James D. Newell practices in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganizations. His experience includes the representation of secured and unsecured creditors, debtors and official creditors’ committees in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings throughout the United States. Jim is the immediate past chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Insolvency and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group and has chaired Buchanan’s Advisory Committee, as well as Buchanan’s Associates Committee and Recruiting Committee.
Jim has significant experience in representing commercial lenders in loan workouts, out-of-court restructurings, the negotiation of intercreditor agreements and the purchase and sale of commercial loan assets. He represented the bankruptcy trustee in the country’s oldest pending bankruptcy case and the parent holding-company of one of the largest medical liability insurers in Pennsylvania. Jim has represented purchasers of real estate and other assets in Section 363 sales in jurisdictions across the country, and he regularly defends corporate clients in preference and other avoidance actions.
Jim led a firm team in representing investors in a $1 billion transaction involving a sale-leaseback of a coal powered generation facility, advising the largest investor on bankruptcy planning and protections in structuring the transaction. He has more than 25 years of experience in representing financial institutions on treasury/cash management services provided to national retailers and industries in and outside of a Chapter 11 context.
He lectures on the topics of bankruptcy law and bankruptcy legislation for the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. In addition, he conducts in-house seminars on corporate bankruptcy for major financial institutions and firm lawyers and has authored and co-authored articles on bankruptcy related topics.
- Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1987
- The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1984, Phi Beta Kappa
- Business Bankruptcy Committee, American Bar Association Section of International Law
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, Allegheny County Bar Association
- American Bankruptcy Institute
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