Jacqueline L. James


Jacqueline L. James is a senior attorney at the firm.  Her practice is focused on business and commercial litigation, bankruptcy, and transactional work.

Ms. James received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business from Loyola Marymount University. She received her law degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. While at USC, Ms. James served as an extern for the Honorable John E. Ryan of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

She has many years of experience representing secured and unsecured creditors, landlords, leasing companies, and other counterparties to executory contracts, and creditors’ committees, in all chapters of bankruptcy, namely Chapter 11, Subchapter V, Chapter 7, Chapter 13, Chapter 12 (farm cases), Chapter 9 (municipal bankruptcy cases) and in Chapter 15’s (cross-border insolvency cases).  She has represented clients in local and national bankruptcy cases throughout the United States and its territories.

In the area of business and commercial litigation, Ms. James represents plaintiffs and defendants in state, federal district, and bankruptcy courts, including with respect to appeals.  She also has broad experience representing clients with respect to creditors’ rights, U.C.C. and secured transactions and with respect to complex business disputes, including entertainment, partnership, and real estate related disputes. She also has considerable experience pursuing and asserting claims in probate court. Ms. James also has experience documenting real and personal property transactions, including commercial loan and lease transactions.

As a published author of several legal articles and speaker, Ms. James is licensed to practice in all  California state and federal courts, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and also in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute and several other financial lawyers’ groups and bar associations. She is fluent in Spanish and has some knowledge of French and Portuguese.

Ms. James volunteers with several nonprofits related to children and education, including a local Scouts BSA troop serving boys and girls, and a nonprofit that builds school programs for disadvantaged youth interested in a career in the law.