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Leah Fiorenza McNeill is an associate in the firm’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ Rights Group. Her restructuring and bankruptcy experience includes representation of distressed companies, Chapter 7 trustees, Chapter 11 liquidating trustees, creditors’ committees, and secured and unsecured creditors. Her experience includes litigation and appeals related to bankruptcy and insolvency matters in federal district court, bankruptcy court, and state court.  In addition, Ms. McNeill has experience in out-of-court workouts, liquidations, and other restructuring matters.

Ms. McNeill also practices in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group.  She represents lenders, financial institutions, and businesses in complex finance disputes, including loan defaults, real estate transactions, and breach of contract claims.  She is experienced in all stages of litigation, including motions practice, mediation, discovery, trial preparation, and appellate briefing and oral argument.  

Ms. McNeill also has particular expertise in the Food and Beverage industry, having been involved in several transactions and litigation matters for restaurants, food distributors, and other industry players.  Ms. McNeill is also a contributing editor to Norton’s Bankruptcy Law and Practice, the leading treatise in her field; she is also a co-author of a new chapter in the Norton’s treatise entitled "Depositions," forthcoming January 2016.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star (2016)
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Professional Affiliations

    • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation - Member
    • State Bar of Georgia, Bankruptcy Section - Member
    • American Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section - Member
    • Atlanta Bar, Bankruptcy Section -  Member
    • American Bankruptcy Institute - Member
    • American Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section - Member
    • Atlanta Bar, Bankruptcy Section -  Member
    • American Bankruptcy Institute - Member
    • American Bankruptcy Institute - Member
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Representative Experience

  • Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in a Chapter 11 reorganization of a Tier 1 auto supplier
  • Represented multiple financial institutions in connection with secured real estate transactions
  • Represented a Chapter 11 trustee in liquidating a world-renowned luxury resort
  • Obtained critical vendor status for a leading food distributor in bankruptcy courts throughout the United States
  • Successfully defended various corporations in preference and fraudulent transfer actions
  • Represented a distressed corporation in the sale of substantially all its assets outside of bankruptcy for an amount in excess of $20MM

Publications

  • "Their Voices Boomed Un-Till We Could Hear Them No More," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Co-Authored with Mark Stingley, November 2015
  • "Pre-Bankruptcy Planning for the Secured Creditor Under the Uniform Commercial Code: Five New Year’s Resolutions," Secured Credit Newsletter, from the American Bankruptcy Institute, co-authored with Wendy Godfrey, February 2015
  • "Being Sued by the Client You Never Knew You Had," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, co-authored with Mark Duedall, May 2014 

Speaking Engagements

  • "Taking Depositions," West LegalEdcenter (Thomson Reuters), February 2016