Allison Colón is senior counsel in the New Orleans office of Gordon & Rees. Ms. Colón began her legal career as a bankruptcy attorney, primarily representing corporate debtors, creditor committees, and secured creditors in chapter 11 proceedings. Ms. Colón has since expanded her practice to encompass complex commercial litigation, business transactions, and general commercial bankruptcy/insolvency matters.
As a litigator, Ms. Colón’s practice consists primarily of contractual disputes in the oil and gas, energy, maritime, construction, and shipping industries. Ms. Colón’s litigation experience includes commercial construction disputes, product liability claims, intellectual property matters, judgment enforcement/debt collection, officer and director liability claims, business tort disputes, and personal injury/wrongful death actions. Ms. Colón has appeared in state, federal, and arbitral forums throughout the country.
Ms. Colón’s practice also encompasses corporate transactions, such as entity formation, borrowing/refinancing, corporate acquisitions, asset disposition, and requests for equitable adjustment to government contracts. Additionally, Ms. Colón has negotiated, drafted, and reviewed a wide array of contracts, including construction contracts, master service agreements, intercreditor agreements, security agreements, operating agreements, joint venture agreements, and teaming agreements.
As part of her commercial bankruptcy/insolvency practice, Ms. Colón primarily represents secured creditors and trade creditors in chapter 11 proceedings and related litigation. Ms. Colón also utilizes her extensive bankruptcy experience to promote her clients’ interests in general business matters and commercial disputes. Ms. Colón provides strategic advice to corporate clients on the legal risks associated with contract counterparty insolvency and minimizing economic risks in the event of a contract counterparty’s subsequent financial distress. Additionally, clients routinely request that Ms. Colón evaluate the economic impact of a contract counterparty’s actual bankruptcy-filing and provide a recommended course of action for protecting their interests. Likewise, Ms. Colón’s commercial bankruptcy experience is invaluable in her representation of clients in corporate transactions and litigation matters as it enables her to account for the economic risks of a counterparty’s or litigation adversary’s subsequent insolvency as a matter of course.
Ms. Colón’s bankruptcy experience includes the representation of corporate debtors, secured creditors, independent directors, creditor committees, secured lenders, DIP lenders, bank groups, private equity funds, contract counterparties, and trade creditors in chapter 11 proceedings, as well as bankruptcy-related litigation matters. Ms. Colón has handled bankruptcy-related litigation involving claims to recover preferential payments and fraudulent transfers, claims for turnover, claims against officers and directors for breach of fiduciary duties, and claims for recharacterization and equitable subordination. Ms. Colón’s bankruptcy experience also extends to the international arena, as she has advised clients of the legal effect of foreign bankruptcy proceedings on U.S. security interests and represented a potential debtor under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana
U.S. District Court, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas
U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Mississippi
American Bar Association
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