James E. "Jim" Van Horn

James E. "Jim" Van Horn


Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Recognized since 2018

Washington, District of Columbia

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

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James (Jim) Van Horn focuses his practice on restructuring and insolvency law. He is a trusted adviser valued by clients for his practical, results-oriented approach and creative strategies in solving complex matters within the framework of their business goals. Jim is ranked as a Band 1 bankruptcy/restructuring attorney by Chambers USA and is named to The Best Lawyers in America.

Jim has deep experience working directly with senior management, investors, creditors and other stakeholders in matters ranging from out-of-court workouts, pre-packaged and pre-arranged Chapter 11 reorganizations to cram down plans of reorganization and sales of substantially all assets. He is experienced in representing corporate debtors, secured creditors, asset purchasers, official committees of unsecured creditors, liquidating trustees, receivers, investors and other stakeholders, in bankruptcy courts and other courts throughout the United States.

Chambers states that “Clients offer praise for his attention to detail and skill as a litigator,” and "Jim crafts nuanced strategies for each matter based on the surrounding circumstances and needs of his client. He is an outstanding advocate in court." Chambers also highlights that Jim “enjoys a strong reputation for his bankruptcy practice, which encompasses a wide range of insolvency law and financial restructuring work.”

Jim is a recognized leader of professional bankruptcy and restructuring organizations including serving as a member of the Turnaround Management Association Global Executive Board of Trustees 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 holds an MBA in finance, is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor, and a Certified Valuation Analyst. Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Jim practiced with another nationwide law firm and was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business teaching corporate finance and restructuring. He was also 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.

Contact & Links

Location

  • 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 500
    Washington, DC 20006-4623

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh , J.D., graduated 2000
  • University of Pittsburgh, M.B.A., graduated 2000
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.A., graduated 1995

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, District of Columbia Bar
  • Maryland, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Awards:

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2007-2008
  • Maryland Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2012
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2019
  • Chambers USA, 2015-2018

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Executive Board member, Turnaround Management Association (TMA) Global Executive Board of Trustees
  • Co-chair, American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Conference
  • Global Chair, TMA Chapter Resource and Response Committee
  • Member, ABI Advisory Board, Delaware Views from the Bench Conference
  • Member, ABI Mid-Atlantic Endowment Committee
  • Former Global Vice President of Membership, TMA
  • Former president, TMA Chesapeake Chapter
  • Former president, TMA Pittsburgh Chapter
  • Member, Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland
  • Member, Walter Chandler American Inn of Court

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