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James M. Matour

Partner; Co-Chair, Bankruptcy & Insolvency Group
Primary Office
1500 Market St., Suite 3500E
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Direct(215) 575-7134
Fax(215) 575-7200


Linda Craig
Direct(215) 575-7081

James Matour concentrates his practice in corporate reorganization, bankruptcy, and commercial workouts, and has more than 35 years of experience representing debtors, creditors, and other parties in bankruptcy cases. He also has extensive experience handling mergers and acquisitions of both healthy and distressed businesses, as well as other corporate transactions. Jim is listed in both Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and in Best Lawyers in America.

Jim is a founding Director of the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project, a former contributing editor of The Bankruptcy Strategist, and a member of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Turnaround Management Association. Jim is a frequent lecturer at attorney and judicial conferences on corporate reorganization and distressed business acquisitions. He is an Adjunct Professor in the MBA Program of Lehigh University. 

Professional & Community Activities

Professional Activities

  • Adjunct Professor, Lehigh University M.B.A Program 2012 – Present 
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association
  • Health Care Insolvency Committee, American Bankruptcy Institute, 1995 – Present
  • Contributing Editor, The Bankruptcy Strategist, 1985 – 2000
  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Community Activities 

  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
  • Board of Directors, Treasurer, Philly Pops
  • Board of Trustees, Abraham Lincoln Foundation, 2013 – 2018
  • Board of Directors, Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project, 1994 – 2017
  • Member, Union League of Philadelphia, 1994 – Present

Speeches & Presentations

  • “Turnarounds and Bankruptcy,” Lehigh University College of Business and Economics.
  • "Successful Workouts," Reed Seminars Video.
  • "Representing Directors and Officers," Bench-Bar Conference.
  • "Fundamentals of Chapter 11," Pennsylvania Bar Institute.
  • "Chapter 11 Issues," Pennsylvania Judicial Conference.
  • "Asset Protection," Philadelphia Bar Association.

Professional Recognition

  • Named a Leader in Bankruptcy/Restructuring by Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2006 – 2018.
  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2007 – 2019.
  • Named by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine as a top attorney in Bankruptcy Law as the result of a statewide poll of lawyers, 2004 –2018.
  • Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, 1978 – 1980.
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Alternate Biographies





  • J.D., cum laude, Delaware Law School, 1980
  • B.A., LaSalle University, 1976

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania