Ms. Greta M Brouphy
Heller, Draper & Horn, LLC
Greta M. Brouphy works primarily in the bankruptcy practice group of the firm and is an appointed chapter 11 subchapter v trustee by the United States, Region 5 Districts of Louisiana and Mississippi. Specifically, Ms. Brouphy specializes in negotiating unsecured creditors, secured creditors and debtors through chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Ms. Brouphy has experience in representing a broad range of debtors including large, complex companies and small companies in bankruptcy. Her experience includes representation of debtors, liquidating trustees, bondholders, unsecured creditors’ committees and plan agents in commercial bankruptcy and workout business cases in chapter 11 and chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings, as well as representing secured lenders in chapter 13 and chapter 7 proceedings. Ms. Brouphy also represents individual debtors in chapter 11 proceedings. Clients have included vessels builders, oil and gas companies, grocery stores, apartment complexes, property developers, hotels, and distributors. In addition to representing clients in corporate bankruptcy proceedings, Ms. Brouphy also assisted in the representation of an unsecured creditors committee in a chapter 9 (distressed municipality) bankruptcy proceeding through approval of a debt adjustment plan, and representation of the chapter 9 plan’s trustee.
She has experience in representing both debtors and creditors in preference actions, fraudulent conveyance actions and claim objections. Ms. Brouphy has drafted and assisted clients in the preparation and provisions included in disclosure statements and plans of reorganizations. Such assistance has included investigating possible litigation, including causes of actions against directors and officers, recovery of assets, and collection of accounts. Ms. Brouphy also has experience in representing liquidating agents and litigation agents post-confirmation in chapter 7, chapter 9, and chapter 11 proceedings.
Ms. Brouphy has represented clients in various jurisdictions in bankruptcy matters including, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Nevada and Illinois.
Furthermore, Ms. Brouphy also has experience in the area of Louisiana succession law. For clients, Ms. Brouphy drafts testamentary wills, living wills, and general and medical powers of attorney. Ms. Brouphy completes succession proceedings through to judgments of possession as well as ancillary succession proceedings.
Additionally, Ms. Brouphy also has experience in drafting real estate leases.
Judge Douglas D. Dodd
U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Middle District of Louisiana
DOUGLAS D. DODD is the United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Louisiana. He graduated from Stanford Law School in 1982, after receiving his
undergraduate degree magna cum laude with interdisciplinary honors in 1977 from Tulane University, where he was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Judge Dodd practiced law in New Orleans for nearly 20 years before his appointment to the bench in May 2002. He has taught advanced bankruptcy law at Tulane Law School and currently serves as an adjunct professor of law at the LSU Law Center, teaching a seminar in bankruptcy reorganization.
Mr. Bradley L. Drell
Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues & Rundell, APLC
Bradley L. Drell is a director and shareholder of the law firm of Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues & Rundell, A PLC, in Alexandria, LA, and serves as chair of the firm's Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights section. His practice focuses on representing Debtors in Possession and other parties in interest in Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 cases, commercial litigation, construction law, and in handling non-routine legal matters in state and federal courts. In addition to his Louisiana federal and state bar admissions, he is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts of the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of Texas, and the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. For ten years he was an adjunct lecturer of business law at Louisiana College, Pineville, LA, and has previously been a speaker on bankruptcy, ethics, and professionalism for continuing legal education presentations. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of the South, Sewanee, TN, and graduated from LSU Law Center in 1996. He clerked for the Honorable Henley A. Hunter, Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Louisiana, from 1996 to 1997. He is past President of the Crossroads American Inn of Court and the Alexandria Bar Association, and is currently serving as President for the Central Louisiana Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is board certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification and the Louisiana State Bar Association, and is past chair of the Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission of the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. He is listed in Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers, and has received national awards for his work in Chapter 11 from the Turnaround Management Association, the Global M&A Network, and M&A Advisor. Brad is a Certified Bourbon Steward of the Stave & Thief Society of Kentucky and writes about whiskey at whiskeyjar.blog.
