James J. Mazza, Jr.

James J. Mazza, Jr.

Partner, Corporate Restructuring

Jim Mazza represents debtors, creditors, asset purchasers and private equity investors in corporate restructuring transactions, both in and out-of-court, involving clients’ interests across the globe.


Mr. Mazza’s experience extends to a wide variety of industries, including automotive, airlines, energy, financial services, health care, gaming, real estate and retail. He also regularly advises companies’ management and boards of directors regarding fiduciary duty issues in financially distressed situations.

Mr. Mazza’s representative clients include:

  • TridentUSA Health Services, a nationwide mobile diagnostics health care provider, in:
    • its successful reorganization in Chapter 11 proceedings in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, which delevered the company’s balance sheet by approximately $600 million. This matter was named Healthcare/Life Sciences Deal of the Year ($500MM or more) by The M&A Advisor and received the Turnaround Management Association’s 2020 Turnaround and Transaction of the Year Award in the large company turnaround category; and
    • its $216 million out-of-court recapitalization;
  • SunEdison, Inc., a renewable energy project developer, in its Chapter 11 case (the largest filed in 2016) and successful emergence from bankruptcy;
  • Exide Technologies, a global transportation and industrial battery manufacturer, in its successful Chapter 11 restructuring of more than $600 million of debt;
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers as the co-chair of the official committee of unsecured creditors in the second Chapter 11 case of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P), a grocery store chain;
  • Unified Grocers as co-chair of the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Haggen, Inc., a grocery store chain; and
  • Dynegy Inc. in connection with certain corporate transactions.

Prior to joining Skadden in 2012, his major representative matters included handling major Chapter 11 cases for Visteon Corporation (auto supplier), A&P (grocer), Calpine Corporation (power producer) and UAL Corporation (parent of United Airlines).

Mr. Mazza has been 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