El Paso

221 N. Kansas, Suite 1700
El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: 915.533.4424
Fax: 915.546.5360


816 Congress, Suite 1260
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512.320.5466
Fax: 512.320.5431

Las Cruces

3800 E. Lohman Ave., Suite C
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Phone: 575.527.0023
Fax: 915.546.5360

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James W. Brewer

Email: jim.brewer@kempsmith.com
Telephone: 915.533.4424 / Fax: 915.546.5360

James W. Brewer is Chair of and a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department. He practices in the areas of bankruptcy, business restructuring, and creditors' rights. Mr. Brewer is Board Certified in both Business Bankruptcy and Consumer Bankruptcy by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Brewer has extensive experience representing parties in corporate and consumer bankruptcy cases, adversary proceedings, state court receivership, and collection matters. Mr. Brewer was recognized as a "Texas Super Lawyer" in the 2012-2015 editions of Texas Monthly.



  • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1988
  • University of New Mexico, B.B.A., 1984


  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • American Bar Association
  • El Paso Bar Association
  • Border Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Texas Association of Bank Counsel


  • Texas, 1988
  • New Mexico, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico


  • Board Certified, Business Bankruptcy Law- Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Board Certified, Consumer Bankruptcy Law- Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Member, Board of Trustees, El Paso Symphony Orchestra
  • Bankruptcy Law Advisory Committee for the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2001-2007, Chair 2005-2007)
  • Border Bankruptcy Bar Association (President, 1999, 2003)