Paul brings a wealth of leadership skills and business acumen to his representation of clients in bankruptcy and creditors' rights matters.

Overview

Paul's extensive knowledge of the bankruptcy law, paired with his ability to manage complex litigation and deep experience within the industries he serves, translates to creative solutions for clients when it really counts.

Continuously certified by the American Board of Certification in Business Bankruptcy Law since 1992, Paul represents debtors, creditors, committees, trustees, landlords, buyers and others in bankruptcy, workout and collections matters. Reorganization and creditor clients benefit from his experience in many industries, including agribusiness, finance, manufacturing, oil and gas, transportation, health care and real estate. Paul has crafted original solutions for debtor clients, led companies through complex post-confirmation issues, and counsels clients on pre- and post-filing options and strategies.  

Experience

Preserving the value of iconic brands, Paul worked as co-counsel for Interstate Bakeries (makers of Wonder Bread and Twinkies), helping position them for an initial reorganization and subsequent sale and a second life.

As lead counsel for the TWA Inc. Post-Confirmation Estate, Paul pursued more than 450 preference actions and hundreds of claims objections.

As lead counsel for a major public company as plan sponsor for a gas storage company in bankruptcy in Delaware, Paul guided the company through an auction and plan confirmation process and subsequent post-confirmation exercise of an equity call option.

Paul has been lead counsel for several clients in different roles in state court receivership actions in several states

In addition to his practice, Paul serves on the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri, and is an Adjunct Professor of Secured Transactions at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law.

News & Insights

Publications

"The Perils of Purdy: Floating Leases of Livestock," 32 Clarks' Secured Transactions Monthly 8, August 2016

"New Developments in the GM Termination Statement Litigation," 32 Clarks' Secured Transactions Monthly 6, June 2016

"Sixth Circuit: Blanket Secured Lender Trumps IP Licensee," 32 Clarks' Secured Transactions Monthly 1, January 2016

"New York Court Allows Ratification of Unauthorized Financing Statement by Later Security Agreement," 31 Clarks' Secured Transactions Monthly 5, May 2015

"Another Case Upholds Lender Reliance on the Public Record in Article 9 Priority Dispute," 31 Clarks' Secured Transactions Monthly 3, March 2015

"Attorney Charging Lien Gets Trumped by Prior Security Interest," 31 Clarks' Secured Transactions Monthly 1, January 2015

"Drafting Executory Contracts After Recent Third and Eighth Circuit Rulings," Renaissance, November 2014

Co-Author, 2014 Cumulative Supplement to MoBar Creditors' Remedies Deskbook, Chapter 3, Garnishments, August 2014

Recognitions

Recognitions

Recognized as "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America© in Litigation-Bankruptcy

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, 2006-present

Named Best of the Bar – Bankruptcy by the Kansas City Business Journal, 2005-present

Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® for Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2006-present

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Centurions Leadership Development Program, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Graduate

Winterset Park Homeowners Association, Vice President

United Way, Volunteer

American Bankruptcy Institute

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Lawyers Association of Kansas City

Admissions

  • Missouri, 1982
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas

Education

University of Michigan, J.D., 1982

University of Nebraska-Omaha, B.S.B.A., summa cum laude, 1979

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