Experience
  • Bankruptcy Matters
    • Represented a general contractor creditor in a Chapter 11 case involving a distressed commercial construction project in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia in multiple proceedings including lift stay litigation, a protracted plan confirmation hearing and expert discovery.

      Worked extensively in the successful representation of an individual creditor in a large Chapter 11 liquidation of an IRS Code Section 1031 exchange company in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia. Issues included the secured property rights of client as to 1031 exchange funds under various Virginia state law and federal bankruptcy law theories. The case was governed by a test case structure based on the numerosity of parties involved, and client was the only party to receive an individual trial.

      Successfully litigated the priority of a bank client's claim relating to fraudulent loan funds in an involuntary Chapter 13 proceeding in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. 

      Successfully represented a commercial construction equipment lender in large Chapter 11 bankruptcy and recovered from debtor disputed payments for leased heavy equipment.

  • Construction Matters
    • Successfully represented general contractor in claims on distressed condominium project in Alexandria, Virginia. Client recovered in excess of $4 million despite owner bankruptcy based on use of mechanic's liens and bankruptcy claims. 

      Successfully represented power plant owner in Maryland federal court lawsuit versus welding company which caused property damage to plant based on negligent welding. Client recovered $3.25 million.

  • Financial Services Matters
    • Successfully defended a loan servicer client in federal court action regarding the validity of a home mortgage loan, which was executed through an allegedly defective and fraudulent power of attorney. This federal court litigation involved priority disputes with subsequent lenders and indemnity claims against the closing agent and title insurer.

      Represented several general contractor clients against developers and lenders in mechanic’s lien litigation on condominium projects in both federal and state court. Issues included contract claims, delay claims, change order claims, lien priority disputes and creative settlement strategies with lenders and developers regarding distressed real estate projects.