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 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

  • July 2014 – Real Estate Investment Strategies:  Investing in Distressed Assets and Joint Venture War Stories – minimizing risk when co-investing
  • 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

  • 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, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, International Bar Association and Co-Chair of the Legislation & Policy Subcommittee of the Insolvency Section

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