James Copeland

Senior Associate
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

New York
United States
T:+1 212 408 5471
New York
United States
T:+1 212 408 5471
James Copeland

James Copeland



James A. Copeland’s practice focuses on bankruptcy and financial restructuring. Mr. Copeland represents major stakeholders in a broad range of restructuring, bankruptcy, and related litigation matters, including foreign representatives in Chapter 15 proceedings, secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 cases, and purchasers in distressed situations.

Professional experience

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JD, Fordham University School of Law, 2011
BS, cum laude, Seton Hall University, 2006

  • New Jersey State Bar
  • New York State Bar
  • Represents a parent company (in its capacity as a DIP lender and settlement counterparty) in the Chapter 11 cases of certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries.
  • Represents NextEra Energy in connection with its acquisition of Energy Future Holdings Corp. and Oncor through a merger with a total enterprise value of approximately US$18.4 billion.
  • Represents a large insurance company in litigation related to the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy cases.
  • Represented Nuo Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded biomedical startup, as debtor in possession in its expedited Chapter 11 case, which resulted in its recapitalization through a private capital raise.
  • Represented the Official Committee of Retirees in the Chapter 9 case of Detroit, Michigan.
  • Represented Longview Power, LLC as special litigation counsel in complex bankruptcy litigation with certain EPC contractors and a title insurer.
  • Represented a bank group in fraudulent conveyance litigation arising out of Mirant Corporation’s Chapter 11 case and relating to the financing of power-generation assets.
  • Represented the FDIC (in its capacity as Receiver for various failed banks) in connection with a civil litigation and various bankruptcy matters.
  • Represented a foreign private bank in preference and fraudulent conveyance litigation brought by the SIPA trustee of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities to recover funds allegedly received by the bank as a subsequent transferee.
  • Advised a consortium of funds as a bidder in connection with a section 363 sale of a US$1.5 billion HELOC and mortgage-loan pool.
  • Represented and advised a foreign bank group in connection with the bankruptcy of an Islamic financial institution and potential avoidance litigation.
  • Represented American Hospice Management Holdings, LLC and certain of its affiliates as debtors in possession in their Chapter 11 cases pending in the District of Delaware.
  • Advising lenders and other counterparties on bankruptcy issues in connection with complex financial transactions.
  • New York Metro Rising Star, Bankruptcy, Thomson Reuters, 2017 - 2019
  • "FirstEnergy Solutions: Ohio Bankruptcy Court Finds That It, Not FERC, Has Jurisdiction On Rejection of Power Contracts," Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law, October 2018
  • "Chapter 15: Pursuing Avoidance Actions Under Nonbankruptcy Law," Client Alert, April 27, 2017
  • Co-author, “In re Creative Finance: Not So Creative on COMIs,” ABI Journal, July 2016
  • Co-author, “Rubin – Clarity or Catastrophe?,” Corporate Rescue and Insolvency, February 2013
  • Co-author, “Security Interest in FCC License: A Look at Section 552(a) or (b),” ABI Journal, April 2012
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Pro Bono Committee Member, New York City Chapter, Turnaround Management Association
  • International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Donald H. Steckroth, US Bankruptcy Judge, District of New Jersey