Amy Denton Mayer - Shareholder

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Amy Denton Mayer has more than 19 years of restructuring experience and specializes in the representation of debtors, assignors, committees, creditors, trustees, assignees, purchasers, and other parties in bankruptcy cases, assignments for the benefit of creditors, and out of court workouts. She has been particularly active in the representation of real estate developers and home builders, medical practices and physicians, agribusinesses, independent and franchised restaurant chains and other food service companies, and business entrepreneurs.

Mrs. Mayer joined Stichter, Riedel, Blain, & Postler P.A. in March of 2003 and became a shareholder in 2010. She received her J.D. with honors in 2002 from the University of Florida. While in law school, Mrs. Mayer interned for The Honorable Paul M. Glenn and The Honorable Michael G. Williamson, Bankruptcy Judges, Middle District of Florida. 

Although her passion is serving as an advocate and helping clients navigate legal issues in and out of court, she also serves as a Subchapter V Trustee in small business cases filed under the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019, as amended. She was appointed by the Office of the United States Trustee in February 2020, and has been appointed as Subchapter V Trustee in 58 cases to date. In her capacity as Trustee, Mrs. Mayer's primary role is to facilitate resolution of disputes between the debtor, creditors, and other parties in interest and facilitate the expeditious and economical confirmation of a plan.  While the Subchapter V Trustee role carries other statutory and fiduciary duties, which Mrs. Mayer performs, she enjoys working with the parties to find creative solutions to solve financial and legal issues and avoid protracted and expensive litigation.

 

EDUCATION

  • University of South Florida, Bachelor of Science, Accounting, cum laude, 1998
  • University of South Florida, Master of Accountancy, 1999
  • University of Florida College of Law, Juris Doctor, with honors, 2002

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • The Florida Bar (all state courts)
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of the United States 

HONORS AND DISTINCTIONS

  • Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Rated "AV" Preeminent Lawyer (highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Listed in the 2020 through 2021 editions of "The Best Lawyers in America" in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Named among the 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers by the inaugural 2020 edition as well as the 2022 edition of Lawdragon
  • Ranked among the top 40 under 40 restructuring professionals by the American Bankruptcy Institute, 2019
  • Listed by Chambers & Partners, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the area of Bankruptcy/Restructuring, 2015 through 2022; listed as "Up and Coming" by Chambers & Partners, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the area of Bankruptcy/Restructuring, 2013 and 2014
  • Listed as “Super Lawyer” in the Bankruptcy/Insolvency practice by “Florida Super Lawyers,” 2018 through 2022; listed as “Rising Star” in the Bankruptcy/Insolvency practice by “Florida Super Lawyers,” 2009 through 2017
  • Listed among Florida's Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine, 2019, 2020 ,2022; listed among “Up & Comers” by Florida Trend Florida’s Legal Elite, 2013 through 2016
  • Gold Letter Recipient, Pro Bono Committee for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, for devoting more than 100 hours to pro bono service, 2012
  • Recipient, Program Excellence Award, C.H. Ferguson M.E. White American Inn of Court, 2006 through 2007
  • Listed, National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, 2004 through 2005

MEMBERSHIPS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member, Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Vice Chair and Member of the Board of Directors, Florida Network of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association and it's Education Committee
  • Former Associate Member, C.H. Ferguson-M.E. White American Inn of Court
  • Partnership Chair, Board of Directors for the Accounting Circle, University of South Florida, 2007-2008
  • Former Member, Community Service Committee, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Chair, Board of Directors for the Accounting Circle, University of South Florida, 2006-2007
  • Member, Advisory Council for the School of Accountancy, University of South Florida, 2006-2007
  • Internship: Honorable Paul M. Glenn, Chief Bankruptcy Judge, Middle District of Florida, 2002
  • Internship: Honorable Michael G. Williamson, Bankruptcy Judge, Middle District of Florida, 2002
  • President, Whispering Lakes Homeowners’ Association, 1998-1999

