Samuel D Hodson
Finance, Insolvency and Restructuring
* Bankruptcy
* Collection Matters
* Creditor Representation
* Financial Distress
* Financial Institutions
* Litigation
* Loan Documentation
* Nonbankruptcy
* Regulatory Matters
* Unsecured Claims

Barnes & Thornburg LLP's Finance, Insolvency and Restructuring Department handles all aspects of general representation of secured and unsecured creditors, borrowers, guarantors, trustees, and creditors' committees, including negotiating and drafting loan agreements, negotiable instruments, and other commercial transactions in both litigation and transactional aspects of the practice. Our lawyers represent creditors and obligors nationally in out-of-court workouts and refinancings, as well as in various state and federal courts, including bankruptcy proceedings, repossessions, and foreclosures. Clients served by the department include financial institutions, savings and loan associations, insurance companies, finance companies, and publicly and privately owned companies.

Specific areas of practice include regulatory compliance matters for financial institutions, development of loan notebooks and international credit transactions, and lender liability defense. The department regularly handles transactions as diverse as consumer loan programs, national fleet financings, and maritime transactions.

Our firm also represents troubled borrowers. Services offered in this area of our practice cover contract interpretation and renegotiation, out-of-court workouts, sales of distressed businesses, and bankruptcy representation in both reorganizations and liquidation proceedings.

The Finance, Insolvency and Restructuring Department has represented publicly held companies, shipyards, public syndications, trustees, and creditor committees in major bankruptcy proceedings. Our representation requires consideration of tax and labor issues, compensation matters, and negotiations or litigation with federal and state agencies.

For purposes of efficiency and economy, the department uses legal assistants for UCC searches and filings, docketing, and other case monitoring.

From our offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Delaware, Indiana, Michigan, Minneapolis, Ohio, and Washington, D.C., our lawyers have participated in committees responsible for drafting federal and local rules of bankruptcy procedure. Many are authors, speakers, and faculty members participating in state and national education programs in areas related to the department. Four members of the department have been certified as business bankruptcy specialists by the American Board of Certification. The American Board of Certification is the only national bankruptcy certification program and is sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America. We are committed to having every primary member of the department certified. This allows our attorneys to serve a diverse client base in the multifaceted area of finance, insolvency and restructuring.

Board Certified Specialist, Business Bankruptcy - American Board of Certification

Samuel D Hodson
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
11 S Meridian St
Indianapolis IN 46204
Tel: 317 261-7972
Fax: 317 231-7433

Samuel Hodson is a partner in the Indianapolis, Indiana office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, and a member of the firm's Finance, Insolvency and Restructuring Department and Financial Institutions Practice Group. He practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation and bankruptcy. Mr. Hodson represents both debtors and creditors in proceedings under Chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, state and federal court commercial litigation and receiverships, out-of-court workouts, and administrative collection matters with state and federal taxing authorities.

Mr. Hodson is an adjunct professor in the Political Science Department at Indiana University. He also has lectured and prepared materials for several continuing legal education seminars on topics including bankruptcy, foreclosure, and wealth protection planning. He is a member of the Indiana Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, and American Bankruptcy Institute. Mr. Hodson was formerly a Master Commissioner in the Madison County Superior Court in Anderson, Indiana, where he presided over civil and criminal preliminary hearings, trials, and proceedings supplemental.

Mr. Hodson graduated from the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts in 1982 and received his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis in 1986. In 1990, he earned his M.B.A. degree with a major in finance from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He is certified by the American Board of Certification as a Business Bankruptcy Specialist. Mr. Hodson is admitted to practice in Indiana and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.
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