Laura Skowronski Bouyea

Counsel
Bouyea Laura
Laura Bouyea, a resident of Venable's Baltimore office, is a member of its Business Division, where she focuses on bankruptcy and creditors' rights and commercial litigation. She represents debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors' committees, bankruptcy trustees, and liquidating agents in all aspects of bankruptcy. She also represents lenders, including special servicers of commercial mortgage-backed securities, in a wide range of matters, including foreclosure sales, receivership actions, guaranty claims, loan modifications, and lender liability actions.

Laura is admitted to practice in both Maryland and Delaware and appears regularly in federal and state courts. She began her legal career as law clerk for the Honorable James F. Schneider of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland. Prior to attending law school, Laura worked as an auditor for Arthur Andersen and obtained her certified public accountant license. Her accounting background and clerkship, coupled with her legal experience, uniquely situate her to handle both transactional and litigation matters. This is invaluable in the restructuring field, where business transactions and litigation invariably intersect.

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. with honors University of Maryland School of Law 2003
  • B.S. / B.A. 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

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland
  • International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Delaware Bankruptcy Inn of Court

Recognition
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Recipient, William P. Cunningham Award in recognition of exceptional achievements and services to the University of Maryland School of Law.

Community
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Personal Activities

In addition to her busy practice, Laura is actively involved in community affairs. Notably, she serves as chairperson of the Women's Leadership Counsel for My Sister's Place, a division of Catholic Charities, which provides three meals a day and access to services such as case management, education, and job training to women in Baltimore City. Laura was also appointed the statewide attorney chairperson of the 26th and 27th Annual Lawyers' Campaigns Against Hunger, a campaign supporting Maryland and Capital Area Food Banks. She continues to serve on the executive committee of the Lawyers' Campaign Against Hunger, a committee she has been a member of for almost a decade. Laura frequently lends her legal counsel to those in need, including as a volunteer for the House of Ruth, representing victims of domestic violence on a pro bono basis at protective order hearings.

Laura is vice-chairperson, chair-elect, and a member of the board of directors of the Greater Maryland Chapter of the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC). The IWIRC is an organization comprising lawyers, lenders, judges, financial advisors, and other professionals, dedicated to supporting and promoting women professionals in the insolvency professions. As vice-chairperson of the IWIRC, Laura has helped spearhead the planning of numerous notable events, on insolvency and topics of interest to women and of general interest, such as human trafficking. She is also a member of the Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association and is regularly asked to lecture at the organization's meetings and conferences.