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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Iowa, 1998, with distinction; Iowa Law Review, Note and Comment Editor
    • B.A., summa cum laude, Buena Vista College, 1995
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2014
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1998
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2006
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2002
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2004
Jim Martin represents clients in all aspects of their business matters. He works hand-in-hand with business owners, banking and financial institutions, and members and shareholders, among other clients, to learn their business needs, and helps address legal issues that arise throughout the lifetime of their business. Ultimately, Jim’s goal is to help clients develop legal strategies that are a best fit for their unique business needs, including litigation when necessary.

Jim concentrates his practice in the area of bankruptcy and financial restructuring, with an emphasis on business divorces and financial and fiduciary matters, including:
  • Business divorces and related shareholder/member disputes and derivative claims
  • Contract disputes and business torts 
  • Officer/director liability
  • Uniform Commercial Code litigation
  • Advising in-house counsel and corporate management
  • Trial and appellate work
Jim’s background is notable for his proficiency in speaking German, as well as his diverse educational pursuits which have included studies at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Extensive experience representing banking and financial institutions in regulatory actions and civil litigation.
  • Managing litigation team in billion-dollar receivership and regulatory matter, including insurance regulatory matters, receivership issues, and related litigation and real estate work.
  • Obtained several multi-million dollar judgments for government contractor in complex multi-jurisdictional litigation.
  • Significant experience working with multi-national companies to help them navigate the American legal system, including contract negotiation and dispute resolution.
  • Assisting corporate entities and individual shareholders in business disputes and breakups.
  • Representing franchisees and franchisors in business negotiations and litigation.
  • Representing numerous real estate developers and holding companies in construction litigation and contract negotiation.