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James S. Monroe

James S. Monroe is an AV Preeminent rated civil trial and bankruptcy attorney with over 30 years of experience.

Jim has more than 30 years experience in handling bankruptcies, workouts, restructurings, finance, creditors’ rights and commercial litigation. His bankruptcy experience extends to all aspects of representing both debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings under Chapters 11, 7 and 13, including filing and prosecuting such cases on behalf of corporate and individual debtors, post-petition financing, cash collateral issues, asset sales, valuation disputes, relief from automatic stay, executory contracts and unexpired leases, negotiating plans and plan confirmation proceedings, claims allowance and disallowance, and adversary proceedings. Mr. Monroe has extensive experience in restructuring and workouts of both secured and unsecured loans outside of bankruptcy, including the representation of both creditors and debtors in negotiating and implementing forbearance agreements, modification agreements, collateral liquidation arrangements, downsizing plans, intercreditor agreements, recapitalizations, and collateral additions. Mr. Monroe also has extensive experience representing financial institutions and other creditors in creditors’ rights litigation and in the enforcement of creditor remedies.

Mr. Monroe is an experienced litigator and trial attorney with a reputation for high quality work in complex commercial cases. He has been lead counsel in numerous cases in state and federal courts on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. He has represented financial institutions and other creditors in defense litigation involving claims asserted against creditors, and many other business clients in a wide range of commercial litigation matters. Mr. Monroe has also briefed and argued many appeals before California Courts of Appeal, the California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit.

Prior to becoming of counsel to Farrimond Law Offices, Mr. Monroe was a litigation associate and partner in the creditors’ rights and bankruptcy group of Lillick & Charles LLP for eleven years, a partner in the bankruptcy group of Nixon Peabody LLP for eight years, and formed Monroe Law Firm in 2008.

Bar Admissions:

All courts in the state of California
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
The Northern District of California
The Central District of California
The Eastern District of California
The District of Colorado


Villanova University, J.D. 1981

University of California at Los Angeles, A.B., Political Science 1977

Areas of Practice

  • Banking and Financial Litigation

  • Bankruptcy

  • Creditor and Debtor Rights

  • Restructurings

  • Workouts

Honors and Awards

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating