Aimee Willig joined the firm in 1993 after her externship to Bankruptcy Judge Sidney Volinn. Aimee represents companies, receivers and trustees in the area of commercial bankruptcy, receiverships and out-of-court restructurings.
Chambers USA, an independent directory that researches and assesses law firms and lawyers in America, calls Aimee a “fantastic attorney” and “leader” in restructurings and Chapter 11 proceedings on behalf of debtors and trustees.
Aimee has been named in Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Bankruptcy Section 2022; Best Lawyers® The Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2023 editions (Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law); Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2023 (Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Seattle, Washington); and has been selected to the Super Lawyers® list of Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorneys in Seattle, Washington from 2004–2022.
Additional Attorney Information
Bush Kornfeld represented a health care company that provided proton radiation out-patient treatment to cancer patients. The company successfully negotiated a prepackaged Plan of Reorganization to restructure its more than $125 million of secured debt, as well as the Center’s critical vendors. The Plan provided for a refinance of the obligations through issuance of bonds, and the Plan was confirmed 21 days after commencement of the Chapter 11 case.
Bush Kornfeld represented 7 related companies in consolidated Chapter 11 cases. The companies owned and operated several large oil/gas construction support vessels operating primarily in the Mexican Gulf of Mexico and needed to restructure their secured debt of approximately $50 million and their operating liabilities. The companies confirmed a Joint Plan of Reorganization that completed the restructure and allowed continued, profitable, uninterrupted operations.
Bush Kornfeld represented Chapter 11 representation of individual in personal Chapter 11 case that was consolidated with pending Chapter 11 of wholly owned LLC. The individual additionally owned interests in 26 separate LLCs, as well as substantial directly-owned commercial real estate holdings. Successfully confirmed Plan of Reorganization that restructured the direct and indirect liabilities to 11 lenders.
Bush Kornfeld represented a pod storage company in its Chapter 11, with a focus on selling the business/assets as a going concern. Successfully completed a Section 363 sale of the going concern assets.
Bush Kornfeld represented TC Global, Inc. (Tully's Coffee) in its sale process through Chapter 11, working with the company to set up an auction process and completing the details which lead to a closed-sale transaction sufficient to pay general unsecured creditors 90% of debt.
Bush Kornfeld represents James F. Rigby, Jr., Trustee of the Michael R. Mastro bankruptcy estate. The case involves over $600,000,000 in total debt and substantial litigation against various parties related to the Debtor.
Bush Kornfeld represented The Seattle Times in successfully restructuring its long-term debt, as well as other operational and related issues. As a result of the restructure, The Seattle Times remains viable and the sole-surviving daily newspaper in Seattle.
Bush Kornfeld represented Brown & Cole which initially operated 30 grocery stores in Northwest and Central Washington, with approximately 1,200 mostly union employees, and generating annual sales of almost $300 million. At the time of filing its Chapter 11 case, Brown & Cole’s secured debt exceeded $100 million. Brown & Cole confirmed an operating plan, successfully restructuring its capital structure and pension obligations to facilitate its continued operation.
Bush Kornfeld represented Coastal Community Bank in litigation defense of a protracted and complex avoidance action in Chapter 11 of co-borrower, resulting in an ultimate settlement approved by the Court.
Aimee has represented numerous Chapter 11 debtors, receivers, and companies in court and out-of-court sales of businesses as going concerns and asset sales.
Education & Bar Memberships
- Bachelor of Arts, English, magna cum laude, Seattle University, 1990
- Juris Doctor, Seattle University, 1993
- Member of Washington State Bar Association
- Admitted to Practice in Western and Eastern Districts of Washington, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Extern to Judge Sidney C. Volinn, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington
Presentations & Publications
- Preferences and Fraudulent Conveyances, Washington State Bar Association
- Fraudulent Transfers, King County Bar Association
- Bankruptcy Sales of Real Estate, Washington State Bar Association
- Recent Case Update, Bankruptcy Judges’ Conference
- Chapter 11 for Businesses & Individuals, Washington State Bar Association
- Co-Chair in Federal Bar Association Bankruptcy section
- Board Member for Turnaround Management Association Northwest Chapter
- Past Chair of Seattle-King County Bar Association Creditor-Debtor Section
- Extern to (Late) Judge Sidney Volinn in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington, 1993
- Speaker in CLE seminars on commercial debtor and creditor issues
- Volunteer for King County Bar Association Debt Clinic
- Mentor to Seattle University law students in providing pro bono legal services