James Dondero, Highland Capital Management
Co-Founder, President, Dallas, TX



James Dondero is Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management (HCM).

Mr. Dondero has over 30 years of experience in the credit and equity markets, focused largely on high-yield and distressed investing. Since inception in 1993, Highland Capital has been a pioneer in the development of the Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) market and in developing credit oriented solutions for institutional and retail investors world-wide. Award winning product offerings include institutional separate accounts, CLOs, hedge funds, private equity funds, mutual funds, REITs, and ETFs.


Prior to Highland Capital Management, Mr. Dondero, as Chief Investment Officer, helped create the GIC subsidiary of Protective Life from inception to over $2B between 1989 and 1993. Between 1985 and 1989, Mr. Dondero was a Corporate Bond Analyst and then Portfolio Manager at American Express. Mr. Dondero began his career as an analyst in 1984 in the Morgan Guaranty training program.


Mr. Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia with highest honors (Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi) from the McIntire School of Commerce with dual majors in Accounting and Finance and has received certification as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).


Mr. Dondero is Chairman of NexBank, Cornerstone Healthcare, and CCS Medical; and also serves as a board member of American Banknote and MGM Studios.


Recent news about James Dondero:

James Dondero Appoints a New President of Institutional Products for Highland Capital Management
Insider Monkey’s recent news featuring James Dondero
NexPoint Residential Trust, Inc. Appoints Arthur Laffer and James Dondero to Board of Directors

“Mr. Dondero’s support for our organization has enabled us to expand the number of cases we can consider and establish a foundation to grow our operation.”

-Polly Weidenkopf, Executive Director of Reserve Aid

Highland’s NXRT Team at NYSE Closing Bell Ceremony


By Mark Okada | February 29, 2016 With the volume and speed with which information is exchanged, it has become increasingly challenging to sort through the data available and determine what is and isn’t significant—or as we like to describe it, what are signals and what is noise.   We view the Purchasing Managers’ Indexes (PMIs) […] Read More ⇒


By James Dondero | February 16, 2016 While stocks finished last week in the red the broad market averages closed strongly, which suggests the bulls may have wrestled the ball back from the bears. Market internals were also encouraging, showing roughly 50% fewer new 52-week lows than just a few weeks ago. The reason for the […] Read More ⇒


By James Dondero | December 14, 2015 Last week demonstrated a tone of “risk off” in the markets, as investors prepare for the potential of rising interest rates from the FOMC for the first time in 10 years. Both stocks and high-yield bonds were off sharply, in favor of the relative safety of US Treasuries. […] Read More ⇒


By Jim Dondero | October 19, 2015 Stocks had another decent week and continued their advance off their October lows. Stocks continue to face significant areas of resistance just overhead (such as 2,050 on the S&P 500) which — if surpassed — would likely kick-off the traditional Christmas Rally. The potential success of US equities […] Read More ⇒

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