Preti Flaherty’s Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy Group knows that businesses and individuals face a wide range of financial issues, and we take pride in partnering with our clients to solve these problems by providing creative and cost-effective solutions. We provide our clients with high-quality, responsive legal support and trusted guidance in all aspects of the debtor/creditor relationship, both in and out of court. We represent creditors and trustees in bankruptcy proceedings under all chapters of the United States Bankruptcy Code. 

A Wealth of Knowledge

Preti Flaherty’s Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy Group is one of the most experienced in New England. Our team has decades of experience representing and supporting our clients in all aspects of the debtor-creditor relationship, including:

  • Negotiating and preparing workout, loan restructuring, and forbearance/modification agreements
  • Repossessions and dispositions of personal property collateral
  • Replevin actions
  • Residential and commercial foreclosures and mortgage-related litigation
  • Evictions
  • Ancillary title disputes
  • State court receiverships
  • Assignments for the benefit of creditors
  • Enforcement of notes, guarantees, and related obligations
  • Creditor and trustee representation in bankruptcy proceedings
  • Buyer and seller representation in bankruptcy sales

Led by co-chairs Greg Moffett and Tony Manhart, and backed by the full force of a seven-time Benchmark Litigation “Firm of the Year,” members of our insolvency group have represented clients in the bankruptcy courts of 11 states. This breadth of experience enables us to confidently navigate the bankruptcy process for our clients in all matters arising under the Bankruptcy Code. Among our bankruptcy attorneys we have a Chapter 7 Trustee for the District of Maine, an adjunct professor of bankruptcy law, and several attorneys ranked as “Best Lawyers in America” by Woodward/White and Super Lawyers. Our attorneys are actively involved in industry groups including the New Hampshire and Maine Bankers Associations, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Turnaround Management Association and are frequently called to speak before these groups.

Finding Creative Solutions

With our multi-disciplinary approach, we are able to draw on the experience of Preti Flaherty’s other practice groups to reach innovative solutions, such as our business law team’s frequent assistance with organizing sale and restructuring agreements. Outside the bankruptcy arena, we regularly counsel lending clients with their day-to-day collateral, default, and loan-related concerns, and assist in negotiating and preparing workout, loan restructuring, and forbearance/modification agreements.

We also have significant experience representing lenders and institutional creditors in state receiverships, assignments for the benefit of creditors, and in the enforcement of notes, guarantees, and related obligations. 

Any complex transactional structure has the potential to become a difficult situation. By thinking deliberately different about problems, we create solutions that turn difficulty into opportunity. Resolving difficult situations is our specialty.

Firm Highlights


Bankruptcy Alert: Time's Running Out on Higher Debt Limits of the Small Business Reorganization Act

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Changing Control in the Time of COVID: Navigating ‘Change of Ownership’ Prior to PPP Loan Satisfaction.

The Hypothetical Everyone loves a hypothetical, right? So let’s begin with one about Billy Builder: Billy Builder holds 55% of the equity in a construction business he founded way back when the fax machine...


What Financial Institutions Need to Know about Maine Trustee Process

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Attorney Bodie B. Colwell Elected IWIRC Management Committee Vice Director of Social Media

Preti Flaherty is proud to announce that attorney Bodie B. Colwell has been elected to the Management Committee of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), where, effective January 1, 2021, she will serve...


Residential Evictions and the Pandemic – Landlords Beware

NOTE: This article addresses the Executive Orders, Pandemic Management Order, and CDC Order in effect on November 3, 2020. As the pandemic changes, these orders are all subject to change and this information may become...


New Eviction Restrictions for Portland, Maine

On November 3, 2020, voters in Portland approved an amendment to the Code of Ordinances which will implement rent control and tenant protections.  The new Sec. 6-236 of the Code of Ordinances extends the...


U.S. News – Best Lawyers Ranks Preti Flaherty Among 2021 Best Law Firms

Preti Flaherty has been named among the 2021 Best Law Firms by the U.S. News – Best Lawyers rankings. To be eligible for ranking, a law firm must have at least one attorney named...