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Insolvency & Commercial Bankruptcy

Lending a steady hand to manage insolvency and financial distress.

Companies caught up in the uncertainty of financial distress benefit from the knowledge of trusted legal counsel. Husch Blackwell has extensive experience advising all the major constituencies involved in commercial bankruptcy proceedings and non-bankruptcy restructurings, including debtors, trustees, secured creditors, creditors committees, suppliers, lessors, landlords, franchisors, purchasers and equity holders.

As national and regional counsel, we manage insolvency law matters and creditors’ rights matters in jurisdictions across the country and internationally. Our case management system is tailored to clients’ information and reporting needs and allows secure, 24/7 access to case information. We have developed and managed a network of local insolvency and commercial bankruptcy counsel to ensure clients receive the best, most cost-effective legal representation.

Our guidance to clients in the insolvency and commercial bankruptcy sector includes:


Our team has experience in complex financial restructurings and liquidations. We have represented clients in some of the largest and most complex bankruptcy cases filed in recent years, including:

  • Brooke Corp. et al (Brooke Insurance) 
  • Dana Corporation 
  • Doskocil and Wilson Foods cases 
  • Farmland Industries 
  • Federal-Mogul Corporation 
  • HMC/CAH Consolidated, Inc. 
  • Homeland Stores, Inc. 
  • PatientFirst Healthcare, Inc. 
  • Payless Cashways Solutia, Inc. 
  • Union Financial Services, Inc.
Commercial dispute resolution and litigation

We can advise you on all aspects of litigation in state and federal courts. Along with representing clients in enforcing loan documents, leases and contract actions, we participate in alternative dispute resolution. This approach often enables clients to reduce litigation costs and to resolve differences quickly. Our team is also involved in various stages of intellectual property, employment, tax and other litigation matters handled by the firm.

Creditors' rights and extraordinary remedies

We have extensive experience representing secured lenders and creditors, landlords, lessors and vendors in commercial creditors’ rights matters. Our experience includes:

  • Foreclosing mortgages, deeds of trust and other security interests 
  • Obtaining receiverships 
  • Obtaining temporary and permanent protective orders, restraining orders, and pre-judgment writs 
  • Pursuing and enforcing judgments in commercial matters 
  • Pursuing and preserving reclamation, recoupment and set-off rights 
  • Recovering collateral for secured creditors and lessors 
  • Utilizing pre- and post-judgment remedies
Insurance insolvency

Our team can support you with insurance insolvency proceedings, including ancillary bankruptcy. We negotiate and draft rehabilitation and liquidation petitions, plans and orders, management services contracts, asset sales, and merger transactions. In recent years we have identified and recovered significant sums for clients and helped to resolve or adjudicate numerous claims against insolvent estates.

International insolvency

Our team has significant experience in international insolvency proceedings and represents secured creditors on cross-border transactions and offshore asset recovery.

National and regional lead counsel

As national and regional counsel, we manage insolvency and creditors’ rights matters in jurisdictions across the country and internationally. Our case management system is tailored to your information and reporting needs and allows secure, 24/7 access to case information. We have developed and managed a network of local counsel to ensure you receive the best, most cost-effective legal representation.

Workout and out-of-court restructurings

We can advise you on all aspects of workouts and out-of-court restructurings, including refinancing, out-of-court restructuring agreements, forbearance agreements, corporate restructurings and purchasing of assets from troubled businesses.

Podcast | December 15, 2020
Identifying and Addressing Distressed Debts
Alerts | August 30, 2019
New Legislation Likely to Spur Increase in Bankruptcy Filings

Lenders and trade creditors alike need to assess their exposures and risk in light of these changes.

