James Grogan is a partner in the Restructuring practice, based in Houston. He has a national reputation for successfully representing company and creditor clients in complex financial restructurings, bankruptcy cases, and out-of-court workouts. He focuses on solving his clients' most challenging problems by designing and implementing negotiation and litigation strategies, and serving as lead trial counsel in bankruptcy disputes. Mr. Grogan also has extensive experience with complex cross-border restructurings, having advised on some of the most important, market-leading engagements in recent years.
Mr. Grogan also frequently handles appellate matters in bankruptcy cases, and has argued a case of first impression regarding lien extinguishment to the Second Circuit.
Accolades and Recognitions
Honored with the Consumer and Retail Products Deal of the Year award for work on Furniture Brands, The M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards, 2014
Wheaton College, BA, 1988
University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 2000 (Order of the Coif )
Lectures and writes on various topics relating to financial restructurings
Assisted in teaching commercial law and secured credit at the University of Kansas School of Law
During law school, served as an associate editor for the Kansas Law Review
Member of the State Bars of New York and Texas
Member of Turnaround Management Association
Member of Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors
Admitted to practice before numerous federal courts, including the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York, and the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
Counsel to an E&P energy company in its restructuring of more than $2 billion of debt.
Counsel to the creditors' committee for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in cases under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act of 2016.
Counsel to the term loan agent in a $2 billion Chapter 11 case involving an energy services company.
Counsel to a manufacturing company in its $1.3 billion Chapter 11 case.
Counsel to a home furnishings manufacturer and retailer in its $550 million Chapter 11 case.
Counsel to the creditors' committee in the $1.7 billion Chapter 11 case of a major mining company.
Counsel to the creditors' committee in the $3 billion Chapter 11 case of a major paper manufacturer.
Counsel to the creditors' committee in the $8.8 billion Chapter 11 case of a major paper manufacturer.
Counsel to a telecommunications company in its $2.7 billion Chapter 11 case.
Counsel to the largest unsecured creditor in the $8 billion Chapter 11 case of a bank holding company.
Counsel to a global financial services firm in its $600 billion Chapter 11 case.
Counsel to a national theme park chain in the restructuring of more than $1.8 billion in debt.
Counsel to a secured lender to a major plastics manufacturer in its $1 billion Chapter 11 case.
Counsel to a multinational horse racetrack operator in its $785 million Chapter 11 case.
Counsel to one of the largest telecommunications carriers in its $41 billion Chapter 11 case.