Burr & Forman

Derek F. Meek

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  • J.D., Cumberland School of Law
  • B.S., Auburn University
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court – District of Colorado

  • Turnaround Management Association, Global Chair (2021), Global President (2020), Corporate Secretary (2019), Vice President of Chapter Relations Executive Board (2018), Chair of Global Chapter Presidents' Council (2017), Alabama Chapter President (2015), Member of Global Board of Trustees (2013 - 2018)
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2009-2022), Litigation-Bankruptcy (2011-2022), Bet-the-Company Litigation (2022)
  • Named, Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2012-2021)
  • American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow (2020)
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers (2020)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights (2012-2015), Alabama "Top 50" List (2015-2020)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy: Business (2016-2020), Alabama "Top 50" List (2016-2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Bankruptcy, Birmingham, Alabama (2017)
  • Birmingham Business Journal's Best and Brightest, Bankruptcy and Insolvency (2009-2017)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers "Rising Star," Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights (2010-2011)
  • Birmingham Business Journal's Leading Lawyers in Birmingham, Bankruptcy (2010)
  • Birmingham Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40 (2005)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent© Peer Review Rating

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Manufacturing Automotive

“Derek Meek frequently represents both debtors and creditors in bankruptcy matters. He has a strong track record of advising high-profile international corporates.”–Chambers USA

Derek serves as the chair of Burr & Forman’s Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy practice group and works out of the firm’s Birmingham and Montgomery offices. He focuses on bankruptcy and commercial litigation matters.

He represents debtors, creditors, committees, asset purchasers, and other clients in matters related to insolvency, financial distress, and bankruptcy, both in and out of court.

Derek also serves as the current Global Chair of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA). The TMA is a worldwide community of more than 8,300 members and 55 chapters, including 32 in North America, which drive business to individuals who work with companies to increase enterprise value, preserve equity, manage disruption, and drive significantly improved results.

Additionally, Derek is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy. His practice also involves the representation of unsecured creditor committees and individual and corporate unsecured creditors. He has represented debtors in and out of court from the very large, multi-state corporations, to individuals with specialized circumstances.

He has a passion for automobiles, new and old, and regularly advises clients in and around the manufacturing space, particularly automotive OEMs, tier-suppliers, financiers, and transportation providers.

Derek’s other clients include equity owners, franchisors, ad hoc committees, Section 363 buyers, and a variety of other “players” in the bankruptcy, workout, and restructuring space.

Derek is an experienced mediator and is registered on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster. He focuses on mediations that are influenced by the Bankruptcy Code, the Uniform Commercial Code, and financially distressed circumstances.