Burr & Forman

Bess M. Parrish Creswell

Bess M. Parrish Creswell
  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law (2004)
  • M.B.A., Lundy-Fetterman School of Business (2001)
  • B.B.A., Campbell University (2001)

Alabama, Georgia

  • American Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
  • Mobile Bar Association
  • Alabama Super Lawyers "Rising Star," Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights (2012-2015)
  • IWIRC "Rising Star" Award, Nominee (2011)
  • Alabama State Bar's Leadership Forum (Class 10, 2014)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers "Rising Star," Creditor Debtor Rights (2016-2017)
  • Leadership Mobile, Class of 2012
  • Lifelines Counseling Center Board Member and Secretary
  • Credit Abuse Resistance Education Program
  • Defended clients in federal bankruptcy court and state court with respect to preference and fraudulent transfer litigation.

  • Debtor's counsel to landscaping company in its financial restructuring and Chapter 11 case in the Northern District of Florida.

  • Counsel to multiple secured and unsecured creditors in the Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Company bankruptcy case in the Southern District of Alabama

  • Lead counsel to multiple financial institutions in connection with secured and unsecured real estate transactions, workouts, restructuring deals, bankruptcy litigation and non-bankruptcy litigation.

  • Assisted large real estate investor in the purchase of substantial assets through Chapter 11 plan sale.

  • Assisted as plaintiff's counsel in complex fraudulent transfer case which resulted in a jury verdict of approximately $1 billion in actual damages and $350 million in punitive damages in favor of plaintiff.

  • Participated in the representation of a Chapter 11 trustee investigation and pursuit of claims on behalf of the bankruptcy estate.

  • Counsel to financial institutions in complex collection cases in federal and state court.

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Avoidance Actions Bankruptcy Litigation Commercial / Corporate Litigation Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy Debtor in Possession Financing Maritime Receiverships Section 363 Sales UCC Litigation Workouts, Restructurings & Enforcement

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.