No matter the context in which you encounter bankruptcy, the circumstances are likely to be challenging and complicated, with bankruptcy proceedings taking place in specialized courts. Ideally, your counsel should have excellent business sense and focused bankruptcy experience. Lugenbuhl’s  bankruptcy attorneys have the requisite expertise to help you obtain the best outcome in even the most difficult situations.

Whether it’s a Chapter 7 or 11 bankruptcy, an adversary proceeding, an appeal, or an out-of-court restructuring, Lugenbuhl’s bankruptcy attorneys can help. Lugenbuhl frequently represents debtors; creditors; lienholders; creditor committees; contract counterparties; lessors and lessees; “insiders”; DIP lenders; and Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and post-confirmation trustees in all of the above contexts and others. Lugenbuhl’s holistic experience representing all classes of stakeholders allows us to navigate bankruptcy proceedings with care and efficiency. The result: excellent results at highly competitive rates.

Client-Focused, National Representation

Lugenbuhl has deep experience representing clients in the insurance, maritime, banking, and energy industries that dominate the Gulf Coast. The bankruptcy group brings that experience to bear in Chapter 7 and 11 proceedings no matter the venue. Lugenbuhl’s bankruptcy section prizes its flexibility and uses its breadth of experience to accommodate clients of all sizes with a tailored approach to representation.

Recognized for Excellence

Lugenbuhl’s bankruptcy attorneys have collected accolades and recognition (Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell) for their work cross the Gulf Coast and in major bankruptcy venues across the United States, including Delaware, the Southern District of Texas and the Southern District of California. At home in Louisiana, the firm’s bankruptcy group is ranked at the highest level by Chambers and Partners.

“The team at Lugenbuhl is multidimensional, experienced and assertive. They give cases the attention that they need and deserve.”

Bankruptcy/Restructuring client – Chambers

  • Represents the Ad Hoc Committee of Lien Creditors in the bankruptcy of one of the largest independent oil & gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico, In re MLCJR, LLC, et al., No. 23-090324 (CML), a Chapter 11 case in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.
  • Represents the Chapter 7 Trustee as special litigation counsel in the bankruptcy of a media tech company, In re uCast, LLC, No. 20-4501-MM, a Chapter 7 case in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California.
  • Represented, as co-counsel, the initial DIP lender and stalking horse bidder in the bankruptcy of a maritime transportation company, a Chapter 11 case in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Southern District of Texas, and in a related appeal before the United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit, In re Bouchard Transportation Co., et al., No. 22-20321.
  • Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the bankruptcy of an offshore platform removal company, In re JAB Energy Solutions II, LLC, No. 21-11226 (CTG), a Chapter 11 case in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
  • Represented, as co-counsel, the DIP lenders and an ad hoc group of the debtors’ secured note holders in the bankruptcy of one of the world’s largest business travel companies, In re Carlson Travel, Inc., et al., 21-90017, a Chapter 11 case in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.
  • Represented, as co-counsel, an indenture trustee in the bankruptcy of one of the world’s premiere luxury goods retailers, In re Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC, et al., 20-32519 (DRJ), a Chapter 11 case in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.
  • Represented the debtors as special Counsel in the bankruptcy of one of the world’s largest deep-water drilling companies, In re Seadrill Partners, LLC, et al., 20-35740 (DRJ), a Chapter 11 case in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.
  • Represented significant land rig operator in the out-of-court restructuring of approximately $120 million of secured debt and $50 million of unsecured debt.

  • Debtor representation: Lugenbuhl helps distressed companies of all sizes, and individuals, file and prosecute their Chapter 11 and 7 bankruptcy cases. The firm can adapt the scope of its representation to the needs of the client, whether that means serving as local, special litigation, or all-in-one bankruptcy counsel.
  • Committee representation: Lugenbuhl represents official committees of creditors and ad hoc groups of stakeholders, such as statutory lien creditors. Lugenbuhl is well-versed in representing the interests of common stakeholders, maximizing leverage and minimizing legal expense.
  • Creditor and other stakeholder representation: One can become entangled in a bankruptcy in countless and sometimes unexpected ways. Lugenbuhl helps non-debtor clients in asset acquisitions, discovery demands, and more.
  • Lender representation: The firm represents DIP and exit financing providers, banks and ad hoc groups of noteholders in often complex Chapter 11 matters as well as out-of-court loan work-out transactions.
  • Avoidable/fraudulent/preferential transfer litigation: Lugenbuhl prosecutes so-called “Chapter 5” claims on behalf of debtors and trustees, maximizing recovery for estate beneficiaries. The firm also defends with equal zeal individuals and companies against such claims.
  • Claims filing and litigation: The firm’s bankruptcy professionals have deep experience with the claim resolution process. Lugenbuhl helps creditors file and prosecute claims and administrative expense applications. On the other side, we also help defend estates from unallowable claims.
  • Bankruptcy spin-off litigation: Often in bankruptcy the most significant estate assets are litigation claims against contract counter-parties or the debtor’s own officers and directors. Lugenbuhl has substantial expertise assisting debtors and trustees in liquidating these claims.

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