Our Philosophy

Understanding Your Priorities and Finding Solutions

When it comes to all aspects of insolvency and solvent business law and commercial transactions, you can turn to the lawyers of Yumkas, Vidmar, Sweeney & Mulrenin with confidence. Our work on your behalf will be informed by in-depth knowledge of the legal system and driven by a commitment to achieving the best outcome possible.

Every business law challenge, every negotiation and every deal is unique, and we approach each client's needs with a fresh, flexible perspective and dedicated approach. We are driven by finding and implementing creative solutions.

If you require zealous representation rendered efficiently and with personal service, we stand ready to serve your needs.

This balance applies to our work in all aspects of bankruptcy, litigation, commercial transactions, corporate advice, workouts, and liquidations, a full range of high-stakes business disputes, regulatory compliance, and nearly any other complex matters that impact your business or financial future.

Whether public or private, large or small, consider the advantages of working with attorneys who have decades of large-firm experience but are able to offer focused, personal counsel and representation. For dedicated and sophisticated attention at lower rates than large metropolitan firms — contact us.

Business Law Councel and Negotiation, Mediation, or Litigation

Our attorneys are some of the best-known names in bankruptcy law practice in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia, with high-profile case experience that extends back decades and across the spectrum of debtor and creditor representation.

A Commanding, Balanced Presence in your Bankruptcy Case or Workout Effort

We have earned a reputation for creativity and efficiency as well as legal skill and integrity. Our attorneys are prepared to confront and resolve the most complex situations on behalf of debtors, creditors and trustees, providing:

  • Aggressive, highly informed creditors' committee representation
  • Resourceful administration of liquidations and receiverships
  • Distinguished service as court-appointed receivers and trustees in high-value bankruptcy cases

We have resolved numerous disputes over many millions of dollars, often involving intense conflict between lenders, borrowers and creditors. In addition to our skill on Chapter 11 cases, our team of attorneys is skilled in handling Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases for individuals with financial difficulties or related litigation, generally those of relatively high net worth — and we have successfully pursued alternative, nonbankruptcy solutions that achieved our clients' goals.

Proven, Relentless Pursuit of Your Interests and Protection of Your Assets

We welcome inquiries, on a confidential basis, from any business leader or stakeholder with cash flow and/or debt or collection issues. Turn to us to access our wide-ranging experience helping business owners, developers and high net worth individuals resolve their problems in troubled times. For creditors and victims of business fraud, we strive to deliver outstanding results in asset protection and recovery, regardless of the challenges posed by the specific case.

Contact us to discuss your specific financial situation and the range of options available to you for saving and reorganizing your business, liquidating commercial assets or resolving your financial or business disputes.

Our Team

Solutions From Respected Attorneys

At Yumkas, Vidmar, Sweeney & Mulrenin, we provide the personal attention, resourcefulness and aggressiveness essential for successful outcomes. Our work is informed by years of business experience.

We are "lawyers' lawyers" whose counsel and services are sought out by leaders in our own and other fields when financial trouble strikes and when resolute advice is needed.

To learn more about our capabilities in legal areas that matter to you, please follow the links on the side and view our individual attorney profiles or contact us today.

Notable Matters

Learn about some of the notable cases on which our team has worked. 

In re: Madeoy (Schaechter v. Schlossberg), 551 B.R. 172 (D. Md. 2016)

Successfully defended Chapter 7 trustee in adversary proceeding by creditor seeking reformation of deed of trust and determination of extent, priority, and amount of lien…

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Corporate Representation

Corporate counsel to startup internet wine seller, captive insurance company, restaurants, construction companies, and real estate developers, among others.

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In re: Inphomation Communications, Inc.

Counsel to bankruptcy trustee in liquidation of pioneering telephonic advice company known as the “Psychic Friends Network.”

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In re: Council of Unit Owners of the 100 Harborview Drive Condominium

Counsel to condominium association in confirmed Chapter 11 plan of reorganization over competing plan filed by senior secured lender.

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In re: Whiskey One Eight, LLC

Represented debtor in Chapter 11 case with multi-million dollar 50+/- acre property.

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In re: The Hagerstown Block Company and Hagerstown Concrete Products, Inc.

Counsel to debtors in confirmed joint Chapter 11 plan of reorganization for manufacturing company and related real estate company.

