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Buffalo, NY, December 3, 2009 — Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC welcomes attorney Peter A. Muth to the Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Section of its Buffalo office. Muth, who has more than 30 years of experience, joins the firm as a senior attorney. He will continue to focus his practice on matters relating to bankruptcy, creditors' rights, business reorganizations and customs law.

As a former member of the Financial Services and Bankruptcy Department of Hodgson Russ LLP, Muth has handled thousands of foreclosure matters, both residential and commercial (including hotels, restaurants, nursing homes, farms and shopping malls), with the attendant receiverships, bankruptcy litigation and evictions. For commercial foreclosures, he has worked on accompanying UCC Article 9 sales, forbearance agreements and loan modifications.

Muth joins Bankruptcy attorney Maureen T. Bass, who came to the firm in August as an associate in the Buffalo office.

About Muth

Muth has been involved in a variety of business litigation in both federal and state courts, generally centered on account collections, orders of attachment and replevin actions, and also including lender liability issues, partition actions, UCC Article 3 and 4 litigation. He has handled actions on behalf of clients against employees (generally through erroneous over payment of benefits or departing employee's failure to reimburse employer for tuition costs), and Medicaid (NAMI related) cases for local nursing homes.

He has provided counsel for general creditor and (occasionally, debtor) representation in Chapter 11 bankruptcies, including preference actions and reclamation rights.

At Hodgson Russ, he managed the collection area and its paralegals, which included consumer collections for many area banks. The work required knowledge of and strict compliance with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act as it affected the firm's consumer collections. He also handled FDCPA defense cases. Additionally, he performed loan workout work both on behalf of bank clients and on behalf of the firm's corporate clients, as well as handled collections for local U.S. Customs Brokers under the United States Customs Law.

Muth has been appointed by Buffalo's local Bankruptcy Court to serve as bankruptcy trustee in several major troubled Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, including a multi-million dollar farm reorganization and a substantial local restaurant chain.