James J. Lee - Vinson & Elkins LLP
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James J. Lee

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 214-220-7744

Tulane UniversityBA 1973University of Virginia School of LawJ.D. 1976

Client Comments

"Jim is that rare combination of being both a very good bankruptcy lawyer and a very good trial lawyer. Jim is smartly aggressive. He understands how to be an advocate in the context of commercial objectives."

"Jim Lee is the best bankruptcy litigator I have ever seen in a courtroom."

"Jim Lee is a masterful courtroom attorney whose performance reflects an intense knowledge and understanding of the company and the various facets of its operations. He has been sensitive to the owners and the emotional traumas they are experiencing throughout this process. Outside of the courtroom, he remains a trusted advisor."

-Melvin Lack
President & CEO
Lack's Furniture Stores

"Mr. Lee is our go-to guy for all bet-the-company litigation. We have found him to be very practical and he delivers results. He is not a process guy; he thinks creatively and has a good head for business, much better than the typical big firm guy we have employed. I would recommend him for any important litigation, particularly in Texas federal court where he is well respected and incredibly well regarded and well received by the bench. We spent several million dollars around here in 2006 on litigation and he was far and away the best of our outside litigation counsel. "

"Jim Lee has a high degree of expertise in the bankruptcy litigation arena. I have noted that many bankruptcy counsels and many litigation counsels believe that they can effectively handle bankruptcy litigation. This is untrue. It is clear, when you have a real expert in the area, the way that the unique litigation environment can be best managed for an effective result. Jim has a calm and easy demeanor that helps in-house counsel to effectively use Jim to explain to concerned internal clients the issues that will be faced and the likely results. I would highly recommend Jim Lee for any company facing litigation or desiring to pursue litigation in the bankruptcy arena."

-Curt Warnock
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary
Integrated Electrical Services, Inc.

"Jim quickly dissects a situation and gets to the real issues; he is able to persuasively make his points and build consensus."

-Adam Dunayer
Houlihan Lokey

"In my prior position with VarTec Telecom/Excel Telecommunications, I had the pleasure of working with Jim Lee on a variety of mission critical disputes, both in the context of the company's bankruptcy and thereafter with the entity that acquired the company's assets. Jim has an uncanny ability to anticipate the next steps our opposition was likely to take and to structure a competitive game plan accordingly in order to maximize results. He's unflappable in high-pressure situations and takes the high road when the opposition gets dirty. For this reason, Jim has an immense amount of credibility with judges, clients, and opposing counsel alike. This level of credibility has made the difference in the rulings we obtained from the bench and in negotiations with opposing counsel during pivotal settlement talks. Jim's someone you want in your corner!"

"Jim is an incredibly bright, articulate, and effective attorney who can deliver excellent results for his clients. He is easy to work with and is capable of quickly understanding even the most complex of situations and navigating through complex waters to achieve his client's objectives. Jim makes himself extremely available and accessible to his clients. He is a skilled and experienced professional who is well-respected by all those with whom he works for and against, as well as by the bench."

-Michael Hoffman
Former CEO, President and Chief Legal Officer
VarTec Telecom, Inc.

"Our Board of Directors initially retained Jim to work on a very complex case that involved a number of vested interests. Jim came highly recommended by a number of references. Jim's practical and methodical approach to the case resulted in a very favorable outcome for our company. I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Jim (in my capacity as General Counsel) on a number of other matters. Jim continues to exceed our expectations and has successfully represented the company with respect to each endeavor. He consistently remains focused on the best interests of the client and is responsive and highly effective. In addition, he is an affable individual. "

-Tania King
General Counsel & Secretary
Advantage Sales & Marketing

Office Location

Trammell Crow Center, Suite 3700
2001 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75201-2975
United States

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Chapter 12, Commercial, Lender Liability, Litigation)
Litigation - Bankruptcy