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James R. Angell

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In the highly regulated industry of banking, Jim acts as a trusted advisor to community and national banks and guides them through complex matters with efficiency and clarity.


Jim has an in-depth understanding of commercial finance and asset-based lending, representing institutional lenders in structuring, negotiating and documenting sophisticated single-lender, multiple-lender and borrower-financing transactions. 


Additionally, Jim helps financial institutions navigate creditors’ rights cases and problem loan workouts, default resolution, debt restructuring and commercial foreclosure matters. He also provides counsel throughout bankruptcy processes and advises his bank clients on state and federal regulatory matters.


Having acted as lead counsel in commercial financing transactions totaling over $1 billion, Jim is distinctly qualified to guide clients through these significant and intricate matters. He is committed to helping his clients succeed and achieve satisfactory outcomes in every matter.

Practice Details

In addition to his banking practice, Jim also represents individuals and businesses in agribusiness and trust and estate matters. 


In the agribusiness field, Jim’s clients range from family farms to commercial operations. His practice emphasizes agricultural lending on both sides of the transaction, providing strategic counsel throughout every step of the process.


With his trusts and estate practice, Jim advises high-net-worth individuals, farmers and ranchers on estate, tax and succession planning, ensuring their legacies and assets are protected.


Kennedy Berkley is recognized within Kansas and throughout the Midwest for our knowledge and experience in the agricultural industry. Our agribusiness lawyers represent local, regional, and national agribusiness clients, including agricultural co-ops, grain farmers, livestock producers, equipment manufacturers, input suppliers, agricultural lenders, and other ag-related businesses, in all aspects of their operations.

About Jim

A native of Downs, Kansas, Jim joined Kennedy Berkley in 1999 after graduating from Washburn University School of Law. He earned his undergraduate degree in business administration with an emphasis on accounting from the University of Kansas. 


Jim serves on the Board of Directors for The Bank of Tescott, a $400MM Kansas bank. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, and Saline-Ottawa County Bar Association, and is actively involved in several charitable and community organizations.


Kansas, 2000

Missouri, 2012


University of Kansas, B.S.

Washburn University School of Law, J.D.

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