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association, November 18, 2021 (Panelist with Jason Johnson, Jason Burgess, L. Todd Budgen and moderated by Daniel Velasquez regarding Subchapter V – Small Business Reorganization: Practice Pointers and Strategies Part II)
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, November 9, 2021 (Panelist with The Honorable Paul W. Bonapfel, Guy Van Baalen, and Jonathan Semach regarding Subchapter V – Small Business Reorganization: 20 Months In…Emergent Issues, Developing Case Law, Case Studies, and Practice Pointers and Strategies)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute’s Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, August 1, 2021 (Panelist with The Honorable Paul W. Bonapfel, James S. Bailey, and Richard H. Drew regarding the Small Business Reorganization Act: the Subchapter V Trustee’s Powers and Duties, Confirmation Standards Under Section 1191, the Appropriate Plan Term, the Determination of Projected Disposable Income, Developing Trends With Respect to Confirmation, Post-Confirmation Default, and Default Remedies)
  • Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association, May 20, 2021, (Subchapter V  Small Business Reorganization: Practice Pointers and Strategies)
  • Turnaround Management Association, April 15, 2021, (A Case Study: Fork in the Road, Everything you Need to Know About the Small Business Reorganization)
  • Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar Audio Webcast, March 31, 2021, (Everything You Need to Know About the Small Business Reorganization Act and Sales of Assets and the Assignment and Assumption of Leases and Contracts in Chapter 11 Proceedings)
  • 2021 Alexander L. Paskay Memorial Bankruptcy Seminar, March 25, 2021, (Subchapter V and Virtual Court: A Tale of Two Frontiers (Pre Trial) and Subchapter V and Virtual Court: A Tale of Two Frontiers (Mock Trial))
  • Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar Executive Council & Committee Meetings, Commercial Real Estate, December 3, 2020 (Everything You Need to Know About the Small Business Reorganization Act and Sales of Assets and the Assignment and Assumption of Leases and Contracts in Chapter 11 Proceedings)
  • Turnaround Management Association Town Hall, October 14, 2020 (Subchapter V, The Newest Tool to Help Small Business)
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association Consumer Program, October 6, 2020 (SBRA Update: What You Need to Know Before You Dive Into Subchapter V!)
  • Business Law Section of The Florida Bar Annual Meeting, September 2, 2020 (Perspective of the Subchapter V Trustee)
  • Judge McEwen's Mentoring Program for New Bankruptcy Lawyers, July 1, 2020 (Caution: Pitfalls in Chapter 11 Cases: Subchapter V Cases, More on MORS (and QORS), & Best Confirmation Practices)
  • The Florida Bar Health Law Section CLE, January 31, 2020 (Representing the Physician 2020: Perspectives on the Past, Present and Future of Healthcare - Planning for the Future: Maximizing Exemptions and Minimizing Risk)
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, December 3, 2019 (Small Business Reorganization Act)
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation Annual Meeting, November 6, 2019 (Data Breach)
  • Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association, March 29, 2019
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, July 24-25, 2015
  • Guest lecturer at University of Florida Levin College of Law, March 14, 2014
  • Florida Judgment Enforcement Seminar, December 12, 2013
  • Florida Bar Family Law Section Webinar, May 15, 2013
  • Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association Annual Seminar, May 10, 2013
  • Commercial Real Estate Symposium at Florida Southern College, October 21, 2011
  • Florida Judgment Enforcement Seminar, April 6, 2011

PUBLICATIONS

  • The Death of Large Commercial Business Bankruptcies: What’s an FA/IB to Do?, American Bankruptcy Institute Financial Advisors and Investment Bankers Newsletter, January 24, 2022
  • Downsizing the Lease Rejection Cap, The Cramdown, Spring 2017
  • Stern, Sharif, and the Purple Elephant, The Cramdown, Winter 2015
  • Applying the Grubbs “Economic Realities” Test to Non-Residential Real Property Leases, The Cramdown, Winter 2005-2006
  • The Demise of Rules 4004 & 4007 as Jurisdictional Bars,  The Cramdown, Fall/Winter 2006
  • Hands Across the Border: Coast-to-Coast Communications in International Insolvency Cases,  Stetson University College of Law 5th International Symposium on Bankruptcy, June 12-15 2005 Freiberg, Germany (Co-author with Russell M. Blain & Stephen R. Leslie)

