Pat Vance is a partner in and leader of Jones Walker's Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group. His practice focuses primarily on business litigation, creditors' rights litigation, and bankruptcy. Mr. Vance is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, American Law Institute, and of the American College of Bankruptcy. He is also an officer and conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference.
As a trial attorney, Mr. Vance has handled more than 300 commercial disputes in a wide variety of practice areas, including antitrust, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), copyright infringement, Lanham Act, securities litigation, class action defense, foreclosures, fraud, lender liability, banking litigation, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), dealer-distributor disputes, successions, legal malpractice, expropriation, contract interpretation, partnership, utility regulation, tax, and general commercial disputes. He has more than 70 reported decisions.
Mr. Vance regularly represents secured and unsecured creditors in all types of business bankruptcy cases. He has been retained by scores of banks, telecommunications companies, international manufacturers, utilities, health care providers, maritime, oil and gas-related industries, the music industry, casinos, and insurance companies. He represented one of the key creditors in the Cajun Electric bankruptcy case, which was one of the most significant utility cases filed in the United States in the 1990s. He has also represented and served as a trustee and counsel to creditors' committees in numerous cases.
As trustee and as attorney for debtors and trustees, Mr. Vance has represented real estate developers, hotels, casinos, partnerships, construction companies, health spas, maritime clients, oil and gas-related industries, a tree farm, a gravel pit, and the largest alligator farm in North America. He recently completed the representation of a New Orleans-based utility company in a post-Katrina Chapter 11 case.
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