Jim Mazza represents clients in all aspects of complex corporate restructurings, including Chapter 11 reorganizations, out-of-court workouts, assets sales and distressed M&A transactions.


Mr. Mazza has represented debtors, creditors, asset purchasers and private equity investors in corporate restructuring transactions involving clients’ interests in the United States, Asia, Europe and South America. His experience extends to a wide variety of industries, including automotive, airlines, energy, financial services, gaming, real estate and retail.

Since joining Skadden, Mr. Mazza’s representative matters include:

  • SunEdison, Inc. and certain of its domestic and international subsidiaries in their Chapter 11 cases pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers as co-chair of the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 case of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company.
  • Unified Grocers as co-chair of the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Haggen, Inc.
  • Exide Technologies, a global transportation and industrial battery manufacturer, in all aspects of its Chapter 11 reorganization, including the negotiation of its $570 million DIP credit facility and confirmation of its plan of reorganization resulting in a more than $600 million de-leveraging.
  • Dynegy Inc. in its $825 million acquisition of Ameren Energy Resources Company, LLC and its subsidiaries from Ameren Corporation.

Prior to joining Skadden in 2012, his major representative matters included:

  • Visteon Corporation, a Fortune 500 global automotive supplier, in its successful Chapter 11 reorganization in which $2.7 billion in debt was restructured and $1.25 billion of new equity capital was raised.
  • Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P), an operator of more than 350 grocery stores in the Northeastern United States under six retail banners, in its successful Chapter 11 reorganization in which more than $1 billion in debt was restructured. Mr. Mazza was recognized in The Legal 500 for U.S. Corporate Restructuring for his role on this transaction.

In 2014, Mr. Mazza was recognized as one of the nation’s “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers” by Turnaround and Workouts, which recognizes 12 individuals nationwide under the age of 40 for their individual accomplishments in corporate restructuring.



  • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 2001 (magna cum laude)
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1997 (cum laude)


  • Illinois


  • Clerkship, Hon. Robert D. Martin, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (2001-2002)

James J. Mazza, Jr.

Partner, Corporate Restructuring