Articles | August 27, 2019
Law360 Expert Analysis: 7th Circ. Misinterprets 'Active Resistance' In Ch. 13 Stays

"Section 362(a)(3) of the Bankruptcy Code provides that a bankruptcy petition 'operates as a stay, applicable to all entities, of ... any act ... to exercise control over property of the estate.'” Read the full article: 7th Circ. Misinterprets 'Active Resistance' In Ch. 13 Stays 

Articles | 2018 Year End
Quarterly Insolvency Newsletter
Webinar | December 2020
Minimizing Agricultural Loan Distress
Speaking Engagements | November 6, 2020 and November 13, 2020
Bank Legal Risk Management Conference Virtual Series, Missouri Bankers Association
Seminars | November 7, 2019
Insolvency Symposium 2019
Webinar | December 4, 2018
Doing it Right: Best Practices for Forbearance Agreements

Insolvency Webinar Series

Media Mentions | August 02, 2021
Austin Monthly: Austin's Top Attorneys 2021
Media Mentions | July 28, 2020
Austin Monthly: Austin's Top Attorneys 2020
News Releases | February 12, 2020
Husch Blackwell's Banking and Finance Group Adds Two in Wisconsin

“Growing our Wisconsin-based banking and finance team has been a priority for our firm over the past few years,” said Eric Lenzen, leader of the firm’s Financial Services & Capital Markets group.

News Releases | November 11, 2019
26 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to 2019 Wisconsin Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

The firm has 16 attorneys named to the Super Lawyers list and 10 attorneys named to the Rising Stars list.

News Releases | September 23, 2019
Husch Blackwell's Iana Vladimirova Selected for NCBJ Next Generation Program

Vladimirova, based in the firm's Madison office, is one of 40 up-and-coming bankruptcy practitioners with 5 to 10 years of experience participating in the program. 

News Releases | September 03, 2019
Nine Husch Blackwell Lawyers Named to 2019 Thomson Reuters' Texas Super Lawyers

Covering more than 70 practice areas, Super Lawyers is a directory of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

News Releases | August 22, 2019
Gary Barnes to Receive Roser Award

Recipients are selected by a special selection subcommittee consisting of past recipients and attorneys representing different geographical areas throughout the state in a variety of practice sizes.

News Releases | June 03, 2019
Sixteen Husch Blackwell Attorneys Recognized in 2019 IFLR 1000 United States

The 2019 edition of the IFLR 1000 represents the second year IFLR has ranked top financial and corporate law firms and lawyers on a state-by-state basis.

News Releases | February 20, 2019
Husch Blackwell Expands Energy Practice in Houston

The arrival of Timothy Million and Randall Rios continues Husch Blackwell’s momentum in the Texas marketplace.

Media Mentions | February 06, 2019
The Missouri Bar: MoveMakers & NewsMakers 2/6/19
News Releases | January 15, 2019
Michael Bridges Honored for Pro Bono Service by Legal Services Corporation

Michael Bridges was recognized for his family law and contracts work with clients of Legal Services of Southern Missouri.

News Releases | December 11, 2018
Michael Fielding Receives Top Legal Innovation Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly

Michael Fielding is a recipient of the Missouri Lawyers Weekly inaugural Top Legal Innovation Awards.

News Releases | November 14, 2018
Thomson Reuters' Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2018 Names 58 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

Husch Blackwell has 58 attorneys in the 2018 edition of Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

News Releases | November 13, 2018
32 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to 2018 Wisconsin Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

Husch Blackwell has 32 attorneys named to the 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

News Releases | November 08, 2018
Nine Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to 2018 Thomson Reuters' Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Husch Blackwell has nine attorneys in the 2018 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Media Mentions | November 05, 2018
Missouri Lawyers Weekly: Missouri Lawyers Media to present 16 awards for legal innovation

For the first time, Missouri Lawyers Media present its Top Legal Innovation Awards honoring work to drive new practice areas, services and business strategies. Husch Blackwell's Michael Fielding is an honoree.

News Releases | October 31, 2018
Stephanie Kaiser Joins Husch Blackwell's Austin Office

Noted litigator Stephanie Kaiser has joined Husch Blackwell as a partner in its Austin office.

Testimonial Gear Fisher, CEO, Peaksware

“Working with the Husch Blackwell team on a wide range of legal issues has consistently exceeded my expectations. I would sum up their services as knowledgeable, thorough, direct and, best of all, easy to manage.”

Read how invested partnerships make a difference
Client Results

Tyson Foods secures full recovery from Chapter 11 debtor.

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