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education

University of South Carolina, JD, 1992

University of Virginia, BA - Psychology, 1989

contact

803.728.0803
tnauful@bealLLC.com

 

Tara E. Nauful, Esq.

of counsel

Tara joined BEAL, LLC in October, 2018 following a two-year clerkship with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Carolina. Prior to her clerkship, Tara was in private practice for 23 years, representing financial institutions and other lenders in both commercial and consumer distressed debt matters, including debt collection actions, claim and deliveries, foreclosures, and suits against borrowers and guarantors. She has also served as a state court receiver, and counsel for a Chapter 11 trustee. Tara has completed the American Bankruptcy Institute and St. John’s University School of Law’s 40-hour Bankruptcy Mediation Training, and is approved by the South Carolina Board of Arbitration and Mediator Certification to serve as a Circuit Court Mediator. Tara is a resident of Charleston, South Carolina.

  • Career Law Clerk, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Carolina, June 2016–August 2018

  • Adams and Reese, LLP, January 2014–June 2016 Partner, Transactions and Corporate Advisory Services Practice Group

  • Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA, January 1993–January 2014, Shareholder, Practice Group Leader Banking and Financial Services Team

Representative Experience +

  • Represented a large financial institution in the Chapter 11 reorganization of a long-haul shipping company, negotiating adequate protection and plan treatment.
  • Represented a financial institution in a bankruptcy case involving a failed mixed-use development.
  • Represented a state chartered bank in Chapter 12 matters involving family farmers.
  • Represented a regional financial institution in the negotiation and implementation of a forbearance agreement involving several complex commercial loans.
  • Represented a trade creditor in numerous preference actions brought by debtors, creditor's trusts, or bankruptcy trustees, in various bankruptcy cases across the country.
  • Served as a receiver in connection with a judgment creditor’s attempt to collect a commercial debt.

Professional & Community Involvement +

  • Co-Chair, Ethics and Professional Compensation Committee - American Bankruptcy Institute (2018)
  • Member, Carolina’s Chapter International Women’s Restructuring and Insolvency Confederation (2003–2017, Chair 2013)
  • Board Member and Chair, South Carolina Bar Specialization Advisory Board - Bankruptcy and Debtor/Creditor Law
  • President, South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association (2002)
  • Member, Gibbes Museum Women’s Council (2013–2016)

Awards & Recognition +

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers®, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
  • Lawyer of the Year in Charleston, SC - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, South Carolina Best Lawyers, (2015, 2013, 2012)
  • South Carolina Best Lawyers - Litigation-Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Certified specialist - Bankruptcy-Debtor/Creditor Law, South Carolina Supreme Court
  • Certified mediator - Supreme Court of South Carolina
  • Leadership South Carolina, Class of 2013
  • Fellow, The Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative, Midlands Spring XXI Class (2016)

Reported Cases +

  • American Federal Bank v. Number One Main Joint Venture, 467 S.E.2d 439 (SC 1995)
  • In re Coates, 180 B.R. 110 (Bankr. D.S.C. 1995)

Articles & Publications +

  • “I Confess! The Ethical Obligation to Tattle on Yourself,” XXXVII ABI Journal 10, 22-23, 66, October 2018
  • Third-Party Litigation Financing: Do We Need It? Is It Worth the Risks?, XXXV ABI Journal 5, 16-17, 64-65, May 2016
  • Co-Author, Judges, Guns, and Facebook: Social Media Lessons for Businesses from the Tactical Firearms Case, June 2, 2015
  • Contributing Author: South Carolina Construction Law Deskbook
  • Dischargeability of Student Loan Debt in Bankruptcy, May 22, 2014
  • Contributor, Children’s Definitions of Truth and Their Competency as Witnesses in Legal Proceedings, 15 Law and Human Behavior 253 (1990)

Court Admissions +

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, District of South Carolina
  • South Carolina State Courts
  • North Carolina State Courts
  • Georgia State Courts


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education

University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, 2009

University of South Carolina Honors College, with Honors, BA, 2006

contact

803.722.7882
afloyd@bealLLC.com

 

Adam Floyd

Of Counsel

Adam represents distressed businesses and individuals in out of court and bankruptcy court restructurings and liquidations. He represents debtors, creditors, trustees, committees and other parties in interest in cases under all chapters of the Bankruptcy Code. Adam has substantial experience with complex bankruptcy litigation, particularly litigating fraudulent conveyance, preference and other causes of action on behalf of Chapter 7 trustees. Adam also has experience with sales of operating businesses free and clear of liens through the chapter 11 process.

