I help commercial clients collect money that is due them, both in and out of bankruptcy, using the tools available both in and out of court. Always aware of the economics of a situation, my goal is to achieve the quickest, most cost efficient result for the client.
My practice has been focused on creditors’ rights, commercial collections, bankruptcy, insolvency, and receivership for more than 35 years. During this time, I have represented clients from individuals to large corporations, from collection disputes to complex chapter 11 cases involving many millions of dollars, in bankruptcy courts around the country.
In addition to representing individual clients in bankruptcy matters, I have been selected to serve as committee counsel or appointed trustee in a number of large chapter 11 cases, and served as a chapter 7 panel trustee for several years.
In bankruptcy and receivership matters, where one’s rights can be lost if no action is taken, it is important to seek guidance on what actions need to be taken to properly protect a client’s interests. In some cases, it is as simple as filing a proof of claim, but in other cases, particularly where asset values are diminishing or where there are concerns about the debtor’s conduct, it can be vital to take a more active role. I assist clients in understanding those rights and deciding the best course of action for that client. With my years of experience, I both provide guidance, and can then take the steps necessary to work through the sometimes mysterious and confusing procedures of the courts to ensure that the client is in the best position possible. I can also assist those that are seeking opportunities through acquisition out of the bankruptcy courts.
Prior to entering law school, I worked in the credit department of Crocker Bank in San Francisco, and was a credit manager for Stauffer Chemical Company, headquartered in Westport, Connecticut.
Merrilee is a published travel writer and photographer, and spends her free time traveling or planning trips.
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