James T. Grogan

Biography

James Grogan has a national reputation for successfully representing company and creditor clients in complex financial restructurings, bankruptcy cases, and out-of-court workouts. He focuses on solving his clients’ most challenging problems by designing and implementing negotiation and litigation strategies, and serving as lead trial counsel in bankruptcy disputes. James also has extensive experience with complex cross-border restructurings, having advised on some of the most important, market-leading engagements in recent years. 

James also frequently handles appellate matters in bankruptcy cases, and recently argued a case of first impression regarding lien extinguishment to the Second Circuit.

In addition to his practice, James actively lectures and writes on various topics relating to financial restructurings, and previously assisted in teaching commercial law and secured credit at the University of Kansas School of Law.

During law school, he served as an associate editor for the Kansas Law Review.

Experience

  • Counsel to an E&P energy company in its restructuring of more than two billion dollars of debt.
  • Counsel to the creditors’ committee for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in cases under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act of 2016.
  • Counsel to the term loan agent in a two billion dollar chapter 11 case involving an energy services company.
  • Counsel to a manufacturing company in its $1.3 billion chapter 11 case.
  • Counsel to a home furnishings manufacturer and retailer in its $550 million chapter 11 case.
  • Counsel to the creditors’ committee in the $1.7 billion chapter 11 case of a major mining company.
  • Counsel to the creditors’ committee in the three billion dollar chapter 11 case of a major paper manufacturer.
  • Counsel to the creditors’ committee in the $8.8 billion chapter 11 case of a major paper manufacturer.
  • Counsel to a telecommunications company in its $2.7 billion chapter 11 case.
  • Counsel to the largest unsecured creditor in the eight billion dollar chapter 11 case of a bank holding company.
  • Counsel to a global financial services firm in its $600 billion chapter 11 case.
  • Counsel to a national theme-park chain in the restructuring of more than $1.8 billion in debt.
  • Counsel to a secured lender to a major plastics manufacturer in its one billion dollar chapter 11 case.
  • Counsel to a multinational horse racetrack operator in its $785 million chapter 11 case.
  • Counsel to one of the largest telecommunications carriers in its $41 billion chapter 11 case.

Recognitions

  • 2014, "Consumer and Retail Products Deal of the Year" for work on Furniture Brands, received by The M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards

Affiliations

Memberships

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors
  • Moller-Foltz Inn of Court

Credentials

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Texas
  • New York
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Education

  • Wheaton College, BA
  • University of Kansas School of Law, JD, Order of the Coif