News
April 4, 2012

Less than a year after opening a Dallas office, national law firm Polsinelli Shughart expands services in Texas with the addition of bankruptcy attorney James H. Billingsley as shareholder. Highly respected in his field, Billingsley will focus on bankruptcy, loan enforcement and troubled company matters for clients in Texas and nationally.

“The firm’s national reputation in bankruptcy, loan enforcement and workouts was attractive to me and my clients,” said Billingsley. “I’m very glad to be with Polsinelli Shughart, one of the fastest growing law firms in the country and with resources coast to coast.”

In addition to bankruptcy and loan enforcement, Billingsley practices in the areas of troubled company issues, complex commercial litigation, state law creditor actions, avoidance litigation and insolvency litigation. He provides counsel to commercial banks, institutional investors, and others in a wide range of industries including banking, real estate, manufacturing and retail.

The Dallas office relocated to Saint Ann Court in March after opening an office last year. The Dallas office originated with three attorneys bringing corporate, health care and private equity capabilities to the firm in Texas. The firm’s office in Saint Ann Court has accommodations for 38 attorneys and staff.

“I’m very excited to be part of a team of attorneys building a first class law firm in Dallas,” said Billingsley.

Billingsley earned his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law-Austin in 1993, with honors, and his B.B.A. from the University of Texas Arlington in 1987, where he serves on the executive board of the alumni association. He had the honor of serving as clerk for the Honorable Joe J. Fisher, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas in 1993-94, and as an intern on the Supreme Court of Texas in 1993, where he interned for the Honorable John Cornyn, now a US Senator from Texas,. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American Bar Association and the Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section.

The addition of Polsinelli Shughart in Dallas in May 2011 expands the firm’s national footprint to eight states and 16 cities. Polsinelli Shughart has a prior Texas connection. Former Dallas Congressman Martin Frost is a shareholder in the Washington, D.C. office of Polsinelli Shughart. Frost represented the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in the U.S. House of Representatives for 26 years (1979-2005) prior to joining the firm. During his time in Congress, Frost served as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus (the third ranking leadership position for House Democrats) and was dean of the Texas delegation in his last several terms in Congress.

For more information contact Public Relations Manager Heather McMichael, 816-395-0618, hmcmichael@polsinelli.com

Billingsley is a great source for reporters working on stories about:

• Retail bankruptcies and issues affecting shopping centers
• Troubled company workouts
• Bankruptcy trends in Dallas and the greater Texas market

About Polsinelli Shughart
With 580 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart (www.polsinelli.com) is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business law, financial services, real estate and business litigation. Serving corporate, institutional and individual clients, Polsinelli is redefining the business of law by sharing ideas, goals and outcomes with its clients. The firm builds enduring relationships by creating value through our legal services - with passion, ingenuity and a sense of urgency. The firm has offices located in Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Edwardsville; Jefferson City; Kansas City; Los Angeles; New York; Overland Park; Phoenix; Springfield; St. Joseph; St. Louis; Topeka; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, DE. In California, Polsinelli Shughart LLP.