Jeremy S. Williams

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Mr. Williams is a partner in the firm’s Bankruptcy Group. He represents both debtors and creditors in all aspects of bankruptcy in federal and state courts, and handles a variety of matters including creditor’s rights litigation, debtor workouts, Chapter 11 reorganizations and contract disputes.

Mr. Williams and the firm’s Bankruptcy Group has served as primary counsel and co-counsel on a number chapter 11 cases, including in pre-bankruptcy, bankruptcy and post-emergence capacities. Notable Chapter 11 debtor engagements include:

  • Toy “R” Us, Inc. – constituting one of the largest retail bankruptcies in the last decade, Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer with nearly 65,000 employees worldwide with approximately 1,900 locations in 38 countries. Through the bankruptcy, the debtor seeks to restructure its prepetition indebtedness in excess of $5.2 billion.
  • Gymboree Corporation - One of the largest children’s apparel specialty retailers, with approximately 1,300 locations in the United States, Canada and throughout the world, offering collections of high quality apparel and accessories. At the outset, the debtor had total debt in excess of $1 billion.
  • Penn Virginia Corporation - An independent oil and gas company engaged in the exploration, development, and production of oil, NGLs, and natural gas. The company’s operations are focused on oilfields primarily in the Eagle Ford shale in South Texas, with additional properties in the Granite Wash in Oklahoma and the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. Through bankruptcy and reorganization, Penn Virginia reduced its long-term debt from approximately $1.2 billion to approximately $128 million.
  • Patriot Coal Corporation - One of the largest producers and marketers of thermal coal in the eastern United States with several active mining complexes in West Virginia. Debtor had funded debt of approximately $790 million, and through bankruptcy completed the sale of substantially all of its assets.
  • Movie Gallery, Inc. - The second largest North American home entertainment specialty retailer, with over 6,000 locations in United States and abroad. Kutak Rock LLP served as co-counsel in both of the debtors’ bankruptcy filings, completing a reorganization in the first instance and a structured liquidation in the second case.
  • On-Site Sourcing, Inc. - One of the world's largest independent litigation support providers based just outside Washington, D.C. The representation resulted in the successful sale of substantially all of the debtors' assets.

Mr. Williams also has significant experience:

  • Representing creditors and other interested parties in numerous bankruptcy cases around the country including Golfsmith International (DE), Edwin Watts Golf Shops LLC (DE), Health Diagnostic Laboratories, Inc. (VA), Pioneer Health Services (MS), Circuit City Stores, Inc. (VA), Lehman Brothers (NY), LandAmerica Group (VA), Fairfield Residential (DE), Uni-Marts LLC (DE) and many others.
  • Representing individuals, corporations, trustees and others in trials and contested proceedings before both the bankruptcy court and at all levels of state and federal court, including discharge/dischargeability disputes, preference actions, fraudulent transfers, plan disputes, collateral valuation, relief from stay, receivership, loan defaults, turnover actions and multiple other areas.
  • Representing national, regional and community banks and financial institutions, debt servicers and loan buyers in workouts, out-of-court settlements and litigation at all levels of state and federal court.
  • Coordinating the recovery of distressed assets at all levels of exposure.
  • Presenting to various groups on auctions in bankruptcy, executory contracts, general bankruptcy principles and recent case developments.