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Rita Hullett

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Ms. Hullett is a corporate restructuring attorney with more than 25 years of experience representing debtors, unsecured and secured creditors, committees and liquidating trustees in chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, out-of-court restructuring, and bankruptcy asset sales.

Professional Biography

Ms. Hullett has extensive experience in all aspects of Chapter 11 cases, including first day motions, debtor-in-possession financing, 363 sales, executory contracts and leases and plan confirmation. She regularly represents creditors in complex commercial litigation in state, federal and bankruptcy courts, including bankruptcy-related litigation involving preferences, fraudulent transfers, claims objections and contested matters.

Additionally, Ms. Hullett represents commercial landlords in bankruptcy cases, with issues involving administrative rent, assumption and assignment of leases, cure costs, going-out-of-business sales, and the rejection of leases.

Ms. Hullett sits on the panel of the Small Business Reorganization Act Trustees for the Northern District of Alabama. Before joining Baker Donelson, Ms. Hullett served as a judicial law clerk with Bankruptcy Judge D. Sims Crawford, United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division.

  • Served as debtor's counsel in a number of Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, including the representation of an Alabama-based component manufacturer and 23 of its subsidiaries totaling seven plants nationwide and more than a half-billion dollars in secured and unsecured debt.

  • Served as conflicts counsel to what was at the time one of the top 40 grocery chains in the United States in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.

  • Obtained approval of a class action settlement with Family Dollar stores on behalf of more than 1,000 Chapter 13 trustees nationwide.

  • Served as unsecured creditors' committee counsel in a fraudulent investment/Ponzi scheme chapter 11 case.

  • Represented a shale oil investment fund as debtors' counsel in Chapter 11 liquidation proceedings.

  • Served as one of the attorneys for a brick manufacturing company in the sale of substantially all of its assets, including three plants and more than 20 company-operated sales facilities throughout the Southeast.

  • Represented a biodiesel manufacturing plant as debtor's counsel in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.

  • Served as local counsel for the unsecured creditors' committee in a coal mining company case involving three mines in West Virginia and one in Alabama, and over $175 million in secured debt.

Education

  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, J.D., 1994
  • Auburn University, B.A., political science, minors in history and business, 1991

Admissions

  • State Bar of Alabama, 1994
  • United States Court of Northern, Southern and Middle Districts of Alabama, 1994

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