James W. Kapp, III - McDermott Will & Emery


James (Jay) W. Kapp, III, focuses his practice on corporate bankruptcies, reorganizations (including prepackaged and prearranged bankruptcy filings), out-of-court restructurings (including distressed financings and workouts), and creditor rights representation (with an emphasis on representing bondholders, indenture trustees and other secured creditors). Jay has significant experience representing debtors and creditors (secured and unsecured) with respect to such bankruptcy and restructuring matters.

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  • Represented a public university in the successful acquisition of a cancer institute that had filed for Chapter 11 in Las Vegas; in particular, the client was designated the “stalking horse” purchaser and participated in the debtor’s 363 sale process
  • Represented a client in the successful acquisition of Arizona Health Institute, pertaining to its cardiology and cardiovascular practice in the debtor’s Chapter 11 case filed in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Represented a French company in disrupting jurisdictional issues with respect to a Chapter 15 proceeding initiated in Delaware bankruptcy court

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  • The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2023-2024
  • The Legal 500 US, Recommended, 2019-2023
  • IFLR1000, Restructuring & Insolvency, 2022-2023
  • Illinois Super Lawyer


  • Luther Memorial in Chicago (Lincoln Square), Illinois, governing council and stewardship committee


University of Minnesota Law School, JD, magna cum laude, 1994
Northwestern University, BS, 1991


US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit