Bruce W. Leaverton

USA: Washington

Lane Powell PC
1420 Fifth Ave, Suite 4200
P.O. Box 91302
Seattle, WA 98111-9402

Tel: +1 206 223 7389
Fax: +1 206 223 7107


Bruce Leaverton focuses his practice on business finance and restructuring matters, representing borrowers, secured lenders, debtors, creditors’ committees, bankruptcy trustees, indentured trustees, and state and federal court receivers. He has considerable experience representing financial institutions and corporate clients in complex financial bankruptcies, restructurings, recapitalizations, intellectual property disputes, lender liability litigation, and mergers and acquisitions, both inside and outside of bankruptcy court.

His representation of institutional lenders in distressed secured loan and workout matters is aided and informed by his considerable experience and understanding of the other side of the table, based on his representation of various corporate borrowers. His practice also includes a wide variety of litigation and administrative matters concerning financial and loan enforcement issues, including inter-creditor disputes and a variety of investigative and enforcement proceedings by government regulatory agencies.

Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has listed Bruce as a “Leading Lawyer,” describing him as “Ten out of ten. He is a leader – the conductor of the orchestra. He brings everyone together to draw a resolution.”

The Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, with its continually expanding Northwest footprint, has been an integral part of Lane Powell for over 30 years. Our bankruptcy and finance attorneys have extensive experience in representing financial institutions, creditors’ committees, receivers, trustees, purchasers and borrowers in numerous industries, including forestry, agriculture, manufacturing, real estate, energy, utilities, media and retail.

Our attorneys provide full “cradle to grave” financial and restructuring services to their clients from the drafting stage through enforcement, restructuring and bankruptcy, receiverships or assignments for benefit of creditors. Our attorneys also have represented financial institutions, creditors’ committees, agent banks, borrowers, prospective purchasers and others in litigation, including lender liability matters, inter-creditor disputes, UCC litigation, fraudulent conveyance claims, contested cash collateral hearings, plan confirmation disputes, preference actions and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Representative clients include KeyBank, National Association, Wells Fargo Bank, Washington Federal, Bank of Hawaii, Premera Blue Cross and Nordstrom.

Lane Powell has extensive bankruptcy and restructuring experience, representing secured creditors, trustees, debtors, creditors’ committees, foreign receivers and trustees, DIP lenders, asset purchasers and other parties of interest in workouts, receiverships and business bankruptcy cases throughout the United States, including Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, California, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. We handle all aspects of bankruptcy cases, including cash collateral, adequate protection, relief from stay, 363 sales, DIP financing and plan confirmation. We regularly represent parties in fraudulent conveyance, preference, breach of fiduciary duty claims, equitable subordination, lender liability actions and bankruptcy-related UCC and general commercial litigation. We have developed expertise in international insolvency matters, especially in representing foreign receivers and trustees in Chapter 15 cases and cross border workouts. In fact, Lane Powell filed one of the first Chapter 15 cases in the United States after its enactment and obtained the first order recognizing a foreign representative in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Members of our group frequently participate as leaders and lecturers in numerous bankruptcy and turnaround professional organizations including the Turnaround Management Association, ALI/ABA, Washington State Bar Association, Oregon State Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, King County Bar Association, National Association of Credit Management, Northwest Bankruptcy Institute and the National Business Institute.

Lane Powell’s bankruptcy practice has consistently been ranked preeminent and recognized as “first-rate” and “one of the largest and strongest bankruptcy groups” in the region by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. One client enthuses: “I had a very positive experience; I would recommend them to anyone with a bankruptcy matter.” The Firm’s bankruptcy practice has also been highly ranked in the U.S. News and Best Lawyers annual “Best Law Firms” survey.

A multi-specialty law firm, Lane Powell has helped emerging and established businesses navigate the Pacific Northwest and beyond for more than 140 years. Respected clients — from individuals to small businesses to Fortune 500 companies — turn to us for trusted legal counsel. In fact, Fortune 500 companies including Home Depot, Nike, Tesoro, Eli Lilly, Wells Fargo, Aetna and Nordstrom have named Lane Powell as one of the prestigious “Go-To Law Firms of Top U.S. Companies®” by Corporate Counsel magazine. The Firm has also been named “Washington Firm of the Year” and “Oregon Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation, a litigation-focused legal guide that evaluates leading law firms and attorneys. In addition, Lane Powell has been described as “an excellent, full-service firm with bright people and lots of depth” by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Furthermore, Lane Powell was recently named one of “Washington’s Best Workplaces” by Puget Sound Business Journal and one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon” by Oregon Business magazine.

With approximately 200 attorneys in offices located throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska and London, England, we’re thoroughly versed in the industries of the Pacific Northwest as well as the legal issues that face our clients on a regional, national and international level.

“Bruce Leaverton is noted for his ability to handle complex multiparty restructurings. He represents debtors, creditors, trustees and receivers.”
Chambers & Partners, 2015