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James H.M. Sprayregen


Current Position

Restructuring Partner
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
300 North LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60654

Tel: 312-862-2481
Fax: 312-862-2200

Class: XV (2004)Circuit: Seventh


University of Michigan, B.A., cum laude (1982)
University of Illinois, College of Law, J.D., cum laude (1985)

Professional Career

Kirkland & Ellis LLP (1990-06; 2008-)
Goldman Sachs (2006-08)
Rudnick & Wolfe (1989-90)
Lord, Bissel & Brook (1985-89)


INSOL International, Vice President and Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors
American Bankruptcy Institute
Turnaround Management Association
The World Bank, Insolvency and Creditors Rights Task Force
, Served for three years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and for one year as an Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law.


"Orderly Liquidation Authority Under the Frank-Dodd Act: The United States Congress's Misdirected Attempt to Ban Wall Street Bailouts," INSOL World-The Quarterly Journal of INSOL International Third Quarter 2010
"The Race to the Starting Line: Developing Prepackaged and Prenegotiated Reorganization Plans to Maximize Value," Navigating Today's Environment, The Directors' and Officers' Guide to Restructuring 2010
"Third Circuit Overrules Long-Criticized Frenville Decision; Redefines When 'Claim' Accrues for Future Claimants," Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law Jul/Aug 2010
"Markets Party Like It's… 2007?" Financier Worldwide Mar 2010
"Crossing Borders: International Reorganizations," Daily Bankruptcy Review Feb 2010
"Recent Bankruptcy Court Decision Reconcilles Central Tenets of Commercial Real Estate Financing and Bankruptcy Law," Real Estate Finance Journal Winter 2010


The National Law Journal, "The Decade's Most Influential Lawyers" (Mar 2010)
Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
Recognized as a leading lawyer by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms,
Profiled in The American Lawyer, "Dealmakers of the Year, Building the Brand," and "45 Under Forty-Five: The Rising Stars of the Private Bar",
Turnarounds and Workouts, "Outstanding Bankruptcy Lawyer"