Judge Meredith S. Grabill
United States Bankruptcy Judge
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
The Honorable Meredith S. Grabill currently serves in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Prior to taking the bench in September 2019, she practiced primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial, and oil-and-gas litigation in New York and Louisiana. In her practice, she served on bankruptcy teams representing publicly traded, closely held, and individual chapter 11 debtors; official unsecured creditors’ committees; and corporate creditors. Outside of bankruptcy court, she has represented large and multinational corporations in antitrust proceedings, labor and contract disputes, and insurance and reinsurance disputes.
Judge Grabill served as a judicial clerk to The Honorable Edith Brown Clement in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, The Honorable Martin L.C. Feldman in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and The Honorable Martin Glenn in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. She earned her J.D. from Tulane Law School, where she served as Editor in Chief of the Tulane Law Review, and received a B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
Judge Harlin "Cooter" D. Hale
United States Bankruptcy Judge
Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division
THE HONORABLE HARLIN D. “COOTER” HALE was appointed as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Texas, on November 1, 1982. He received his B.S. degree in 1979 from Louisiana State University and his J.D. in 1982 from the LSU Paul M. Hebert School of Law, Order of the Coif. In 1982-83, Judge Hale was a law clerk to the Honorable James L. Dennis, Associate Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court, who is now a judge on the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 1983, he went into private practice in Dallas, Texas, with Strasburger & Price, LLP, followed by McGuire, Craddock, Strother & Hale, P.C., and Baker & McKenzie, LLP. Judge Hale is a frequent lecturer at law school and state bar seminars on bankruptcy and litigation topics, and a regular author in legal publications on bankruptcy issues. Beginning January 2009, he became a Visiting Professor at Southern Methodist University on Creditors’ Rights. Besides being a member of various state and local bar associations, he is also on the Executive Committee of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Texas, and serves as its 2012 Chair; National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (2012 Fifth Circuit Governor); Master, John C. Ford American Inn of Court (2007-2008 Sergeant of the Inn Award); American Bankruptcy Institute; American Law Institute; Federal Bar Association (2006-07 Bankruptcy Section Chair); and Commercial Law League. He was awarded the 2019 William L. Norton, Jr. Judicial Excellence Award, American Bankruptcy Institute at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Judge Hale is married to Claire King Hale and they have two sons. He enjoys religion, tennis, reading, travel and history in his spare time.
Ms. Jan M Hayden
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Jan Hayden has handled bankruptcy and insolvency issues for her clients for over forty years. She is a shareholder in the Baker Donelson’s New Orleans office. Ms. Hayden's practice is concentrated on assisting clients with reorganizations under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, and she represents creditors, trustees, debtors-in-possession, and committees in a broad spectrum of industries that includes oil and gas, manufacturing, real estate, hotels, gambling, nursing homes, airlines, convenience stores and retail operations
Ms. Hayden is a member of the board of the American College of Bankruptcy as well as the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation Board. She is a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation and Louisiana Bar Foundation and currently serves as a vice president of the New Orleans Bar Association. She is a recipient of the Michelle Mendez Serviam Award 2016, Woman of the Year in Restructuring Award, International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, 2011 and the LSBA 2009 Pro Bono Publico Award. She was named the Best Lawyers New Orleans Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year;" for 2010 and 2013 and New Orleans Bankruptcy Litigation "Lawyer of the Year;" for 2012 and 2014. Included in Louisiana Super Lawyers since 2007, she has frequently listed as one of the top 10 lawyers in Louisiana by the organization. She served as Chair of The Pro Bono Project of New Orleans and Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana Board. A graduate of LSU Law Center in 1979 and chair of both the LSBA CLE and MCLE committees, she is a frequent lecturer and author in the field of bankruptcy and insolvency.
Judge John S. Hodge
United States Bankruptcy Judge
U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Western District of Louisiana
John S. Hodge serves as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Louisiana. Prior to his appointment, he was a shareholder in Wiener, Weiss & Madison, P.C. in Shreveport, Louisiana, and served as a member of the Panel of Chapter 7 Trustees for cases filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Louisiana. He received a B.S. degree (Accounting) from Louisiana State University in 1985 and a J.D. from Louisiana State University Law Center in 1988.