James B. Angell
Jim is an attorney and owner at Howard Stallings from Hutson, Atkins, Angell & Davis P.A. Jim represents clients in general business matters and business transactions with a particular emphasis on Bankruptcy Law. His background as a business lawyer and Certified Public Accountant provide him with the skills to address complicated business issues. His experience as a commercial litigator gives him the perspective to counsel clients on minimizing their exposure to lawsuits and the ability to bring or defend them if necessary. Jim brings a practical and calculated result-oriented approach to his practice to obtain results for his clients as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Jim concentrates his practice in assisting clients with complex business issues, debtor/creditor issues, and representation in state court and bankruptcy court. Jim is a Certified Public Accountant, certified by the state of North Carolina, and is comfortable performing transactional work for his business clients, including:
Business Organization and Shareholder Agreements
Business Finance and Loan Transactions
Contracts and Business Arrangements
Reorganization and Workouts
Business Disputes and Business Litigation
Guarantor and Shareholder Representation
Dissolution and Liquidations
During his career, Jim has appeared in both state and federal courts. He is an experienced bankruptcy lawyer as has appeared in over 3,500 bankruptcy cases, including over 375 adversary proceedings (lawsuits filed in bankruptcy cases), 40 discharge actions, 150 preference actions and over 70 fraudulent transfer actions.
Jim is a Business Bankruptcy Specialist, certified by the North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization and by the American Board of Certification and is a panel Chapter 7 Trustee for the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina. Jim has over twenty-five years of extensive experience in representing creditors and debtors in out-of-court workouts and Chapter 7 (Liquidation) and Chapter 11 (reorganization) bankruptcies. He has appeared in business Chapter 11 cases involving such diverse industries as real estate development, construction, manufacturing and production, retail sales, restaurants, and service industries. He is also experienced in representing individuals in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases involving complicated tax issues and domestic issues. His background in accounting and tax allows him to review and understand complex business problems beyond the scope of the untrained lawyer.
Awards, Speaking and Publications
Recipient, 2017 Sara H. Davis Excellence Award, North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization
“Discharged or Just Charged? Handling Criminal Issues in Bankruptcy” (Speaker), North Carolina Bankruptcy Institute, November, 2016.
“Civil and Criminal Enforcement” (Speaker), NABT 2016 Spring Seminar; Nation Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, April, 2016.
“James B. Angell”, Specialist Profiles (Subject), North Carolina State Bar Journal, Winter, 2015.
“Bankruptcy” (Speaker), Real Property Foundation Practical Skills: From A to Z; North Carolina Bar Foundation, November, 2013.
Education and Memberships
Jim earned his J.D. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985 and his B.A. in 1979. He was admitted to the bar in 1985. The North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission certified him to conduct mediations in North Carolina Superior Court in 2007. Jim served on the North Carolina State Bar board of specialization until 2015 and remains active with the specialization program. Jim has been a member of the North Carolina Bar Association CLE Committee since 2004. Jim has also served as a chairman of several committees of the North Carolina Bar Association Bankruptcy Section. He is also a member of the Chapter 7 trustee panel in the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina and serves regularly as a Chapter 7 trustee. Having the experience of representing debtors, creditors, and serving as a Chapter 7 and chapter 11 trustees provides him a unique advantage in representing clients in bankruptcy.
“When it became necessary to reorganize our business, another attorney referred us to Jim Angell, telling us that he was far and away the best representation we could have. From start to finish of our lengthy and complex case, we felt a high degree of trust in Jim and his team and knew that we were in the best of hands. He has continued to follow up with us periodically and has made himself available for questions that have arisen over time. We have found Jim to be a supportive, dedicated, and knowledgeable attorney who provides sound advice and has always had our best interests at heart”.
Retail Health Equipment Supplier, Raleigh, NC
“I retained Jim to represent my company, Axeon Specialty Products, when we were sued for $388,512.20 in the Eastern District of North Carolina which were alleged to be preferential payments. Jim did a great job. He was very responsive and kept me fully informed about the case. I have worked with many attorneys over the years and Jim is at the top of the list. The case settled for $15,000, which was much better than we ever imagined”.
Ronald W. Lyon, Sr. Vice-President/General Counsel Axeon Specialty Products LLC
“Jim represented me in recovering a yacht out of bankruptcy. He conducted himself very professionally throughout his representation of me. He was familiar with the law and he studied that details of my case thoroughly. His presentation to the judge was elegant and convincing”.
- Chairman, North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization (2014 to 2015; Member, 2008 – 2015)
- Member, North Carolina Bar Association, CLE Committee (2004 to present)
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS:
- Sara H. Davis Excellence Award, North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization, 2017
- Business Bankruptcy Specialist, North Carolina State Bar (1993 to present)
- Business Bankruptcy Specialist, American Board of Certification (2006 to present)
- Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent®
- Rated 10, Superb, Avvo
- Superlawyers, Bankruptcy 2012-2016
- Legal Elite, Bankruptcy 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017
- Certified Superior Court Mediator, North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission (2007 to present)