Catherine K. Hopkin

Catherine K. Hopkin

Location:
Columbia, Maryland
Phone:
443-569-0788
Email:

Professional Experience

Catherine Hopkin has over a decade of experience successfully representing clients in commercial and individual Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings that resulted in successful plan confirmations; confessed judgment actions; commercial foreclosures; workouts; collection actions; guarantor litigation; tax sale foreclosures; and a wide variety of other creditors’ rights actions.

Representative Cases

  • Acting as the primary substitute trustee and counsel for various foreclosing lenders in commercial foreclosures of properties located throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C.; many properties have sold for several million dollars, and Ms. Hopkin has also successfully represented lenders in subsequent post-foreclosure litigation, including interpleader actions and successful dismissal of the borrower/owner’s appeal of a foreclosure;
  • Serving as the primary substitute trustee and counsel for foreclosing lender in a commercial foreclosures of multiple apartment complexes located in the District of Columbia and Maryland, that each respectively sold for several million dollars;
  • Acting as primary substitute trustee and counsel for several different foreclosure matters involving the Small Business Association and its 504 Loan and secondary market pooling program.
  • Representing clients as sole workout counsel to multiple commercial borrowers and individual guarantors located through the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia, involving multiple hotel/motel properties, retail stores, and an office condominium;
  • Serving as sole counsel for a defendant/guarantor of commercial debt in a federal collection action, which resulted in the court overturning a seven-figure default against the individual that was obtained prior to Ms. Hopkin’s involvement;
  • Representing a secured creditor/financial institution in all aspects of the Wisp ski resort bankruptcy proceedings;
  • Playing a key role in the representation of a Chapter 11 proceeding involving a Baltimore company that resulted in the sale of the debtor’s business for $26 million; the deal was recognized by Global M&A Network. Ms. Hopkin’s involvement included high-level coordination and negotiation with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation regarding termination of the debtor’s pension plan;
  • Assisting debtors in a Chapter 11 reorganization involving the pre-emption of a local statute. Ms. Hopkin was a member of the team that worked with the county government to enact new legislation that now permits a financial hardship exception to the existing legislation. As a result, the debtors were able to successfully reorganize. The creditors are projected to receive 100 cents on the dollar, and even the county, which had previously opposed the reorganization, will receive substantial revenue from the fees associated with the new legislation;
  • Negotiating a Section 363 sale of all a debtor’s assets in a liquidation of a restaurant in Howard County with nearly 50 employees; and
  • Negotiating and treating leases with third parties, including numerous electrical supply contracts with government agencies and national entities, in a reorganization of a wholesale electric distribution supply company.

Leadership

Ms. Hopkin is the chapter events chair and a member of the Board of Directors of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland for which she has also served on various committees, including the complex Chapter 11 committee. She is a member of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation - Greater Maryland Network (IWIRC) and serves on the organization's board of directors and Communications Committee, as well as co-editor of its newsletter.

In 2016, Chambers USA recognized Ms. Hopkin as a leader in the Maryland bankruptcy/ restructuring field. Additionally, since 2013, Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine has named Ms. Hopkin to its list for her bankruptcy practice.

In addition to her professional activities, Ms. Hopkin provides pro bono services through the Debtor Assistance Project (DAP), a bankruptcy clinic formed to assist current and potential pro se debtors. DAP’s goal is to reach out to debtors and provide them with experienced counsel as they navigate the bankruptcy process. DAP is a collaboration among the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the Maryland State Bar Association Consumer Bankruptcy Section, the Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland, the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, the Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service, and other local organizations.

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Education

  • University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
    • J.D. cum laude - 2006
    • Law Review: Journal of Health Care, Law, & Policy , Associate Editor
  • University of Maryland - College Park
    • B.A. - 2003
    • Major: Journalism

Published Works

  • Dang v. Quicken Loans, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54836 (D. Md., Apr. 17, 2013), aff’d In re Dang, 544 Fed. Appx. 205 (4th Cir. 2013) (one of the first cases in this district to discuss the issue and application of Stern v. Marshall in the District of Maryland)
  • LBCMT2007-C3 Urbana Pike, LLC v. Sheppard, U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49522 (D. Md. 2014) (landmark case involving pleading standard for affirmative defenses in the District of Maryland)
  • In re Carter, 500 B.R. 739 (Bankr. D. Md. 2013)
  • Coler v. Draper, U.S. Dist. LEXIS 152476 (D. Md. 2012)

Honors and Awards

  • Leader in the Maryland bankruptcy/ restructuring field, Chambers USA
  • Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Magazine, Since 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland, Board Member, 2013 - 2017
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland, Chapter Events Chair, 2017
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) , Board of Directors, 2015 - Present
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) , Newsletter Co-editor, 2015 - Present
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) , Communications Committee, 2013 - Present
  • Advisory committee, Academy of Law, National Academy Foundation-Baltimore (NAF-Baltimore)
  • Baltimore Academies, Inc, Board Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Tydings & Rosenberg LLP, Partner, 2015 - 2018
  • Tydings & Rosenberg LLP, Associate, 2006 - 2014
  • Professor Kenneth C. Kettering, Research Assistant

Pro Bono Activities

  • Pro Bono Services, Debtor Assistance Project (DAP), Bankruptcy Clinic