Catherine K. Hopkin
Catherine Hopkin has significant 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. Ms. Hopkin filed and confirmed the first Small Business Reorganization Act case in Maryland in 2020.
Ms. Hopkin is a Fellow of the Maryland State Bar Foundation (Class of 2020). Membership is, recognition of “outstanding dedication and contribution to maintaining the honor and integrity of the legal profession, the improvement and facilitation of the administration of justice, the work of the organized Bar of Maryland and civic leadership.” Membership is limited to not more than 2.5% of MSBA membership. Invitations are extended only after nomination by a current Fellow and endorsement by the Board of Directors of the Foundation.
Ms. Hopkin is the president (2020-2021) 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 as a member of the complex Chapter 11 committee, and chair of the Small Business Reorganization Act committee.
She is Vice-Chair of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation – Greater Maryland Network (IWIRC), where she also serves as and co-chair of the Communications Committee, the board of directors, and co-editor of its newsletter. Between 2017 and 2020, she served on the board of directors of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland.
Each year since 2016, Chambers USA recognized Ms. Hopkin as a leader in the Maryland bankruptcy/restructuring field. Additionally, each year 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.
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, 2006
- J.D. cum laude
Law Review: Journal of Health Care, Law, & Policy , Associate Editor
University of Maryland, 2003
- B.A. in Journalism
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
- Tydings & Rosenberg LLP, Partner, 2015 – 2018
- Tydings & Rosenberg LLP, Associate, 2006 – 2014
- Professor Kenneth C. Kettering, Research Assistant
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 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 of a debtor’s assets in a liquidation of a restaurant in Howard County with nearly 50 employees.
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.
American Bankruptcy Institute
Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association, Board Member 2013-2019, Chapter Events Chair 2017, Treasurer 2018-2019, President Elect 2020
District of Columbia Bar Association
International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) , Board of Directors 2015-Present; Newsletter Co-Editor 2015-Present; Communications Committee 2013-Present, Communications Committee Co-Chair 2018-Present
Advisory Committee, Academy of Law, National Academy Foundation-Baltimore (NAF-Baltimore) (former member)
Baltimore Academies, Inc., former Board Member
American Bankruptcy Institute Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop August 2019: “Bankruptcy Trends: Contracts and Plans”
Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association 2019 Spring Break: “Blockchain for Bankruptcy Lawyers; Categorizing Digital Assets and Emerging Issues Regarding Security Interests”
Anne Arundel County Bar Association Bar Weekend 2019: “Cryptocurrency: Emerging Issues in Business and Law”
Leader in the Maryland bankruptcy/restructuring field, Chambers USA
Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Magazine, since 2013
Pro Bono Services, Debtor Assistance Project (DAP), Bankruptcy Clinic
In re Prince Frederick Inv., LLC, 516 B.R. 778, 783 (Bankr. D. Md. 2014) (litigation pertaining to equitable subrogation of a claim).
The Baltimore Barrister, Spring 2019, Vol 8 No. 3; “Top 5 Commercial Bankruptcy Issues for Trade Creditors”
Firstrust Bank v. Industrial Bank (In re Essex Construction, LLC), 591 B.R. 630 (Bankr. D. Md. 2018) (case of first impression in 4th Circuit wherein Ms. Hopkin successfully defended attack on client’s lien in an action to determine priority of security interests, arguing that the “freeze rule” protected client from a post-petition lapse of its financing statement).
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)