Our bankruptcy and creditors' rights practice is broader than the name implies, encompassing virtually everything that may flow from financial distress faced by our clients or those they deal with.

It is a unique area of practice, requiring in-depth knowledge of the law, an understanding of how that law fits into the broader legal and commercial framework, and a full range of both transactional and litigation skills. Our clients' goals are our goals. We stand ready to apply our skills, relationships, and experience to get the results our clients need, as quickly and economically as possible.

Our Biggest Strength is Our People
Our bankruptcy lawyers know more than just the law. We are well-established and well-connected members of the legal communities in which we practice. We know and are known by the judges and our counterparts in other law firms. We are justly proud of our reputation for both our legal skills and our integrity. Above all, we get things done.

Among our lawyers are a former chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Idaho Bar Association and two former chairs of the Bankruptcy Section of the Colorado Bar Association. Four of our lawyers have been elected fellows of the prestigious American College of Bankruptcy. Our ranks include a contributor to Advanced Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Practice, the leading treatise on reorganization practice, and a member of the Board of Editors and frequent author for The Bankruptcy Strategist, a long-standing monthly national publication of articles by leading bankruptcy lawyers from around the country.

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Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors' Rights Client Results

Representative Matters
  • With highly experienced practitioners in our Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada, and Wyoming offices, we deal efficiently and effectively with bankruptcy and insolvency matters throughout the region. Take a look at some of our recent representations.

     

    • Representation of the coal supplier and preservation of its supply contract in the Cajun Electric case, one of the largest utility bankruptcies ever;
    • Representation of the largest bicycle manufacturer and distributor in the United States in the successful purchase of the bicycle assets in a contested and competitive bidding process in the Schwinn bankruptcy;
    • Representation of the successful purchaser of Ocean Journey, a major aquarium complex in Denver, in a competitive bidding process, resulting in continued operation of a valuable community cultural asset;
    • Representation of the successful purchaser of the assets of the largest broadband services provider in Northern California;
    • Representation of the Creditors' Committee in one of the largest cases ever filed in Idaho;
    • Representation of the Creditors' Committee in a major Ponzi scheme case in Northern Colorado;
    • Representation of the Yellowstone Chapter 11 Liquidating Trust, including prosecution of hundreds of claims objections and adversary proceedings, administration of domestic and foreign assets, and appeals to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel;
    • Representation of the franchisor to the debtor/franchisee in one of the largest, most complicated franchise cases in the Rocky Mountain region, resulting in confirmation of the franchisor's reorganization plan;
    • Representation of the purchaser of an aviation design and manufacturing company in a unique purchase out of Chapter 7, in which the goal was to keep the company alive despite its liquidation proceeding; and
    • Representation of a national consumer auto lender in a precedent-setting case decided by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on trustees' remedies in preference actions, limiting the standard remedy to avoidance and preservation of the lien rather than monetary recovery.
  • Represented of the franchisor to the debtor/franchisee in one of the largest, most complicated franchise cases in the Rocky Mountain region, resulting in confirmation of the franchisor's reorganization plan

Other Experience
  • Representation of the coal supplier and preservation of its supply contract in the Cajun Electric case, one of the largest utility bankruptcies ever 

  • Representation of the largest bicycle manufacturer and distributor in the United States in the successful purchase of the bicycle assets in a contested and competitive bidding process in the Schwinn bankruptcy

  • Representation of the successful purchaser of Ocean Journey, a major aquarium complex in Denver, in a competitive bidding process, resulting in continued operation of a valuable community cultural asset

  • Representation of the successful purchaser of the assets of the largest broadband services provider in Northern California

  • Representation of the Creditors' Committee in one of the largest cases ever filed in Idaho

  • Representation of the Creditors' Committee in a major Ponzi scheme case in Northern Colorado

  • Representation of the Yellowstone Chapter 11 Liquidating Trust, including prosecution of hundreds of claims objections and adversary proceedings, administration of domestic and foreign assets, and appeals to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel

  • Representation of the purchaser of an aviation design and manufacturing company in a unique purchase out of Chapter 7, in which the goal was to keep the company alive despite its liquidation proceeding

  • Representation of a national consumer auto lender in a precedent-setting case decided by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on trustees' remedies in preference actions, limiting the standard remedy to avoidance and preservation of the lien rather than monetary recovery

  • Counsel to international technology services company involving commercial contracts, licensing, and leasing agreements

  • Counsel to international mining companies, including mine operators and joint venture partners

  • Counsel to national and regional oil and gas companies, including producers, operators, non-operators, and midstream companies

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors' Rights Publications

Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors' Rights Speaking Engagements and Events

  • "Strategic Planning and Its Import on Language Revitalization," Presenter, The Montana Indian Language Project | Chief Dull Knife College Language Project, Lame Deer, MT, November 2016
  • "Industry In Turm-Oil: An Exploration Of Finance, Workout And Bankruptcy Issues Unique To The Oil & Gas Industry," ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Panelist, Boston, MA, September 2016
  • "Don't Forget Insolvency Issues When Lawyering Deals," American Bar Association, Annual Spring Meeting, Panelist, Montreal, Canada, April 2016
  • "Inside Tips for Non-Bankruptcy Lawyers & Why You Shouldn't Forget about Bankruptcy in Your Practice," Utah State Bar Summer Convention, Panel Member, 2015
  • "Case Study: Central European Distribution Corporation," American Bar Association, Annual Spring Meeting, Moderator, Los Angeles, CA, April 2014
Four Fellows: American College of Bankruptcy

Mona Burton
Larry Prince
Jack Smith
Risa Wolf-Smith

BAND 1: Bankruptcy/ Restructuring: Idaho – Chambers USA 2018

Ranked Band 1 for Bankruptcy/Restructuring in Idaho by Chambers USA 2018

8 Bankruptcy Best Lawyers® 2019

8 Bankruptcy attorneys recognized in 2019 Best Lawyers® in: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy

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