Michael D. Langford focuses his practice on bankruptcy and financial restructuring matters. Mr. Langford represents companies with regards to business reorganizations and creditors’ rights. While in law school, he was a member of the Mercer Law Review, the Brainerd Currie Honor Society, and Phi Delta Phi.
In addition, he was the recipient of the Best Brief Award in First Year Moot Court and the American Jurisprudence Award in Sales and Secured Transactions. Mr. Langford was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, and Beta Gamma Sigma, a business honor society at Tennessee Technological University.
- Represented the creditors’ committee and now liquidating supervisor for NetBank Inc. in connection with liquidation of this bank holding company. Federal regulators seized NetBank in 2007, marking the largest bank failure in almost 15 years. Among other things, the firm as counsel to the liquidating supervisor filed a complaint against the FDIC regarding ownership of a tax refund. In re NetBank Inc., Case No. 07-04295 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. filed Sept. 28, 2007).
- Represented creditors’ committee and then plan trustee of Southwest Hospital and Medical Center Inc. in connection with the sale of an Atlanta hospital. Through litigation with the hospital’s senior lender over the alleged “true sale” nature of its alleged interest in the hospitals multimillion dollar receivables, the firm negotiated a settlement that allowed for distribution to unsecured creditors despite ownership/secured claims that far exceeded the value of the hospital. In re Southwest Hospital Inc., Case No. 04-74967 (Bankr. N.D. Ga. filed Sept. 9, 2004).
- Represented creditors’ committee in connection with sale of manufacturing company with secured and unsecured debt.
- Represented Vista Eyecare, Inc., a vision care retailer group, as debtors in Chapter 11 cases filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia. This representation consisted, among other things, of negotiating and drafting two asset purchase agreements for the sale of certain of the debtors’ retail locations, negotiating and drafting a plan of reorganization (which was ultimately confirmed) and accompanying disclosure statement, and handling the review and analysis of claims filed in the cases and prosecuting objections where determined appropriate.
- Represented Skinner Corporation, a group of furniture retailers, in their Chapter 11 cases filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The representation consisted, among other things, of (i) negotiating and documenting the settlement of a consumer class action which was ultimately accomplished by the filing of a class proof of claim, (ii) drafting a plan of reorganization and accompanying disclosure statement, which plan was confirmed and resulted in a 100% distribution to creditors, and (iii) reviewing and analyzing claims and filing objections thereto as necessary.
- Represented creditors committee for a packaging company with over $70 million in annual revenue. The firm successfully spearheaded appointment of Chapter 11 trustee and sale of the company’s assets with resulting distribution of over 40 percent to unsecured creditors notwithstanding significant secured debt and bleak prospects for any return to unsecured creditors. There is a published decision by the District Court, Middle District of Georgia, affirming Bankruptcy Court decision overruling objection to Committee’s Plan. The firm represented the successful appellee.
- Represented the creditors’ committee and now plan trustee for Sun Coast Hospital in connection with the sale of the hospital facility with more than $30 million in secured and unsecured debt. The firm commenced litigation against the secured creditor for avoidance of liens and negotiated a favorable settlement pursuant to which a substantial portion of such creditor’s claim was deemed unsecured, thereby resulting in a substantial distribution to unsecured creditors. In re Sun Coast Hospital, Inc., et al., Case No. 07-12926 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. filed Dec. 29, 2007).
- Mercer University, J.D. (1987) cum laude
- Tennessee Technological University, B.S., Accounting (1984)
- Georgia (1987)
- Tennessee (1987)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia – Stacey W. Cotton
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