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Michael StJames

Michael StJames

Practice areas:

Bankruptcy & Debt, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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About Me

Since 1980, my practice has been limited to Business Bankruptcy. I regularly represent Debtors in Chapter 11 cases, and ordinarily confirm Plans of Reorganization. I represent creditors in bankruptcy and insolvency cases. I also represent landlords, including a NYSE REIT, in bankruptcy cases throughout the country. I pride myself on innovative strategies and responsiveness.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1980

  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 60%
    35 years, 250 cases
  2. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: 40%
    35 years, 20 cases



Hourly ($565/hour)

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Philip Bernardo Sarmiento

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Contact Info

155 Montgomery St #1004
San Francisco, CA, 94104



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Legal Specialization: BankruptcyCalifornia State Bar2006
Board Certified: Business BankruptcyN/A1988

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerSt. James Law2000 - Present
N/ARosenblum, Parish & Isaacs PC1988 - 2000
Law ClerkUnited States Bankruptcy Court1980 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember2000 - 2007

Publication NameTitleDate
American Bankruptcy Institute Law ReviewAre Letters of Credit Covered by the Landlord's Cap?2006
Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business LawWhy Bad Things Happen in Large Chapter 11 Cases: Some Thoughts About Courting Failure2005
California Bankruptcy JournalTerminating Transmutation: Is there an Alternative to Divorce When One Spouse Becomes Insolvent?2005
California Bankruptcy JournalOldden, Letters of Credit and Section 502(b)(6)2003
California Bankruptcy JournalLandlord Beware: Will a Security Deposit Survive a Bankrutpcy?2001

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawN/AJ.D.1977
St John's College-AnnapolisGreat Books CurriculumBA - Bachelor of Arts1977

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Quarterly MeetingHow the East Was Won: Forum Shopping and Bankruptcy2007
Insolvency Law Section Webinar"New Adventures in Fee Collection -- Drafting and Enforcing Attorneys Fee Clauses in Bankrutpcy Cases After Travelers2007
Commerical Law and Bankruptcy Section"Corrupt Judges or Opportunistic Attorneys: Should Big Companies be Able to Choose Their Bankruptcy Court?2006
Monthly MeetingTormenting Commercial Landlords with Bankruptcy: How Much Is Enough?2005