailer Five Below, Inc.

· Represent Wells Fargo National Bank 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.

Areas of Practice

· Commercial Finance Law

· Business Reorganization and Bankruptcy

· Municipal Insolvency

· Wealth and Asset Planning


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

Professional Activities

· American Bar Association

· Delaware State Bar Association

· American Bankruptcy Institute

· Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

· Commercial Finance Association Education Committee

Honors and Awards

· 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, 2011, 2012 and 2013

· 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

Board Memberships

· Commercial Finance Association Education Foundation

Civic and Charitable Activities

· Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

· Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

· Thresholds Mid-Atlantic

· Mentor, University of Pennsylvania International LL.M. Program


Selected Publications

· 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)

Speaking Engagements

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

 (Also at Wilmington, Delaware Office)


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James J. Holman

30 South 17th Street
PhiladelphiaPA 19103-7396


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