Thomas D. Maxson

Bar/Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd and 6th Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1991
  • B.A., Economics, Indiana University-Bloomington, 1988

Tom represents clients in various aspects of commercial finance, bankruptcy, the Uniform Commercial Code, and creditors’ rights including secured lending transactions, preference and fraudulent transfer actions, mortgage foreclosures, enforcement of judgments, import and export control matters, collection matters, commercial lien disputes and general corporate transactions. Tom is a member of the Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights and International Business Groups.


  • Represents secured and unsecured creditors in complex restructuring workouts and bankruptcy matters. Bankruptcy experience includes successfully defending creditors in preference and fraudulent transfer litigation, drafting reorganization plans, creditor committee representation, negotiating and advising clients on executory contract and lease assumption issues, selling bankruptcy claims, and enforcement of reclamation rights and related litigation
  • Represents lenders and borrowers in structuring, negotiating and documenting secured credit transactions. Counsels suppliers, senior and junior lenders in complex subordination, intercreditor and guaranty transactions, including negotiating and drafting operative documents
  • Provides guidance on import and export control matters including Section 301 tariff exclusion request petitions, export compliance (EAR), and OFAC sanctions compliance
  • Extensive experience in general commercial contract negotiations and drafting, including supply contracts, equipment leases, and asset purchase agreements
  • Successfully conducts real estate foreclosure sales and other judgment executions and collection actions
  • Represents both buyers and sellers of assets in distressed liquidation sales under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and the Bankruptcy Code
  • Board Certified – Business Bankruptcy Law – American Board of Certification
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member, The Economic Club of Pittsburgh
  • Greater Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Association – AIM – Advocacy Chairman, Pittsburgh Walk Planning Committee, Alzheimer’s Congressional Team Member
  • Selected to the 2015-2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for Creditor Debtor Rights
  • Selected to the 2013 and 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for Bankruptcy Law
  • Presenter, “Executory Contracts Under Bankruptcy,” Lorman Education Services Live Webinar, May 2019
  • Co-Presenter, “Enhancing Your Credit and Collection Rights-Before and After Your Customer or Supplier Goes into Bankruptcy,” Cohen & Grigsby CLE Day, April 2018
  • Panelist for Allegheny County Bar Association’s Annual Bankruptcy Symposium
  • Seminar presenter, “Landlord and Tenant Law in Pennsylvania,” Sterling Education Series, August 2009
  • Author, “Protection for Suppliers under Bankruptcy Law Amendments,” The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly