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David Warfield

Partner

St. Louis
314 552 6079 direct

David is a 30-year veteran of the financial restructuring world who provides practical, straight-forward advice to all types of institutions that interact with a distressed business.

As the lead attorney for multiple high-profile matters, David is skilled at managing complex restructurings and unraveling the competing interests of all relevant parties. In both in-court bankruptcies and out-of-court workouts, David has led work on many complex, multi-party matters, including one recent case involving a large-scale fraud and tens of thousands of consumer claims. His clients include debtors, senior secured lenders, bondholders, creditors' committees, receivers and asset purchasers.

Tapping his business education, David looks for creative solutions that satisfy the diverse constituencies of a distressed business. He puts a premium on speed, as value erodes and options diminish nearly every day in a financial restructuring. David's quick thinking and persistence helps clients preserve value and plan for the future even as "the ice cube melts."

Blogs

New tax law eliminates NOL carry backs

Managers of insolvent Missouri LLCs have no fiduciary duty to creditors

Two non-conventional uses for Missouri’s new receivership statute

Chapter 12 family farmer cases in Missouri: A look inside the numbers

7 things you should know about the new Missouri Commercial Receivership Act

Eight things we learned from the Detroit bankruptcy

Sixth Circuit rules cows can be leased

U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Clark won’t impact inherited IRAs of Missouri residents

Receivership reforms, part four: Borrowing from the Bankruptcy Code

Receivership reforms, part three: Creditors’ rights and priority of claims

Thompson Coburn Publications

Amendments to Chapter 12 make it easier for a family farmer to reorganize

Parsing the legal and financial impact from Detroit’s bankruptcy

TCLEs

Seven Things You Should Know About the Missouri Commercial Receivership Act

Publications

Author, "The Three Giants of Bankruptcy Law in St. Louis,"
Accepted for publication 2018

Contributor
Non-Bankruptcy Alternatives 2017

"Managers of insolvent Missouri LLCs have no fiduciary duty to creditors,"
Credit Report Blog, December 2016

"Two non-conventional uses for Missouri's new receivership statute,"
Credit Report Blog, November 2016

"Chapter 12 family farmers cases in Missouri: A look inside the numbers,"
Credit Report Blog, September 2016

"Farm Bankruptcies"
Emerging Issues in Agricultural Lending Symposium, sponsored by the University of Missouri 2016

Webinar, "Seven Things You Should Know About the New Missouri Commercial Receivership Act"
sponsored by TC 2016

Contributor MOBar CLE
Bankruptcy Practice Deskbook 2015

"Lender Liability"
Emerging Issues in Agricultural Lending Symposium, sponsored by the University of Missouri 2015

"Sixth Circuit rules cows can be leased";
Credit Report Blog, September 2014

"U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Clark won’t impact inherited IRAs of Missouri residents";
Credit Report Blog, June 2014

"Could a Detroit-style bankruptcy happen here?";
St. Louis Business Journal, September 2013

Four-part series: "Why Missouri’s receivership law is due for reform";
Credit Report Blog, September 2013

"New credit agreement language goes into effect in Missouri on August 28";
Credit Report Blog, August 2013

News

Congratulations to our 14 ‘Lawyers of the Year’ for 2019

116 Thompson Coburn attorneys featured in 2019 Best Lawyers® list

Congratulations to our 15 St. Louis ‘Lawyers of the Year’

David Warfield talks US Fidelis case on CNBC’s ‘American Greed’

Sixth Circuit rules cows can be leased

112 Thompson Coburn attorneys featured in 2015 Best Lawyers list

Federal judge rules sovereign immunity bars claims related to industrial development bonds

Detroit’s bankruptcy: What’s it got to do with St. Louis?

David Warfield writes article on Detroit bankruptcy for St. Louis Business Journal

Thompson Coburn closes acquisition of Lion’s Choice restaurants