James J. Holman

James J. Holman: Attorney with Duane Morris LLP AV stamp icon
  • Partner at Duane Morris LLP
  • 222 Delaware Avenue, Suite 1600, Wilmington, DE 19801
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James J. Holman is co-chair of the firm's Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring Practice Group . Mr. Holman practices in the areas of commercial finance law, business reorganization, and business and municipal insolvency. He represents institutional lenders, trust companies, insurance companies and businesses in a broad spectrum of transactions, including corporate finance, business restructuring and bankruptcy.

Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York, he is a member 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.

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 and Awards

•Listed in U.S. News/Best Lawyers The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2019

•Named 2014 Volunteer of the Year, Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

•Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2010-2018

•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•Listed in Citywealth Leaders List 2013- Leading Lawyers-International

Board Memberships

•The Philadelphia Singers
•Commercial Finance Association Education Foundation

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

Publications and Speaking Engagements

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
•Author, Strategies for Avoiding the Headache of Preference Liability, The Legal Intelligencer, April 17, 2013

Selected Speaking Engagements

•Speaker and Panel Leader at annual Risk and Recovery: Developments in Business Bankruptcy and Commercial Finance Law, Philadelphia.
•Contributing Co-Author, Trusts in Prime Jurisdictions, Global Business Publishing Ltd. (Chapter on Delaware), 2010
•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, 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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Office)

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Commercial Finance Law
  • Business Reorganization and Bankruptcy
  • Municipal Insolvency
  • Wealth and Asset Planning

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
215 979 1530  Phone
215 689 2562  Fax
University Attended:
DeSales University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1986
Law School Attended:
Villanova University School of Law, J.D., Managing Editor, Villanova Law Review, 1989
Year of First Admission:
1989, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Delaware; New York; U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; 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

Birth Information:
Chester, Pennsylvania, March 21, 1964
Reported Cases:
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 major secured creditor as Administrative Agent and DIP Lender in bankruptcy proceedings of Revel, Inc.; Represent major secured creditor in negotiation, documentation, and implementation of asset based lending facilities extended to nationwide retail chain.; Represent major secured creditor in negotiation and documentation of credit facilities for national trucking and transportation group and its affiliates.; Represent major secured creditor in workout and restructuring matters associated with gaming and casino borrower.

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
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Wilmington, Delaware

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