Representative Experience +

  • Counsel to multiple creditors in the Westinghouse Chapter 11 bankruptcy case
  • Counsel to numerous defendants in fraudulent convergence and related litigation
  • Counsel to the largest secured creditor of a restaurant chain with approximately 40 locations
  • Debtor’s counsel in the South Carolina Chapter 11 case of a 100-employee trucking and logistics company
  • Chapter 11 Trustee counsel in the South Carolina Chapter 11 case of a 300-employee, $50 million seed business and nursery
  • Debtor’s counsel in the South Carolina Chapter 11 case of a 200-employee nursery and garden supplier to major retail outlets
  • Counsel for the Chapter 7 Trustee in approximately fifteen South Carolina Chapter 7 bankruptcies involving extensive asset recovery and litigation
  • Counsel to the largest secured creditor in several South Carolina Chapter 11 and 12 cases regarding farming and agriculture businesses

Professional & Community Involvement +

  • Member, South Carolina Bar
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association
  • Member, Advisory Committee on South Carolina Local Bankruptcy Rules and Practice (2015–2016)
  • Member, South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association (2009–present)
  • Speaker, South Carolina Bank Law Association Annual Conference, Advanced Issues of Perfection and priority (May 2013)

Awards & Recognition +

  • 2011 Transaction of the Year, Jackson & Perkins/Park Seed (contributing attorney)

Court Admissions +

  • South Carolina State Courts
  • U. S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U. S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Carolina


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education

University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, 2004

University of South Carolina, Magna cum laude, BA, 2001

contact

803.722.7881
kmccoy@bealLLC.com

 

Keely M. McCoy

Of counsel

Keely joined Beal, LLC in 2016 where her practice has focused on representing financially distressed businesses and individuals. Keely has also represented numerous contractors and subcontractors in a large Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. Prior to joining Beal, LLC Keely served as general counsel for a South Carolina manufacturing company. Her experience includes negotiating and drafting contracts and buy-sell agreements, corporate restructurings, legal compliance, general human resource support, and litigation.

Representative Experience +

  • Prepare, file, prosecute and resolve claims for clients in a large Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of a nuclear construction company: In re Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, et al., 17-10751 (S.D.N.Y. 2017)
  • Assist in the defense of insurance companies in a coverage and bad faith suit in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case: Joe Gibson’s AutoWorld, Inc. v. Zurich North America Insurance Company and Universal Underwriters Insurance Company, CA:08-4215-hb
  • General Counsel, Lang-Mekra North America, LLC in Ridgeway, SC. Lang-Mekra is a Tier 1 supplier for the commercial trucking industry; its customers include the leading commercial truck manufacturers in the country (2011-2015)
  • Assist in the defense of statewide class action lawsuit against South Carolina car dealerships: Herron v. Dick Dyer et al, CA: 2006-CP-02-1230

Professional & Community Involvement +

  • Member, Business Advisory Committee, Midtown Fellowship Church (2016–Present)
  • Member, Columbia Business Group (2016-Present)
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, Lang-Mekra North America Foundation (2013-2015)
  • Attorney Coach, Crayton Middle School Mock Trial Team (2012)

Reported Cases +

  • McComb v. Conard, 394 S.C. 416; 715 S.E.2d 662 (Ct. App. 2011)
  • Hackworth v. Greywood at Hammett, LLC, 385 S.C. 110, 682 S.E.2d 871 (Ct. App. 2009)
  • Harley v. Bradford, 231 Fed.Appx. 269, 2007 WL 1880370 (4th Cir. 2007)
  • Stewart v. Beaufort County, 481 F.Supp.2d 483 (D.S.C. 2007)

Court Admissions +

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Carolina
  • South Carolina State Courts


Carol Cooper

paralegal


Contact

803.722.7880
ccooper@bealllc.com


Georgia Vernon

paralegal


contact

803.722.7883
gvernon@bealllc.com


Kristi Cooper

project assistant


contact

803.728.0803
kcooper@bealllc.com