• Biography

    In practice for more than 40 years, Jim Markus is a preeminent finance attorney who is dedicated to understanding his clients’ businesses and designing practical and effective solutions to address the risks and opportunities they face. As a partner in the Haynes and Boone Finance Practice Group, Jim represents financial institutions, corporations, private equity firms and alternative lenders.

    Jim’s practice spans commercial lending, corporate finance, loan workouts, and restructurings, with a special emphasis on asset-based lending, syndicated financings, leveraged acquisitions, and mezzanine finance. Over many years, he has handled complex workouts of troubled loans, including in-court and out-of-court restructurings.

    In addition to his vast experience with financial institutions, Jim has worked with companies from a diverse array of industries. He has also served as pro bono counsel to the Dallas Children’s Theater for several decades, including handling the financing for the acquisition and construction of their current facility.

    Known for his careful and deliberate approach, Jim is one of only a few lawyers recognized for more than 10 years in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc.,under both banking law, and bankruptcy and creditor/debtor law and was named a "Lawyer of the Year" in 2018. Jim’s work in banking and finance is noted in Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners, where one client describes him as “a terrific lawyer” and “a thorough practitioner” (2019).

    Professional and Community Activities

    • Member: Turnaround Management Association; Commercial Financial Services Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association; Dallas Bar Association; Texas Association of Bank Counsel
    • Emeritus Trustee and former officer: Dallas Children’s Theater
    • Board Member and Secretary: KidLinks
    • President: Yale Club of Dallas, 2000–2001
  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D., Cornell Law School, 1977
    • B.A., Yale University, 1974, cum laude, with special distinction in history
  • Admissions

    • Ohio
    • Texas
    • District of Columbia
    • Maryland