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James Belcher, James

James Belcher


Crowley Fleck, PLLP - Wyoming
Casper, WY
(307) 265-2279

Education

1988 - J.D. with Honors, Order of the Coif, University of Wyoming Law School
1972 - B.S. Finance, University of Colorado

Professional Experience

James R. (Jim) Belcher is a Partner in the firm’s Casper office. His practice areas include energy & natural resources, bankruptcy & creditor/debtor rights, and eminent domain. After a 13-year career as a commercial banker, Jim attended law school and began practicing law in 1988 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

In his financial practice, Jim represents lenders in large commercial and real estate financing transactions, judicial and non-judicial real estate foreclosures, collection litigation, state and federal receiverships and bankruptcy matters. Jim represented a client in a breach of contract action in the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming in which the court entered a $14,000,000+ judgment in favor of the client at the conclusion of a one week bench trial.

Jim represents both lenders and borrowers by rendering financing opinions for energy, real estate and business financings of all types, including equipment leasing, oil and gas, coal, real estate and wind power projects. He assists corporate, partnership and LLC clients with mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations, as well as continuations into and transfers out of Wyoming. These transactions include rendering local counsel opinions in large transactions.

Jim has extensive experience in assisting energy clients with surface owner agreements and dispute resolution. He drafts surface use agreements and litigates condemnation, surface access and injunctive actions to obtain the right to develop minerals. Jim assisted a pipeline client in obtaining a complete defense judgment in a breach of gas purchase agreement litigated in Wyoming State Court in a week long bench trial, which was affirmed by the Wyoming Supreme Court on appeal.

Jim drafts and evaluates construction contracts and litigates commercial construction lien disputes and disputes arising from oil and gas operations. Jim has extensive experience in resolving mechanics’ and oil and gas lien claims.

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