practices in the area of business reorganization and financial restructuring, concentrating on representation of secured creditors, chapter 11 and chapter 7 trustees, creditors' committees and unsecured creditors. Mr. Heaton has many years of experience in all facets of chapter 11 practice, including contested plan confirmation proceedings, asset sales, cash collateral disputes, claim objections, adversary proceedings, motions for relief from stay, motions to excuse turnover by a custodian and bankruptcy appellate practice.
Mr. Heaton has represented senior secured lenders in chapter 11 cases throughout California and Nevada involving various types of commercial property collateral, including shopping centers, office buildings and storage facilities. Mr. Heaton also represents chapter 7 trustees in cases throughout the Northern District of California.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Heaton served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable James R. Grube, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.
Mr. Heaton is a member of the State Bar of California, the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the California Receivers Forum. Mr. Heaton is a 1999 graduate of Wake Forest University (J.D. and M.B.A.) and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
•Duane Morris LLP
- Special Counsel, 2008-current
• Associate, 2006-2008
•Buchalter Nemer, PC
• Associate, Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group, 2001-2006
•U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California
• Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable James R. Grube, 1999-2001
Selected Speaking Engagements
•Speaker, Chapter 7 Trustee Practice 101, The Bar Association of San Francisco presentation sponsored by the Business, Commercial and Bankruptcy Section of the Barristers Club, San Francisco, California, November 8, 2007
•Author, U.S. Bankruptcy Court in California Issues Decision on Enforceability of Prepetition Waivers of the Automatic Stay, Duane Morris Alert, May 4, 2016
•Co-author, 2014 Year End Review: Recent Developments in Business Bankruptcy, The Receivership News, Winter/Spring 2015