Burr & Forman Tennessee Attorneys Continue Bankruptcy Practice Leadership with Five New Roles

The law firm of Burr & Forman LLP is pleased to announce the recent achievements of four Nashville attorneys which extend the firm’s regional and statewide leadership in the bankruptcy bar.

Online PR News – 14-December-2011 – – The law firm of Burr & Forman LLP is pleased to announce the recent achievements of four Nashville attorneys, Lawrence R. Ahern III, David W. Houston IV, Alisa Peters and Faisal Delawalla, which extend the firm’s regional and statewide leadership in the bankruptcy bar. All four have assumed new leadership positions in influential state and national bankruptcy and reorganization associations, reinforcing Burr’s reputation as a trusted source for bankruptcy counsel.

“We salute the commitment of Larry, David, Alisa and Faisal to lead and improve the practice of bankruptcy and restructuring law. We are proud that they lead the greater business community, but also lead all 40 of the firm's bankruptcy attorneys across five states,” says Mike Hall, partner at Burr & Forman and Chair of the firm’s Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy practice group. “Not only do our creditors’ rights and bankruptcy attorneys hold local, regional and national leadership roles, the majority of them have also been consistently ranked as top attorneys in their practice area by Best Lawyers, Chambers USA and Super Lawyers.”

Partner Larry Ahern was elected Emeritus Director of the American Board of Certification (ABC) – the leading organization for the certification of attorney specialization in business bankruptcy and creditors' rights – sponsored jointly by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League. It is a life appointment where Ahern will serve as a living link to ABC’s past while also offering his valued perspective to future Boards. The American Board of Certification is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public and improving the quality of the bankruptcy and creditors' rights law bars. ABC has certified nearly 1,000 attorneys in consumer and business bankruptcy and creditor's rights law nationwide.

Partner David Houston IV has been elected to a one-year term on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA), effective October 4. Established in 1988, TMA is the only international nonprofit association dedicated to corporate renewal and turnaround management. Members are a professional community of turnaround and corporate renewal professionals who share a common interest in strengthening the economy through the restoration of corporate value. The TMA has more than 9,000 members in 48 chapters, including 32 in North America and one each in Australia, Brazil, China (Hong Kong), the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Southern Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom, with a chapter in formation in Romania.

Additionally, Houston assumed the co-chair position for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Ethics and Professional Compensation Committee, a key national leadership position in the bankruptcy and restructuring industry, at the beginning of this year. The Committee is comprised of members from across the country including bankruptcy lawyers, turnaround professionals, judges and United States trustee attorneys. Houston will lead the Committee as it holds several meetings throughout the year and produces ethics related programs for ABI seminars.

Associate Alisa Peters has been selected as Chair of the Nashville Bar Association's (NBA) Bankruptcy Court Committee for 2012. The Committee monitors activity of the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts and studies recommendations for improvements of bankruptcy law and court procedures. It acts as liaison between the Bankruptcy Courts and local bar. Since 1831, the NBA has been committed to advancing the legal profession and helping lawyers better serve their cli-ents. With approximately 4,000 attorneys admitted to practice in Davidson County, the NBA takes seriously its role to advance the administration of justice and foster the high ide¬als of integrity, education and public service.

Associate Faisal Delawalla has been appointed as a Middle Tennessee Delegate to the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) Bankruptcy Law Section Executive Council, effective in October for an open-ended term. The Executive Council and Officers advise the TBA and its Director on proposed legislation affecting creditors’ rights/bankruptcy, host the Section’s annual Bankruptcy Law Forum and produce its newsletters, among other responsibilities. The TBA is the largest professional association in Tennessee with more than 11,000 members. Founded in 1881, the TBA provides opportunities for continuing legal education, professional development and public service. The TBA’s dedication to serving the state’s legal community is evidenced by its membership roster, which represents the entire spectrum of legal practice: plaintiff and defense lawyers, corporate counsel, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, government lawyers and legal services attorneys.

"We're proud of our Nashville lawyers' continuing leadership in their areas of practice – and especially the peer recognition given our young lawyers," says Tom Potter, Managing Partner of the Nashville office of Burr & Forman.

About Burr & Forman LLP

For over a century, Burr & Forman LLP's experienced legal team has served clients with local, national, and international interests in numerous industry and practice areas, ranging from commercial litigation and class actions to corporate transactions, including bankruptcy and restructurings. A Southeast regional firm with nearly 250 attorneys and offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee, Burr & Forman attorneys draw from a diverse range of resources to help clients achieve their goals and address their complex legal needs. For more information, visit the firm's website at www.burr.com.

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