Laura Skowronski Bouyea

Counsel
Bouyea Laura
Laura Bouyea focuses on a wide range of bankruptcy matters, commercial litigation, and commercial foreclosures. Laura is licensed in Maryland and Delaware and appears regularly in state and federal court in those and numerous other jurisdictions. Her accounting background, coupled with her litigation experience, uniquely situates her to handle both litigation and transactional matters. This is invaluable in the restructuring field, where business transactions and litigation frequently intersect. Laura is also a recognized leader in the Baltimore community, regularly lending her problem-solving capabilities and experienced legal counsel to nonprofit organizations and individuals in need.

Laura represents debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors' committees, bankruptcy trustees, liquidating agents, and other parties-in-interest in bankruptcy cases and related matters, including pre-bankruptcy counseling and planning, cash collateral use, debtor-in-possession financing, automatic stay litigation, asset sales, plan litigation, fraudulent conveyance litigation, claim disputes, and claim administration. She also represents lenders, including special servicers of commercial mortgage-backed securities, in all aspects of the creditor-distressed debtor relationship, including loan modifications, foreclosure sales, receivership actions and sales, guaranty claims, and lender liability actions. Laura has represented clients in a variety of sectors and industries, including real estate, retail, municipal government, healthcare, manufacturing and transportation. Prior to law school, Laura earned her certified public accountant license and worked as an auditor for Arthur Andersen.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Represented lenders in dozens of commercial foreclosures and receiverships of high-rise office buildings, hotels, shopping centers, multi-family properties, and industrial complexes, navigating complex property and statutory issues, including successfully defending appellate challenges to foreclosures
  • Represented new business owner in connection with the lease of assets of a bankrupt debtor, the subsequent purchase of the assets at UCC sales, obtaining financing and leasing of real property, all leading to successful launch of a new business
  • Represented Chapter 11 trustees and liquidating agents in numerous Chapter 11 bankruptcies, including, as part of a team, representing a Chapter 11 trustee in involuntary bankruptcies involving a $27 million Ponzi scheme, which culminated in the sale of 18 high-rise apartment buildings in Harlem, New York, including a key role in drafting plan and managing claims resolution
  • Represented government entities in various Chapter 11 bankruptcies, including a key role in Venable’s representation of Maryland in bankruptcy involving the Preakness Stakes
  • Represented purchaser of substantially all assets of a business in defending a fraudulent transfer action in the seller’s subsequent bankruptcy proceeding, resulting in favorable settlement for the client
  • Represented special servicers of commercial mortgage-backed securities in bankruptcy cases, including obtaining dismissal of a single-asset real estate bankruptcy case filed to delay foreclosure, negotiation of turnover of real estate as part of dismissal of a single-asset bankruptcy case, and filing and negotiating lender claims related to 62 commercial properties in bankruptcy of TIC sponsor
  • Represented lenders in defending lender liability actions, including obtaining summary judgment in favor of client

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. with honors University of Maryland School of Law 2003
  • B.S.B.A. Accounting cum laude University of Richmond 1999

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • Delaware

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

Clerk Experience

  • Honorable James F. Schneider U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland 2003 2005

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation; Greater Maryland Network chairperson, 2016 - 2018; Greater Maryland Network board member, 2012 - present
  • Member, Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association, 2005 - present; board member, chapter events chair, 2019 - present

Recognition
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  • Recipient, My Sister's Place Women's Center 2018 Woman of Year – for work in fostering the values of commitment and support of women and children in need
  • Recipient, Outstanding Service Award from the Community Law Center – in recognition of a commitment to provide neighborhoods and nonprofits with access to legal services
  • Recipient, William P. Cunningham Award – in recognition of exceptional achievement and service to the University of Maryland School of Law

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Represented multiple community associations in the bankruptcy of an out-of-state owner of hundreds of vacant houses in Baltimore City – the collaborative effort of a team of Venable lawyers in state court, bankruptcy court, and federal district court resulted in a favorable settlement for the community associations, including the abatement of nuisances within the boundaries of the community associations
  • Through the House of Ruth, represents victims of domestic violence at protective order hearings
  • Represents various nonprofit organizations in bankruptcy and other wind-downs when resources are otherwise insufficient to obtain counsel

Volunteerism

  • Board member, The IMAGE Center of Maryland, 2018 - present
  • Chairperson, My Sister's Women's Center Women's Leadership Council, 2015 - present; member, 2014 - present
  • Member, Lawyers' Campaign Against Hunger Executive Committee, 2007 - present; attorney chairperson, 2013, 2014, 2017 (30th Anniversary) state-wide campaigns
  • Former board member and secretary, V-LINC; board member, 2016 - 2018; secretary, 2018