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He is a former U.S. Bankruptcy Judge who now guides clients through all types of bankruptcy matters, with an emphasis on business bankruptcies and bankruptcy litigation.
Tom represents secured creditors, debtors, unsecured creditors committees, and trustees in business cases throughout the Southeast. He has represented buyers and sellers of assets in bankruptcy. Tom has noteworthy experience in cases involving healthcare debtors and co-chairs the firm's Healthcare Bankruptcy Team.
Tom served the North Carolina Bar Association in several different capacities, including as Chair of the Bankruptcy Section and as a member of the Board of Governors. Tom is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars and law schools, and has written several articles on insolvency issues. He received his B.A. from Purdue University and his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the Indiana Law Journal.
“Medicare and Medicaid Receivables: Recoupment or Setoff?” Vol. XXI No. 5 American Bankruptcy Institute Journal 18 (June 2002)
“Selected Ethical Issues in Bankruptcy: Employment of Special Counsel, Representation of Multiple Creditors, and Withdrawal from Representation of Individual Debtors,” 10 Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice 343 (2001)
Credit Card Receivables: What Are Those Little Slips of Paper?, Vol. XIV No. 5 American Bankruptcy Institute Journal 20 (June 1995)
The Classification of Credit Card Receivables: re: Brendle’s Stores, Inc., 100 Commercial Law Journal 355 (Fall 1995)
Appeals from the Bankruptcy Courts, North Carolina Bankruptcy Practice Manual Chapter XXIII (rev. ed. 1989)
Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases, North Carolina Bankruptcy Practice Manual Chapter XIX (rev. ed. 1989)
Co-author and editor, Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code- Family Farm Reorganization, 2 Bankruptcy and Reorganization 1987 81 (A. Quittner & L. Lruger ed. 1987) (Commercial Law and Practice Course Handbook Series No. 442)
Representation of Farm Creditors and the New Chapter 12, 8 The Bankruptcy Lawyer 145 (June 1987), continued in 9 The Bankruptcy Lawyer 155 (September 1987)
Sections 9-307(1) and 1-201(9) of the Uniform Commercial Code: The Requirement of Buying From a Person in the Business of Selling Goods of That Kind, 58 Indiana Law Journal 335(1983)
“Building An Ethical Foundation,” National Business Institute (February, 2010).
“When Health Care Goes on Life Support: The Intersection Between Health Care and Bankruptcy Law,” Twentieth Annual ABI Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, Amelia Island, FL, July 23-25, 2015
“Consent to Jurisdiction: Your Wellness Checkup,” South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association Monthly Meeting, Columbia, SC, June 18, 2015
“A View from the Bench and Beyond,” TMA Carolinas Conference, Charlotte, NC, December 5, 2011 and December 3, 2012
“Ethical Issues in Bankruptcy Litigation,” Federal Bar Association 2011 Fall Banquet & CLE, Greensboro, NC, October 25, 2011
“Jaunty Judicial Debates: Resolved: The bankruptcy court has unfettered discretion in applying sanctions,” 7th Annual ABI Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop, Hershey, PA, August 4-6, 2011
“Judicial Notice and Objections at Trial,” Thirtieth Annual Bankruptcy Institute, Wilmington, NC, November 16-17, 2007
“Sales of Businesses in Bankruptcy,” Hot Topics for a Cool Economy, Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Pinehurst, NC, February 21, 2003
“Conflicts in Multiple Commercial Creditor Representation,” ABI Central States Bankruptcy Workshop, Traverse City, MI, June 6-9, 2002
“Ethical Dilemmas for Creditors’ Attorneys: Problems and Pitfalls in Multiple Representations,” ABI Winter Leadership Conference, Carlsbad, CA, November 29- December 1, 2001
“Bankruptcy Primer for Healthcare Providers,” New Developments in Health Law, Health Law Section Annual meeting, Research Triangle Park, NC, April 27, 2001
“The Ins and Outs of a Liquidating Chapter 11,” 23rd Annual Bankruptcy Seminar, Middle District of North Carolina, Southern Pines, NC, December 1-2, 2000
“Preparing for Litigation of Discharge Issues,” 21st Annual Bankruptcy Institute, Raleigh, NC, November 20-21, 1998
“Conflicts of Interest: Clear Sailing or Stranded on the Island?” 3rd Annual ABI Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, Daufuskie Island, SC, August 6-9, 1998
“Practical Legal Ethics for the Bankruptcy Practitioner,” Eastern Bankruptcy Institute, Inc. Annual Seminar, Wrightsville Beach, NC, May 28-29, 1993
“Joint Administration and Substantive Consolidation,” 8th Annual Bankruptcy Seminar, Middle District of North Carolina, Southern Pines, NC, May 29-30, 1987
“Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code – Family Farm Reorganization,” The Federal Land Bank of Columbia, Bankruptcy Seminar, Columbia, SC, February 13, 1987
“Farm Collateral,” 9th Annual Bankruptcy Law Institute, Raleigh, NC, December 5-6, 1986
“Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases,” 6th Annual Bankruptcy Seminar, Middle District of North Carolina, Mid Pines Resort, Southern Pines, NC, May 31- June 1, 1985
“Representing Creditors Secured by Real Estate,” 7th Annual Bankruptcy Law Institute, Charlotte, NC, December 7, 1984
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