James M. Millerman
  1. Counsel

Mr. Millerman is counsel in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department with a primary practice focus on corporate restructurings. He has substantial experience in a broad range of in-court and out-of-court restructurings, including cross-border financial institution insolvencies and restructurings, and has represented U.K. administrators, distressed companies, agent banks, secured creditors, other financial creditors and acquirers of distressed companies. 

He also advises banks, broker-dealers and other financial institutions regarding bankruptcy risks involved in derivatives and other complex financial transactions.

Work Highlights

  • Dean Foods in connection with its chapter 11 case
  • Contura Energy in connection with its acquisition of assets from Mission Coal Company
  • Eight major US banking organizations in their living wills submissions to the Federal Reserve Board and the FDIC
  • Comcast in connection with the involuntary bankruptcy of Houston Regional Sports Network, L.P.
  • The joint administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) in connection with their multibillion-dollar claims against Lehman Brothers Inc. in the largest SIPA proceeding in history
  • Various banks in numerous bankruptcy-remote structured finance transactions
  • Citibank in its defense against multibillion-dollar fraudulent conveyance litigation in the Enron bankruptcy case*


* Selected representation before joining Davis Polk.

Professional History

  • Counsel, Davis Polk, 2012-present
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 2009-2012
  • Associate, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, 2006-2009
  • Associate, Latham & Watkins, 1999-2003
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Robert D. Drain, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, S.D. New York, 2003-2006

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York


  • B.A., Economics, University of Texas at Austin, 1986
    • magna cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa
  • J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law, 1999