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Beltway Companies’ International Truck Dealerships

$6,000,000 purchase, restructure and refinance of ownership of four Beltway Companies’ International Truck dealerships.

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Address v. Millstone, 208 Md. App. 62 (2012)

Action by client against life insurance agent for fraud in the sale of certain life insurance policies.  Client lacked standing to bring action as policies…

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Representation in commercial post-foreclosure litigation.

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…

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In re: First Mariner Bankcorp

Local and co-counsel to debtor in bank holding company’s Maryland Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. The case featured the successful auction sale of the debtor’s operating…

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In re: Steven F. Madeoy

Represent Chapter 7 trustee by handling all aspects of case, including litigating multiple adversary proceedings and liquidating entities, real properties and other assets of the…

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Pastore’s Plaza

$3,000,000 sale of Pastore’s Plaza, Pasadena, Maryland.

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In re: FPMI Solutions, Inc.

Counsel to Virginia government contractor, as Chapter 11 debtor, in successful sale of assets and assignment of government contracts, including payment of owed back-wages to…

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Defense of insurance agent in action brought by insured.

Defense of insurance agent in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.  Plaintiff alleged that the agent was negligent in procuring coverage…

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In re: Recreational Industries, Inc. t/a WISP Resort

Counsel to debtors in sale of regional ski resort, golf course and real estate project. Finalist in M&A Advisor 2013 Real Estate Deal of the…

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839 Bestgate Road

$7,200,000 purchase of office building located at 839 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, Maryland, representing purchaser, Glen Frost, Esquire.

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Sale of Baltimore company in Chapter 11 proceeding for $26 million.

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…

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Burnett v. Spencer, 230 Md. App. 24 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. 2016)

Court held that corporate interest was property subject to enforcement under Maryland’s “wild card” provision for collecting judgments. Click here for more information regarding the…

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In re: Kent Manor Inn, LLC

Debtor’s counsel in successful sale of restaurant, inn and hospitality venue.

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In re: Barrack’s Row ENT Group LLC, et al.

Debtors’ counsel for ten restaurant entities in Washington, D.C. Chapter 11 reorganization.

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Yacht Maintenance Marina

$4,000,000 purchase of Yacht Maintenance Marina, Cambridge, Maryland.

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In re: Pleasant Excavating Inc.

Counsel to debtor in Chapter 11 of regional earth-moving and road building company. Debtor’s plan was approved.

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FCE Benefit Administrators, Inc. v. George Washington University, 209 F. Supp. 2d 232 (D.D.C. 2002)

Action by benefit plan administrator against agent for breach of non-solicitation of administrator’s customers.  Agent referral of customer to another benefit provider was breach of…

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Sole workout counsel for multiple commercial borrowers/guarantors.

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…

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In re: Sunstrom

Debtors’ counsel in the matter of In re Sunstrom in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland; Memorandum Opinion issued on the…

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Negotiation of Section 363 sale in Howard County.

Negotiating a Section 363 sale of all of a debtor’s assets in a liquidation of a restaurant in Howard County with nearly 50 employees.

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Negotiation of leases in reorganization of wholesale electric distribution supply company.

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…

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New financial legislation passed through assistance of counsel.

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…

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Counsel to financial institution in Wisp Ski Resort bankruptcy.

Representing a secured creditor/financial institution in all aspects of the Wisp ski resort bankruptcy proceedings.

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Counsel in federal collection action that was overturned.

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…

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Trustee and Counsel for SBA foreclosure matters.

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…

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Counsel for commercial foreclosing lender.

Serving as the primary substitute trustee and counsel for foreclosing lender in commercial foreclosures of multiple apartment complexes located in the District of Columbia and…

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Defense of breach of residential real estate contract action and prosecution of third party claim against real estate agent.

Successful defense of defaulting purchaser in action based on breach of contract by seller.  Upon default, the sellers sold the property for $300,000 less than…

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Defense of local family owned business in discrimination case.

Successful defense of complaint in the EEOC for discrimination based on race, age and disability.  The EEOC found no evidence of discrimination after evidentiary briefing.

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Defense of local utility in bankruptcy preference action.

Successful defense of preference action for local utility based on an ordinary course defense in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of…

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Defense of insurance agent in action brought by insured.

