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W. Patton Hahn

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W. Patton Hahn has extensive experience litigating and negotiating complex, multi-party commercial disputes, contractual disputes, receivership cases, complex real property and zoning litigation, shareholder disputes and other corporate governance litigation, will and trust disputes, complex large-scale construction cases and commercial fraud cases.

Professional Biography

Overview

Based in the Firm's Birmingham office, Mr. Hahn primarily represents banks, private equity lenders, hedge funds, loan servicers and other lending institutions, commercial general contractors, commercial subcontractors and materials suppliers.

Mr. Hahn served as lead counsel for the Receiver appointed to administer and oversee the Jefferson County Sewer System and worked extensively in negotiations with the county, investment bankers, bond insurers and hedge funds in attempts to find a solution to the county's $3 billion sewer debt crisis.

Mr. Hahn is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, American Bar Association's Forum on the Construction Industry, the Turnaround Management Association and the Construction Suppliers Association.

Representative Matters
  • Retained on behalf of a minority investor to remove the managing member of an LLC that owned an affordable housing complex where the client faced significant tax credit recapture exposure if managing member was not removed and continued to mismanage the property. After extensive litigation, managing member agreed to settlement that involved removal at no cost to client.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Bankruptcy Litigation, 2013 – 2019; Construction Litigation, 2017 – 2019; Construction Litigation, 2019
  • Listed since 2013 as a top Bankruptcy/Restructuring lawyer in Alabama by Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor, 2013 – 2018
  • Listed in Alabama Rising Stars, 2010, 2011
  • 2005 Graduate, American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Trial Academy
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Eric G. Bruggink, United States Court of Federal Claims, 1999 – 2000
  • Member – American Bar Association (Construction, Labor and Employment and Litigation Sections; Member, Dispute Avoidance and Resolution, Labor Relations and Construction Committees)
  • Member – Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society
  • Member – John A. Campbell Moot Court Board
  • Student Articles Editor, Journal of the Legal Profession
Civic and Charitable Activities
  • Firm Chairperson, 2007 United Way Campaign
  • 2008 Graduate, Project Corporate Leadership
  • Firm Leader, National Conference for Community and Justice Walk-as-One Campaigns
  • President of the Board, Children's Dance Foundation
Speaking Engagements
  • "Receivership Comparative Illustrations in the Southeast," Cumberland Law School, Trends in Commercial Real Estate seminar (November 2013)
  • "Lender Liability Trends in 2013: How to Be Aggressive and Not Get Sued," client presentation, Dallas, Texas (June 2013)

Education

  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1999, cum laude
  • Colgate University, B.A., 1994

Admissions

  • Alabama, 1999
  • Alabama Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Patton Hahn primarily handles bankruptcy and creditors' rights litigation. 'He's got a good head on his shoulders and does a good job,' a satisfied client notes.

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