REPRESENTATION

Ms. Mayer has served as lead counsel or has had an active involvement in the firm’s representation of the following:

  • Plumbing Professionals of Florida, Inc., a locally owned and operated leader in the plumbing industry
  • B-Line Carriers, Inc., the premier fuel transport and logistics carrier for the southeastern United States
  • VarTek, L.L.C., a manufacturer of reinforced hose and non-reinforced tubing products
  • Barker Boatworks, LLC, a custom boat builder headquartered in Sarasota, Florida
  • Several individual Chapter 11 debtors including physicians, farmers, and business owners
  • C & D Fruit and Vegetable Co., Inc. and Trio Farms, LLC, which own and farm more than 300 acres in Manatee County
  • A & K Energy Conservation, Inc., a leading provider of comprehensive lighting maintenance, relamping, and energy services solutions with approximately $18 million in revenues
  • Angela Welch, Chapter 7 Trustee of the bankruptcy estate of James Liston
  • Creditor in Walker Renaissance Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Various creditors in state court collection matters
  • Michael Moecker & Associates in its capacity as assignee in several assignment for the benefit of creditors cases
  • Physician's Choice Laboratory Services, LLC, as assignor in an assignment for the benefit of creditors case
  • Len-Tran, Inc. d/b/a Turner Tree and Landscape, a landscaping, hardscaping, and irrigation company located in Bradenton, FL
  • Several creditors in individual bankruptcy cases
  • Grainger Farms, Inc. and its affiliates, which own and farm approximately 5,000 acres in Collier, Hendry, and Manatee counties
  • Plaintiffs in a state court action for fraud and other tortious conduct
  • Creditor in GPI Manufacturing, LLC and GPI Custom Gunworks, LLC, a gun manufacturer
  • Creditors in WRS Holding Company and its subsidiaries, which provide environmental remediation and civil construction services
  • Crofton & Sons, Inc. and Crofton L&D Meats Holdings, LLC, family-owned meat processors and distributors
  • Howard Avenue Station, LLC, lessee of real property located in the Soho district of Tampa
  • RGR Watkins, LLC, the owner of a 500,000 square foot commercial office park located in Norcross, Georgia
  • USA Broadmoor, LLC, the owner of a 384-unit apartment complex
  • Agri-source Fuels, LLC, a producer of biodiesel and refined glycerin
  • Premier Construction Group, LLC, a real estate development company
  • Secured creditor in MJH Properties, Inc., which owns and manages several multi-family residential properties
  • Flesher Windows, Inc., a window manufacturer
  • GunnAllen Financial, Inc., a brokerage and investment firm
  • PlanFirst Financial Solutions, Inc. and its affiliates, debt consolidation and solutions companies
  • Oikon Hotels Destin, LLC, a Hampton Inn franchised hotel
  • Laketown Wharf Marketing Corporation n/k/a Laketown Wharf, LLC, the owner of a condominium project located in Panama City Beach
  • 23 Dunkin Donuts franchised restaurants in southwest Florida
  • Turtle Creek, Ltd., the owner of an affordable housing apartment complex
  • Arlington Ridge LLC, and its affiliates, owners and developers of a residential community
  • Sam Seltzer’s Steak Houses of America Inc. and its affiliates, owners and operators of 15 Sam Seltzer's Steakhouses
  • Suncoast Roofers Supply Inc., a roofing supply company
  • Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors and subsequently the Chapter 11 Trustee for Skyway Communications Holding Corp.
  • Langford-Leake Group, Inc. and its affiliates, owners of 4 Sonic® franchised restaurants
  • Habana Hospital Pharmacy, Inc., a Tampa compounding pharmacy
  • Mack Farms, Inc., a substantial potato and watermelon farming operation located in Polk County, Florida
  • Deb-Lyn, Inc., the owner of 12 Burger King® franchised restaurants
  • Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in Esther Weisman Enterprises, Inc., a Tampa based jewelry retailer
  • Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in Parkstone Medical Information Systems, Inc.
  • Battery Park Industries, Inc. f/k/a Moltech Power Systems, Inc., a battery cell manufacturer
  • HDIP, Inc., a Sarasota based manufacturer of concrete finishing products
  • Several real estate developers and home builders in out-of-court workouts and state court foreclosure and deficiency proceedings

