Robert H. Chappell, III, Spotts Fain / Richmond
Robert's practice is focused in the areas of commercial bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, creditors’ rights insolvency and business. He represents lenders in all facets of commercial credit transactions from origination to work-out and recovery. Recently he has assisted in the resolution of major credit issues involving real estate developments, condominium developments, title litigation, hotels and golf courses. He also provides counsel to local businesses.
Robert is a Director of Froehling & Robertson, Incorporated and a director of the Shirley Plantation Foundation. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Richmond Bar Association and is a past Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Richmond Bar Association. He volunteers his time for various local charities, including the Hospital Hospitality House.
He has been chosen by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights category and Virginia Business magazine's Legal Elite. He has also been named for several years in Virginia Super Lawyers.
From 1990 to 1991, Robert served as a law clerk to the Honorable Hal J. Bonney, Jr., a United States Bankruptcy Court Judge in Norfolk, Virginia. He earned a B.A. in English and History from the University of Virginia in 1987 and his J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1990. A
Sheila deLa Cruz, Hirschler Fleischer / Richmond
Sheila deLa Cruz received her Bachelor in Journalism from the University of Texas in 2000, and her J.D. from Syracuse University in 2003. During law school, Sheila worked as a television reporter for CBS 5 News in Syracuse, New York. Upon graduation in 2003, she practiced as a general commercial litigator in the Northern Virginia area. By 2006, Sheila began focusing her practice on issues relating to bankruptcy law and creditors' and debtors' rights. Sheila is now a partner at Hirschler Fleischer, P.C. and represents debtors and creditors in chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy cases, as well as in a variety of related liquidation, insolvency, reorganization, and litigation matters. She has been consistently recognized as a Rising Star among Virginia lawyers in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Sheila is admitted to practice in the U.S. District and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts and state courts for Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. She is also a member of various state and local bar associations in those states.
Jennifer M. McLemore, Christian & Barton / Richmond
Jennifer McLain McLemore is a partner at Christian & Barton, L.L.P., in Richmond, Virginia. She focuses her legal practice on advising banks, credit unions and a variety of business creditors in commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters, and she represents bankruptcy trustees. Jennifer is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Southeastern Bankruptcy Workshop Advisory Board, serves as the finance director for the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), and is a founder of the IWIRC-Virginia Network. In addition, she is chair of her firm's Client Development Committee, a member of the Junior League of Richmond, and mom to two young boys. Jennifer received her law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio).
Robert S. Westermann, Hirschler Fleischer / Richmond
Robert S. (Robbie) Westermann is Co-Chair of Hirschler Fleischer’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, and practices out of the firm’s offices in Richmond, Virginia. His practice focuses on bankruptcy law, creditors’ and debtors’ rights, and related general commercial litigation. He has represented debtors and trustees in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases across a broad spectrum of industries, and has represented creditors committees and all variety of creditors and other parties in interest in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases throughout the United States, including lenders and other secured creditors, landlords, vendors, purchasers of assets, and officers and directors. A frequent author and speaker, Robbie currently serves as Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Virginia Bar Association and Vice-Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Virginia State Bar. Robbie is a former Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Richmond Bar Association, and is active in the American Bankruptcy Institute. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1992 and his law degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1998. Following law school, Robbie clerked for the Honorable Blackwell N. Shelley of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and practiced with the Bankruptcy Team at Hunton & Williams before joining Hirschler Fleischer in February of 2009.