William (Bill) W. Huckins is a bankruptcy and creditor's rights partner in the firm's San Francisco office and largely represents financial institutions, insurance companies and investment funds holding secured claims in bankruptcy court and state court proceedings. Among the secured creditors Bill has represented in bankruptcy court and state court proceedings are:
- U.S. Bank
- John Hancock Life Insurance Company
- Garrison Investment Group
- A top national lender
Bill also represents property owners, developers and franchisors in a variety of matters. Bill has successfully litigated numerous contested plan proceedings, including cram-down attempts, relief from stay proceedings, avoidance actions, equitable subordination claims, cash collateral proceedings, and lease and license assignments. Bill has also represented several asset purchasers in bankruptcy sale proceedings, including hotly contested asset purchases.
Bill's reported decisions include a variety of bankruptcy issues, such as:
- a tenant's right to retroactively reject nonresidential real property leases (In re At Home Corporation, 392 F.3d 1064 (9th Cir. 2004)) and
- a secured creditor's post-petition proceeds security interest under a blanket lien (In re Qmect, Inc., 373 B.R. 682 (N.D. Cal. 2007).
Bill has extensive business and commercial litigation experience involving lender liability claims, business torts, fraudulent transfer allegations, entity formation disputes, breach of contract claims, letter of credit issues and stock issuance disputes.
Bill provided pro bono legal representation to a non-profit women's organization in a protracted breach of contract trial.
Prior to embarking on a legal career, Bill worked as a management consultant and senior financial advisor in the restructuring arena.
- American Bar Association
- Bar Association of San Francisco
- California Bankruptcy Forum
- Receivers’ Forum
- Turnaround Management Association
Bill received his J.D. from the University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law and his B.S. in Business from the University of Colorado.