Bess represents debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditor committees and fiduciaries in workouts, debt restructuring, bankruptcy cases, financial transactions, non-bankruptcy offensive and defensive litigation and maritime financing and foreclosures.
Bess is a partner in the firm’s Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Practice Group. In addition to representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, committees and fiduciaries in complex bankruptcy cases, Bess advises clients in all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings, including with regard to preference claims, fraudulent transfers, bankruptcy sales and other litigation matters. Bess also represents a variety of clients in debt restructuring, out-of-court workouts, bankruptcy litigation, other non-bankruptcy litigation and maritime financing and foreclosures.
Prior to joining Burr & Forman, Bess practiced bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and commercial litigation at Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. Bess also served as law clerk to The Honorable Ray C. Mullins in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia. She earned her J.D. in 2004 from Wake Forest University School of Law, where she was Business Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review and represented Wake Forest in the Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition. Bess earned her M.B.A. from the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business in 2001 and her B.A. in accounting and trust management from Campbell University in 2001.