Brian G. Rich
Brian Rich's practice includes representing debtors, creditors' committees, bankruptcy Trustees, and secured creditors. Brian is consistently one of the firm's primary bankruptcy counsel in numerous complex Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court reorganizations, including matters involving healthcare companies such as hospitals.
Brian has prosecuted and defended numerous adversary proceedings seeking the recovery of avoidable transfers in Bankruptcy Courts throughout the country. Additionally, he has represented multiple real estate developers in real estate "workouts" and restructurings. Brian has also represented bankruptcy trustees in numerous fraud-related cases seeking recovery for victims of "Ponzi schemes" and real estate fraud.
During the most recent severe economic crisis, Brian devoted a substantial part of his practice to representing developers and borrowers in out-of-court restructuring matters. These representations have included the negotiation of restructured loans, deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure, and settlement of guaranty claims. Additionally, Brian represents clients seeking to purchase assets from troubled entities and loan portfolios. He has overseen the wind-down process of several significant cases wherein the claims reconciliation process involved claims ranging from $100 million to over $1.5 billion. He services clients throughout Florida and nationally, with a present focus on the Florida panhandle.
- Debtor Counsel to National Automobile Lenders, Inc.
- Debtor Counsel to Campbellton-Graceville Hospital Corporation
- Debtor Counsel to Bermo Enterprises
- Debtor Counsel to AT&T Latin America
- Debtor Counsel to Aloha Airlines in their two Chapter 11 cases (filed in Honolulu HI)
- Debtor Counsel to Pharmed Group Holdings and its subsidiaries
- Debtor Counsel to CDS Manufacturing, Inc.
- Debtor Counsel to American Home Builders
- Counsel to Home Bancshares Inc in its acquisition of Premier Bank Holding Company
- Counsel to Real Estate Developers in distress situations throughout the State
- Counsel to Bankruptcy Trustees
- Lender counsel in Renata Resort's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case
- Counsel to Bankruptcy Trustee in the Loraine Brooke, Inc. case in which the rights to the book "If I Did It" related to the O.J. Simpson murder trial were sold
- The Best Lawyers in America®, 2014-2021
- Best Lawyers, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Lawyer of the Year (Tallahassee), 2020
- Florida Super Lawyers, 2008-2020
- Chambers & Partners USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers, Bankruptcy Restructuring, 2007-2021
- Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2005-2013, 2015-2016
- Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year (Middle Market) for HearUSA, M&A Advisor's 6th Annual Turnarounds Awards, 2012
- America's Leading Business Lawyers in 2007
- Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ rated
- Tallahassee Bar Association Pro-Bono Program (2006-Present)
- CARE (Credit Abuse Resistance Education) Program (2007-2011)
- President of the Northern District of Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association (2012-2013)
- American Bankruptcy Institute
- Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida