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James S. Cole

James S. Cole

Practice areas:

Litigation, Bankruptcy & Debt

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About Me

       I represent both debtors and creditors and have 30 years' experience in all chapters of bankruptcy.  In the past, I was the first head of the St. Louis office of the United States Trustee.  Later, I served as a chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for six years.  I have the experience and perspective to handle any type of bankruptcy issue.  My appellate cases include In re Benn, 491 F.3d 811 (8th Cir. 2007), in which the Court ruled in my favor as a bankruptcy trustee on the issue of exempting income tax refunds.

       I also represent persons and institutions in commercial and governmental civil litigation in the circuit courts. 




Practice Areas

Licensed since 1979

  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 50%
  2. Litigation: 50%

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Contact Info

The Wasinger Law Group, P.C.

1401 S Brentwood Blvd
Suite 875
St. Louis, MO, 63144-1489



MOGood Standing, Active197901/08/2013

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Edmund Burke AwardNational Lawyers Association2009

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyThe Wasinger Law Group, P.C.2002 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Missouri BarMemberN/A
National Lawyers Association, Advisory CouncilMemberN/A
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. LouisMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Benn v. Cole (In re Benn), 491 F.3d 811 (8th Cir. 2007)The 8th Circuit reversed the Panel and held in my favor.

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Publication NameTitleDate
St. Louis Bar JournalPreclusion of Debtors` Causes of Action by Confirmation in Bankruptcy2002
Journal of the Missouri BarReaffirmations: Procedures and Problems1998
NABTalkEmployment Taxes on Wage Claims1993
Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University Law ReviewThe ‘Carve Out’ from Liens and Priorities to Guarantee Payment of Professional Fees in Chapter 111993
Journal of the Missouri BarNon-Indexed Judgment Liens on Real Estate in Missouri1981
Harvard Journal on LegislationThe Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Amendments of 19761977


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Saint Louis UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Bankruptcy Forms, Line by LineBankruptcy2011
Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy LawBankruptcy2010