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Barry Wilkie
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Barry Wilkie has a broad commercial practice that includes commercial litigation with a particular emphasis on creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and insolvency. Barry has represented creditors, bankruptcy trustees and creditors’ committees in all aspects of bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, liquidation and reorganization. He also represents many businesses.

Experience

Barry has over 30 years of creditors’ rights and bankruptcy law experience, spanning a variety of businesses and industries and involving all aspects of bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, reorganization and work-outs. He has been very active in complex, multi-party lawsuits. These lawsuits have involved a range of issues from the propriety of leveraged buy-outs, to fraudulent conveyances, preferences, collateral priorities, theft, embezzlement and fraud. He has acted as counsel for creditors, bankruptcy trustees, creditors’ committees and investors. He has also been special court appointed counsel for a wholly owned subsidiary of a public, debtor company.

Barry’s practice in courts other than bankruptcy often involves many of the same type of issues that arise in bankruptcy. He has represented numerous oilfield equipment, collections and supply companies in a variety of issues in the oil patch, including the foreclosure of oil and gas liens. Barry has also provided consultation for the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association and its members in connection with the filing and perfecting of Colorado oil and gas liens.

Barry’s practice is not limited to bankruptcy and litigation. He also provides legal counsel and guidance to other members of the firm on finance, securitization, collateralization and bankruptcy substantive consolidation issues in commercial transactions. He represents numerous clients with all of their day-to-day legal matters, including the drafting and negotiation of contracts, financing, dispute resolution, the purchase and sale of businesses and assets and contract compliance.

Honors / Distinctions

  • 2011 Super Lawyers, Business Edition – Bankruptcy
  • 2009-2010 Colorado Super Lawyers – Bankruptcy & Credit/Debtor Rights
  • 2009-2010 Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition – Bankruptcy
  • Drake Law Review, Associate Casenotes Editor, 1979-1980
  • Order of the Coif
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Admitted to Practice Before

  • Colorado (all courts)
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association

 

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EDUCATION

J.D., Drake University, 1980 (with Honors)

B.S., Iowa State University, 1977 (With Distinction)

LICENSED IN

Colorado

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By Paul L. Vorndran Selling an annuity while advising investors about their securities investments will subject you to enforcement action by the Colorado Securities Commissioner. In the summer of 2018, the Colorado Securities Commissioner (Commissioner) adopted a rule which provides that an insurance agent who receives commissions from the sale of insurance products, where the […]

Investment or Financial Professional Titles: Making Sense of It All

(Originally published December 1, 2015) By Paul L. Vorndran Deciding upon whom to trust to deliver accurate and fair advice is an investor’s first difficult decision. In the investment world, a number of titles may be used by a professional offering various investments. But most of these are marketing tools issued by various organizations, and […]

ETF Recommendations Under Scrutiny

(Originally published December 1, 2015) By Paul L. Vorndran Regulators have been warning investors about investing in Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs), a unit investment trust or open-end investment company whose shares represent an interest in a portfolio of securities that track an underlying benchmark or index.  In June 2009, those warnings were directed to broker-dealers and […]

Reid Godbolt Awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado

Jones & Keller is pleased to announce that Reid A. Godbolt has been awarded the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado. The Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon an attorney who has demonstrated outstanding lifetime contributions to religion, profession and country. “I am humbled and honored by this award and […]

Colorado Rejects Williamson “Presumption”

(Originally published December 1, 2015) By Paul L. Vorndran A panel of the Colorado Court of Appeals issued an opinion giving the Colorado Securities Commissioner a victory in a long standing effort to regulate joint ventures and general partnerships. In Rome v. HEI Resources, Inc. et al, 2014 CA 160, the Court first held that there is […]

Colorado Investment Adviser Revoked for Non-Securities Transactions

(Originally published December 1, 2015) By Paul L. Vorndran As a cautionary tale, Colorado licensed investment advisers should be mindful that non-securities transactions with their clients will be scrutinized by the Colorado Divisions of Securities. In December 2013, Secure Retirement Group, Inc. doing business as Secure Financial Group, Inc. and its principal, David L. Gonzales, […]

Colorado Securities Commissioner Loses Important Case Interpreting Definition of ‘Security’

(Originally published December 1, 2015) by Paul Vorndran Denver District Court recently determined that oil and gas joint venture interests promoted by Colorado companies HEI Resources, Inc. and Heartland Energy Development Corporation were not securities under the Colorado Securities Act. On October 17, 2013 following an intensely contested case brought by the Colorado Securities Commissioner, […]

Definition of ‘Note’ in Colorado Securities Act Limited

(Originally published March 17, 2016) by Paul L. Vorndran The Colorado Court of Appeals reversed a criminal conviction for securities fraud pursuant to C.R.S. § 11-51-501(1)(b) finding the trial court erred in refusing to give a proffered instruction that not all promissory notes are securities for purposes of the Colorado Securities Act (CSA).  In People v. Mendenhall, […]

Tax Traps for the Unwary

TAX TRAPS FOR THE UNWARY – EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION ISSUES IN M&A TRANSACTIONS (PART I: SECTION 280G) By Charles E. Wern, JD, LLM and D. Laird Blue, JD, LLM, Shareholders, Jones & Keller, PC Changes to the U.S. regulatory landscape and corporate tax law structure could spark increased M&A deal activity and strategic partnering in the banking […]

Jones & Keller President Brad H. Hamilton in Independent Banker

President of Jones & Keller and well-known securities attorney, Brad H. Hamilton, was quoted by Independent Banker in an article by Karen Epper Hoffman on the need for community banks to understand cybersecurity issues; how to provide cybersecurity direction at board meetings and executive events; learning to present online security issues in basic terms; introducing […]

Denver Business Journal Recognizes Jones & Keller, P.C. Women in Law

We are pleased to announce our women attorneys at Jones & Keller were covered in the April 27th edition of the Denver Business Journal, Women in Law. Congratulations to our attorneys, and thank you to the Denver Business Journal for focusing our attention to the important role they possess in our community.

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