Paul J. Feinman
Paul J. Feinman | Petty, Livingston, Dawson & Richards
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Paul Feinman is a native and resident of Lynchburg and has practiced in the areas of creditors’ rights and real estate law since 1989. After finishing law school in 1986, Paul practiced for two years in the litigation department of a large regional law firm based in Charleston, West Virginia. Paul then returned to Lynchburg in 1988 where he worked as the Law Clerk for the Honorable William E. Anderson, Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia. In 1989, after his clerkship, Paul re-entered private practice with a focus on the creditor side of bankruptcy cases. He also developed a substantial real estate and estate planning practice, including federal estate tax planning.

Paul’s practice includes all facets of creditor representation, including foreclosing on collateral or crafting work-outs with borrowers prior to bankruptcy, and generally protecting his clients’ interests when a borrower, customer, tenant, or other related party has filed a bankruptcy proceeding. Paul’s bankruptcy experience has included involvement in individual Chapter 7 and 13 cases as well as corporate Chapter 7 & 11 cases filed all over the country. In the area of commercial real estate, Paul handles sales, acquisitions, loans, and leases. His experience ranges from “mom and pop” building ownership to large, complicated transactions with sophisticated sellers, purchasers, and lenders.

Paul is a former youth soccer coach and youth soccer referee. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, as well as getting onto the golf course or the James River.

Experience

Client Matters

  • Represented a national lender in a case of first impression in the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, to preserve his client’s lien on the debtor’s personal residence in the full amount of the debt, and overturn a Bankruptcy Court’s ruling that would have allowed the bankruptcy debtor to “strip down” the lien amount to the value of the collateral in order to not pay the debt in full.
  • Represented a national lender in a U. S. District Court appeal, and convinced the Court to overrule the Bankruptcy court’s decision, with the result that the debtor’s debt would not be discharged by his bankruptcy case because the debt resulted from a defalcation while the debtor was acting in a fiduciary capacity.
  • Negotiated critical vendor status for clients in large multi-state bankruptcy cases.
  • Negotiated and closed on the purchase of a multi-million dollar facility involving separate purchases from private and governmental entities.
  • Negotiated and closed on the purchase of an airport and surrounding properties.
  • Various work-out agreements on behalf of bank clients resulting in the resumption of regular payments, additional collateral, or both.

Reported and Unpublished Cases

  • Witt v. United Cos. Lending Corp. (In re Witt), 113 F.3d 508 (4th Cir. 1997)
  • Quick v. Fed. Home Loan Mortg. Corp. (In re Quick), 1999 U.S. App. LEXIS 33139 (4th Cir. Dec. 21, 1999)
  • Racetrac Petroleum, Inc. v. Khan (In re Khan), 461 B.R. 343 (E.D. Va. 2011)
  • Nat'l Emergency Servs. v. Williams, 371 B.R. 166 (W.D. Va. 2007)
  • Landen v. Fed. Home Loan Mortg. Corp. (In re Quick), 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20163 (W.D. Va. July 22, 1999)
  • Meredith v. Wood, 1992 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15954 (W.D. Va. May 7, 1992)
  • In re Architectural Millwork, 226 B.R. 551 (Bankr. W.D. Va. 1998)
  • Progress Printing Co. v. Nichols, 244 Va. 337, 421 S.E.2d 428 (1992)

Honors & Affiliations

Honors

  • Lynchburg Business Magazine Top Lawyers of Greater Lynchburg for Bankruptcy and Workouts, Real Estate, Business Law, and Wills, Trusts & Estates (2018)
  • Lynchburg Living Magazine Top Lawyers of Greater Lynchburg for Bankruptcy and Workouts, Real Estate, Business Law, and Wills, Trusts & Estates (2018)
  • Lynchburg Business Magazine Top Lawyers of Greater Lynchburg for Bankruptcy and Workouts (2017)
  • Lynchburg Living Magazine Top Lawyers of Greater Lynchburg for Bankruptcy and Workouts (2017)
  • Virginia Business Magazine Legal Elite for Creditors Rights (2003)
  • Rotary Paul Harris Fellow (Multiple)
  • Recognition from Lynchburg Police Dept. for Special Services to the Department in executing the Bar Association’s “Wills for Heroes” program to provide free wills for Police Officers, Fire-Fighters, and EMT’s (2007)

Professional Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar – Ninth District Disciplinary Committee (2001-2006)
  • Lynchburg Bar Association – President (2006-2007); Board Member (2004-2010); Member (1989–Present)
  • Virginia Legal Aid Society – Pro-Bono Panel Member

Community Affiliations

  • Salvation Army Advisory Board – Chairman (2016-2017); Vice Chairman (2014-2015); Treasurer (2013); Member (2011–Present)
  • Rotary Club of Lynchburg-Morning – President (1998-1999); Member (1990-Present); Past Chair of International Service Committee
  • Central Virginia United Soccer, Inc. – Treasurer (2015-2017); Board of Directors (2012–Present)
  • Agudath Shalom Synagogue – Board of Trustees (2016–Present); Brotherhood Group
  • American Heart Association Advisory Board – Past President

Washington & Lee University School of Law, J.D. (1986)

Dartmouth College, A.B. in Mathematics (1981)

Virginia State Bar

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia

Office Hours

Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5 pm
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

Contact Us

725 Church St. #1200 
Lynchburg, VA 24502 

434-846-2768
434-846-8195
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