James B. Sowka

Mr. Sowka is a Partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He practices in the areas of bankruptcy law, creditor rights, and commercial and real estate litigation in both federal and state court. His client representations include debtors, secured lenders, trade creditors, insurers, real property lessors, chapter 7 and chapter 11 bankruptcy trustees, and action defendants. Mr. Sowka is also a member of the SeyfarthLean initiative for landlord-tenant issues in retail bankruptcy cases. SeyfarthLean adopts Lean Six Sigma methodologies through application of a process-driven methodology that involves mapping the delivery of services in order to identify efficiencies and to better predict costs for our clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sowka worked as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the U.S. Trustee in both Chicago, Illinois and Miami, Florida where he gained significant experience with bankruptcy asset sales, chapter 11 plan confirmations, chapter 11 trustee and examiner appointments, denial of discharge actions, and investigation and prosecution of bankruptcy fraud and abuse.

Mr. Sowka is an active member of the bar in Illinois and Florida. In 2011, Mr. Sowka was selected to participate in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Next Generation Program for up-and-coming bankruptcy attorneys. At the University of Arizona College of Law, Mr. Sowka was a member of the national moot court team and a judicial extern for the Honorable John F. Kelly in Pima County Superior Court in Tucson, Arizona. Mr. Sowka also serves as an officer and director for Friends of Pulaski, a not-for-profit organization that supports Pulaski International School - a public elementary school in Chicago offering an International Baccalaureate based curriculum.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Bankruptcy, 2) Workouts & Business Reorganization, 3) Bankruptcy Litigation, 4) Debtor Representation, 5) Non-Bankruptcy Remedies, 6) Distressed Transactions, 7) Commercial Litigation and 8) Real Estate Litigation
Law School University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D., 2004)
Education University of Illinois (B.A.,1998)
Bar Member / Association Illinois State Bar Association, Florida State Bar Association
Most recent firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP
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