Alexander M. Laughlin

Phone: (703) 218-2134
Fax: (703) 218-2160
Practice Areas

Alexander M. Laughlin

Phone: (703) 218-2134
Fax: (703) 218-2160
Practice Areas

With over 30 years of experience practicing business law and emphasizing debtor and creditor relationships and bankruptcy law, Alex has a thorough understanding of the value, scope, and boundaries of legal judgment applied in the business world.  Even more important is his understanding of the crossroads between the two worlds and his ability to discern his clients objectives and the most efficient means to achieve them.

Results oriented, responsive, and always accessible, Alex builds relationships with his clients based on mutual respect and trust.  He focuses knowledge and experience to quickly and efficiently identify critical issues, seeking the most realistic and attainable solutions.

A business bankruptcy specialist certified by the American Board of Certification, Alex has received an AV Rating, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ for his legal ability and general ethical standards.  He has also been listed in the Best Lawyers in America® for 2014-2017.  Alex was also selected for inclusion in the Virginia Super Lawyers and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers listing for the past eight years. Since 2010, Chambers USA lists him as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in Bankruptcy and Restructuring.   He was also named a “recommended lawyer” in Corporate Restructuring by The Legal 500 United States, and in 2016, was named among the state’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine.

Alex represents clients in all aspects of business distress, commercial litigation, asset sales in bankruptcy, complex financial restructure planning, creditors’ rights litigation, loan restructuring, and workout agreements.

As a component of his business practice, Alex represents applicants for industrial security clearances before the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals, and has represented individuals concerning Statements of Reasons issued against them seeking to suspend or revoke their security clearance.  Alex has also represented employees before the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals concerning their security clearances and appeals.

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  • J.D., Gonzaga University School of Law, 1985
  • B.S., James Madison University, 1981
Admitted To Practice
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Maryland Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia and District of Maryland
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia and Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Columbia
Practice Highlights
  • Active in advising corporations and individuals on their business needs and opportunities, represents individuals, financial institutions, insurance companies, and others in distressed financial situations.
  • Completed the sale and purchase of assets from bankruptcy estates, emphasizing the representation of purchasers of distressed assets.
  • Representative liquidating trustee in $14 million judgment against airline based in the People’s Republic of China resulting in settlement and full payment to all creditors.
  • Acted as counsel to a chapter 11 trustee in recovery of an extensive real estate portfolio acquired by a chapter 11 debtor as a result of massive loan fraud.
  • Represented a large government contractor in a chapter 11 bankruptcy on issues related to assumption of executory government contracts.
  • Litigated Statements of Reasons issued by the Defense Security Service (DSS) under Department of Defense (DOD) Directive 5200-R, “Adjudicative Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Access to Classified Information.”
  • Experienced with appeals to the Appeal Board of the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals (DOHA) concerning adverse findings as to whether to issue a security clearance under Directive 5200-R.
Areas of Concentration
  • Litigation
  • Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
Professional Activities

Professional Experience

  • Attorney-Advisor to Special Trial Judge Daniel J. Dinan, U.S. Tax Court, 1986

Professional Organizations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)
  • Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association (NVBBA)
  • Vice President, 2012, 2017
  • Secretary. 2006-2009, 2012-2017
  • President, 2003-2004
  • Board of Directors, 1999-Present
Honors & Awards
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2014-2019 – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization
  • 2007, 2009-2017 Virginia Super Lawyers – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • 2008, 2010-2017 D.C. Super Lawyers – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • 2018 Virginia Super Lawyers – Bankruptcy: Business
  • 2018 D.C. Super Lawyers – Bankruptcy: Business
  • Listed by Chambers USA as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in Bankruptcy/Restructuring, 2010-2017
  • Named by The Legal 500 US a “recommended lawyer” in Corporate Restructuring, 2014
  • 2017 Top Lawyers, Washingtonian magazine
  • Best of NoVA, 2017 top lawyers in Bankruptcy, Northern Virginia magazine
  • 2015, 2018 “Legal Elite”, Virginia Business  magazine — Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights
  • Unbundling as a Means of Financing Bankruptcy Fees and Working Without a “Wet” Signature (October 1, 2017)
  • Harness Your Strong Arm Powers: A Five-Point Checklist for Bringing Claims Under § 544 (June 30, 2015)
Speaking Engagements
  • Agent 99, Don’t Let Your Finances Bankrupt Your Security Clearance, June 2017
  • “With All Due Respect…”: Contemptuous Behavior–Contempt and Enforcement Proceedings in Bankruptcy, The Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association, September 2016
  • The Trustee’s Strong-Arm Powers under Bankruptcy Code § 544: 7 Tips for Prosecuting and Defending Avoidance Actions, Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association, May 21, 2015
  • The Bankrupt Secret Agent: Financial Considerations and Bankruptcy in Determining Eligibility for Security Clearances, The Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association, September 20, 2012
  • Virginia Foreclosures and Workouts, National Business Institute Seminar, April 17, 2012
  • Government Contracts, Bankruptcy Bar Association 14th Annual Spring Break Weekend, May 7, 2010
  • Foreclosure Basics, Virginia CLE Seminar, June 10, 2009
  • Bankruptcy Taxation Educational Session: I’ll Have the Roast Beef and a Side of Real Estate Tax Exemptions for My Confirmed Plan – The U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Florida Department of Revenue v. Piccadilly Cafeterias, Inc., ABI Winter Leadership Conference, December 4-6, 2008
  • Foreclosures for the General Practitioner CLE, Fairfax Bar Association, October 29, 2008
  • Supreme Court Decides State of Florida v. Piccadilly Cafeterias, Inc., West Legalworks, Thomson Reuters Webinar, July 10, 2008
  • Foreclosure Procedures Under Virginia Law, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors’ Risk Reduction Graduate Elective Course, November 7, 2007
  • 18 Issues in Virginia Foreclosure Actions, Virginia Law Foundation’s Continuing Legal Education, April 6, 2005
  • 24 Issues in Virginia Foreclosure Actions, Virginia Law Foundation’s Continuing Legal Education, June 24, 2003

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