The firm’s Bankruptcy practice covers all aspects of creditor-debtor relationships ranging from foreclosure, receivership, collection and enforcement of judgments in state and federal court to reorganization and liquidation in bankruptcy court. Our experience in this area includes representation of Chapter 11 debtors such as Liberty House, Crazy Shirts, Amfac Hawaii and Oahu Construction Company and creditors committees in Thrifty Rent-A-Car and H & W Foods. The practice also represents secured creditors, unsecured creditor committees and landlords in all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings. The firm has a team of creditor counsel experienced in negotiating workouts and restructurings outside of bankruptcy.

Attorneys in the firm’s Business practice assist in the formation and operation of business entities; advise fiduciaries on all aspects of ERISA, including the formation of profit-sharing, pension and other employee benefit plans, with an emphasis on Employee Stock Ownership Plans; address opportunities and challenges faced by an ongoing business; and provide advice regarding transactions governed by the Uniform Commercial Code, mergers, acquisitions, dissolutions, asset purchases and financings. The firm’s corporate attorneys frequently work together with its real estate attorneys to structure, draft and close real estate transactions structured as corporate mergers or stock transfers.

The firm’s Estate Planning and Taxation practice serves a broad spectrum of clients, and involves analyzing and implementing plans and transactions to fit a client’s circumstances and concerns. Attorneys in the firm’s Tax practice advise clients on a variety of federal and state tax matters, including real estate tax issues, business tax planning and resolution of tax disputes.


James M. Cribley – Business

Ted N. Pettit – Bankruptcy

Lauren R. Sharkey – Estate Planning and Taxation