James E. Van Horn

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Industries
Education
  • University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, MBA, 2000
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, JD, 2000
  • The Pennsylvania State University, BA, 1995
Admissions
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Affiliations

Turnaround Management Association Global Chair of Chapter Resource and Response Committee, and member of TMA Global Executive Board and Board of Trustees, 2018

Co-Chair, American Bankruptcy Institute Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Conference, 2015 - Present

American Bankruptcy Institute Mid-Atlantic Endowment Committee, 2016 - Present

American Bankruptcy Institute Advisory Board, "Delaware Views from the Bench” Conference, 2017 - Present

TMA Global Vice President of Membership, and member of TMA Global Executive Board and Board of Trustees, 2017

TMA Global Executive Board and Board of Trustees, 2016

President, TMA Chesapeake Chapter (serving Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland) and member of TMA Global Board of Trustees and Chapter Presidents Council, 2014-2015

TMA Chesapeake Chapter Board of Directors, 2011 - Present

President and Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Chapter, Turnaround Management Association, 2008-2009

Various officer positions and Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Chapter, Turnaround Management Association, 2002-2007

Member, Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland 

Member, Walter Chandler American Inn of Court

Jim focuses his practice on insolvency law and financial restructuring, including bankruptcy and out-of-court workouts. He is experienced in representing secured lenders, corporate debtors, official committees of unsecured creditors, liquidating trustees, and other stakeholders, in bankruptcy courts and other courts throughout the United States.

Jim is ranked as a leading attorney by Chambers USA (Band 1) in the category of Bankruptcy/Restructuring for the past four years (2015 – 2018), and named to The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2018). He is a recognized leader by professional bankruptcy and restructuring organizations including serving as a member of the Turnaround Management Association Global Executive Board and as Co-Chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Conference. He is a national speaker at industry group conferences and quoted in national publications on bankruptcy and restructuring issues.

Jim is a Certified Public Accountant and has an MBA in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, where he later served as an Adjunct Professor teaching second-year MBA Applied Corporate Finance, bankruptcy, business turnaround and restructuring. Jim is also a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor and Certified Valuation Analyst. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, he was a senior consultant in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring Services Practice of FTI Consulting, Inc., and a senior associate in the Business Recovery Services Division of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

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James E Van Horn
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Counsel to numerous financial institutions in corporate workouts, bankruptcies and real estate loan workouts.

Debtor’s Counsel, TEC/Gull Creek, Inc. (D. Maryland)

Debtors' Counsel, Game Trading Technologies, Inc., et al. (D. Maryland)

Post-Confirmation Debtor and Plan Administrator’s Counsel, K.H. Funding Company (D. Maryland)

Debtors' Counsel, Diomed Inc., et al. (D. Mass.)

Debtor's Counsel, Ward Products LLC (E.D. Mich.)

Debtor's Counsel, Lemington Home for the Aged (W.D. PA)

Receiver’s Counsel, Grand Mart, et al., (D. Maryland)

Receiver’s Counsel, St. George Crystal, Ltd. (W.D. PA)

Liquidating Trustee’s Counsel, Tolerx Liquidating Trust (D. Del.)

Liquidating Trustee’s Counsel, Johnson Rubber Company Liquidating Trust (N.D. Ohio)

Committee Counsel, Velti, Inc., et al., (D. Del.)

Committee Counsel, K.H. Funding Company (D. Maryland)

Committee Counsel, W.P. Hickman Systems, Inc., et al. (W.D. PA)

Committee Counsel, Johnson Rubber Company, et al. (N.D. Ohio)

Committee Counsel, Ormet Corporation, et al. (S.D. Ohio)

Committee Counsel, Pittsburgh Brewing Company, et al. (W.D. PA)

Committee Counsel, Three A’s Holdings LLC, d/b/a Tower Records (D. Del.)

Committee Counsel, Blake of Chicago, Corp., et al., f/k/a A.B. Dick Company (D. Del.)

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Maryland, Chambers USA, 2015-2018

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2018

Named to "Maryland Rising Stars," Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2012

Named to "Pennsylvania Rising Stars," Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2008

Co-author, "When First in Time Is Not First in Right," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, January 2015
Co-author, "Prepacks on the Rise in Chapter 11 Bankruptcies: Prenegotiated Plans Can Accelerate Reorganizations," The Journal of Corporate Renewal (TMA), August 2008
Speaker, "Dead Malls Walking: Key Issues & Strategies in Merchant & Mall Owner Bankruptcies & Restructurings," American Bankruptcy Institute Winter Leadership Conference, December 2017
Guest, "Eye on Bankruptcy," ABI show analyzing the latest judicial opinions, November 2017
Speaker, "Best Practices for Motion and Brief Drafting," ABI Delaware Views from the Bench Conference, September 2017
Moderator, "Judicial Debates," ABI Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Conference, August 2017
Speaker, "Is Retail the New Energy?," TMA Mid-Atlantic Regional Symposium, June 2017
Speaker, "Fueling the Bankruptcy Fire: Restructuring the Oil & Gas Industry," American Bankruptcy Institute Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Conference, August 2016
Speaker, "Ethical Considerations in the Wake of Baker Botts," Walter Chandler American Inn of Court Panel Discussion, January 2016
Speaker, "M&A Opportunities in Healthcare and Energy Industries," Private Equity Forum, Association for Corporate Growth and Turnaround Management Association, November 2015
Speaker, "Chapter 11 Plan Confirmation Issues," Virginia Mid-Atlantic Institute on Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice Conference, September 2015
Speaker, "Keeping Up with the Supremes: U.S. Supreme Court Update," American Bankruptcy Institute Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Conference, August 2015
Speaker, "Executory Contracts, Critical Vendors, and PACA Claims," Walter Chandler American Inn of Court Panel Discussion, November 2014
Speaker, "Federal and Virginia Receiverships and Other Bankruptcy Alternatives," Virginia Mid-Atlantic Institute on Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice Conference, September 2014
Speaker, "Shakedowns vs. The Pursuit of Justice: The Current Landscape of Avoidance Actions," American Bankruptcy Institute Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Conference, August 2014
Speaker, "Hot Topics and Trends in Restructuring," Turnaround Management Association Mid-Atlantic Regional Symposium, June 2014
Speaker, "Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alternatives to Maximize Value," Turnaround Management Association Mid-Atlantic Regional Symposium, June 2013
Speaker, "Anatomy of a Bankruptcy," National Association of Health and Educational Facilities Finance Authorities Spring Conference, April 2013
Speaker, "Early Warning Signs of Distress," Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity & Finance Conference, February 2013
Speaker, "Commercial Lease and Landlord/Tenant Issues," Walter Chandler American Inn of Court Panel Discussion, March 2012
Speaker, "Post-Confirmation Issues," American Bankruptcy Institute Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop Panel Discussion, August 2011
Guest Lecturer, "Advanced Bankruptcy," Law School Course, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, September 2008
Speaker, "Asset Acquisition Issues in Turnarounds and Bankruptcies," Turnaround Management Association, March 2007