Defense of insurance agent in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County.  Plaintiff alleged that the agent was negligent in procuring insurance coverage that provided coverage…

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Pastore’s Plaza

$3,000,000.00 Sale of Pastore’s Plaza, Pasadena, MD.

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Business Re-Domestication

Counsel for small business undergoing re-domestication of principal office from Virginia to Maryland.

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In re: Steven F. Madeoy

Successfully represented bankruptcy trustee in negotiating settlement with exchange of membership interest in debtor’s limited liability company and assignment of unsecured claim for payment of…

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Friedman and Stackman, Co-Trustees of The Michael J. Friedman Family Trust and as Personal Representatives of the Estate of Rhona Friedman v. Roger Schlossberg

Represented Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee/equity security holder debtor in Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of individual debtor’s bankrupt limited liability company by successfully negotiating settlement of…

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In re: The Condominium Association of The Lynnhill Condominium

Successfully pursued and settled separate objections to debtor’s disclosure statement and to confirmation of debtor’s Chapter 11 plan, in debtor’s fourth bankruptcy case, for a…

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In re: Enrizon Worldwide, Inc.

Represented Chapter 11 entity debtor in approval of disclosure statement and confirmation of plan of liquidation.

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The Trident Marine Group, LLC

Refinance of three marina properties owned by The Trident Marine Group, LLC, Annapolis, MD

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7671 Quarterfield Road

$15,500,000 sale of office building located at 7671 Quarterfield Road, Glen Burnie, MD, representing seller entity including Reliable Contracting Company, Inc.

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148 Unit Victoria Park Apartments

Sale of The Manor at Victoria Park 148 unit apartments, Temple Hills, MD, representing the Parks Companies.

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Nabbs Creek Marina

Purchase and financing of Nabbs Creek Marina, Glen Burnie, MD by The Trident Marine Group, LLC.  

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108 Severn Avenue

$2,000,000 sale of office building located at 108 Severn Avenue, Annapolis, MD.

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Burlington Harbor Marina, LLC

Purchase of interest in Burlington Harbor Marina, LLC, including entity, management and financing documents relating to Burlington Harbor Marina, Burlington, VT.

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The Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

$30,000,000 multi-phase entity structure, financing and development of The Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Queenstown, MD.

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In re: Dorsey Builders, Inc.

Debtors’ counsel for real estate developer resulting in confirmed Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

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In re: Professional Arts Associates, Inc.

Debtor’s counsel for mixed-use office and commercial building resulting in profitable sale.

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In re: Chesapeake Row Homes, LLC and related entities

Debtors’ counsel for nine real estate ventures; negotiated successful settlement that resulted in a dismissal of Chapter 11 proceedings.

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Tart v. American National Fire Insurance Company, 576 A.2d 1353 (D.C. 1990)

Declaratory judgment action against automobile insurer seeking defense of insured after altercation outside motor vehicle resulting in the death of a third party. Insurer found…

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Green v. Resolution Trust Corp., 794 F. Supp. 409 (D.D.C. 1992)

Suit against Resolution Trust Company, receiver for Perpetual Bank. Receiver removed the action to federal court and moved to dismiss. Dismissal granted as receivership divested…

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Gonzalez v. Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund, 628 A.2d 101 (D.C. 1993)

Action by insured against his uninsured motorist insurer seeking coverage for taxi he owned but was not listed in the policy.  Exclusion in policy precluded…

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Swinson v. Lords Landing Village Condominium, 360 Md. 462 (2000)

Action by condominium against unit purchaser for unpaid special assessment for repairs to building pursuant to a housing code violation.  Condominium not required under statute…

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Cooper v. Berkshire Life Insurance Company, 148 Md. App. 41 (2002)

Action by insured against life insurer and its agent in vanishing premium policy.  Factual issues precluded summary judgment in favor of insurer and agent. Learn…

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Saylab v. Don Juan Restaurant, Inc., 332 F. Supp. 2d 134 (D.D.C. 2004)

Action against insurer and agent based on agent’s failure to advise restaurant owner of availability of liquor liability coverage.  Action was brought by estates of…

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In re: Greenbelt Co-op., Inc. 

Counsel to debtor in lien dispute.  Reported at 124 B.R. 465 (Bankr. D. Md. 1991).

