Bush Strout & Kornfeld LLP - Specializing in Commercial Bankruptcy

Since 1992, we have helped both small and large companies master their financial challenges.

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Firm Overview

Widely respected in the Washington State legal community, we are known for our intelligence, diligence and tenacity in helping companies deal with lenders, landlords, trade creditors and taxing authorities.

Named one of U.S. News Best Law Firms for 2012-2014 (receiving its Tier 1 ranking for the Seattle area), and one of the top three Washington law firms for business and transactions in Super Lawyers Business Edition 2013, the Bush Strout & Kornfeld LLP practice focuses almost exclusively on commercial debtor and creditor issues, with an emphasis on representing companies in out-of-court workouts and restructurings and as debtors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. We also routinely represent creditors, creditor committees, and trustees in this arena. Chambers USA, an independent directory which researches and assesses law firms and lawyers in America, cited BSK as "[t]he lead boutique bankruptcy firm in the city," BSK lawyers as "effective, pragmatic," "creative and practical," and "(d)eservedly a Band 1 firm . . . a solid group of very strong lawyers," cited Gayle Bush as "a top-tier debtor lawyer" and "a superb lawyer who does a great job for his clients," cited Jay Kornfeld as "an outstanding negotiator," "highly regarded among his peers for his excellent practice, particularly in general Chapter 11 work" and as "attract[ing] garlands for his bankruptcy, restructuring and workout engagements across a range of businesses and industries," and cited the pair as "names that instantly spring to mind" and "a pair of creative problem solvers."

The attorneys at Bush Strout & Kornfeld LLP have significant experience with financial problems in a wide variety of fields, including real estate developments, commercial fishing, telecom, wood products, retail, grocery, high-tech, biotech, dairy/agricultural, distributorships and financing institutions. In recent years, the firm has represented The Seattle Times Company in its successful restructure; Brown & Cole Stores (30 stores, $300 million annual revenues, $100 million debt to 7 lenders; 1,500 employees) and Port Townsend Paper (large paper mill, $300 million annual revenues, 1,000 employees) in their successful Chapter 11 reorganizations; the Chapter 7 Trustee in the Michael Mastro case, one of the largest bankruptcies in the Western District of Washington; Larry's Markets in its Chapter 11 sale efforts; Associated Grocers in its successful workout ($1 billion annual revenues, $300 million debt to 17 lenders); numerous residential and commercial real estate developers/builders; and publicly-traded companies such as CellPro, UStel and Westar Leasing.
Main Office

Main Office
601 Union Street, Suite 5000
Seattle  WA  98101

Phone
  • 206-292-2110
Fax
  • 206-292-2104
Bankruptcy
The Bush Strout & Kornfeld LLP practice focuses almost exclusively on commercial debtor and creditor issues, with an emphasis on representing companies in out-of-court workouts and restructurings and as debtors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.
Since 1992, we have helped both small and large companies master their financial challenges. Widely respected in the Washington State legal community, we are known for our intelligence, diligence and tenacity in helping companies deal with lenders, landlords, trade creditors and taxing authorities.

Gayle E. Bush

Gayle Bush specializes in commercial debtor and creditor issues, emphasizing out-of-court workout agreements, Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations, and liquidations. He has significant experience with financial problems involving a wide variety of businesses. He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He is AV-rated and has been included in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 1985 and was named Seattle Litigation-Bankruptcy "Lawyer of the Year" 2014 and Seattle Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization "Lawyer of the Year" for 2011, was named one of Seattle Magazine's Top Lawyers 2004-2010, in the Bankruptcy Law Section, was named one of Washington Law and Politics Top 10 Washington Super Lawyers for 2007-2011 and Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers for 2012-2013, and is a former President of the Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington). Chambers USA, an independent directory which researches and assesses law firms and lawyers in America, cited BSK lawyers as "effective, pragmatic," "creative and practical," "(d)eservedly a Band 1 firm . . . a solid group of very strong lawyers," and "[t]he lead boutique bankruptcy firm in the city," cited Gayle Bush as "a top-tier debtor lawyer" and "a superb lawyer who does a great job for his clients," cited Jay Kornfeld as "an outstanding negotiator," "highly regarded among his peers for his excellent practice, particularly in general Chapter 11 work" and as "attract[ing] garlands for his bankruptcy, restructuring and workout engagements across a range of businesses and industries," and cited the pair as "names that instantly spring to mind" and "a pair of creative problem solvers."
Education
  • Seattle University
    Juris Doctorate , 1976

David Strout

Representative Cases

Professional Malpractice Litigation David prosecuted a legal malpractice claim against his client's former attorney and defended a coverage dispute with his client's insurer. David negotiated a seven-figure settlement with the insurer, which included a partial assignment of the proceeds of the legal malpractice claim and the insurer's covenant to fund the malpractice litigation. Next, he negotiated a settlement with the negligent attorney's insurer, which then retained David to prosecute its subrogated interest and its insured's third party legal malpractice claims against substitute counsel. Finally, David negotiated a settlement with the substitute counsel and prevailed in coverage litigation with the substitute counsel's carrier when it denied coverage. Total recoveries exceeded $2 million.

