James Stempel has experience in a wide range of restructuring matters, both in and outside of bankruptcy, including representations of public and private debtors, purchasers and key secured and unsecured creditors. James's practice regularly involves representing purchasers of distressed companies in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy contexts, advising boards of directors and management of financially distressed companies and representing distressed portfolio companies in restructuring matters. In these representations, James's has structured acquisitions through debt investments and as stand-alone purchases and secured and unsecured first and second round investments, guided clients through fiduciary duty and governance issues and provided advice in connection with fraudulent conveyance, equitable subordination, recharacterization, successor liability and substantive consolidation issues, among others.



Listed by Super Lawyers magazine as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" from 2006–2014.

Listed in the 2007–2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in America.

Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading lawyer in Bankruptcy from 2004 through 2020.

Listed in the 2003, 2006 and 2007 editions of IFLR 1000: Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms as a leading lawyer in the Insolvency and Restructuring practice area.

Selected by the 2002 issue of Turnarounds & Workouts as one of the Outstanding Young Bankruptcy Lawyers 2002.

Contributing editor, Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1989Illinois


  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of LawJ.D.1989


    Editor, Kent Law Review

  • University of MichiganB.G.S.1985
    Honors Student in 1981 and 1982