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James J. Lee
James J. Lee
Senior Partner — Restructuring & Reorganization
Senior Partner — Restructuring & Reorganization

James J. Lee

James J. Lee

Trammell Crow Center
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3900
Dallas, Texas 75201

start quote symbolBankruptcy litigation has an interesting, complex, ever-changing dynamic because the various parties are not always aligned on every issue. There’s a sense of urgency because resolution of the matters in dispute have consequences for the overall bankruptcy case. That’s what gets me excited about the work.end quote symbol
James J. Lee

Experience Highlights

  • Riverstone Holdings LLC, its portfolio company, Talen Energy Corporation (TEC), and TEC’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Cumulus Growth Holdings LLC in the chapter 11 cases of TEC’s wholly-owned subsidiary Talen Energy Supply, LLC, which involved key settlements that paved the way for a consensual reorganization of Talen’s legacy power generation business and the Cumulus data center and cryptomining growth initiatives and allowed Riverstone to retain material equity positions in both TEC and Cumulus Growth

  • Navistar, Inc., a manufacturer of international-branded trucks and diesel engines, in the defense of fraudulent transfer litigation brought by the Plan Trustee of the Liquidating Trust of Tango Transport LLC

  • A chapter 11 trustee of Innovation Communications Company, LLC and its affiliates, a public telephone company, in the liquidation of its business and pursuit of claims against prior management

  • A privately held family of energy companies against claims of liquidating a trust for bankruptcy

  • A private equity firm as sole secured lender in the chapter 11 proceeding of Harvest Oil & Gas, LLC,, an exploration and production company

  • The liquidating trust of Penson Worldwide, Inc,, a bankrupt financial services firm, in litigation against former officers and directors

  • A chapter 11 debtor in multiple adversary proceedings tied to the liquidation of its telecom business, Vartec Telecom, Inc.

  • Wells Fargo as administrative agent for a $120 million syndicated lender group in the chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Emerald Oil, Inc., et al. filed in Delaware Bankruptcy Court 

  • A chapter 11 debtor, Integrated Electrical Services, Inc., in confirming plan of reorganization over the objection of the Official Equity Holders Committee

  • The largest secured lender in series of contested bankruptcy matters of Trammell Crow Holdings, ultimately resulting in confirmation of that creditor’s plan of liquidation 

  • A syndicated bank group as secured creditors in various contested matters in the bankruptcy of their manufacturer borrower, Nukote 

  • A secured lender group in the chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Gulf Coast Holdings, Incorporated d/b/a Unidynamics, Incorporated, a defense company, filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas

  • Defense of a class action securities fraud lawsuit on behalf of Darling Delaware Co., including the restructuring of the company’s capital via a non-opt-out class action settlement

  • Defense of a fraudulent transfer action against a hedge fund investor

  • Defense of a fraudulent transfer claim against “fund of funds” by a receiver for a failed hedge fund

  • An automated baggage system manufacturer in litigation arising out of the construction of Denver International Airport

  • A large manufacturing concern in a suit against a competitor and former employee for theft of trade secrets

  • The sole secured creditor in litigation to enforce a tax sharing agreement between bankrupt borrower and its parent

  • Affiliated debtors-in-possession in the defeat of a bank syndicate’s request for stay relief, while securing the use of banks’ cash collateral


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1976
  • Tulane University, B.A., 1973
  • Chambers USA, Bankruptcy Law and Litigation, 2004–2006; Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Texas), 2007–2023
  • Legal 500 U.S., Bankruptcy: Southwest, 2009
  • Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney‘s) Guide to the World’s Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers, 2010
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization, 2006−2018, 2020 and 2021; Litigation-Bankruptcy, 2011−2018, 2020, and 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation – Bankruptcy (Dallas/Fort Worth), 2020
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2003−2020 and 2022
  • National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals (Law Business Research Ltd.), 2005–2006
  • United Cerebral Palsy Victory 100 Award; Outstanding Service Individual (benefitting United Cerebral Palsy); United Cerebral Palsy’s Chairman’s Award
  • Vinson & Elkins LLP Community Service Award
  • Member: American Bar Association; Dallas Bar Association; American Bankruptcy Institute; Turnaround Management Association
  • Life Member, Board of Directors, and Past Chair: Ability Connection Texas (formerly United Cerebral Palsy of North Texas)
  • Fellow: Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member: Dean’s Council, Alumni Council (former), University of Virginia School of Law
  • Member: Dean’s Advisory Council, Newcomb-Tulane College of Tulane University
  • Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • “Hot Topics in Fraud,” 33rd Annual Bankruptcy & Restructuring Conference, Dallas, Texas, June 9, 2017 (panelist)
  • “Alphabet Soup of Receivership and Similar Proceedings,” 30th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, Austin, Texas, 2011 (Author/Speaker)
  • “Evidence Jeopardy,” The University of Texas School of Law’s Bankruptcy Litigation: Advanced Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure Workshop, Dallas, Texas, 2009 (Author/Speaker)
  • “Hooking the Catch – Top Ten Issues for the Texas Litigator in DIP/Cash Collateral,” The University of Texas School of Law’s Bankruptcy Litigation: Advanced Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure Workshop, Austin, Texas, 2006 (Panelist)