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Aimee S. Willig, Partner
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Aimee Willig was named partner in 2001. Aimee joined the firm in 1993 after her externship to the late Judge Sidney Volinn, United States Bankruptcy Court. Her practice focuses on representation of companies, creditors, and trustees in the area of commercial bankruptcy, out-of-court restructurings and workouts.

Representative Cases

TC Global, Inc. (Tully's Coffee) The firm represented TC Global, Inc. (Tully's Coffee) in its sale process through Chapter 11, working with the company to set up an auction process and completing the details which lead to a closed-sale transaction sufficient to pay creditors all, or nearly all of their debt.  The process generated a greater return than estimated by financial professionals and proceeds are being distributed to unsecured creditors.

Mastro Bankruptcy Bush Kornfeld represents James F. Rigby, Jr., Trustee of the Michael R. Mastro bankruptcy estate. The case involves over $600,000,000 in total debt and substantial litigation against various parties related to the Debtor.

Seattle Times Aimee assisted in the representation of The Seattle Times in its successful restructure of its long-term debt, as well as other operational and related issues. As a result of the restructure, The Seattle Times remains viable and the sole-surviving daily newspaper in Seattle.

Worldpoint Logistics, Inc. Worldpoint Logistics, Inc., a licensed freight broker, was placed into an involuntary bankruptcy that was converted to a voluntary Chapter 11. Working with Worldpoint, its lender Deutsche and numerous carriers, Bush Kornfeld brought resolution to the litigation under a consensual Plan of Liquidation.

Brown & Cole Stores LLC Bush Kornfeld represented Brown & Cole in its Chapter 11 case. Brown & Cole initially operated 30 grocery stores in NW and Central Washington, has approximately 1,200 mostly union employees, and generates annual sales of almost $300 million. At the time of filing, Brown & Cole’s secured debt exceeded $100 million. After making modifications to its operations during its Chapter 11, Brown & Cole confirmed an operating Plan of Reorganization in December 2007, successfully restructuring its capital structure and pension obligations to facilitate its continued operation.

Larry’s Markets, Inc. Bush Kornfeld represented Larry’s Markets in its Chapter 11 case culminating in a sale of the business and stores, after an auction process, to several buyers. Larry’s initially operated 6 grocery stores in the Seattle area, employed approximately 500 mostly union employees, and generated annual sales of approximately $100 million.

UStel, Inc. UStel was a publicly-traded long distance reseller financed by Goldman Sachs Credit Partners L.P., to whom UStel owed approximately $25 million. We worked with UStel to negotiate DIP financing prior to filing its Chapter 11, then worked with Goldman Sachs and various carriers to complete a sale of UStel’s assets under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code.

General Bush Kornfeld has represented various companies in various industries in their efforts to complete asset sales both in and out of Chapter 11. Some examples include Aimee’s representation of The Paper Zone, LLC in its Chapter 11 sale of its stores and a recent sale of the assets of Trident Water Works, Inc. in its Chapter 11.

Professional Activities

  • Co-Chair, Federal Bar Association Bankruptcy section
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Seattle-King County Bar Association Creditor-Debtor Section
  • Extern to (Late) Judge Sidney Volinn, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington, 1993
  • Speaker at CLE seminars on commercial debtor and creditor issues

Honors

  • Martindale Hubbell AV-rated
  • Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Bankruptcy Section 2016
  • Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers® 2004–2016
  • Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers® Top Washington Business & Transactions Lawyers, 2012–2015
  • Thomson Reuters Rising Stars® 2001–2003
  • Seattle Magazine’s Top Lawyers, Bankruptcy Law Section, 2010

Presentations

  • Preferences and Fraudulent Conveyances, Washington State Bar Association
  • Fraudulent Transfers, King County Bar Association
  • Bankruptcy Sales of Real Estate, Washington State Bar Association
  • Recent Case Update, Bankruptcy Judges’ Conference
  • Chapter 11 for Businesses & Individuals, Washington State Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Volunteer King County Bar Association Debt Clinic
  • Mentor to Seattle University law students in providing pro bono legal services

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts. English, magna cum laude, Seattle University, 1990
  • Juris Doctor, Seattle University, 1993
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