Bankruptcy Experience

Allen Barnes & Jones's bankruptcy attorneys have protected clients' interests in nearly every major Arizona bankruptcy case since 1999.

Our attorneys represent:
  • businesses in Chapter 11 reorganizations
  • debtors in Chapter 7, 12, 13, and 11 bankruptcies
  • secured and unsecured creditors
  • creditor committees
  • landlords and tenants
  • franchisors and franchisees
  • trustees appointed by the Bankruptcy Court
  • asset purchasers and lenders in bankruptcy cases
  • litigants in the Bankruptcy Court and subsequent bankruptcy appeals.
Among the thousands of bankruptcy cases that Allen Barnes & Jones attorneys have been involved in, their representative matters have included:
  • successfully completing the sale of a multi-million-dollar manufacturing facility to a group of investors that included the company’s president, resulting in the saving of all employee jobs and a return to profitability within three months of the sale;
  • obtaining a defense verdict after a two-week trial in a case asserting that a successful construction company was the successor entity of a prior bankrupt company;
  • obtaining approval of a plan of reorganization for a specialty retail company with over 125 locations across the U.S.;
  • successfully reorganizing a resort homeowner association by resolving contentious and costly litigation and negotiating mutually agreeable payment terms;
  • assisting a group of related companies in connection with the in- and out-of-court restructuring of over $200 million in secured and unsecured debts; and
  • briefing and arguing a successful motion for summary judgment, avoiding a secured creditor’s liens encumbering over $2 million in bankruptcy estate assets.

High-Profile Cases

Allen Barnes & Jones attorneys have represented numerous creditor committees and liquidating trustees in Chapter 11 reorganizations of many high-profile Arizona companies, including the Baptist Foundation of Arizona, Dewey Ranch Hockey (Phoenix Coyotes Hockey Team), Popular Stores, Country Thunder, Cocopah Nurseries, the owner of Danny’s Car Washes, and Sun Valley Waterbeds.
Representations include:
  • negotiating with the National Hockey League to pay, in full, virtually all of the general unsecured creditors in connection with the purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team;
  • advising the Baptist Foundation of Arizona Creditors’ Committee regarding the selection of the Plan Trustee and litigation counsel, and negotiating contingency agreements that resulted in savings of over $35 million (ultimately, unsecured creditors recovered several hundred million dollars, or over 80% of their claims); and
  • successfully prosecuting claims exceeding $40 million and serving as liquidating trustee for unsecured creditors’ trust in the bankruptcy of the largest grower and distributor of palm trees in the country, resulted in recovery of 50% to unsecured creditors when minimal recovery was anticipated due to secured lenders’ blanket liens.

Reported Cases

Galloway v. Ford (In re Galloway), 2014 Bankr. LEXIS 3626 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. Aug. 27, 2014)
Jones v. Mullen (In re Jones), 2014 Bankr. LEXIS 488 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. Feb. 5, 2014)
In re Jones, 487 B.R. 224, 226 (Bankr. D. Ariz. 2012)
In re Ward, 2010 Bankr. LEXIS 373 (Bankr. D. Ariz. Feb. 9, 2010)
Flores v. Safadi (In re Safadi), 431 B.R. 478, 484 (Bankr. D. Ariz. 2010)
Sanders v. Progressive Cas. Ins. Co. (In re Sanders), 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 103811 (D. Ariz. Oct. 15, 2009)
Sanders v. Progressive Cas. Ins. Co. (In re Sanders), 417 B.R. 596 (D. Ariz. 2009)
In re Roca, 404 B.R. 531, 535 (Bankr. D. Ariz. 2009)
Combs v. Ford (In re Combs), 2008 Bankr. LEXIS 4452 (Bankr. D. Ariz. Sept. 24, 2008)
In re Daniels, 2008 Bankr. LEXIS 4315 (Bankr. D. Ariz. Aug. 25, 2008)
Ford v. Ollerton (In re Don Luscombe Aviation History Found.), 2008 Bankr. LEXIS 4343 (Bankr. D. Ariz. July 16, 2008)
Renaissance Aircraft, LLC v. Combs (In re Combs), 2008 Bankr. LEXIS 480 (Bankr. D. Ariz. Feb. 22, 2008)
Gaughan v. Smith (In re Smith), 342 B.R. 801 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2006)
In re Sawyer, 324 B.R. 115 (Bankr. D. Ariz. 2005)
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