In 2010, after trial began, David negotiated a $7.2 million settlement of a corporate client's legal malpractice claim against its former attorneys.

Personal Injury Litigation David represented a minor and his mother in litigation against a franchisor when the minor contracted E. Coli after consuming food at one of the franchise outlets. The case involved complex medical issues including the franchisor's legal responsibility for exacerbating a preexisting medical condition. David negotiated a seven-figure settlement of both claims.

Construction Litigation David represented a developer of a luxury high-rise, mixedd-use condominium project in defending claims brought by the homeowners association and prosecuting claims against the project's architect and certain subcontractors, resulting in a seven-figure settlement of all claims.

Commercial Litigation David represented an inventor in litigation with his former employer concerning ownership of technology the inventor created. The employer had agreed to pay a seven-figure bonus to the inventor in exchange for an assignment of the inventor's rights in the technology, but repudiated, attempting to gain ownership of the technology through litigation. David negotiated a settlement that acknowledged the inventor's exclusive rights to the technology, which he has since patented.
Education
  • Seattle University
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1979

Armand "Jay" Kornfeld

Jay Kornfeld represents companies in commercial creditor and debtor matters, emphasizing out-of-court workouts, restructurings, and Chapter 11 reorganizations. Over the years, he has represented clients in diverse industries, including retail, agricultural, grocery, manufacturing, high-tech, telecom, wood products, biotech, commercial and residential real estate, and commercial fishing. He is AV-rated and is the former Chair of the Seattle-King County Bar Association Creditor-Debtor Section. Chambers USA, an independent directory which researches and assesses law firms and lawyers in America, cited Jay as "highly regarded among his peers for his excellent practice, particularly in general Chapter 11 work, as well as an outstanding negotiator and a creative problem solver. . . a name that instantly springs to mind" and as "attract[ing] garlands for his bankruptcy, loan restructuring and workout engagements across a range of businesses and industries."
Education
  • University of Washington
    Juris Doctorate, high honors , 1987

James L. Day

Jim Day has significant experience representing clients in a variety of industries, including commercial and residential real estate development, manufacturing, high tech and internet-based entities, wholesale distribution; fishing and maritime, telecommunications and franchise restaurants.
Education
  • University of Washington
    Juris Doctorate , 1990

Aimee S. Willig

Aimee Willig was named partner in 2001.Aimee joined the firm in 1993 after her externship to the late Judge Sidney Volinn, United States Bankruptcy Court. Her practice focuses on representation of companies, creditors, and trustees in the area of commercial bankruptcy, out-of-court restructurings and workouts.
Education
  • Seattle University
    Juris Doctorate , 1993

Christine M. Tobin-Presser

Christine Tobin-Presser, a native of Seattle, joined the law firm of Bush Strout & Kornfeld in 1998 and was named partner in 2006. Christine's practice emphasizes commercial creditor-debtor issues, out-of-court workout agreements, Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations.
Education
  • University of Oregon
    Juris Doctorate , 1997

Katriana L. Samiljan

Katy Samiljan moved to Seattle after graduating from law school in 1998, and joined the law firm of Bush Strout & Kornfeld in 2002. She was named a partner in 2008. Katy's practice emphasizes commercial creditor-debtor issues, out-of-court workout agreements, receiverships, and Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations.
Education
  • Harvard University
    Juris Doctorate , 1998

Bridget G. Morgan

Bridget joined our firm in 2010 upon returning to her hometown of Seattle, WA. After graduating from Boalt Hall School of Law, Bridget served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer with the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, where she worked as a Guardian Ad Litem for foster children. At the end of her AmeriCorps term, Bridget moved into private practice in Hawaii, focusing her work on civil litigation, commercial bankruptcy and real estate matters.
Education
  • Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley
    Juris Doctorate , 2005

Arthur A. Shwab

Arthur, the newest member of our firm, comes to us with a diverse and dynamic background. After working as a summer associate for our firm in 2009 and 2010, Arthur served as Judicial Extern to Judge Karen A. Overstreet of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington. During his time in law school, he served as the Student Bar Association Alumni Representative and participated in the Street Law Program, teaching students at Cleveland High School. From 2009-2011, he served on the Seattle Human Rights Commission, chairing the Public Safety Committee toward the end of his term. Prior to law school, Arthur worked as an immigration case manager with Catholic Refugee & Immigration Services in Seattle and socioeconomic development intern at Catholic Relief Services in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Arthur is an active member of Seattle's Jewish community. He speaks Russian and Spanish.
Education
  • Seattle University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2011
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