James S. LaMontagne

New Hampshire

Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, PA
75 Portsmouth Boulevard
Suite 110
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Tel: 603.627.8102

Email: jlamontagne@sheehan.com
Web: www.sheehan.com

Jim is Sheehan Phinney’s practice group leader of the Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditor’s Rights Group. His diverse practice includes the representation of clients involved in financially distressed situations, insolvency and commercial disputes.

Jim represents secured lenders, creditor committees, purchasers of distressed assets, trustees, vendors, landlords, unsecured creditors and small and larger business debtors in out-of-court workouts and restructurings, Chapter 11 reorganizations, sales, Chapter 7 liquidations and state and federal court litigation. He also represents clients in preference actions, dischargeability complaints and violation of stay cases as well as representing both creditors and debtors in commercial foreclosure proceedings, secured party sales, and commercial collection/contract actions.

Key Matters
  • Assignee of Assignment For Benefit of Creditors For Minor League Hockey Team
  • Represented Assignee in Assignment For Benefit of Creditors For Retail Clothing Syndicate
  • Chapter 11, Subchapter V Trustee
  • Counsel to regional oil company in acquiring operating assets from chapter 11 bankruptcy estate.
  • Counsel to publisher in acquiring operating assets from chapter 11 bankruptcy estate.
  • Counsel to one of the ten largest banks in the United States in a nursing home’s chapter 11 case.
  • Counsel to banks and financial institutions in bankruptcy, foreclosure and collection proceedings.
  • Counsel to creditors committee in chapter 11 case of manufacturer of firearms parts and accessories.
  • Counsel to marble and stone contractor in workout with secured lender.
  • Counsel to dental practice in workout with creditors.

Sheehan Phinney’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group has the experience to effectively and efficiently respond to the transactional and litigation matters that arise in any distressed commercial situation.  We regularly handle significant bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights representations for clients in federal and state courts throughout New England and across the country.

Sheehan Phinney’s attorneys represent clients in every aspect of business bankruptcy cases and other insolvency venues.  Our clients include debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, equity holders, official and unofficial creditors’ committees, trustees and liquidating and/or plan trustees in bankruptcy, contract counterparties, lessors/lessees, directors and officers, and liquidators of insolvent insurance companies.  Both inside and outside of bankruptcy cases, we advise clients buying and selling financially distressed entities or their assets, including related real estate and intellectual property interests.  We are able to draw upon the legal resources of our full-service firm to handle any business law issues that may arise during a bankruptcy or insolvency matter.

Members of the Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group and our broader business litigation team have substantial trial experience in bankruptcy proceedings and other state and federal cases.  Our attorneys regularly represent clients in contested claim and plan confirmations, relief from stay, valuation, cash collateral and DIP financing hearings.  We have also successfully prosecuted and defended many proceedings to avoid preferential and fraudulent transfers, and have litigated disputes ranging from breach of contract actions to recharacterization and subordination of claims.  Our attorneys have extensive experience in handling appellate proceedings in the United States District Courts, Bankruptcy Appellate Panels and United States Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court of New Hampshire and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

As one of the premier full-service business law firms in New England, Sheehan Phinney provides a broad range of sophisticated legal services to clients in traditional and emerging areas of law. Our diverse client base includes local and regional businesses, institutions and municipalities, as well as national and international businesses.

With five offices in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts, the very latest technological capabilities, and through its Lex Mundi affiliation, Sheehan Phinney is strategically positioned to serve all  clients, wherever they are located.

With approximately 60 attorneys and a talented and diverse support team, Sheehan Phinney represents clients throughout the New England region, nationally and internationally. We understand our clients’ businesses and work efficiently to advance their interests and find creative solutions to problems.  We value the trust our clients have placed in us, and we know there is no greater honor than always being available to advise and guide them.

Many of our attorneys have been named among the best in their field by such respected organizations as Chambers USA, Woodward/White and Martindale-Hubbell. In the most recent Chambers USA publication, Sheehan Phinney is the only New Hampshire-based firm to be ranked in the top tier for every listed area of law.

James LaMontagne leads the firm’s bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights group. He is a popular choice for clients seeking advice on Chapter 11 proceedings, out-of-court restructurings and distressed transactions.
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