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Creditors’ Rights Enforcement Services

Litigation

Combining the depth of experience, industry-specific knowledge, and firm-wide legal insight, Walter Haverfield’s attorneys work with our creditor clients to resolve obligations and minimize litigation. We recognize that litigation often proves to be one of the least efficient means of recovery. However, we litigate matters when necessary, aggressively pursuing litigation when out-of-court workouts prove unsuccessful. Our team is creative, efficient, and cost-effective, always approaching litigation to achieve maximum returns for our clients.

Practice Group Leader

Ralph E. Cascarilla, Managing Partner

Ralph represents individuals and businesses in a wide range of governmental white-collar criminal investigations, including environmental, health care, securities fraud, antitrust, tax, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), federal elections and government procurement matters.

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Our Creditors’ Rights Enforcement Difference

We represent creditors in both federal and state courts in pursuit of:

We also litigate “bad actor” claims to recover assets that have been placed wrongfully beyond our clients’ reach, including fraudulent conveyance actions, state law preference actions, successor liability actions, and adversary complaints in bankruptcy. We additionally provide representation when debtors assert lender liability claims to hinder or delay recovery efforts.

When litigating creditors’ rights claims, we discuss options with our clients to develop an overall litigation strategy. We recognize that, in the recovery world, time is money. To efficiently address claims, we often pursue parallel paths to assure our clients a timely recovery, such as appointing a receiver to sell an asset while also moving forward to position cases for judicial execution sales, should the receiver’s efforts prove unsuccessful.

Recognition

U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS® 2022 “BEST LAW FIRMS” RANKINGS
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland): Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Land Use & Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 2 (Cleveland): Litigation – Environmental; Litigation – Labor & Employment; Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • Metropolitan Tier 3 (Cleveland): Litigation – Construction; Litigation – ERISA, Litigation – Insurance
2021 RANKINGS
  • Metropolitan Tier 1 (Cleveland): Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Land Use & Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 2 (Cleveland): Litigation – Environmental; Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Metropolitan Tier 3 (Cleveland): Bet-the-Company Litigation; Litigation – Construction; Litigation – ERISA, Litigation – Insurance; Litigation – Trusts & Estates
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Experience

  • Representing national banking associations in cognovits or long-form judgment commercial collection actions
  • Representing judgment lien creditors in execution actions including, without limitation, foreclosures, garnishments, and replevins
  • Representing debtors and creditors in Chapter 7, 13, and 11 bankruptcies
  • Representing vendors and suppliers in bankruptcy preference actions
  • Representing lenders in the appointment of receivers in collection actions
  • Representing receivers and special servicers in collection actions
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