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M. Ruthie Hagan

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Ruthie Hagan represents clients in a wide variety of bankruptcy, creditors' rights and other business-related litigation.

Professional Biography


Ms. Hagan primarily handles sophisticated business workouts, and complex commercial bankruptcy. She has represented secured and unsecured commercial creditors in a variety of matters, including liquidating and reorganizing Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, section 363 sale issues, cash collateral issues, lien priority and avoidance actions, preference actions, rejection/assumption of executory contracts, stay relief actions, discharge and dischargeability actions, asset recovery and disposition, contested confirmation hearings, adversary proceedings, bankruptcy appeals to district court and BAP, as well as representation of secured creditor in single asset bankruptcy proceeding.

She has also represented debtors in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.

Ms. Hagan also has experience representing businesses and financial institutions in state and federal court, in mediation and arbitration, and in pre-litigation dispute resolution. She has handled complex business litigation involving contract disputes, interference with business relationships, breach of fiduciary duty, landlord/tenant disputes and complex commercial real estate foreclosures.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in Mid-South Rising Stars in Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor (2013 – 2017)
  • Member – Arkansas and Tennessee Bar Associations 
  • Member – Memphis Bar Association
    • Board of Directors (2020 – Present)
    • Co-chair – Bankruptcy Section (2018)
    • Board of Directors – Bankruptcy Section (2017, 2019)
  • Member – Tennessee Bar Association
    • Bankruptcy Section Executive Council (2015 – 2019)
  • Member – American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Appointed to Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee for the Western Division of Tennessee (2016, 2017)
  • Board of Directors – Mid-South Commercial Law Institute (2017 – Present)
Speaking Engagements
  • Panelist – "Shopping for Debt: Buyer Beware of Good Deals," National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Washington, D.C. (November 2019)


  • University of Arkansas, J.D., 2004, cum laude
    • American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence Recipient
    • Arkansas Bar Foundation Scholarship Recipient
    • Arkansas Law Review (Managing Editor)
    • Board of Advocates
  • University of Arkansas, Masters in Higher Education Student Affairs, 2003
  • University of Kansas, B.S., Chemistry, 2000


  • Tennessee, 2008
  • Arkansas, 2004

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