Clark Hill Attorneys W. Kent Carter, Gary Green and Sherry Lowe Johnson Will Present at the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Legal Forum

May 5, 2015

CHICAGO, IL – Clark Hill attorneys W. Kent Carter, Gary Green, and Sherry Lowe Johnson will present at the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Legal Forum on May 3-5, 2015 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown in Nashville, Tennessee.

Carter and Lowe Johnson will discuss current issues impacting the motor vehicle industry, including an update on Graves Amendment case law, recent legislation related to electronic tracking and repossessions, best practices related to collateral seizures and other potential scenarios affecting lessor liability issues.

Green will speak on a panel of in-house counsel, transactional attorneys and litigators who will provide an interactive platform to consider best practices for:

  • Detecting leasing fraud during the due diligence process
  • Conducting litigation in a manner to minimize the odds that a debtor can discharge its lease debts in bankruptcy
  • Handling fraud investigations, both internally and externally when the DA/US Attorney contacts you

Carter is a member of Clark Hill’s Litigation and Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice groups in Chicago. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and restructuring, with a concentration on the Uniform Commercial Code, including secured transactions, equipment leasing, commercial sales and negotiable instruments. He has more than 18 years of experience representing clients in complex contract disputes and business torts in state, federal, bankruptcy and appellate courts.

Green practices in the Banking, Litigation and Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Departments.  He has more than 26 years of experience representing financial institutions in foreclosures, receiverships, lender liability, bankruptcy and restructuring. His experience includes loan documentation, portfolio sales and U.S. Small Business Administration loan programs.  He has extensive experience in the equipment lease finance industry, including litigation, bankruptcy, collection policies and procedures, vendor programs, broker-dealer agreements, and sale and purchase of lease portfolios.

Lowe Johnson has over 20 years of experience in representing financial institutions, equipment leasing companies, and corporations in commercial matters in state, federal and bankruptcy courts. She specializes in complex litigation, including lender liability claims, fraud claims, programmatic failures, factoring agreements, and commercial contract disputes. She handles all aspects of bankruptcy from the creditor's perspective, including Chapter 11 plan treatment of creditors’ claims, lien priority and competing secured creditors' issues, fraudulent transfers and avoidance claims, critical vendors' claims, and liquidation processes. Lowe Johnson strategizes with clients to achieve profitable results in workout and debt restructuring transactions when amicable resolutions are viable options to turnaround credit relationships.

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