Unlike many firms, St. James practices on both sides of the debtor/creditor
divide, representing both troubled businesses and their creditors:

Representing Landlords & Creditors
Working With Troubled Businesses

St. James Law represents debtors, landlords and creditors in Chapter 11 cases and other bankruptcy and insolvency contexts. The firm prides itself on developing creative solutions that minimize the business disruption and expenses incurred by its clients.

When counseling troubled businesses, the beginning question is, “What is the business solution to this problem?” The firm always focuses first on the possibility of a negotiated solution with creditors, optimally through an informal work-out but if not, through a Chapter 11 reorganization.

When representing creditors and acquirers of troubled businesses, the firm focuses on the ultimate business objective, working to streamline the process and avoid extensive litigation. St. James’ reputation for aggressive and tenacious litigation helps him negotiate early and successful settlements.

Specifically, St. James Law

  • Counsels troubled businesses, renegotiates key contracts, conducts out-of-court work-outs and, where appropriate, files and prosecutes Chapter 11 cases to conclusion.
  • Represents creditors of troubled businesses in negotiations and bankruptcy litigation in order to maximize their recovery.
  • Represents landlords of troubled businesses in pre-bankruptcy work-outs and lease negotiations, as well as in bankruptcy cases.
  • Provides sophisticated advice and develops strategies for the acquirers of troubled businesses.
  • Develops strategies for high-tech businesses that make use of the interplay of patent, copyright and trademark law with insolvency law.

Michael St. James handles every case personally, providing dedicated and responsive representation for each client.