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Lisa Merz Hedrick


Lisa Merz Hedrick joined Adams and Reese in 1999 and serves on the firm's Commercial Restructuring and Bankruptcy team. She has practiced primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, general corporate and commercial litigation.

Lisa represents clients in all aspects of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and adversary proceedings, including debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, trustees, landlords’ and creditors’ committees.  She also practices commercial litigation representing banks, condominium associations, landlords, lenders, oil and gas companies, small and large businesses and both asset sellers and purchasers in sales and related disputes.

Her significant contributions include:

  • Negotiation and preparation of disclosure statements, plans of reorganization, cash collateral motions and orders, debtor-in-possession financing motions and orders, asset sales, lift stay motions, voidable preference and fraudulent conveyance litigation, oil and gas issues, executory contract and unexpired lease issues, and contract disputes.
  • Consistent performance in the bankruptcy practice area, doing both litigation and transactions. She has represented both Chapter 11 debtors and creditors in complex oil and gas bankruptcy cases. She has successfully represented petitioning creditors in a contested involuntary bankruptcy proceeding.
  • Representation of real estate developers in bankruptcy matters and assistance with maintaining property subject to foreclosure actions.
  • Co-author of Strategic Alternatives For and Against Distressed Businesses and Commercial Bankruptcy Litigation, Second Edition (West, 2015), and also Strategic Alternatives for Distressed Businesses (West, 2012), both an overview of the options available to a distressed business and its various creditors and other constituents both in and out of bankruptcy, and a breakdown of state and federal statutes related to assignments for the benefit of creditors and other alternatives.

Lisa serves as the Co-Chair of the Board of IWIRC (International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation) Louisiana, and she is a board member of Turnaround Management Association – Louisiana, and the founding co-chair of Turnaround Management Association – Louisiana’s NextGen chapter.

In her pro bono work, Lisa has represented five indigent children and adults with mental illness and is the co-author of the Louisiana Appleseed handbook for practitioners representing clients with mental health issues and other mental disabilities.

Lisa oversees fund-raising for the Susan G. Komen Foundation through the New Orleans office’s participation in events such as the New Orleans Race for the Cure and the firm’s Pink Day (an event for attorneys and staff to raise awareness of breast cancer issues and raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation). 

In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and Pilates.