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Margaret R. Westbrook

Partner
+1.919.743.7311
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Ms. Westbrook is a partner in the Raleigh office and has two distinct areas of practice: creditors' rights and campaign finance. She has extensive experience in representing both secured and unsecured creditors in restructurings in and out of the court system, enforcement actions and in foreclosures. Ms. Westbrook also advises clients on matters relating to the regulation of corporate political activity, including the formation and administration of state and federal political action committees, campaign finance regulations and gift laws. She has represented clients in the North Carolina General Assembly and advises clients regarding the development of political compliance programs. She is a frequent speaker on bankruptcy, foreclosure and ethics issues at state and regional seminars.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Westbrook served as law clerk to the Honorable J. Rich Leonard, Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 1996-1998. She now resides in the Raleigh office, which is located in North Carolina's Research Triangle.

Achievements

  • Legal Elite, Business North Carolina Magazine, Bankruptcy Law, 2012-2015
  • Triangle Business Journal, Women in Business Award, 2007

Professional/Civic Activities

  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Local Rules Committee, 2000-present, Chair 2010-present
  • North Carolina State Bar, Ethics Committee, 2010-2013
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Seminar Committee, 2005-2009, 2013
    • Legislative Committee Chair, 2008-present
  • Wake County Bar Association (Grievance Committee, 2006-2009; Professionalism Committee, Member, 2002 – present)
  • Coach for Campbell Law School Conrad B. Duberstein Moot Court Team, 2014-2015

Speaking Engagements

  • “Election Year Bootcamp – Is your organization in shape for the 2016 race?,” K&L Gates “Under the Wire” CLE Seminar, February 2016
  • “Confirmation Issues in Municipal Bankruptcies,” Moderator, Campbell Law School Symposium, October 2014
  • Independent Expenditure Workshop planner, Associations Executives of North Carolina, January 2014
  • “Hot Ethics Topics for Bankruptcy Lawyers,” Eastern Bankruptcy Institute, June 2011, 2012, 2014
  • “North Carolina Election Law Changes,” NC Free Foundation, Thinkers Lunch seminar November, 2013
  • “Cutting Edge Ethics Topics 2012,” Seminar for United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, August, 2012
  • “Current Issues in Single Asset Real Estate Cases,” American Bankruptcy Institute Southeastern Seminar, July 2011
  • “Local Rules Update,” Eastern Bankruptcy Institute, June 2011
  • “Homebuilder Bankruptcies and Construction Law Issues,” North Carolina Bar Association Annual Seminar, November 2009
  • “Construction Law Issues in Bankruptcy,” Middle District of North Carolina Annual Bankruptcy Institute, May 2009 
  • “When is Chapter 11 Appropriate?,” Raleigh Durham Association for Corporate Growth and Carolinas Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, February 2009
  • Represented secured and unsecured creditors in collection and bankruptcy matters, foreclosures and all phases of the workout and restructuring process, involving secured credits of up to $45 million.
  • Represented and advised clients on insolvency issues in asset purchases up to $300 million in bankruptcy courts across the country.
  • Represented large landlord clients, including a shopping center REIT, in a variety of collection and bankruptcy matters, including bankruptcy proceedings involving national tenants.
  • Represented a variety of corporations in commercial disputes in state and federal courts, involving real estate issues, UCC issues, personal and real property lien priority disputes, lender liability claims, contract litigation and in adversary proceedings in bankruptcy courts.
  • Represented a major financial institution with administration of multiple federal and state political action committees and development of comprehensive political compliance program.
  • Represented corporations and trade associations on a wide variety of campaign finance and ethics issues involving corporate political activity, lobbying restrictions, and government contracting, including advising clients on ethics and campaign finance violations, the formation of political action and independent expenditure committees, reporting requirements for lobbyists, campaign contributions and independent expenditures, and compliance with gift laws and pay to play disclosure requirements and regulations.