Sam G. Bratton has substantial experience in all phases of creditors'
rights, financial restructuring and bankruptcy, including representation
of debtors, trustees, committees, secured and unsecured creditors,
equity interests and purchasers, as well as in wealth management. Sam
heads the firm's Creditor's Rights, Restructuring and Bankruptcy
Practice Group and is one of the Firm's principal bankruptcy,
restructuring and workout attorneys.
Sam is a frequent seminar lecturer on the subject of bankruptcy. He is a
director and past chair of the Bankruptcy and Reorganization Section of
the Oklahoma Bar Association, and chaired the Advisory Committee on
Local Rules of procedure for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the
Northern District of Oklahoma. Mr. Bratton is also an Adjunct Settlement
Judge for the Bankruptcy Court and previously served as a Special Judge
of the Oklahoma Court of Appeals, Temporary Division.
- Representation of Atlas Telephone Company, a rural exchange carrier
(telephone company) in a vigorously contested Chapter 11
reorganization. The case involved government guaranteed financing and a
highly specialized system of subsidies and accounting and unique
valuation issues. A confirmed plan was achieved.
- Representation of Oklahoma Ordnance Works Authority in successfully
bringing an involuntary bankruptcy petition against a tenant involved in
the recycling business. The case had significant environmental issues
which were successfully resolved utilizing the bankruptcy process, state
law and cooperatively working with the bankruptcy trustee. The
property was successfully recovered and the client’s exposure to
environmental liability was minimized.
- Successful representation of the Town of Tyrone, Oklahoma in bringing
and obtaining a confirmed plan in a Chapter 9 municipal reorganization,
one of the few Chapter 9 cases of record in the State of Oklahoma.
- Representation of Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees as
special counsel in numerous cases involving investigations, avoidance
and recovery actions, Ponzi litigation, labor matters, 401(k) litigation
and discharge actions. DSDA has also successfully defended virtually
all species of avoidance and recovery actions brought by bankruptcy
trustees in venues across the country involving millions of dollars.
- Representation of the State of California in successfully defending a
Chapter 13 debtor’s attempt to discharge liabilities associated with
California traffic citations and to obtain reinstatement of a suspended
driver’s license. The case involved significant constitutional and
statutory issues central to operation of state agencies free of federal
- Representation of Fannie Mae in all phases of bankruptcy matters
involving commercial real estate foreclosures, including obtaining
adequate protection, stay relief, appointment of trustees and dismissal
- Successfully negotiated numerous financial workouts and reorganizations
of debtors in a variety of industries outside of bankruptcy involving
oil and gas, real estate, agricultural and retail business interests,