Attorneys James S. LaMontagne

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shareholder | Manchester, NH

Jim is Sheehan Phinney’s practice group leader for the Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditor’s Rights Group. His practice finds him in bankruptcy court representing secured lenders, creditor committees, purchasers of distressed assets, trustees, unsecured creditors and small and larger business debtors in their liquidation or reorganization efforts.

Jim has negotiated and litigated DIP financing transactions, chapter 11 plans, asset valuations, cash collateral issues, lease issues, stay relief issues, and asset purchases. Jim also represents clients in preference actions, dischargeability complaints and violation of stay cases.

Outside of the bankruptcy court, Jim represents both creditors and debtors in commercial foreclosure proceedings, secured party sales, workouts and commercial collection/contract actions.

Key Matters

  • Counsel to regional oil and propane company in acquiring operating assets from chapter 11 bankruptcy estate.
  • Counsel to publisher in acquiring operating assets from chapter 11 bankruptcy estate.
  • Counsel to one of the ten largest banks in the United States in a nursing home's chapter 11 case.
  • Counsel to banks and financial institutions in bankruptcy, foreclosure and collection proceedings.
  • Counsel to creditors committee in chapter 11 case of manufacturer of firearms parts and accessories.
  • Counsel to marble and stone contractor in workout with secured lender.
  • Counsel to dental practice in workout with creditors.


  • State of New Hampshire
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • State of Maine
  • United States District Court, District of New Hampshire
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court, District of Maine
  • First Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Court
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals

Civic Involvement

  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Board Member, NH/VT Red Cross
  • Member of American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Leadership of Manchester, Class of 2005


  • Best of Business – Bankruptcy Firm for 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018