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In re: Astri Investment, Management & Securities Corporation

Debtor’s counsel in dispute regarding newspaper access to bankruptcy proceedings.  Reported at 88 B.R. 730 (Bankr. D. Md. 1988).

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In re: Lake Marlton Limited Partnership 

Counsel to debtor in Chapter 11 of 2,500 lot residential housing development. Debtor’s plan was approved.

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In re: Gunther’s Leasing Transport Inc.

Counsel to regional air-freight trucking firm in Chapter 11 reorganization. Debtor’s plan was confirmed.

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In re: Four States Christian Mission, Inc.

Counsel to lender in recovery of loan secured by UHF television station.

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In re: On Tour LLC 

Counsel to creditors in involuntary bankruptcy of National Football League licensed entertainment show. Reported at 276 B.R. 407 (Bankr. D. Md. 2002).

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In re: Valu Foods, Inc.

Counsel to principal secured lender in liquidation of eighteen-store grocery retailer.  

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In re: Van Leer

Counsel to waste handling facility developer in Chapter 11.

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In re: Hidden Bridge Farm, L.P. 

Counsel to debtor in sale of $14,000,000 farm on Maryland’s eastern shore pursuant to debtor’s plan of reorganization.  

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In re: Megaxess, Inc.

Counsel to debtor in corporate liquidation of software developer.

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In re: ERN, LLC

Counsel to debtor in Chapter 11 of manufacturer of point-of-sale check coding device. Resulted in assets being sold to debtor’s principal.

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In re: ParaGea Communications LLC

Counsel to debtor in sale under Chapter 11 of satellite communications device manufacturer.

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In re: Atvantec, Inc.

Counsel to debtor in Chapter 11 liquidation of nationally operated computer systems integrator.

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In re: PrimeHealth Corporation

Counsel to receiver (Maryland Insurance Commissioner) in receivership of regional health maintenance organization. Work included the court-approved sale of HMO business and resulted in one-hundred…

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In re: L-Soft International, Inc.

Counsel to debtor in successful Chapter 11 reorganization of a software developer and distributor.

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In re: Accu-Pay, Inc.

Counsel to debtor in Chapter 7.  See article:  Tax Surprises Can Follow When Payroll Firms Implode, Wall Street Journal (April 24, 2013).

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In re: 207 Redwood LLC

Counsel to debtor in sale of hotel project.

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In re: USinternetworking, Inc.

Local counsel to prevailing defendant in published summary judgment opinion (310 B.R. 274 (Bankr. D. Md. 2004)) holding that debtor was judicially stopped from bringing…

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In re: C. J. Miller, Inc. and Miller Asphalt Products, Inc.

Represented senior secured lender and provider of debtor-in-possession financing in successful Chapter 11 reorganization of regional road construction and asphalt production business with $50 million…

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In re: Michael Bogdan and Inner City Management, LLC

Counsel for prevailing appellant trustee in Fourth Circuit on appeals of District Court and Bankruptcy Court decisions establishing significant national law providing that (1) unconditional assignment…

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In re: After Six, Ltd., et al.

Debtors’ counsel for world renowned manufacturer and licensor for men’s formal wear. Planned Chapter 11 liquidation resulted in unsecured creditors being repaid 96% of their…

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In re: Inphomation Communications, Inc.

Special litigation counsel to bankruptcy trustee in liquidation of pioneering telephonic advice company known as the “Psychic Friends Network.”

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In re: Baltimore & Charles Associates, LLC

Debtor’s counsel in mixed use office, retail and hotel building owner liquidation in Chapter 11 in Maryland. Building was converted into condominiums and sold in…

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In re: Fairfax Crossing LLC and Fairfax Crossing II LLC

Debtors’ counsel in Chapter 11 bankruptcy case for commercial and residential real estate development in the Northern District of West Virginia. Case resulted in successful…

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In re: PJCOMN Acquisition Corporation

Debtor’s counsel in a Maryland Chapter 11 bankruptcy case for 72 store Papa John’s franchisee with operations in Colorado and Minnesota. Case resulted in the…

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In re: Flat Out Crazy LLC

Secured creditor’s counsel in the bankruptcy cases of two restaurant chains in the Southern District of New York.

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