About James C. Moon
James “Jim” Moon, a partner at Meland Russin & Budwick, focuses his practice on handling a broad variety of international, complex civil litigation matters, including the defense of RICO claims as well as commercial disputes. He also focuses on creditors’ rights, workouts, bankruptcy and commercial loan transactions. His work includes representing official committees and individual creditors in complex Chapter 11 proceedings, adversary proceedings in bankruptcy courts, and out-of-court restructurings.
- University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D. with honors, 2000
- University of Connecticut, B.G.S., 1995
- Member, Dade County Bar Association
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Bankruptcy Bar Association
- Member, New York State Office of Court Administration
- Member, Business Law Section
- Member, Florida Bar
- Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
- AV rated, preeminent in his field, by Martindale-Hubbell
Florida Trend Legal Elite, Legal Leader in Bankruptcy & Workouts, 2016
Florida Super Lawyers 2011-2016
- Winner of Alva P. Loiselle Moot Court Competition, 1998
- Past President, Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida, 2010-2011
- Chair, Inclusion/Mentoring/Fellowships Committee Florida Bar, Business Law Section
- “Surrender, Reaffirmation and Right to Defend a Post-Discharge Foreclosure Action,” American Bankruptcy Institute, December 2015.
- “One Size Does Not Fit All: Information Sharing Requirements for Official Committees Pursuant to Section 1102(b)(3),” Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law, September 2007.
- “When a creditor is not a creditor: Failure to file a proof of claim may jeopardize party in interest standing,” Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law, December 2005.
- Fifth Amendment Apogee: How the Supreme Court’s Ruling in United States v. Balsys Checked American Ideas of Personal Liberty at Our Borders, 32 Conn.L.Rev. 351 (1999).
- New York
- Southern District of Florida
- Middle District of Florida
- Southern District of New York
- Eastern District of New York
- Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
||Represented Turks & Caicos corporation defendant through appeal to the Eleventh Circuit in a dispute involving allegations of fraud and corruption.
|Commercial Litigation, Financial Fraud
||Represented EMI Resorts, Inc. and 20 related company defendants through two appeals to the Eleventh Circuit in action alleging wire fraud, money laundering and other violations of RICO in an amount of $170 million. Successfully defended the action through the ultimate dismissal of the action by the plaintiffs.
||Represented multiple individual and corporate plaintiffs, including Berjaya Group (Cayman) Limited and Prime Gaming Philippines, Inc. in litigation against Duffy's Holdings, Inc. involving allegations of breaches of a stock purchase agreement regarding the multi-national restaurant chain of Roadhouse Grill, Inc.
|Bankruptcy and Restructuring, Corporate
||Represented 1433 Collins, LLC, the purchaser of the senior secured loan in the chapter 11 bankruptcy of The Carlton Hotel which loan 1433 successfully sold during the bankruptcy case.
|Bankruptcy and Restructuring, Financial Fraud, Commercial Litigation, Creditors' Rights
||Represented largest victim in Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Scott Rothstein and Rothstein Rosenfeldt & Adler, P.A. law firm in Fort Lauderdale.
||Represented multiple Chapter 7 Trustees in avoidance and turnover actions.
||Represented Ameristar Casinos, Inc. in successful challenge to discharge of debt of chapter 7 debtor who had amassed over $500,000 in gambling debts.
|Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation
||Represented Marvel-Schebler Aircraft Carburetors as special litigation counsel in the bankrutpcy case of AVStar Fuel Systems, Inc. in dispute involving trademark violations.
||Represented Airline Container Leasing in defense of action alleging preferences and fraudulent transfers of over $1 million.
||Represented Pescanova, Inc., one of the top 50 seafood commerce companies in the United States, as creditor in the bankruptcy case of The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc.
||Represented Presidential Homeowners Association, Inc. in bankruptcy cases of Presidential Club, LLP and Presidential Golf Maintenance Association, Inc. Sought and obtained dismissal of the bankruptcy cases of the debtors.
||Represented 21 Asset Management Holding, LLC in bankruptcy case of 2638 Singer Island, LLC. Sought and obtained bad faith dismissal of the bankrutpcy case of the Debtor.
- Meland Russin & Budwick’s James C. Moon Appointed to Board of Directors of LGBTQ Advocacy Organization June 6, 2018 Meland Russin & Budwick today announced that Partner James C. Moon has been appointed to the board of directors of SAVE, an organization dedicated to protecting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) against discrimination.
- James Moon Joins Board of Directors December 7, 2016 Although he is not Jewish, James Moon, a partner with the law firm Meland Russin & Budwick, P.A., makes the case that progressives and LGBTQ in particular can and should support Israel – the only country in the Middle East where LGBTQ can find hope for a valued and respected life.
- Meland Russin & Budwick’s James C. Moon Named to Florida Trend Legal Elite July 13, 2016 James C. Moon, a partner with law firm Meland Russin & Budwick, has been listed in Florida Trend magazine’s Florida Legal Elite 2016. Specifically, Moon is recognized in the Bankruptcy and Workouts Category.
- Surrender, Reaffirmation and Right to Defend a Post-Discharge Foreclosure Action December 1, 2015 Lenders are seeking to reopen long-closed bankruptcy cases to compel debtors to cease asserting defenses to foreclosure actions that survive or are commenced after the debtor’s discharge. Courts are divided on the appropriate remedies. How can creditors protect their rights?
- Bankruptcy Judge Sides With Owner on Home Surrender August 24, 2015 A Miami bankruptcy judge threw another wrench into the already convoluted and controversial “surrender” issue linking bankruptcy and foreclosure cases.
- Meland Russin & Budwick’s James C. Moon Appointed Chair-Elect of Inclusion/Mentoring/Fellowships Committee of Business Law Section of The Florida Bar June 22, 2015 Miami law firm Meland Russin & Budwick today announced that Administrative Partner James C. Moon has been appointed Chair-Elect of the Inclusion/Mentoring/Fellowships Committee of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar. He will become Chair in 2016 and serve a one-year term.
- Meland Russin & Budwick adds three new law partners January 10, 2011 Meland Russin & Budwick has added three new partners to the law firm’s practice, Joshua W. Dobin, Solomon B. Genet and James C. Moon.
- Southern District Bankruptcy Bar Elects James Moon as President and Daniel Gonzalez as second Vice President August 26, 2010 James C. Moon, an associate with the law firm of Meland, Russin and Budwick, P.A., has been elected as president of Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida.
- Voices of the recession September 15, 2009 A year after the collapse began, many in South Florida are still struggling.