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Graham • Vaage has an established reputation for effective representation of its clients in all state courts, federal courts and bankruptcy courts.

Susan L. Vaage, a senior trial lawyer, has more than 30 years of extensive experience related to her areas of expertise. As part of the business and legal communities’ recognition of the firm’s excellence, Ms. Vaage was requested to co-author substantive treatises in one of her predominant practice areas: Matthew Bender Practice Guide: California Debt Collection and Enforcement of Judgments, and California Forms of Jury Instructions, Ch. 42A, Fraudulent Conveyance Instructions. She has also acted as a court-appointed receiver in matters involving these subject areas.

Graham • Vaage’s workout and loan restructuring abilities are of the highest quality. Our attorneys routinely assist clients with problem loan restructuring and workouts at all levels. The firm also has substantial experience both in the areas of law governing all types of collateral securing complex commercial credits, and in fashioning agreements that best preserve our clients’ rights in their collateral.

The Firm routinely represents business entities in all manner of transactional and litigation matters, including contracts, purchase/sale agreements, lease transactions, collection and defense actions. We are routinely referred matters from other lawyers and law firms who do not have the expertise to enforce and collect on the judgments they have obtained.

Our bankruptcy lawyers do not represent debtors, but only creditors, both in simple and in complex insolvency proceedings, including providing defenses against debtors’ and trustees’ claims, in preference and priority issues, and also both in routine and complex matters involving relief from automatic stay, non-dischargeability and cash collateral issues.

The Firm also offers extensive state court litigation experience in every aspect of financial institution litigation, including debt and collateral recovery matters, prejudgment remedies, receiverships, and defense matters. Our trial attorneys regularly defend major lender liability cases, and provide their expertise to clients to prevent or contain this type of exposure.

The members of this practice group routinely lecture to both attorneys and bankers, and have served on multiple Bar Association-related committees and organizations dealing with commercial and bankruptcy litigation.

The firm is also recognized for its skill in successfully and efficiently representing business owners, officers and directors, and guarantors in litigation, loan workouts, negotiations with lenders and bankruptcy trustees, as well as providing client representation in areas such as contractual disputes, employment litigation, personal injury, and agency liability.

Whenever resolving issues through the courts becomes necessary, our attorneys are recognized for their assertive approach, practical solutions, creative abilities, and successful results.