Recognized Experts in Bankruptcy Law

All Parties to Bankruptcy Need a Good Lawyer


Bankruptcy proceedings can become incredibly complex very quickly, for everyone involved. Whether you are owed money (a creditor), you owe money (a debtor), you’re bringing a lawsuit (a plaintiff) or one has been brought against you (a defendant), you need a lawyer who can untangle the knot in your favor and get you what is fair. That is Ford, McDonald, McPartlin & Borden's mission. Our expertise allows us to be intensely aggressive for our clients, even in complex situations. We are vastly experienced in all facets of bankruptcy.


Our clients are businesses, financial institutions, bankruptcy trustees, as well as individuals—both creditor and debtor side, including: 


  • Secured Creditors

  • Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 trustees

  • Chapter 11 Debtors and Debtors-in-Possession 

  • Individuals in Chapter 7, 12  and 13 bankruptcy

  • Employees, landlords and unsecured creditors

  • Business Owners


Secured creditors—including foreclosure and collections 


We represent creditors including sophisticated commercial secured creditors in recovery of loans.  The firm's work for creditors includes:


  • Workout and Forbearance Agreements

  • Lender Liability Defense

  • Secured Party and Foreclosure Sales

  • Stay Relief litigation

  • Cash Collateral Disputes

  • Debtor-in-Possession Financing

  • Plan Confirmation Disputes



Bankruptcy Trustees


With extensive experience representing both Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 Trustees, we handle all kinds of adversary proceedings, including:

  • Any Chapter 5 recovery actions

  • Objections to claims

  • Retention issues

  • All kinds of asset recovery

  • Investigating and objecting to debtor's discharge (where appropriate) 

We also work with clients to create a complete Chapter 11 plan. This includes the accompanying disclosure statement preparation, distribution, and confirmation. We also provide valuable advice on the operational issues affecting the Chapter 11 trustee's operation of the debtor's business.


Chapter 11 Debtors and Debtors-in-Possession 

We represent both debtors and debtors-in-possession seeking relief and reorganization under Chapter 11. A debtor-in-possession is a debtor who maintains possession and control of assets while undergoing a reorganization under Chapter 11. During this time, without the appointment of a case trustee, the debtor generally runs the business until one of four things happen: the debtor's plan of reorganization is confirmed, the case is dismissed, it is converted to Chapter 7, or a Chapter 11 trustee is appointed.


Employees, landlords and unsecured creditors


We also represent employees, landlords and other creditors to help protect their rights through bankruptcy. We provide expert assistance with issues relating to:


  • Leases and Executory Contracts

  • Automatic Stay and Stay Relief

  • Dischargeability of Debts

  • Right to Collect Debts from Running a Debtor's business


Business Owners 


If you are the owner of a business subject to proceedings under Title 11, we can help with issues relating to your possible personal liability such as:


  • Withholding Taxes

  • Employee Wage Claims

  • Negotiations with the IRS

  • Liability on Guarantees

  • Pass through Nature of Certain Income

  • Corporate Litigation Dealing with Illegal Dividends

  • Fiduciary Duties of Debtors-in-Possession


We also help with the defense of actions against owners and others under Chapter 5 of Title 11.

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