Bradley J. Stevens

Chair, Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ Rights

Overview

Mr. Stevens’ practice focuses on all areas of bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights

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Areas of Focus
  • Chapter 11 Practice
  • Unsecured Creditors’ Committees
  • Creditors’ Rights and Debtor Representation
  • Debt Resolution
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Collection Matters
Education

J.D., University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law (1980)

B.A., University of Utah, Journalism/Mass Communication (1976)

  • magna cum laude
  • with Honors

Biography

Mr. Stevens’ practice focuses on all areas of bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors’ rights, including debt resolution, Chapter 11 practice, including, representation of committees, creditors, debtors and trustees, bankruptcy litigation and collection matters, including foreclosures, replevins, fraudulent transfer actions, provisional remedies and other actions involving the collection of secured and unsecured debt.

Admissions

Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona (1981)

Court Admission

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona (1981)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Representative Experience

  • Representation of unsecured creditors’ committee of a manufacturer of small motors for HVAC and pool pumps (SNTech)
  • Representation of Arizona’s largest Arby’s restaurant franchisee in its successful chapter 11 reorganization (FX4, LLC, et al.)
  • Representation of a 435 unit residential apartment complex, Desert Gardens IV, LLC, in its successful chapter 11 reorganization
  • Representation of Mortgages Ltd, the largest private mortgage lender in Arizona with a nearly $1 billion loan portfolio, in its vast and complex chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Representation of Chapter 11 Debtor in successful reorganization of automotive parts manufacturer
  • Representation of member of Unsecured Creditors Committee in an international nutrition and healthcare company
  • Representation of direct lenders in $1 billion Nevada private mortgage company’s Chapter 11 proceeding
  • Representation of New York City lender in multi-million dollar loan work-out and foreclosure
  • Representation of creditor in an international bankruptcy case of Spring Ford Industries, Inc.
  • Representation of Chapter 11 Debtor in successful airline reorganization
  • Representation of secured creditor of mobile home financing in over 450 consumer bankruptcies
  • Representation of secured creditor of vehicle financing in consumer bankruptcies
  • Representation of publishing companies’ bankruptcy-related legal matters
  • Representation of the post-confirmation Chapter 11 grocery store chain Estate Representative in preference and related litigation
  • Representation of creditor in oil refinery Chapter 11 case
  • Representation of creditor in multi-state Chapter 11 oil production company bankruptcy
  • Representation of multi-million dollar judgment creditor in Texas Chapter 11 computer component bankruptcy
  • Representation of California Chapter 11 Trustee in the collection of multi-million dollar judgment against Arizona residents
  • Representation of Texas financial services company in telecommunications Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Representation of Official Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in Chapter 11 residential real estate development bankruptcy
  • Representation of member of Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in Quorum International Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Published Opinions

Mr. Stevens has been involved in multiple cases in which an opinion was published:

  • In re McClain Airlines, 80 B.R. 175 (Bankr. D. Ariz. 1987)
  • In re American Continental Corp., 142 B.R. 894 (D. Ariz. 1992)
  • In re Elia, 198 B.R. 588 (Bankr. D. Ariz. 1996)
  • In re Lundell, 223 F.3d 1035 (9th Cir. 2000)
  • In re Spring Ford Industries, Inc., 2004 WL 1291223 (Bankr. E.D. Pa. 2004)

Media and Presentations

Articles

  • Co-author, “Representing the Mechanic’s and Materialman’s Lien Claimant in Bankruptcy Court,” materials used at State Bar Convention, Bankruptcy Seminar (1986)

Presentations

  • Faculty speaker; moderator, “Judge’s Roundtable Discussion,” 2010 State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention (June 2010)
  • “Too Big to Fail, TARP, Bailouts and Proposed Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code,” 2009 State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention (June 2009)
  • “Bankruptcy Litigation – Discovery and Motion Practice,” 2007 State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention  (June 2007)
  • “Survey of Recent Bankruptcy Developments” (February 2002)
  • “Pre-Bankruptcy Planning” (January 1996)
  • “How to Buy Properties in Bankruptcy,” Arizona School of Real Estate and Business (July 1990)
  • “Commercial Lease Transactions,” bankruptcy aspects, sponsored by the National Business Institute, Inc. (July 1989)
  • “Teamwork: Attorneys and Paralegals Working Together,” (bankruptcy workshop) co-sponsored by the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the State Bar of Arizona and the Arizona Paralegal Association (April 1986)

Memberships

State Bar of Arizona

  • Member, Executive Council, Bankruptcy Section (2004 – 2011)
  • Chair, Bankruptcy Section (2008 – 2009)

Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA)

  • Chairman, Bankruptcy Section (1995 – 1998)
  • Board of Directors (1984 – 1992)
  • President, Young Lawyers Division (1984 – 1985)
  • Member, Volunteer Lawyer Program

Focus Phoenix Committee (a city-wide program sponsored by the MCBA for summer law clerks) (1987-1988)

American Bar Association

  • Member, Business Law Section, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Committee

Commercial Law League of America

American Bankruptcy Institute

State of Arizona v. Gold E. Locks, a skit for Maricopa County elementary school children

  • Co-author, Director, and Actor, MCBA Law-Related Education Committee

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America© in the categories of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy (2009 – 2019)
  • Listed, Southwest Super Lawyers in the categories of Bankruptcy: Business, General Litigation, Business/Corporate (2010, 2013 – 2017)
  • AB Top Lawyer, Bankruptcy, Arizona Business Magazine (2009 – 2010)