The attorneys in the Creditors’ Rights Practice Group have a wealth of experience representing creditors in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy situations.  We have successfully handled multimillion dollar loan defaults, asset seizures and injunctions in state and federal courts.  Our clients include national and local banks, financial institutions, lending institutions and businesses.

Because of our experience, our lawyers are skilled at crafting effective solutions to maximize recovery potential.  We routinely handle complex issues presented by problem loans, from workouts to commercial foreclosures to bankruptcy.  Our attorneys are among some of the most experienced in prosecuting suits to obtain pre-judgment attachment of debtor assets pending trial.  In bankruptcy, we represent secured and unsecured creditors and advise banks in providing debtor-in-possession financing.  We also provide value to our clients through knowledge of creditor remedies and experience in other disciplines, such as real estate, construction law, business law and municipal law.

  • Bank and Lender Representation
  • Collections
  • Commercial Bankruptcy
  • Contract Forfeitures
  • Deeds in Lieu of Foreclosure
  • Foreclosures
  • Fraudulent Conveyances
  • Pre-judgment Remedies
  • Lender Liability
  • Truth in Lending
  • Negotiation of Loan Workouts
Articles and Presentations

Donald Schultz, “Tenancy by Entirety Law in Virginia and United States v. Kraft”, Bankruptcy Law News (Summer 2003)

Donald Schultz, “Admiralty Law in a Bankruptcy Context”, Bankruptcy Law News (Winter 1995)

Honors and Awards
U.S. News – Best Lawyers Releases 2017 “Best Law Firms” Metropolitan Rankings

Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is proud to announce that the firm received a Tier 2 Metropolitan Ranking in Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law.

CWM Received Tier 2 Ranking by U.S. News and Best Lawyers

Crenshaw, Ware & Martin received a Tier 2 Metropolitan Ranking for the 2015 listing of “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News and Best Lawyers Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights Law and Bankruptcy Litigation.

2014 "Best Law Firm" Rankings Released by U.S. News and Best Lawyers

U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers have released the 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings, providing a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession. Crenshaw, Ware & Martin is proud to announce that the firm received a Tier 2 Metropolitan Ranking in Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy Litigation – Bankruptcy.

U.S. News and Best Lawyers Releases 2013 “Best Law Firms” Rankings

U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers have released the 2013 “Best Law Firms” rankings, providing a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession. Crenshaw, Ware & Martin is proud to announce that the firm received a Tier 2 Metropolitan Ranking in Litigation – Bankruptcy.

Representative Clients

Banks, Lenders, Financial Institutions

Commercial/Business Creditors

Insurance Companies

News and Updates
CWM Attorneys Recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers®
Posted on April 17, 2017
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that nine of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 list of Virginia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars. ......
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Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. Attorneys Named to Virginia Business Magazine’s 2016 “Legal Elite”
Posted on November 30, 2016
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin is proud to announce that five of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized by Virginia Business Magazine among Virginia’s “Legal Elite” for 2016. Steven L. Brinker......
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U.S. News – Best Lawyers releases the 2017 “Best Law Firms” metropolitan rankings.
Posted on October 31, 2016
U.S. News – Best Lawyers has released the 2017 “Best Law Firms” metropolitan rankings.  Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is proud to announce that the firm received a Tier......
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Seven Crenshaw, Ware & Martin PLC Attorneys Named to 2017 Best Lawyers® in America
Posted on August 15, 2016
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin is pleased to announce that seven of its lawyers have been named to the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in America. Delphine G. Carnes Project Finance Law Public Finance......
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Best Law Firm Ranking by U.S. News
Posted on December 1, 2015
CWM earned a Tier 1 Metropolitan Ranking for the 2016 listing of “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in three practice areas: Admiralty &......
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Virginia Business 2015 Legal Elite
Posted on December 1, 2015
The following attorneys have been named “Legal Elite” for 2015 by Virginia Business magazine. C. Wiley Grandy, Young Lawyer Under 40 Elaine Inman Hogan, Labor/Employment Amy Taipalus McClure, Construction W.......
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CWM is pleased to announce seven lawyers named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
Posted on September 1, 2015
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin PLC is pleased to announce that seven of its lawyers have been named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America. Delphine G. Carnes - Project......
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Firm Receives Tier 1 Ranking for the 2015 Listing of Best Law Firms
Posted on November 3, 2014
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin received a Tier 1 Metropolitan Ranking for the 2015 listing of "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers in three practice areas:  Admiralty & Maritime......
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Crenshaw, Ware & Martin Receives Tier 2 Ranking by U.S. News and Best Lawyers
Posted on November 1, 2014
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin received a Tier 2 Metropolitan Ranking for the 2015 listing of  "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights Law and......
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Crenshaw, Ware & Martin receives Tier 2 ranking by U.S. News and Best Lawyers
Posted on November 1, 2013
U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers have released the 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings, providing a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession.  Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is......
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CWM announces eight lawyers selected for inclusion in 2013 Virginia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars
Posted on May 1, 2013
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that eight of its lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2013 Virginia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists appearing in......
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Crenshaw, Ware & Martin receives Tier 2 ranking by U.S. News and Best Lawyers
Posted on November 1, 2012
U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers have released the 2013 “Best Law Firms” rankings, providing a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession.   Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is......
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