I concentrate on three things in my legal practice.
First, I fix broken businesses. I advise businesses on filing bankruptcy and help businesses negotiate with lenders or taxing authorities. Sometimes I use my legal skills to help a business analyze its financial, operational, and management issues in order to decide whether to stay in business and how to continue in business going forward.
Second, I help businesses and individuals that are owed money. I represent suppliers or landlords when customers or tenants file bankruptcy, sometimes in committee groups in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. I file suits to help lenders recover collateral or to help clients collect receivables. I help clients make and defend claims in bankruptcy court. I handle state law receiverships and assignments for the benefit of creditors and represent clients in litigation matters like mechanic's lien suits, foreclosures and consumer finance litigation defense. I offer customized training on bankruptcy and collections, including compliance training to help clients avoid minimize liability in those areas.
Third, I help businesses and individuals that owe money in many contexts. I represent parties in preference litigation and other actions that only exist under the Bankruptcy Code. I work with clients' creditors to restructure debts and negotiate payment arrangements.
I work to provide options for businesses and individuals that are in or dealing with other parties in financial distress. Dealing with money can be difficult and stressful for everyone from a family facing foreclosure to a $500M business that lacks sufficient working capital. As a financial law professional, I help my clients respond to and overcome these difficulties.
Because some of my clients are individuals, federal law requires that I state that I am a debt relief agency and that, in that capacity, I help people file for bankruptcy relief under the United States Bankruptcy Code.
Languages Spoken: English, French
Licensed since 1993
I have litigated with and against Ms. Clair for years. She has a great eye for detail and an expansive knowledge of the Bankruptcy Code. As co-counsel, I know I can count on her to do absolutely everything in her power to ethically and zealously advance the interest of the client. As opposing counsel, she forces me to be absolutely at the top of my game or else suffer the consequences. She is a resource for me on finer details of the Bankruptcy Code, and whether we are on the same side or opposing sides, she is always extremely professional and organized. I have referred her valued clients of mine and I always receive excellent reports on her service. I strongly endorse Ms. Clair.
James Fendelman Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
I endorse this lawyer. Bonnie is an excellent lawyer and one of the birghtest persons I have ever met. I would recommend her to anyone as an outstanding bankruptcy and litigation professional. She is also very charming.
Lloyd Nolan Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|MO||Good Standing, Active||1994||01/08/2013|
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1993||08/17/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights||SuperLawyers||2014|
|Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights||SuperLawyers||2013|
|Principal||Summers Compton Wells LLC||2004 - Present|
|Associate||Summers Compton Wells PC||2002 - 2004|
|Assistant General Counsel||Wells Fargo Financial, Inc.||1997 - 2002|
|Attorney (Bankruptcy)||United States Department of Justice - Office of the United States Trustee||1993 - 1997|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Missouri Bar, Fee Dispute Resolution Committee||Arbitrator/Mediator/Investigator||2000 - Present|
|American Bankruptcy Institute||Business Reorganization and Consumer Bankruptcy Committees||1995 - Present|
|In re Huling, 418 B.R. 335 (Bankr. E.D. Mo. 2009)||Obtained grant of summary judgment avoiding lender's unperfected lien|
|In re Southern Ill. Railcar Co., 301 B.R. 305 (Bankr. S.D. Ill. 2002)||Obtained ruling denying creditor's motion due to lack of perfected security interest|
|H.D. Smith Wholesale Drug Co. v. Morris, 362 S.W.3d 27 (Mo. App. 2012)||On appeal, obtained order affirming judgment against guarantor|
|American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Journal||Supreme Court Finally Takes Up Chapter 13 Confirmation Finality||2015|
|American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)||ABI Volo Seventh Circuit Case Updates||2014|
|American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)||ABI Volo Seventh Circuit Case Updates||2012|
|American Bankruptcy Institute Health Care Committee Newsletter||Is the Ombudsman for You?: 7 Hills Radiology and the Application of 11 U.S.C. § 333||2007|
|Washington University St Louis||Law||J.D.||N/A|
|Duke University||Political Science/Music||A.B.||N/A|
|UMKC Annual 15-Hour Review of the Law||Annual Bankruptcy Update||2015|
|Annual Bankruptcy Institute||Recent Developments in Bankruptcy||2015|
|UMKC Annual 15-Hour Review of the Law||Annual Bankruptcy Update||2014|
|Eighth Circuit Regional Meeting||Judicial Estoppel: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Courtroom||2012|