Duly Noted

Mears re-elected chair of national Finance, Insolvency, and Restructuring Department

Patrick E. Mears, a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Grand Rapids office, has been re-elected chair of the national Finance, Insolvency, and Restructuring (FIR) Department. He has served in the leadership position for the past six years.

Mears, who concentrates his practice in insolvency, workouts and restructurings, commercial finance, securitizations, and creditors’ rights, leads a group that has received national acclaim and experienced growth in recent years.

Online news source Law360 recently ranked the firm in the top 50 of largest bankruptcy practices. In addition, the firm in recent years has added attorney resources in the four corners of the continental United States, such as Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Wilmington, Delaware, as well as in the country's midsection.

 Mears also has been recognized individually for his bankruptcy work. He is an elected fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and an elected member of the American Law Institute. He is formerly the chairperson of the Real Estate Financing Group of the American Bar Association's Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and is currently chair of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee of the Michigan State Bar’s Business Law Section. Mears has been listed in Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America®, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, and Who’s Who in America.

The Finance, Insolvency, and Restructuring Department handles all aspects of general representation of secured and unsecured creditors, borrowers, guarantors, trustees, and creditors’ committees. Specific areas of practice include regulatory compliance matters for financial institutions, development of loan notebooks and international credit transactions, and lender liability defense. Clients served by the department include financial institutions, savings and loan associations, insurance companies, finance companies, and publicly- and privately-owned companies.