Tom Stilley is one of the most seasoned bankruptcy and financial restructuring lawyers in the Pacific Northwest. With cases and debtor clients up and down the California, Oregon and Washington coast, Tom is drawn to working with small and mid-sized businesses, including family-owned companies in virtually any industry.
Yet his experience is broad and includes some of the largest bankruptcy and receivership cases in the region over the past 20-plus years. Many of these cases have involved contentiously litigated issues, including appeals to the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Clients who have been fortunate enough to work with Tom during the COVID years have benefitted from his comprehensive knowledge of workouts and restructuring and his familiarity with the judges and opposing lawyers involved in his cases. With the goal of identifying actions that can remedy a business’s problems in lieu of Chapter 11 or Chapter 12 bankruptcy filings, Tom and his team are swift and empathetic. They fully understand how difficult bankruptcy can be for business owners and the stresses caused by a bankruptcy or other financial restructuring situation – they are prepared to act fast.
Tom has first-line-of-defense advice for business owners that can’t meet their financial commitments: Get help early. Whether farming, ranching, real estate, casinos, religious institutions or other non-profits, equipment financing, manufacturing, healthcare, entertainment venues, or other sectors and businesses, Tom and his team are ready with questions and answers that will start your journey toward a healthier financial future.
In addition to his active bankruptcy and restructuring practice, Tom serves as managing partner of Sussman Shank, and has since his election in 2015. “One of my most important roles is to instill certain values up and down the firm,” Tom said. “Genuinely caring about our clients and our employees, and being generous and understanding with our staff have been long-standing firm values. The lawyers and staff at Sussman Shank genuinely like each other and we treat each other as equals. We know our clients can see this and believe it is a big reason they like working with us.”