 

SUBCHAPTER V APPOINTMENTS

  • 206 Golden, LLC
  • 3rd Rock Holdings, Inc.
  • Abdo, Khalil Elias
  • Access Direct Mail, Inc.
  • Advantage Limousine, LLC
  • AE OpCo III, LLC
  • Barenz Investments, LLC
  • Bay Inn & Suites of Loxley, Inc.
  • BT McCarthy 1, Inc.
  • Campbell, Donald Gregory IV
  • Carton, Curtis & Beverly
  • Confidence Trucking W C LLC
  • Eagle Ford Recycling Services, LLC
  • Edwin P. Randolph, Attorney at Law
  • Everglades Adventure Center, LLC
  • Feck Properties, LLC
  • Furniture Now Home Accessory Center, LLC
  • Garcia, Julio and Bonnie
  • Guardian Portfolio Services, Inc.
  • Harris Pharmaceutical, Inc.
  • Hellweg, David G
  • HR North Dale Mabry
  • JDub’s Brewing Company, LLC
  • JJS Logistics of Florida, Inc.
  • Just Relax Massage and Spa, LLC
  • JWB Design Build Construction, LLC
  • Kernen, Jeffrey Allen
  • KOHO Software, Inc.
  • Larry Barber Enterprises, Inc.
  • Lazer Tank Lines Incorporated
  • Lewis-McLaughlin, P.A.
  • Mary E. Lewis-McLaughlin, P.A.
  • Martin Carpenter’s Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc.
  • Mega Philadelphia, LLC
  • Microcurrent Research and Education, LLC
  • Moxie’s Cafe & Great Catch
  • North Tampa Anesthesia Consultants, PA
  • Orange Blossom Catering, Inc.
  • Ortiz A. Trucking, LLC
  • Osinski, Jaroslaw Jan
  • Pezzano Contracting and Development, LLC
  • Phoenix Roofing & Construction FL, In.
  • Phyto-Plus, Inc.
  • Romero, Juan Carlos
  • Roth, William F.
  • Roseville Properties, LLC
  • School District Services, Inc.
  • Skaff, Habib Karin
  • Spurlows Archery Pro Shop, LLC
  • Staples, Hamilton
  • Sun Steaks, LLC
  • Surge Christian Academy LLC
  • Teknia Networks & Logistics, Inc.
  • Therma Builders, Inc.
  • The A Men of Sarasota, Inc.
  • Van Hoy, Vern Edward
  • Verna, Joseph Robert and Karen Elizabeth
  • Waterside Construction Services, LLC

REPORTED DECISIONS

  • In re Aneco Elec. Const., Inc., 2005 WL 3750364 (M.D. Fla. 2005)
  • In re Aneco Elec. Const., Inc., 377 B.R. 338 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2006)
  • In re Cypress Health Sys. Florida, Inc., 536 B.R. 334, 337 (Bankr. N.D. Fla. 2015)
  • In re Deb-Lyn, Inc., 2004 WL 452560 (N.D. Fla. 2004)
  • In re GunnAllen Fin., Inc., 443 B.R. 908, 910 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2011)
  • In re Laketown Wharf Mktg. Corp., 433 B.R. 401 (Bankr. N.D. Fla. 2010)
  • In re Laketown Wharf Mktg., Corp., 433 B.R. 419 (Bankr. N.D. Fla. 2010)
  • In re Taylor Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp., 2010 WL 4025873 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2010)
  • In re Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp., 2011 WL 5326534 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2011)
  • In re Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp., 470 B.R. 228 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2012)
  • In re Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp., 493 B.R. 872 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2013)
  • Williamson v. Moltech Corp., 2007 WL 1701366 (N.D. Fla. 2007)