Michael E. Hastings Selected as one of Virginia's "2013 LEGAL ELITE"

Date: December 6, 2013

December 6, 2013, Ronaoke, VA — Michael E. Hastings, a partner in the Business Reorganizations & Bankruptcy group at Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP, has been selected by Virginia Business as one of the state's top ten vote-getting “Legal Elite” in the field of Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights. 

Mr. Hastings has more than twenty years of experience representing clients in bankruptcy cases, insolvency and default situations and in commercial litigation. He has significant experience representing secured and unsecured lenders as well as borrowers in out-of-court workouts, bankruptcy cases, and state and federal court litigation. He has extensive experience in the sale and purchase of businesses and/or assets in bankruptcy and pursuant to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Mr. Hastings also has experience representing lenders, debtors and creditors' committees in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases involving sophisticated issues such as contested plan confirmation hearings, debtor in possession financing, contested asset purchase/sale litigation, lien validity and priority litigation, jurisdictional and venue disputes, complex avoidance action litigation, and litigation concerning fiduciary duties.

Mr. Hastings has been involved in bankruptcy cases involving manufacturing, health care, financial services and distribution and logistics companies primarily in Virginia, New York and Delaware; however, he has represented clients in bankruptcy cases nationwide.

About the Legal Elite:  The selection of each year's “Legal Elite” is a collaboration of the Virginia Bar Association and the publication, Virginia Business.  Voting is open only to lawyers licensed in Virginia, so those selected reflect the high opinions of their peers.

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