Bonnie L. Clair

Bonnie L. Clair

Bonnie L. Clair

Tel: 314.991.4999
Fax:  314.991.2413
Email: bclair@summerscomptonwells.com
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Practice Description

Bonnie Clair focuses on three things in her legal practice.

First, she fixes broken businesses. Bonnie regularly advises businesses on filing bankruptcy and helps businesses negotiate with lenders or taxing authorities. Additionally, Bonnie utilizes her legal skills to help a business analyze its financial, operational and management issues in order to decide whether to stay in business and how to continue in business going forward.

Second, Bonnie assists businesses and individuals that are owed money. She represents suppliers or landlords when customers or tenants file bankruptcy, sometimes in committee groups in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Bonnie files suits to help lenders recover collateral or to help clients collect receivables. She helps clients make and defend claims in bankruptcy court. Additionally, she handles state law receiverships and assignments for the benefit of creditors and represents clients in litigation matters such as mechanic's lien suits, foreclosures and consumer finance litigation defense. Bonnie offers customized training on bankruptcy and collections, including compliance training to help clients avoid minimize liability in those areas.

Third, she helps businesses and individuals that owe money in many contexts. Bonnie represents parties in preference litigation and other actions that only exist under the Bankruptcy Code. She works with clients' creditors to restructure debts and negotiate payment arrangements.

Bonnie works to provide options for businesses and individuals that are in or dealing with other parties in financial distress. From a family facing foreclosure to a $500M business that lacks sufficient working capital, dealing with money can be difficult and stressful for everyone. As a financial law professional, Bonnie helps her clients respond to and overcome these difficulties.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Washington University School of Law (J.D., 1993)
    • Articles Editor, Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law (now Journal of Law & Policy), 1992-93
  • Duke University (A.B., 1990)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • New York (inactive)

Court Admissions

  • Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
  • Southern and Central Districts of Illinois
  • Seventh and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, 1995-Present; Business Reorganization; Bankruptcy Litigation, and Consumer Bankruptcy Committees.
  • Investigator/Mediator – The Missouri Bar Committee on Fee Dispute Resolution, 2000-Present.
  • Arbitrator - Madison County, Illinois Panel, 2010-Present.
  • Chapter 13 Plan Committee, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2006-07.
  • Court Website Committee, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 2006.

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 24th ed. (2017-2018) and 25th ed. (2018-2019).
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2011-2016.
  • "Superb" Rating, Avvo, 2014.
  • Martindale-Hubbell “BV” Rated.

News

Publications

  • Co-Author, "Representations to Your Representation: Pre-Argument Preview of Lamar, Archer & Cofrin LLP v. Appling", American Bankruptcy Institute Consumer Bankruptcy Newsletter, May 2018.
  • Co-Author, “Supreme Court Finally Takes Up Chapter 13 Confirmation Finality”, Amer. Bankr. Inst. J., Feb. 2015, at 14-15, 66. 
  • Author, “Is the Ombudsman for You?:  7 Hills Radiology and the Application of 11 U.S.C. § 333”, American Bankruptcy Institute Health Care Committee Newsletter, October 2007.
  • Editor, American Bankruptcy Institute Seventh Circuit Volo Case Update Panel, 2010-15.
  • Editor, American Bankruptcy Institute Seventh Circuit Listserv Case Update, 2003-06.

Seminars & Presentations

  • Bankruptcy Update/Missouri Garnishment and Judgment Law Amendments; University of Missouri – Kansas City Annual Fifteen Hour Review of Law, Clayton, MO, June 30, 2015.
  • Current Developments; Annual Bankruptcy Institute of the Missouri Bar, St. Louis, MO, February 28, 2015.
  • Key Amendments to Missouri Judgment and Garnishment Statutes; Risk Management Association (St. Louis Chapter), January 22, 2015.
  • Bankruptcy Update; University of Missouri – Kansas City Annual Fifteen Hour Review of Law, St. Louis, MO, June 13, 2014/Clayton, MO, June 30, 2014.
  • If Someone is Broke, You Can Fix It – and Still Get Paid: Bankruptcy Issues in the Employment Practice; Eighth Circuit Regional Meeting of the National Employment Lawyers’ Association, St. Louis, MO, April 20, 2012.
  • Bankruptcy Update/Chapter 11:  Not Just for Businesses Any More; University of Missouri - Kansas City Annual Fifteen Hour Review of Law, St. Louis, MO, June 24, 2011/Clayton, MO, June 30, 2011.
  • Litigating Employment Claims in the Twilight Zone:  Handling Bankruptcy Issues in the Context of
  • Litigation, Presentation to St. Louis Chapter of National Employment Lawyers’ Association, St. Louis, MO, January 27, 2010.
  • Bankruptcy for Cocktail Parties; University of Missouri - Kansas City Annual Fifteen Hour Review of Law, Clayton, MO, June 19, 2009/St. Louis, MO, June 30, 2009.
  • Essential Bankruptcy Issues Impacting Collection Law; National Business Institute, Clayton, MO, November 7, 2007.
  • Opportunities in Bankruptcy Law (Panel Member); National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges/National Bar Association Outreach Program, San Francisco, CA, November 2006.
  • Understanding the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005 – Chapter 11 Under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act/Ethics – New Issues Under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act; Lorman Education Services, St. Louis, MO, January 31, 2006.