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Practice Focus:
Corporate and Business Litigation; Commercial Litigation/Creditors Rights and Collections; Construction Litigation; Commercial Transaction; Bankruptcy Litigation; Real Estate Litigation.

Catholic University of America,
B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa,1969;
Georgetown University of Law,
J.D., Cum Laude, 1987.

All State and County Courts in Ohio; Federal District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio; the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

James D. Wilson, Partner, Cleveland

James D. Wilson is a principal of Cowden Humphrey and serves as the chair of the Firm's Litigation Group. Mr. Wilson joined Cowden & Humphrey in 2006.

In addition to general litigation and trial work, Mr. Wilson has developed expertise in the areas of construction disputes; creditors rights, collections and bankruptcy; general business controversies; real estate litigation; and ERISA and pension fund litigation.

Business disputes litigated during Mr. Wilson's career include:

  • Enforcement of requirements contracts for the purchase of industrial gas products
  • Prosecution of claims of a close corporation shareholder wrongfully expelled from the business by his partners
  • Enforcement of contribution to ERISA plan requirements against business owners
  • Enforcement of non‐competition and non‐solicitation clauses of former employees and business owners

Construction is an area where controversy seems inherent. In the course of his legal career, Mr. Wilson has represented just about every player in the world of construction including owners, general contractors, construction managers, architects, and subcontractors and material men.

In the area of creditors rights and bankruptcy, Mr. Wilson has developed legal skills and management techniques for the prosecution of hundreds of collection suits. This work has required initiation of suits and prosecutions through judgment, and then the conduct of a battery of post judgment execution devices including bank garnishments, attachments of assets, wage garnishments, judgment debtor examinations, and other remedies. In this area of practice, Mr. Wilson also has handled cases for receiverships, replevins and repossessions, foreclosures, and various extraordinary remedies available in certain cases to aggrieved creditors.

Representation of creditors also has led to the provision, by Mr. Wilson, of counseling services to clients on credit conferral and management guidelines and techniques, and the creation, revision, and editing of documents utilized in creditor transactions including promissory notes, guaranties, credit applications, and other such documents

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