The Law Office of Scott B. Riddle is a full service Bankruptcy firm representing individuals, businesses and other parties in Bankruptcy cases. We represent Chapter 7 and 11 debtors, creditors, committees, trustees and other interested parties in bankruptcy cases and bankruptcy litigation. We provide expert and sophisticated representation and can quickly assess your situation and identify the best options for you. Scott began his career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable W. Homer Drake, Jr., Judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia, followed by several years in the bankruptcy section of a large Atlanta-based national law firm. Scott has also been a speaker in several seminars, and has published the Georgia Bankruptcy Blog since 2005. He is also a contributor to the Georgia Bankruptcy Lawyers Network, that provides easy-to-read Bankruptcy information to consumers.
Representation of Debtors and Creditors in Atlanta Bankruptcy Cases
Our practice encompasses all facets of bankruptcy and debtor-creditor disputes, including:
- Chapter 11 representation for businesses and individuals.
- Chapter 7 liquidation for businesses and individuals.
- Reorganization of liabilities for individuals through Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
- Representation of family farmers in Chapter 12 proceedings.
- Representation of creditors in bankruptcy cases, including the preparation and prosecution of proofs of claim and objections to claims, motions for relief from the automatic stay, and the repossession and foreclosure of collateral in Bankruptcy cases.
- Representation of purchasers of assets in Bankruptcy cases.
- Representation of landlords in Bankruptcy cases filed by owners and lessors of real property.
- Objections to Chapter 11 plans of reorganization or liquidation.
- Representation of parties in involuntary Bankruptcy cases, including a successful multi-day trial in which our client was found to have been forced into involuntary Bankruptcy through a bad faith filing. The reported opinion in the case is the seminal opinion in the District on bad faith involuntary filings. In re Smith, 243 B.R. 169 (Bankr. N.D. Ga. 1999).
Representation of Parties in Bankruptcy Litigation
We provide skilled representation to parties in adversary proceedings and contested matters filed in Bankruptcy court, including:
- Defending parties in disputes involving claims of preferential transfers and fraudulent transfers.
- Suits to recovery money or property.
- Suits to deny discharge or to except a debt from discharge.
- Proceedings to determine the validity and extent of liens and security interests.
- Objections to Chapter 11 plans and disclosure statements.
Representation of Official Committees in Chapter 11 Cases
Our firm is experienced in representing official committees of unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 cases, as well as the representation of large creditors who serve on committees. By providing experienced representation to committees at a lower cost than larger firms with higher rates, we are able to give creditors a better chance at a recovery in the case.
Representation of Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 Trustees and Receivers in Bankruptcy Cases
The firm is regularly retained by Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy trustees and court-appointed receivers to represent them in bankruptcy cases. Services provided to trustees, as general and special counsel, include:
- The prosecution of actions to recover preferential transfers, fraudulent transfers and property of the estate.
- The assumption, rejection and transfer of leases and other executory contracts.
- The sale of estate property.
- General representation of Trustees and Receivers in the daily operation of the debtor’s business.
- Objections to claims filed against the estate.
Out of Court Workouts
In addition to representing individuals and companies in Bankruptcy cases, we have had success in working with individuals, businesses and creditors in out of court reorganizations, workouts and liquidation of assets. This is often advantageous where our clients have a single large secured or unsecured creditor willing to work with the client and save the time and expense of formal court proceedings. We have also worked with clients, such as churches and religious institutions, who want to avoid the perceived stigma of formal reorganization through court proceedings.