James B. Sowka
James B. Sowka, Partner at Seyfarth, helps a wide variety of clients with bankruptcy, creditors’ rights issues, and real estate transactions by understanding their businesses, identifying their short-term and long-term objectives, and partnering with clients to formulate legal and business solutions to best achieve those objectives. He also minimizes risk by providing advice on non-distressed legal transactions and operational matters.
Over the past decade, James has developed a broad understanding of bankruptcy and creditor rights laws through his representation of governments, businesses, and individuals. These include lenders, borrowers, asset purchasers, pension funds, secured and unsecured creditors, trustees, receivers, debtors, and avoidance action defendants. This breadth and depth of client engagement provides James with a unique insight into the litigation, bankruptcy, transactional, and business challenges and opportunities posed by bankruptcy and financial distress, and permits him to devise unique solutions that obtain favorable results for his clients.
James is co-lead of Seyfarth’s Distressed Situations team and enjoys partnering with Seyfarth’s legal experts in virtually every area of law to formulate creative, practical, and pragmatic solutions to his clients’ most complex legal and business challenges. He previously worked as a trial attorney for the US Department of Justice, Office of the US Trustee in Chicago and Miami, where he gained significant experience with the investigation and prosecution of bankruptcy fraud and abuse, including Ponzi schemes.