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Joseph M. VanLeuven

Joe VanLeuven focuses on bankruptcy and debtor-creditor litigation and transactions, including reorganizations, liquidations, and Creditors’ Committee representation in Oregon and Southwest Washington. He provides transactional planning and advice on bankruptcy’s impact on secured transactions, loan guarantees, intellectual property licenses, and business sales. Joe regularly counsels clients on the sale and purchase of real estate, business assets, and intellectual property in bankruptcy.

He has experience with a broad range of industries and types of collateral, including some that present unique issues, such as aircraft, nursing homes, and franchise restaurants.

Joe is a frequent speaker on bankruptcy, foreclosure, and loan collection.

Representative Experience

East West Tea Company

Co-outside general counsel for manufacturer of “Yogi Tea,” advising and coordinating multiple engagements including trademark, tax, real estate, and general litigation. (Ongoing)

Cascade International Foods v. Transpacific Food

Representing berry broker in collection dispute under PACA with large customer. (Ongoing)

Fisher Farms

Representing lender in obtaining a receiver and liquidating a large commercial nursery in Oregon which secures a $16 million loan.(Ongoing)

Russell Cranberry Company

Representing lender in obtaining a receiver and foreclosing on a commercial cranberry farm securing a $2 million loan. (Ongoing)


Represented lenders in several dairy bankruptcies and workouts. (2005-2015)

Aircraft foreclosures

Represented lenders in multiple aircraft repossessions and foreclosures. (2010-2012)

In re Pollo West Corp.

Represented primary secured lender in multi-location franchise restaurant bankruptcy in Los Angeles. Negotiated 100 percent payment under plan. (2011-2012)

In re Town & Country Center LLC

Represented senior secured lender in shopping center bankruptcy. Defeated cram-down in contested confirmation hearing. (2011-2012)

In re Contessa Premium Foods

Represented major secured lender in successful bankruptcy sale of large Los Angeles seafood processor, resulting in 100 percent payment. (2011)

In re Nortel Networks, Inc.

Represented Microsoft in successful bid for block of internet address numbers in Delaware bankruptcy sale. (2011)

M&R Investments litigation

Represented senior lender to owner of skilled nursing facility in Fresno, Calif., where operator was in default to owner. Worked with owner’s lawyers to seek appointment of a receiver. Matter settled prior to appointment of receiver. (2011)

In re Cascade Grains, Inc.

Represented agent bank for senior loan syndicate in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of large grain ethanol plant. (2009-2010)

In re McGrath’s Publick Fish House

Represented major secured lender in multi-location restaurant bankruptcy in Oregon and Washington. (2010)

In re Summit Accommodators, Inc.

Represented affiliated exchange company in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of '1031 exchange' company. (2010)

Logan et al. v. Tiegs and Western Mortgage & Realty Co.

Defended federal court lawsuit involving claims for breach of contract and redemption of an equitable mortgage. Prevailed at jury trial. (2009-2010)

In re Farmington Center Salem

Represented senior lender to skilled nursing facility in contested Chapter 11. Filed and confirmed a joint creditor plan and resolved claim objections. Client paid in full through refinance under confirmed plan. (Bankr. Or. 2009)

Magno, LLC v. Capital One Bank

Defended bank against fraud and breach of contract claims; obtained dismissal of plaintiff's claims. (2009)

In re Aichele

Represented senior lender in a Chapter 12 farm bankruptcy. Obtained relief from stay to foreclose on equipment. Obtained nondischargeable judgment against debtor. Litigated lien priority issues. (2008)

In re Pierre Foods, Inc.

Represented member of secured lending syndicate in contesting confirmation of debtor's Chapter 11 plan. Client’s claims paid in full. (2008)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Instructor, "Asset Sales in Bankruptcy," Lorman Education Services CLE, 2009
  • Instructor on the topics of Chapter 12 bankruptcy, agricultural liens and forbearance agreements, Western School of Agriculture Lending, Reno, Nev. July 2006 & 2007

Professional Recognition

  • Selected by Best Lawyers as Portland's "Lawyer of the Year" in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2016
  • Selected to "Oregon Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2006, 2011-2017
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, by Best Lawyers, 2010-present