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Mr. Heard has extensive experience in handling complex business negotiations and contracts. Mr. Heard represents a number of mid-size businesses involved in all aspects of the economy from government contracting, defense, Internet sales and marketing, to construction, trucking and retail sales. Mr. Heard has represented each of these types of companies in various commercial transactions including contract negotiation and interpretation, debt restructuring, analyzing cash flow requirements and projections, buy-outs, wind-ups, and the purchase and sale of assets. In addition to representing individuals and companies in business transactions, Mr. Heard has extensive experience in civil litigation. Mr. Heard has been lead attorney and litigated numerous cases involving issues such as breach of contract, corporate oppression, civil conspiracy; minority shareholder rights; fraud; suppression and a variety of business torts.
Mr. Heard is board certified in Business Bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification. Certification means that Mr. Heard as met rigorous, objective standards relating to experience, continuing legal education in bankruptcy law, integrity and peer review in addition to demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of bankruptcy law. In addition, Mr. Heard was recognized in 2008 and 2010-2012 as a “Super-Lawyer.” Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Mr. Heard’s recent representations have included:
• Serving as local counsel to the Liquidating Trustee for the Estates of Verilink Corporation and Larscom Incorporated.
• Serving as counsel to Hyundai of Decatur, Inc., Shoals Suzuki, Inc., Varsity Suzuki, Inc., and Driving 2000 Acceptance Corporation.
• Serving as lead Chapter 11 bankruptcy counsel for Circle C Stores, Inc., Full Moon Hospitality, Inc., Hospitality Group, Inc. Martin Technologies, Inc., Clementine’s Catering., and Word of Faith Church.
Mr. Heard has been mentioned and quoted by major local and national news publications for his representation of businesses in and out of bankruptcy and has frequently lectured on the topic of business and individual bankruptcy.
Mr. Heard received a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University, School of Criminology in 1984. Mr. Heard graduated cum laude, from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University in 1987. He was an Associate Editor on the Cumberland Law Review and was recipient of the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University Curia Honors Award. Prior to beginning his private practice, Mr. Heard clerked for The Honorable Thomas Virgil Pittman on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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|AL||Authorized to practice law||1992||02/13/2017|
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|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2008|
|Business Bankruptcy||American Board of Certification||1999|
|Clerk||United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama||2016 - 2016|
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|United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit||Admitted||N/A|
|United States District Court Middle District of Florida||Admitted||N/A|
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|United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama||Admitted||N/A|
|United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama||Admitted||N/A|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama||Admitted||N/A|
|Alabama State Bar||Member||N/A|
|Cumberland Law Review||Associate Editor||1987|
|Samford University, Cumberland School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1987|
|Huntsville Madison County Bar Association||Bankruptcy||2011|