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James is Castle Law Office’s founder and president. He has done and continues to do everything for the practice from checking cases for accuracy to helping clients understand bankruptcy by writing free publications (see a list below). He attended St. Louis University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in Missouri and the Eastern and Southern Districts of Illinois.
James has been selected by the US Bankruptcy Court to be a member of committees to draft official rules of the court and a model Chapter 13 plan. His most recent achievements include being selected as one of America’s Top 20 Premier Experts, for which he has been featured in such national publications as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek, as well as interview appearances on Fox, CBS, ABC, and NBC. For his part in America’s Premier Experts, he has co-authored Shift Happens, a book that provides insight to businesses on surviving during and after the economic recession. In addition, he has been a featured guest on the prominent radio show “The Next Big Thing,” and is the legal expert for St. Louis radio personality Niecy Davis from Foxy 95.5.
James’ passion for working in the world of bankruptcy first came when he himself had to file for bankruptcy during law school. “After being laid off from General Motors, I found myself like 90% of the population,” explained James. The process was difficult for him but something positive did come out of it: it clarified what he wanted to do. “In law school, you take classes in the law but you aren’t taught about what kind of work is going to make you happy. I’m so grateful to have learned my passion early and followed my dream to become a great bankruptcy attorney,” finished James.
James discusses why he became a bankruptcy lawyer and overcoming the stigma of bankruptcy in these videos:
James is a family man with a passion for adventure. He and his wife, Sherrie, have dedicated the time they do not spend at Castle to finding new places and having new experiences. He has been on a bobsled run, learned how to fly a plane, zip lined through the rain forest, and even driven a NASCAR car. He and Sherrie love to share those experiences with their three children, Ryan, Tyler, and Devyn. Their favorite spot to spend time together has easily become Walt Disney World, which James affectionately refers to as his second home. “As you grow older, you have to still be a kid. Life is so serious and there continues to be more pressure the older you get. It’s important for me to get to play with the kids, ride the rides, and be an active in my relationship with my kids,” said James of his favorite vacation spot.
His passion for kids is also the driving force behind years spent as a youth hockey coach. After spending years coaching kids from 6 or 7 years old all the way to 12 or 13, James has learned how important it is for adults to have a positive effect on children. “You always wonder if you have an effect on kids,” continued James, “and then 10 years later, when you see them carry the same respect and discipline they were taught in hockey, you realize you did.”
If you are facing bankruptcy, foreclosure, repossession, or being harassed by debt collectors, contact James today by calling 314-344-0800. Your first 60-minute consultation is free of charge.
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