Catherine K. Hopkin

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Catherine K. Hopkin

Catherine Hopkin is co-chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights Department.  She has successfully represented clients in commercial and individual Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings that resulted in successful plan confirmations; confessed judgment actions; commercial foreclosures; workouts; collection actions; guarantor litigation; tax sale foreclosures; and a wide variety of other creditors’ rights actions. 

Representative Cases

Ms. Hopkin’s experience includes:

  • Acting as the primary substitute trustee and counsel for various foreclosing lenders in commercial foreclosures of properties located throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C.; many properties have sold for several million dollars, and Ms. Hopkin has also successfully represented lenders in subsequent post-foreclosure litigation, including interpleader actions and successful dismissal of the borrower/owner’s appeal of a foreclosure;

  • Serving as the primary substitute trustee and counsel for foreclosing lender in a commercial foreclosures of multiple apartment complexes located in the District of Columbia and Maryland, that each respectively sold for several million dollars;

  • Acting as primary substitute trustee and counsel for several different foreclosure matters involving the Small Business Association and its 504 Loan and secondary market pooling program.

  • Representing clients as sole workout counsel to multiple commercial borrowers and individual guarantors located through the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia, involving multiple hotel/motel properties, retail stores, and an office condominium;

  • Serving as sole counsel for a defendant/guarantor of commercial debt in a federal collection action, which resulted in the court overturning a seven-figure default against the individual that was obtained prior to Ms. Hopkin’s involvement;

  • Representing a secured creditor/financial institution in all aspects of the Wisp ski resort bankruptcy proceedings;

  • Playing a key role in the representation of a Chapter 11 proceeding involving a Baltimore company that resulted in the sale of the debtor’s business for $26 million; the deal was recognized by Global M&A Network, who selected Tydings as a finalist in “Small Mid Markets Cross Border Distressed M&A Deal of the Year” at the 2015 Turnaround Atlas Awards. Ms. Hopkin’s involvement included high-level coordination and negotiation with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation regarding termination of the debtor’s pension plan;

  • Assisting debtors in a Chapter 11 reorganization involving the pre-emption of a local statute.Ms. Hopkin was a member of the team that worked with the county government to enact new legislation that now permits a financial hardship exception to the existing legislation.As a result, the debtors were able to successfully reorganize.The creditors are projected to receive 100 cents on the dollar, and even the county, which had previously opposed the reorganization, will receive substantialrevenue from the fees associated with the new legislation;

  • Negotiating a Section 363 sale of all a debtor’s assets in a liquidation of a restaurant in Howard County with nearly 50 employees; and

  • Negotiating and treating leases with third parties, including numerous electrical supply contracts with government agencies and national entities, in a reorganization of a wholesale electric distribution supply company.

Among the opinions in which Ms. Hopkin has represented clients are:

  • Dang v. Quicken Loans, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54836 (D. Md., Apr. 17, 2013), aff’d In re Dang, 544 Fed. Appx. 205 (4th Cir. 2013) (one of the first cases in this district to discuss the issue and application of Stern v. Marshall in the District of Maryland)

  • LBCMT2007-C3 Urbana Pike, LLC v. Sheppard, U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49522 (D. Md. 2014) (landmark case involving pleading standard for affirmative defenses in the District of Maryland)

  • In re Carter, 500 B.R. 739 (Bankr. D. Md. 2013)

  • Coler v. Draper, U.S. Dist. LEXIS 152476 (D. Md. 2012)

Leadership

Ms. Hopkin is the chapter events chair and a member of the Board of Directors of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland for which she has also served on various committees, including the complex Chapter 11 committee.  She is a member of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation - Greater Maryland Network (IWIRC) and serves on the organization's board of directors and Communications Committee, as well as co-editor of its newsletter.

In 2016, Chambers USA recognized Ms. Hopkin as a leader in the Maryland bankruptcy/ restructuring field.  Additionally, since 2013, Maryland Super Lawyers Magazine has named Ms. Hopkin to its list for her bankruptcy practice.

In addition to her professional activities, Ms. Hopkin provides pro bono services through the Debtor Assistance Project (DAP), a bankruptcy clinic formed to assist current and potential pro se debtors.DAP’s goal is to reach out to debtors and provide them with experienced counsel as they navigate the bankruptcy process.  DAP is a collaboration among the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the Maryland State Bar Association Consumer Bankruptcy Section, the Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland, the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, the Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service, and other local organizations.

Ms. Hopkin previously served on the advisory committee for the Academy of Law at the National Academy Foundation-Baltimore (NAF-Baltimore) as well as the Board of Directors of Baltimore Academies, Inc., an affiliate of NAF-Baltimore.NAF-Baltimore is a high school located in Baltimore City that allows high school students citywide to major in fields related to their specific academy while completing the basic state requirements for the high school diploma.The programs are jointly funded by the Baltimore City Public Schools System, the business community, private foundations, and the National Academy Foundation.

Ms. Hopkin graduated from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, cum laude, where she was associate editor of the Journal of Health Care, Law, & Policy.She began her legal education at New York Law School.  While attending New York Law School, she was a John Marshall Harlan Scholar, a member of the law review, and a research assistant to Professor Kenneth C. Kettering focusing on debtor/creditor law and secured transactions.

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Education

  • University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2006)
  • University of Maryland - College Park (B.A. in Journalism, 2003)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • State of Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
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  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland
  • American Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation - Greater Maryland Network
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  • Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland, Board of Directors, 2013-2017; Chapter Events Chair, 2017; Complex Chapter 11 Committee, 2016; and Baltimore Chair, 2014-2015
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation - Greater Maryland Network, Board of Directors, 2015-; Co-editor, Newsletter, 2015-; Communications Committee, 2013-
  • Debtor Assistance Project, Pro Bono Service Volunteer
  • National Academy Foundation-Baltimore, Advisory Committee for the Academy of Law, 2009-2011
  • Baltimore Academies, Inc., Board of Directors, 2010-2011
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