Steve is a brilliant, aggressive and intelligent counsel. I have the highest regard for his legal and financial acumen and abilities, especially returning six figure awards on complex Chapter 11's.
Julie Moore, Creditors Committee CareCorps Management Company, LLC

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 1987-2018
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Lawyer of the Year, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, [Jackson, MS], 2013
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 1993-2019
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Corporate/Commercial: Bankruptcy–Mississippi, 2005-2018
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy: Business, 2006-2018
    • Top 50 Mississippi Super Lawyers, 2006, 2008-2013, 2017-2018
  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Mississippi Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Mississippi Young Lawyers
  • Chair, Butler Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC, 1998-2005

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., with honors, 1975
    • Editor-in-Chief, Mississippi Law Journal
    • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., Philosophy, 1970

Experience

  • In Franchise Service of North America, Inc., United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Case No. 17-02316-EE. Represented the Debtor, the parent of Simply Wheelz LLC (see below) in its Chapter 11 case.
  • In Mississippi Phosphates Corporation, et al., United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Case No.14-51667-KMS.  Represented the Debtors, a phosphate fertilizer manufacturer and related entities, in a jointly administered case.  Substantially all of the assets of the Debtors were sold through court-supervised 363 sales, and confirmed plans were obtained.
  • In Opus Management Group Jackson, LLC et al., United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Case No. 16-00297-NPO.  Represented five compounding pharmacy companies and two affiliates in a jointly administered case.   Substantially all of the assets of six Debtors were sold through court-supervised 363 sales, and confirmed plans were obtained in those six cases.
  • In re: Simply Wheelz LLC, d/b/a Advantage Rent-a-Car, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Case No. 13-03332-ee. Represented the Debtor, the fourth largest car rental company in the United States, in its Chapter 11 case. Substantially all of the assets of the Company were sold through court-supervised 363 sales.
  • In re: Piccadilly Restaurants, LLC, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Case No. 12-51127. Represented the largest trade creditor in this chapter 11 case of a restaurant and food service company with more than 60 restaurants and 80 food service locations all across the southeast.  Client’s claim was paid in full under a confirmed chapter 11 plan.
  • In re: O&G Leasing, LLC et al., United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Case No. 10 01851-ee. Represents Indenture Trustee for Bondholders holding $25,955,000 of Senior Debentures and $7,610,000 of Subordinate Debentures in this chapter 11 case of a company which owned and operated five oil and gas drilling rigs.
  • In re: Prevalence Health, LLC., United States Bankruptcy Court for Southern District of Mississippi, Case No. 09-02016-ee. Represented the Debtor, a multi-state mail order pharmacy, in its chapter 11 case. Certain assets of the Debtor were sold through a section 363 sale as a going concern to maximize the return for the unsecured creditors.
  • In re: CareCorps Management Company, LLC et al., United States Bankruptcy Court for Northern District of Mississippi, Case No. 08-11728-DWH. Served as counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in 13 jointly-administered, multi-state chapter 11 cases involving primarily skilled nursing facilities and assisted living centers.
  • In re: Griffin Acceptance Corporation, United States Bankruptcy Court for Southern District of Mississippi, Case No. 09-01513-EE. Represented secured creditor in connection with the enforcement of its security interest in the inventory and accounts of an enterprise with eight stores in Mississippi and Arkansas that had filed a chapter 11 case. Client purchased the business of the Debtor as a going concern for a credit bid of a significant portion of its debt plus a cash payment which covered certain expenses incurred by the bankruptcy estate.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Co-Author, "A Primer on Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Issues," 21st Annual Mid-South Conference on Bankruptcy Law, The University of Mississippi Center for Continuing Legal Education, February 6, 2015.
  • Co-Author, "Limitations on the Doctrine of Judicial Estoppel," Law 360, October 2008.
  • Has spoken at a number of continuing education seminars sponsored by various law schools and conferences, including the following: Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference; Fifth Circuit Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference; Mid-South Bankruptcy Conference; Mississippi Bar Summer School for Lawyers; and Law Partners Marketing Forum.