Brad Baldwin, Of Counsel

Attorney Brad BaldwinEmail: [email protected]
Phone: (404) 948-6434

Brad Baldwin has 27 years of experience in lending transactions, corporate reorganization, financial workouts, loan restructurings, creditor’s rights, bankruptcy, and commercial litigation. One key to Brad’s expertise comes from understanding both sides of the table and his experience representing both borrowers and lenders in loan transactions and workout situations.

Brad frequently represents banks and financial institutions in most all facets of loan restructuring and recovery involving commercial borrowers. Providing both transactional and litigation services, Brad is experienced in loan document preparation, collection lawsuits, foreclosures, state court receiverships, garnishments, repossessions, and bankruptcy.

Brad’s expertise further includes guiding commercial businesses through financial restructurings, including out-of-court workouts and Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. He has served as lead counsel for the Chapter 11 financial reorganization of numerous companies, including a $100 million textile business, a $100 million rope manufacturer, and a $200 million retail chain of faith-based bookstores. Brad is a past Chairman of the Bankruptcy Section for the Atlanta Bar Association, and he represents a wide variety of constituencies in bankruptcy, including financial institutions, landlords, equipment lessors, suppliers, and government entities. Having personally conducted several bankruptcy auctions for the sale of entire companies, Brad is skilled in representing parties seeking to sell or acquire select assets or entire businesses in bankruptcy.

Brad spent over two decades at the Atlanta offices of very large or nationwide law firms, including Jones Day and Burr Forman. Brad was attracted to the ability of Hecht Walker’s attorneys to provide big firm expertise to clients with the hands on care and personal attention at smaller firm rates. Brad now joins the Hecht Walker tradition of providing hard and responsive work in a cost-efficient manner for our clients.

Education

  • J.D. cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law (1988-1991)
  • B.A. summa cum laude with honors, Oglethorpe University (1984-1988)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court and Bankruptcy Court – Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court and Bankruptcy Court – Middle District of Georgia

Representation Sampling

  • Represented large, southeastern bank in the bankruptcy of a major, Atlanta real estate brokerage company and achieved payment in full of a multi-million dollar loan owed to the bank.
  • Represented Tennessee based bank in negotiating the loan restructuring of a $13 million loan portfolio with a national chain of assisted living facilities undergoing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Oregon.
  • Represented large, national bank in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a multi-state residential real estate developer in Mississippi, entailing the successful foreclosure of all real estate collateral and the judicial reformation of collateral deeds.
  • Engaged by numerous banks for both small and multi-million dollar commercial loans, including transactional services to document loans and loan workouts, and litigation services relating to the collection of outstanding loans and guarantees.
  • Lead Chapter 11 reorganization counsel for various businesses, including apartment complexes, hotels, a car dealership, numerous multi-million dollar manufacturing businesses, and a nationwide chain of retail stores.
  • Represented owner of major downtown, Atlanta hotel for out-of-court restructuring of loan and sale of hotel.
  • Represented local Georgia municipality in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a major airline.
  • Represented a large municipality’s mass transit authority in the Enron bankruptcy.
  • Represented a nationwide insurance company in a multi-million bankruptcy lawsuit filed by the trustee of a bankrupt insurance agency.
  • Lead defense counsel for various constituencies facing lawsuits filed by bankruptcy trustees, including defense of so-called bankruptcy preference claims and bankruptcy fraudulent transfer claims.