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 involvement.
- 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 of cases.
- 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, among others.