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  • Education
    • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 1982
    • B.A., Phi Kappa Phi, University of Puget Sound, 1979, cum laude
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
Jane Pearson effectively solves companies’ legal problems and produces outcomes aligning with their business objectives. Jane’s practice focuses on financial restructuring and strategic advice in the complex areas of solvency, bankruptcy, creditors rights and commercial transactions.

With over 35 years of experience, clients turn to her for counsel in bankruptcies and receiverships, and out-of-court asset sales, commercial foreclosure, restructuring and workouts to meet best practices in the industry. She has represented a wide variety of clients, including lenders, secured and unsecured creditors, equity interest holders, committees and trustees, on matters related to workouts and Chapter 11 cases.

Jane also has extensive experience in resolving Ponzi schemes through the Chapter 11 plan confirmation process. In addition, Jane served as a past president of the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington and as a previous co-chair of the Western District of Washington Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.
  • Represented Official Consolidated Investors’ Committee in Meridian Investment Funds consolidated bankruptcy cases, which was largest Ponzi to date in Western District of Washington, with over 750 individuals who were defrauded of over $150 million in what appeared to be a real estate investment company. Confirmed Joint Plan of Liquidation with chapter 11 trustee, and represent the Oversight Committee in performance of its duties under the Liquidating Trust created under the Plan. Local counsel for prosecution of causes of action held by individual investors arising from any matter regarding the Meridian Funds transferred to the Liquidating Trust.
  • Represented a private investment company in its acquisition, through the formation of Bennu Glass LLC and foreclosure of senior liens, of the assets of a glass bottle manufacturing facility in Kalama, Washington; served as Bennu’s outside counsel during its repair and operation of the plant, marketing through Mesirow Financial and sale to a division of Owens-Illinois.
  • Represented Official Unsecured Creditors Committee in the chapter 11 case of Natural Molecular Testing Corporation, a debtor in the pharmacogenomics testing industry. Obtained authority to pursue estate’s claims against principal, and appointment of a chapter 11 trustee. Represent trustee in prosecution of claims against principal.
  • Represented shareholder of Debtor in bitcoin mining business, and obtained dismissal of chapter 11 case to permit liquidation of bitcoins and resolution of claims outside bankruptcy.
  • Represent individual owners of closely held companies in a variety of industries in connection with the sale of their interests or the assets of their companies.
  • Represented American global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants in franchisee bankruptcy cases.
  • Represent lessees in various bankruptcy cases throughout the country.
  • Represent national retailer in various bankruptcy cases throughout the country.
  • Represent national loan servicer in workouts, foreclosures and loan sales.
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Bankruptcies Part I
Speaker, University of Houston Law Center, Advanced Real Estate Short Course
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Recent Developments
Speaker, Houston Bankruptcy Conference
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What You Need to Know About Creditors' Committees
Speaker, 1993 Coffee, Tea, and Bankruptcy Seminar Series
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Treatment of Commercial Real Estate Leases in Bankruptcy
Speaker, Coffee, Tea & Bankruptcy Series
September 1996
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Dealing with Bankruptcy in e-Commerce Slowdowns
Speaker, Doing Business Online, Law Seminar International
October 2001
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Chapter 7 Step-by-Step
Speaker, King County Bar Association
July 1993
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Real Estate Workouts in the New Millenium
December 2001
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Intellectual Property Issues Affected by Bankruptcy
Speaker, 7th Intellectual Property Institute, WSBA CLE
March 2002
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Bankruptcy and Foreclosures; Motions for Relief from Stay
Speaker, Foreclosures Without Fear, WSBA CLE
July 2003
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Leasing Issues in Bankruptcy: Enforcement of Anti-Assignment Clauses
Speaker, Tenth Annual WSBA Fall Real Estate Conference
November 2003