Overview

Richard E. Lear is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Lear practices primarily in the litigation area emphasizing insolvency, Chapter 11, and creditors' rights and bankruptcy issues. For more than 30 years, Mr. Lear has served as counsel for institutional lenders, franchisors, leasing companies and landlords in connection with individual and business Chapter 11 cases and in workouts. He also counsels clients regarding the effect of bankruptcy and insolvency on proposed bond refundings, conventional loan refinancings and other transactions. He has substantial experience advising clients with respect to transactional insolvency issues, such as bankruptcy-remote structures, substantive consolidation, true sales, preference and fraudulent transfer analysis and with drafting and reviewing reasoned legal opinions on bankruptcy issues, including in connection with the securitization of financial assets.

Mr. Lear has lectured on several occasions on bankruptcy issues at various seminars sponsored by local, regional and state bar associations.

From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Lear was an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies where he taught a course in real estate bankruptcy in Georgetown's Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate Program.

Mr. Lear has authored numerous articles and seminar outlines addressing bankruptcy issues.

Mr. Lear served as law clerk to the Honorable Martin V. B. Bostetter, Jr., Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia from 1983-1985.

Credentials

Education
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of New Hampshire, B.A., magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia
  • All State Courts in Virginia
  • All State Courts in New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
Memberships
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association, Director, 2005-2006, Secretary, 2006-2007, Treasurer, 2007-2010, President-Elect, 2009-2010
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Local Bankruptcy Rules Standing Committee of the Eastern District of Virginia, 2006-2007
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, Bar Liaison Committee, 2005-2009
  • Alexandria Division of the Eastern District of Virginia, Bankruptcy Mediation Panel, 1992-2004
Honors & Awards
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine, 2014-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law/Insolvency and Reorganization, 2001-2019; Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2012-2019
  • Top Washington Lawyer Nominee, Washington Business Journal, Bankruptcy, 2004
  • Top Washington Lawyer Finalist, Washington Business Journal, Bankruptcy, 2006
  • Who's Who In America
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Phi Beta Kappa 
  • Pi Sigma Alpha

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