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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Texas School of Law-Austin, 1993, with honors; Administrative Editor, The Review of Litigation
    • B.B.A., University of Texas at Arlington, 1987
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
James Billingsley navigates mazes. He leads clients through the twists and turns of legal problems, always focused on finding the quickest and most cost effective route to a solution. He believes that clients come to attorneys with problems, and those problems are often like a maze. There may be different routes, but an effective attorney can help a client find the one that works best for their business. James prioritizes focusing on creativity, problem solving and cost effectiveness to get through the puzzle as quickly as possible. He knows that if he doesn’t understand the law, the risks, and the client’s objective, he’ll get lost in the pathways.
In nearly 20 years of practice, James has navigated plenty of mazes in both courtrooms and boardrooms and has handled matters ranging from complex business and bankruptcy to commercial disputes, asset acquisitions, and financial services matters. James has extensive experience representing:
  • Banks, lenders, and financial institutions in credit and collection matters, workouts, receiverships, and bankruptcy cases
  • Private equity and strategic buyers in the acquisition of distressed assets
  • Commercial property owners in real estate and leasehold matters
  • Manufacturers and supply companies in avoidance litigation and insolvency disputes
  • Troubled companies in financial distress

James’s experience spans the commercial marketplace from financial services to manufacturing, real estate, retail, energy, and aviation. He recognizes that each industry is different and is a firm believer that an attorney has to understand a client’s industry, how it works, and where the danger lies to get through the maze. Otherwise, it’s easy to get lost.

 
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January 21, 2016
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November 20, 2015
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Business Workout Manual
Thomson West
Chapter 37 – Selected Topics in Section 363 Bankruptcy Asset Sales
Co-Authors: Polsinelli attorneys James Bird, Andrew Nazar, Jarrett Vine and James Billingsley
2014-2015 Edition
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Distressed Investing and Bankruptcy Plan Confirmation Issues From the Perspective of Secured Lenders
Hosted by the Dallas Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association
James Billingsley was a panelist, along with Judge Stacey Jernigan (Bankruptcy, N.D. Tex.) and other insolvency professionals, at a distressed investing seminar
January 23, 2014
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A Road Map for In-House Counsel to Handle Patent Trolls, IP Protection, and Insolvent Vendors and Customers
Presentation given by James Billingsley; moderated by Christopher Ward; and authored by Justin Edelson, all from the law firm of Polsinelli Shughart.
April 4, 2013
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Tenant Bankruptcies: A Basic Guide for Non-Bankruptcy Professionals
Sixth Annual Commercial Landlord-Tenant Law & Lease Negotiations seminar (Dallas, TX)
September 15, 2011
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Alternatives to Bankruptcy
Texas Tech Bankruptcy Institute
2008
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Opinion casts doubt on licensee's ability to protect licenses
Texas Lawyer
2003
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Legislators Try to Curb Bankruptcy Abuse
Texas Lawyer
2001