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Laurence Frazen’s practice involves representation of debtors, creditors, creditors committees and other interested parties in bankruptcy proceedings locally and across the country. He has significant experience in representing secured lenders and purchasers of assets under §363 of the Bankruptcy Code. He also has extensive experience with debtor-in-possession financing and the trading of distressed debt. He also specializes in commercial workouts and out-of-court restructurings as well as other proceedings, including many single-asset real estate cases.

Mr. Frazen has lectured on bankruptcy and reorganization topics for the American Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, the Missouri Bar Association, the Kansas City and St. Louis Bar Associations, National Business Institute and other financial, professional and trade organizations.

Practices

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • The Best Lawyers in America©, Kansas City Lawyer of the Year - Litigation-Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2015-2021
    • Kansas City Business Journal, 'Best of the Bar', 2015
    • Kansas City Business Journal, 'Best of the Bar', 2015
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Professional Affiliations

    • American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow
    • American Bankruptcy Institute, member
    • Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri, former chairman of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee
    • Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification, board of directors and certified in 1993
    • Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri, former chairman of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee
    • Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification, board of directors and certified in 1993
    • Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification, board of directors and certified in 1993
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Representative Experience

Debtor Representations:

  • Atchison Casting, Inc.
  • Compuspeak, Inc.
  • Farmland Industries, Inc., largest Chapter 11 proceeding ever filed in the Western District of Missouri
  • Food Barn Stores, Inc.
  • Gateway Ethanol, LLC
  • Houlihan's Restaurants, Inc.
  • National Airlines, Inc.
  • Trism, Inc.
  • Valley Foods, Inc.
  • Weld Wheel, LLC

Secured Lender Representation, including numerous single asset cases:

  • Lister Petter, Inc.
  • Apex Oil Inc.
  • Worldwide Recycling
  • Arizona Biltmore
  • Brook Insurance Companies
  • Crescent Oil, Inc.
  • DBSI
  • HMC/CAH Health Care
  • Ideal Electric, Inc.
  • Payless Cashways, Inc.
  • Vanguard Airlines, Inc.

Representation of Debtor-In-Possession Lender:

  • Arrow Speed Warehouse
  • Asarco
  • Interstate Bakeries, Inc.
  • Baptist Foundation

Representation of purchasers of assets pursuant to §363 of Bankruptcy Code:

  • Dean Foods Company
  •  CFM Insurance, Inc.
  • E3 Biofuels
  • Professional Veterinary Products, Inc.
  • USF&G, Inc.

Representation of Lessors and other contract parties:

  • A123 Systems, Inc.
  • Grubb & Ellis
  • MF Global
  • Mid-America Waffle, Inc.

Publications

  • Missouri CLE Bankruptcy Desk Book and "Chapter 8: The Automatic Stay in the Chapter 11 Case" in Advanced Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Practice published by John Wiley & Sons in April 1994
  • Washington University, editor, Urban Law Annual

Speaking Engagements

  • "34th Annual Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute," October 2014