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Practice Areas

Business Restructuring and Insolvency; Commercial and Public Finance


Jim represents secured and unsecured creditors, debtors, liquidators, receivers and unsecured creditors’ committees in all aspects of corporate and insurance insolvency and workout proceedings. His practice also encompasses working with domestic and international clients on transactional matters in the commercial business and finance arena.

Jim has successfully handled complex bankruptcies and reorganizations for private and public companies in the steel, manufacturing and retail industries. His work includes serving as debtors’ counsel in the successful reorganization of the Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corporation, a company that restructured hundreds of millions of dollars of debt in Chapter 11.

Jim also facilitated the 363 sales of Republic Storage Systems Company and Concord Steel Inc.; his guidance enabled them to achieve their goal of selling their businesses, while preserving critical assets and jobs.

Professional Memberships

Former Trustee and Program Committee Chair, Turnaround Management Association – Northern Ohio Chapter; Member and Former Trustee (2005-2009), Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association; Legal Advisor to Shaw High School’s Mock Trial Team (2007-2016), which repeatedly advanced to the state tournament


Contributing author to 16th Edition of Collier on Bankruptcy.


J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1977; B.A., University of Michigan, 1974