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Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights

  • Helmsing, Leach has an active practice in all aspects of bankruptcy and insolvency services to debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, and Trustees. Our Alabama bankruptcy attorneys are licensed to practice in all bankruptcy courts in Alabama and Mississippi as well as the Northern District of Florida.
  • We offer the expertise to protect and enforce creditors’ interests in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy workouts, business dissolutions and restructures.
  • We represent asset-based lenders and financial service institutions, including local, regional and national banks. We have extensive experience representing credit unions and smaller local banks and are particularly attuned to the needs of those types of clients.
  • We have significant experience involving representation of bankruptcy Trustees, Examiners and other Fiduciaries.
  • Our Firm also represents both creditors and corporate debtors faced with the numerous issues that accompany business insolvencies. This practice focuses on the pursuit of secured collateral, the seizure and sale of collateral (including the execution of claim and delivery and foreclosure proceedings) and collections.

Representative Matters and Engagements

  • The Firm was lead counsel for one of the most complex and largest landfills operating in the United States. Successfully orchestrating confirmation of a Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization, the Helmsing team allowed for the landfill to continue operations and maintain environmental compliance with both State and Federal regulations.
  • Mr. Hartley and Mr. Conte successfully led a team of attorneys representing the primary secured creditor and eventually debtor-in-possession lender in one of the nation’s largest privately-owned shipbuilding facility ever to seek bankruptcy protection in the United States.
  • The Firm is representing the court-appointed Trustee in the liquidation of a large privately-owned propane and gasoline distribution and supply business, including the sale of thirteen (13) retail distribution and sales facilities.
  • As regular outside counsel for the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the Southern District of Alabama, the Firm is involved in literally hundreds of bankruptcy motions and hearings each year. This representation includes extensive analysis, briefing and oral argument, including such matters as eligibility, feasibility, compliance and fraudulent transfers.
  • Presently, the Firm is representing several Defendants in preference (lien avoidance) actions brought by a court-appointed liquidating Trustee including clients in the fields of healthcare, commercial insurance and maritime fleet navigation.



Jeffery J. Hartley, Christopher T. Conte, Thomas Ryan Luna, Sam Rosten

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