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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. 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 more than 25 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 financial services litigation, receiverships, and bankruptcy cases
  • Commercial landlords and other property owners in real estate litigation, bankruptcy and leasehold matters
  • Manufacturers and supply chain companies in litigation and insolvency disputes
  • Troubled companies in financial distress
  • Private equity and strategic buyers in the acquisition of distressed assets
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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Co-Author, The Texas Lawbook
February 11, 2021
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Journal of Bankruptcy Law
February/March 2018
eAlerts Updates
June 2017
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January 21, 2016
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November 20, 2015
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Business Workout Manual
Thomson West
Co-Author; Chapter 37 – Selected Topics in Section 363 Bankruptcy Asset Sales
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