Allen Barnes & Jones, PLC

Allen Barnes & Jones, PLC

Focused on Arizona Bankruptcy Matters

Firm Overview

Founded in Founded in 1999, Allen Barnes & Jones, PLC (formerly Allen Maguire & Barnes, PLC) has extensive experience representing constituents in and out of bankruptcy, including lenders (individual and institutional) and debtors (business and individual). Our attorneys represent borrowers, creditors, and other parties in all phases of loan workouts, restructuring, and bankruptcy, including bankruptcy litigation and appeals.
Main Office
Main Office
1850 N. Central Avenue, Suite 1150
Phoenix  AZ  85004
Phone
  • (602) 256-6000
Fax
Websites
Bankruptcy
Representative Bankruptcy Experience
Allen Barnes & Jones attorneys have represented numerous Creditor Committees in the Chapter 11 reorganizations of many high- profile Arizona companies, including the Baptist Foundation of Arizona, Dewey Ranch Hockey (Phoenix Coyotes), Popular Stores, Country Thunder, and Sun Valley Waterbeds. Representations include:

Negotiating with the National Hockey League to pay, in full, virtually all of the general unsecured creditors in connection with the purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team.

Advising the Baptist Foundation of Arizona Creditors' Committee regarding the selection of the Plan Trustee and litigation counsel, and negotiating contingency agreements that resulted in savings of over $35 million. Ultimately, unsecured creditors recovered several hundred million dollars, or over 80% of their claims.

Attorneys at Allen Barnes & Jones has also represented small, medium and large companies in non-bankruptcy workouts and bankruptcy reorganizations, including:

Successfully completing the sale of a multi-million-dollar manufacturing facility to a group of investors that included the company's president, resulting in the saving of all employee jobs and a return to profitability within three months of the sale.

Obtaining a defense verdict after a two-week trial in a case asserting that a successful construction company was the successor entity of a prior bankrupt company.

Obtaining approval of a plan of reorganization for a specialty retail company with over 125 locations across the U.S.

Obtaining approval of a plan of reorganization that restructured the debts of a neighborhood sports bar and grill.

Obtaining approval of a plan of reorganization, without broadcast interruption, for the owner and operator of a local AM radio station.

Successfully reorganizing a resort homeowner association by resolving contentious and costly litigation and negotiating mutually agreeable payment terms.

Assisting a group of related companies in connection with the in- and out-of-court restructuring of over $200 million in secured and unsecured debts.

Additionally, Allen Barnes & Jones attorneys have assisted debtor and creditor clients in all aspects of Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy cases, including pre-bankruptcy negotiations and planning, bankruptcy filings, involuntary bankruptcy filings, and discharge and exemption litigation.

Thomas H. Allen

MEMBER

CERTIFICATIONS
-Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist, American Board of Certification
-Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization

PRACTICE AREAS
-Bankruptcy
-Bankruptcy Trustee Rights
-Business and Consumer Debtor Bankruptcy
-Corporate Reorganization
-Creditors' Rights in Bankruptcy
-Commercial Litigation

HONORS AND AWARDS
-The Best Lawyers in America: Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, 2010-2015
-Super Lawyers Rising Starssm, Bankruptcy, 2010
-Arizona's Finest Lawyers
-Attorney of the Month, Volunteer Lawyers Program, December 2013

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
-State Bar of Arizona: Bankruptcy Section
-Oregon State Bar
-Maricopa County Bar Association
-National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees: President's Circle

COURT ADMISSIONS
-U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1987
-Arizona, 1987
-Oregon, 1986

EDUCATION
-J.D., Northwestern School of Law, 1986: Lewis and Clark Law Review
B.A., University of Arizona, 1983

BIRTHPLACE
-Phoenix, Arizona
Education
  • Northwestern School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Hilary L. Barnes

MEMBER

Hilary Barnes' practice focuses on commercial bankruptcy, representing both debtors and creditors in bankruptcy court proceedings in numerous jurisdictions. Her experience includes matters involving cash collateral and stay relief proceedings and prosecution and defense of various adversary proceedings and contested matters, such as fraudulent transfer and preference avoidance, exemption and claims objections, non-discharge litigation, and contested confirmations.

Ms. Barnes has also represented individual and institutional creditors in state court enforcement and collections proceedings in Arizona, helping them to protect and take control of their collateral and to collect the amounts that are due and owing to them.

In addition, Ms. Barnes has successfully briefed and argued appeals before the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

PRACTICE AREAS
-Commercial Bankruptcy
-Creditors' Rights
-Bankruptcy Litigation

HONORS AND AWARDS
-Super Lawyers (Bankruptcy), 2014
-Arizona's Finest Lawyers, 2014

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
-State Bar of Arizona: Chair, Bankruptcy Section, 2014-2015
-Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court: Program Chair
-Turnaround Management Association
-American Bankruptcy Institute
-International Association of Defense Counsel
-Arizona Justice Project: Pro Bono Lawyer

BAR ADMISSIONS
-Arizona, 1999
-Oregon, 2002

COURT ADMISSIONS
-U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, 2002
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2000
-U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2000

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
-"Terminating the Franchisee/Distributor: Liability for the Franchisor/Manufacturer," International Distribution Law, 2001
-"11 U.S.C. 523(a)(19): Depriving Perpetrators of Securities Fraud of a Discharge in Bankruptcy (or Not)," Oregon Debtor/Creditor Newsletter, Spring 2004

EDUCATION
-J.D., Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, 1999: Executive Editor, Jurimetrics: Journal of Law Science & Technology, 1998-1999; Alan Matheson Service Award 1999
-B.A., with honors, University of Chicago, 1986

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
-YWCA Maricopa County Board of Directors: Chair, 2010; Member, 2006-2012
Education
  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
    Juris Doctorate

Michael A. Jones

MEMBER

PRACTICE AREAS
-Bankruptcy
-Bankruptcy Trustee Rights
-usiness and Consumer Debtor Bankruptcy
-Creditors' Rights in Bankruptcy
-Asset Protection
-Corporate Reorganization

HONORS AND AWARDS
-Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2014, 2015
-PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
-State Bar of Arizona: Bankruptcy Section
-Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court: Associate and Committee Member
-Maricopa County Bar Association: Bankruptcy Section Board Member
-Community Legal Services' Volunteer Lawyers Program

COURT ADMISSIONS
-Arizona, 2009
-U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2009
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2013

PUBLISHED ARTICLES
-"The New Supreme Court: Its Potential Ruling on the Constitutionality of Arizona's Campaign Contribution Limits," 40 Ariz. St. L.J. 1057, 2008

CLERKSHIPS/EXTERNSHIPS
-Judicial Extern, Hon. James A. Teilborg, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2008

PRESENTATIONS
-"An Overview of Fraudulent Transfers and Preference Actions," Bankruptcy Ambush Series, May 2014
-"Ethics for the Bankruptcy Practitioner," State Bar of Arizona Convention, June 2013

EDUCATION
-J.D., Arizona State University, 2009: Business Editor, Arizona State Law Journal, 2008-2009
-B.A., Michigan State University, 2006

BIRTHPLACE
-Walled Lake, Michigan
Education
  • Arizona State University
    Juris Doctorate
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