James M. Sullivan


James Sullivan's primary practice focus is corporate restructuring and bankruptcy, distressed situations and complex commercial disputes. He brings a wealth of experience representing creditors' committees, corporate debtors, banks, secured and unsecured creditors, trustees and distressed investors in large Chapter 11 cases.

James has handled a range of cases for his clients in litigation, trial and mediation. On the transactional side, he counsels investors in M&A transactions, borrowers and lenders in matters involving corporate and acquisition financing. He also appears before numerous federal and state courts throughout the country on these matters.

James is honored with a listing in New York Super Lawyers® and is rated AV Preeminent™ in his field by Martindale-Hubbell. He is described by his clients as “a smart lawyer who understands business issues and is always on his clients' side.”

Prior to joining Windels Marx, he was a partner at the law firms of Moses & Singer, Arent Fox and McDermott Will & Emory.

He regularly authors and lectures on numerous topics concerning bankruptcy, and is an experienced pilot who enjoys skiing and scuba diving.

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • October 2015 – International Bar Association Annual Conference (Vienna, Austria) - Construction Industry Insolvency – The North American Perspective
  • July 2014 – Real Estate Investment Strategies: Investing in Distressed Assets and Joint Venture War Stories – minimizing risk when co-investing
  • June 2014 – The Industrial and Commerce Association (Jinhua, China): Doing Business with American Retail Companies – Minimizing Risk and Maximizing Profit for Chinese Suppliers
  • November 2011 – “Retail Suppliers: Minimize Risk Pre-Bankruptcy; Maximize Recovery Post-Bankruptcy," Moses & Singer CLE Program
  • September 2009 – Health Care Hot Topics: Workouts and Restructurings in the Health Care Industry
  • May 2009 – California Bankruptcy Forum – Current Issues in Single Asset Real Estate Cases
  • November 2007 – Distressed Debt Investing:  New Federal Law of Reclamation


  • May 2007 – Distressed Debt Seminar – Northwest Airlines Rule 2019 Litigation:  Disclosure Obligations for Unofficial Committees in Chapter 11
  • October 2006 – Purchasing Assets Out of Bankruptcy
  • August 2006 – Bankruptcy from the Trade Creditor’s Perspective
  • February 2006 – Beard Audio Conference:  Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation: New Code Limits and Loopholes for Troubled Companies
  • November 2005 – The New Business Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code

Media Mentions

  • March 2, 2017 – “Ask the Thought Leaders: What’s the Future of Retail?” – Future of Everything
  • February 1, 2015 – “US Bentonite Sells Assets” – The Deal Pipeline
  • December 6, 2011 – “Lehman’s Path Out of Historic Bankruptcy Confirmed” – Law360
  • May 8, 2011 – “Visteon remake is very good to Stebbins, other execs” – Crain’s Detroit Business
  • April 13, 2011 – “Standard General Fund Wins Bid for Assets & TV Show Producer” – The Deal Pipeline
  • July 5, 2005 - St. Vincent on way to Ch. 11 - The Deal.com
  • March 8, 2005 – “Parmalat USA closer to exit” - TheDeal.com


Professional Affiliations

  • Registered Mediator, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association

James M. Sullivan


New York, NY
T. 212.237.1170
F. 212.262.1215

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Boston College

  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York