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James Blake Bailey

James Blake Bailey

Partner

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP
Alabama, U.S.A.

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James Bailey has experience with both debtor and creditor representation in bankruptcy, out-of-court workouts and restructurings, and bankruptcy-related litigation. He also regularly represents commercial lenders and mortgage servicers in federal court commercial litigation.

James has represented debtors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, including Walter Energy, Inc. in Alabama and Vanguard Healthcare, LLC in Tennessee. These matters have involved numerous complex issues under the bankruptcy code, including termination of employee and retiree benefits and going concern sales free and clear of claims.

James also has unique Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy experience as one of the attorneys representing Jefferson County, Alabama. Among other things, he represented Jefferson County in several contested matters and adversary proceedings that involved issues unique to Chapter 9.

James’s creditor bankruptcy practice involves representing commercial lenders in business bankruptcy cases under Chapters 7 and 11 of the Bankruptcy Code and in individual cases of commercial loan obligors under Chapters 7, 11, and 13. This representation has recently involved several mortgage servicing clients in bankruptcy courts. He also represents creditors in substantive bankruptcy litigation, including proceedings that involve preferences, fraudulent transfers, relief from stay, and lien avoidance issues. His bankruptcy litigation experience includes appeals to both district courts and appeals courts.

Outside of bankruptcy, James has transactional experience negotiating and documenting out-of-court workouts. He has experience pursuing pre- and post-judgment creditor remedies, including receivership and receiver sales, non-judicial foreclosures, and garnishments. James also has commercial litigation experience pursuing judgments against defaulting commercial loan obligors.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 2010
  • Texas

Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2010
  • University of Florida, B.A., Political Science; B.S., Finance, 2005, cum laude
Areas of Practice
Blogs

BuildSmart
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Significant issues can arise during the three phases of the design and construction process. Effective planning, performance and completion are critical to the success of any construction project. So is informed counsel that addresses a variety of business issues, including mergers and...

Declassified
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

The Declassified blog offers commentary and insights on the latest class action suits, significant class action opinions, relevant changes to laws and rules, and important class action trends. Declassified covers topics ranging from significant Supreme Court and appellate court decisions regarding...

Family Business Advocates
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Bradley’s Family Business Advocates Blog is a resource for family business owners and advisors. All business owners must plan ahead, think strategically and manage risk in order for their businesses to thrive. Family business owners must also manage family dynamics in the business, build...

It Pays to Be Covered™
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Bradley’s It Pays to Be Covered™ Blog discusses insurance law developments and industry trends in property and casualty insurance, including the growing cyber insurance market, coverage for drones, and blockchain exposures. We also address practical risk management strategies of interest to risk...

Patent 213
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Patent law, like most things in life, is subject to change. Changes to patent laws not only impact investment in your existing IP, but directly shape strategies to protect your freedom to operate. The Patent 213 blog provides up-to-date, insightful analysis of the evolution in the written...

Tennessee Appellate Review
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

A successful appeal depends on counsel’s substantive understanding of appellate rules, procedures, and strategies. The Tennessee Appellate Review blog is a resource for commentary and insights on the latest state and federal appellate news. Join the conversation as we analyze decisions from the...

The Law of Order
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Bradley’s The Law of Order blog serves as a general parliamentary procedure resource, providing information about creation and revision of governing documents (constitutions, bylaws, or rules), application of Robert’s Rules of Order and other procedural authorities in a variety of contexts (such as...

Underwritten
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Underwritten covers topics related to life, health, disability and long-term care insurance. Our team of experienced attorneys and authors offers insight on the issues insurers face as they seek to serve their policyholders and to mitigate risk. The blog covers significant court decisions,...

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