Bankruptcy-Litigation

Burr & Forman's commitment to the changing needs of lenders and creditors is evidenced by its substantial Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy practice.

Burr has over 50 attorneys concentrating in this area of law, making the firm one of the largest bankruptcy practice groups in the region. This allows individual attorneys the ability to focus on narrow specialties. The group was recently ranked by Law360 as the 36th largest Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy team in the United States. Based on this ranking, Burr's team is the largest in the Southeast. In 2014, 13 of our creditors' rights and bankruptcy attorneys were listed as  leading practitioners in Bankruptcy/Restructuring by the highly regarded Chambers USA in addition to the firm being ranked in Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

For more than three decades, our creditors’ rights attorneys have been actively involved in major bankruptcy proceedings in the Southeast and beyond. Our work began with an emphasis on representing major secured lenders in Chapter 11 bankruptcies but our practice has evolved far beyond its initial role to include representation of business debtors as well. Our substantial experience in this area includes representation of clients in the manufacturing, real estate, health care, agriculture, retail, education, and construction industries. On the creditor side we represent secured creditors, such as financial services institutions, asset-based lenders, and local, regional, and national banks, as well as REITs, equipment sellers, and lessors.

We have extensive experience representing official creditors’ committees, bank debt and ad hoc creditor groups, secured lenders, equity holders, derivative and swap counterparties, and other creditors in out-of-court reorganizations, debt restructurings, enforcement processes, liability management strategies, and bankruptcy proceedings.

Typical engagements include:

  • Representing debtors, committees, and major creditors in Chapter 11 cases 
  • Acquiring companies through Chapter 11
  • Negotiating and litigating the terms of debtor-in-possession financing, use of cash collateral, adequate protection, and relief from automatic stay 
  • Participating in the Chapter 11 Plan process, including drafting and confirming creditors’ and debtors’ Chapter 11 plans
  • Prosecuting or defending fraudulent transfer and preference actions as well as equitable subordination actions
  • Establishing, negotiating, and litigating breach of fiduciary duty and other D & O claims, and preference, fraudulent conveyance, and other avoidance actions
  • §363 sales
  • Out-of-court debt restructuring and workouts
  • Dealing with problem real estate loans and commercial leases

Additionally, our Creditor Committee representation is able to advise the committee on all matters pertinent to Chapter 11 proceedings, including, among other things: (i) the debtor's ability to sell substantially all of its assets with expedited notice, (ii) a debtor's financing and restructuring strategy, (iii) the validity and/or extent of secured creditors' liens and claims, (iv) valuation and solvency of a debtor and/or its assets, (v) the validity and prosecution of potential bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy related causes of action, and (vi) the most effective and efficient means of maximizing value for unsecured creditors.

Our Attorneys

Lawrence Ahern, III
Retired Partner ~ Nashville, Tennessee|
(615) 724-3210
(615) 724-3310
Lawrence
Niel Alden
Associate ~ Nashville, Tennessee|
(615) 724-3243
(615) 724-3343
Niel
Brad Baldwin
Partner ~ Atlanta, Georgia|
(404) 685-4332
(404) 214-7930
Brad
D. Christopher Carson
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5372
(205) 244-5617
Bess Creswell
Partner ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8245
251-706-2415
Bess
Denise Dell-Powell
Partner ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6607
(407) 264-6466
Denise
Erich Durlacher
Partner ~ Atlanta, Georgia|
(404) 685-4313
(404) 214-7387
Erich
Gerald Gillespy
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5348
(205) 244-5644
Gerald
Bryan Glover
Partner ~ Atlanta, Georgia|
(404) 685-4252
(404) 214-7395
Bryan
Eric Golden
Partner ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6603
(407) 540-6601
Eric
Robert Goodrich, Jr.
Partner ~ Nashville, Tennessee|
(615) 724-3212
(615) 724-3290
Robert
James Haithcock, III
Associate ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5277
(205) 244-5674
James
Michael Hall
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5367
(205) 244-5651
Michael
Baya Harrison IV
Attorney ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6661
(407) 540-6601
Baya
Kasee Heisterhagen
Associate ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8244
(251) 706-2446
Kasee
Will Hereford
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5310
(205) 244-5658
Will
Chuck Holtz
Counsel ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8223
(251) 344-9696
Chuck
David Houston, IV
Partner ~ Nashville, Tennessee|
(615) 724-3215
(615) 724-3315
David
Joe Joseph
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5457
(205) 244-5637
Joe
Jon Kane
Partner ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6625
(407) 650-2609
Jon
Joseph King
Counsel ~ Tampa, Florida|
(813) 367-5750
(813) 357-3512
Joseph
Hanna Lahr
Associate ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5462
(205) 714-6885
Hanna
Heather Lee
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5170
(205) 244-5669
Heather
George Marchese
Of Counsel ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5117
(205) 714-6817
George
Derek Meek
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5471
(205) 244-5679
Derek
Meredith Minkus
Counsel ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6649
(321) 249-0550
Meredith
Madison Mitchell
Partner ~ Nashville, Tennessee|
(615) 724-3242
(615) 724-3290
Madison
Michael Nardella
Associate ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6620
(407) 650-2777
Michael
Paul O'Hearn
Partner ~ Atlanta, Georgia|
(404) 685-4310
(404) 214-7398
Paul
R. Marshall Rainey
Partner ~ Tampa, Florida|
(813) 367-5761
(813) 357-3521
Robert Rubin
Retired Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5351
(205) 244-5703
Robert
Marc Solomon
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5281
(205) 244-5733
Marc
Graham Stieglitz
Partner ~ Atlanta, Georgia|
(404) 685-4316
(404) 214-7923
Graham
Jonathan Sykes
Associate ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6636
(407) 264-8942
Jonathan
Emily Taube
Partner ~ Nashville, Tennessee|
(615) 724-3237
(615) 724-3337
Emily
Ryan Thompson
Associate ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5397
(205) 714-6979
Ryan
Kelly Waits
Associate ~ Atlanta, Georgia|
(404) 685-4306
(404) 214-7381
Kelly
J. Patrick Warfield
Associate ~ Nashville, Tennessee|
(615) 724-3230
(615) 724-3330

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TESTIMONIALS

  • “They handle a diverse set of issues – well staffed, well prepared and respected…"

    -Chambers 2012

  • “Definitely have depth and expertise...They have a successful model and one that I’ve tried to imitate."

    -Chambers 2012

  • “They are outstanding and get high marks for their commercial awareness, staffing, training and pro-activity."

    -Chambers 2012

  • “They are all excellent attorneys; exceptionally bright, decisive and creative."

    -Chambers 2012