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  • Kenyon College, Bachelor of Arts, Economics, 1995
  • University of Alabama, Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, 1999
  • Order of the Coif, University of Alabama
Bar Admissions
  • 1999, Alabama (all state courts);
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama;
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama;
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • The Florida Bar (all state courts)
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida;
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
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Position
Shareholder
Education
  • Kenyon College, Bachelor of Arts, Economics, 1995
  • University of Alabama, Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, 1999
  • Order of the Coif, University of Alabama
Bar Admissions
  • 1999, Alabama (all state courts);
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama;
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama;
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • The Florida Bar (all state courts)
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida;
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
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Attorney Name
Edward J. Peterson, III
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Biography

Edward J. Peterson, III specializes in the representation of debtors and creditors, in out-of-court workouts, bankruptcy cases and proceedings, and state court proceedings.   Edward also has experience representing creditor committees.

In addition, Edward has represented both assignors and assignees in assignments for the benefit of creditors.  Currently, Edward serves as conflicts counsel in the Butler & Hosch assignment cases. 

Edward served as debtor's counsel in the Chapter 11 case filed by Viper Ventures, LLC which owns 30 acres of commercial land in Tampa. The debtor was able to restructure approximately $17 million in debt to Wells Fargo Bank through a plan of reorganization.  Edward served as lead debtor's counsel in the Chapter 11 case of Boyd Brothers, Inc., a printing company in Panama City, Florida that employs approximately 110 employees. The company successfully reorganized in September 2012. Additionally, Edward was lead counsel for several shopping centers that filed for Chapter 11 protection. Moreover, Edward served as lead counsel in the Chapter 11 case of South Bay Lube, which owns 23 Jiffy Lube stores and employs over 200 employees. The company successfully reorganized in March 2013. 

Edward was co-lead counsel with Russell Blain in the Chapter 11 case of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp. that was filed in Jacksonville, Florida with approximately $1 billion in assets and liabilities. Edward also served as co-counsel with Mr. Blain in the Chapter 11 case filed by Ocala Funding, LLC, a subsidiary of Taylor Bean, that had approximately $3 billion in liabilities and $1 billion in assets. He has successfully represented numerous debtors in possession in the Middle District of Florida, was active as counsel for the Creditors’ Committee in the massive Anchor Glass Chapter 11 case, and served as conflicts counsel in the Bill Heard Chevrolet cases pending in the Northern District of Alabama. He also appears regularly in state courts in connection with civil litigation arising out of loans secured by real estate in the Florida panhandle and elsewhere. He is a past president of the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, has published several articles on bankruptcy issues, and has spoken on multiple occasions on insolvency issues in Florida and Alabama.

Edward joined Stichter Riedel in 2005 after four years with the firm of Bradley Arant Rose & White, LLP, in Birmingham, Alabama. While at Bradley Arant, he appeared on behalf of creditors in a number of large bankruptcy cases, including Kmart, Service Merchandise, Encompass Services Corporation, Just for Feet, CEI Roofing, and The Resort at Summerlin. Mr. Peterson assisted in the debtor representation of J.A. Jones and 57 of its subsidiaries in Chapter 11 cases filed in Charlotte, North Carolina, involving over $3 billion in creditor claims. Additionally, he had extensive involvement representing the debtors in the Pride Restaurants, LLC Chapter 11 case involving a chain of fast food restaurants, and a Chapter 9 case involving the representation of a theme park owned by various municipalities.

"is a very sharp, technical and experienced lawyer, a good litigator and active in the bankruptcy community. He's a go-getter, a smart practitioner and a lawyer to be reckoned with." 

- Chambers USA (2016)
Honors and Distinctions
  • Voted Number One in Bankruptcy Litigation by Tampa Magazine, 2016
  • Listed, Florida Super Lawyers - 2013 through 2015
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America - 2012 through 2015
  • Listed, Tampa Bay’s Best Lawyers - 2012 through 2016
  • Listed as Florida “Rising Star,” in the area of bankruptcy/insolvency practice in “Florida Super Lawyers” 2009 through 2014 editions
  • Rated "AV" (highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Listed, Chambers & Partners, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the area of Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Up and Coming)
Memberships and Community Involvement
  • Advisory Board – Turnaround Management Association Southeast Seminar (2017)
  • Advisory Board - American Bankruptcy Institute, Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop (2014-2017)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Fellow, American Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association (2007-2012)
  • President, Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association (2014-2015)
  • Vice President, Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association (2013-2014)
  • Treasurer, Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association (2011-2012)
  • Member - American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association, Tampa Bay Chapter (2015-Present)
Government Service
 
Speaking Engagements
Publications
  • “Un-Till We Get it Right: Applying Industry Standards to Cram-Down Rates” - American Bankruptcy Law Journal, March 2016, Richard Gaudet and Edward Peterson
  • “Releases in Business Reorganizations: Officers, Directors & Other Principals can be Protected in Florida” -- State to State, Winter 2007
  • “Joint Check Agreements in Florida Bankruptcy Cases” – Cramdown, Spring 2007
  • Practical Issues Surrounding Section 363 Sales by Harley E. Riedel and Edward J. Peterson, 19 U. Fla. J. of Law and Public Policy 75, April 2008
Publications and Speaking Engagements
 
Representation

Edward J. Peterson III has headed up or had significant involvement in the firm's representation of:

  • Edward J. Peterson III has headed up or had significant involvement in the firm's representation of:
  • Old Corkscrew Plantation, LLC (Unsecured Creditors Committee)
  • Butler & Hosch, P.A., Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors (Counsel to Assignee)
  • Viper Ventures, LLC (Debtor's counsel)
  • Chamax, LLC (Debtor’s counsel)
  • Traumatic Brain Education Adult Community Home, Inc. (representation of 100% shareholder)
  • South Bay Lube, Inc. (Debtor's Counsel)
  • Ocala Funding, LLC (Debtor's Counsel)
  • Odyssey Properties III, LLC (Debtor's Counsel)
  • Keystone Grove, LLC (Debtor's Counsel)
  • Boyd Brothers, Inc. (Debtor's Counsel)
  • Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp. (Debtor’s Counsel)
  • Anchor Glass Container Corporation (Unsecured Creditors Committee)
  • Thomas Chevrolet, Inc. (Debtor’s Counsel)
  • Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins restaurants (Debtor’s Counsel)
  • Blue Stone Real Estate, Construction Company, Inc. (Debtor’s Counsel)
  • Towers of Channelside, LLC. (Debtor’s Counsel)
  • Jordyn Holdings IV, LLC. (Unsecured Creditors Committee)
  • Wilkinson High Rise, LLC (Debtor’s Counsel)
  • Mike Carter & Carter Construction (Debtor's Counsel)
  • Agri-Source Fuels, LLC (Debtor's Counsel)

 

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