Bradley L. Drell Shareholder

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Bradley L. Drell ("Brad") joined Gold Weems in 2002 and is the chair of the firm's Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights section.  Brad is a board-certified business bankruptcy specialist and a commercial litigator with a broad range of experience in a variety of cases and industries.  He also represents lawyers in professional liability, sanctions, contempt, and disciplinary cases.  In addition to his litigation practice, Brad is a trained mediator focusing on commercial, bankruptcy, and multi-party mediations, and is available to mediate cases both locally and nationally.

Brad has unique experience in handling non-routine legal matters in the courtroom and in crafting resolutions to seemingly unsolvable problems to help his clients find closure and get back to business.

Representative Matters
  • Successfully reorganized or liquidated numerous businesses in the health care, construction, real estate, agricultural, marine, manufacturing and retail industries.
  • Represented a large timber and land company in fraudulent conveyance litigation with the litigation trust of a major railroad tie manufacturer regarding the sale of a local plant which was settled favorably.
  • Represented the board of trustees of a local college successfully in litigation surrounding the election of the college president.
  • Represented an aviation business in litigation in the District of Columbia with a large oil and gas business regarding oil rights in the Central African Republic, with the matter being dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction.
  • Represented the boards of trustees of local churches in the removal of the pastor by congregational election and also in litigation with a pastor via writ of quo warranto and injunction.
  • Represented the shareholders of an international oil and gas business in successfully seeking the appointment of an equity committee in a Chapter 11 case.
  • Represented a powerline contractor from start-up to doing business in seven states in a period of three years, including finance, contracts, and corporate work.
  • Successfully represented construction contractors in Miller Act litigation regarding a federal prison and a local military installation.
  • Successfully represented a cattle business in a lawsuit against a Texas feed yard for mishandling of cattle and hedge accounts.
  • Successfully represented a minority shareholder in derivative litigation in Texas with a supply company for the natural gas industry.
  • Successfully represented a non-profit corporation in seeking federal court approval in a desegregation case for the opening of a charter school.
  • Obtained release of an attorney imprisoned for contempt by emergency writ to the U.S. Court of Appeal within a day of the remand to federal custody, and obtained a reversal of the remand after full briefing.

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
  • Listed in Super Lawyers since 2012
Professional and Civic Activities
  • Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization
    • Board Certified Business Bankruptcy Specialist
    • Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission Member (2010 - 2016)
    • Vice Chair (Spring 2013), Chair (2013 - 2014)
  • American Board of Certification
    • Board Certified Business Bankruptcy Law
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
    • 40-Hour Mediation Training, St. John’s University School of Law, Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution, New York City, December, 2016, emphasis on bankruptcy, commercial and multi-party mediation
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
    • Observer to the Louisiana State Law Institute (2003), Young Lawyers
    • Sixth District Board Representative, Young Lawyer's Section Council (2005 - 2006)
    • House of Delegates (2015 - present)
    • Member, Sections on Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Bankruptcy Law, Civil Law & Litigation, Corporate & Business Law, Labor & Employment Law
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation
    • Fellow (2011 - present)
    • Editorial Committee (2011 - 2012)
  • Alexandria Bar Association
    • President (2015 - 2016)
    • Executive Council (2012 - present)
  • Crossroads-American Inn of Court of Alexandria-Pineville
    • Master of the Bench
    • Program Chair (2010 - 2011)
    • President (2011 - 2012)
  • Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project, Past Director
  • Kiwanis Club of Central Louisiana
    • Member & Past Director
    • Received Distinguished Past President Award for service
  • The Episcopal Church
    • Past vestry member, St. James Episcopal Church, Alexandria, Louisiana
    • Lay Worship Leader and Lay Eucharistic Minister
    • Judge, Ecclesiastical Court of Review for Province VII (2005 - 2008)
    • Lay Deputy, General Convention, 2006
    • Standing Committee for the Diocese of Western Louisiana (2006 - 2009)
    • Chair of the Committee on Constitution and Canons for the Diocese of Western Louisiana (2011 - present)
  • Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc.
    • Past Chair of the Louisiana Chapter (2006 - 2007)
    • Member of Board of Directors (2008 - 2009)
    • Member, Ad Hoc Committee On Structure (2008 - 2009)
    • Recipient, Building the Kingdom Award, August 1, 2009
6/23/17 Firm Files Reorganization Cases for Acadiana Management Group and Ten Associated Hospitals
2/01/17 Firm Successful On Involuntary Bankruptcy Petition Against Revolution Aluminum Propco
1/01/17 Firm lawyers named in 2017 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers
1/01/17 Gold Weems Attorneys, Firm, Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2017
1/01/16 Firm lawyers named in 2016 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers
1/01/16 Gold Weems Attorneys, Firm, Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2016
4/15/15 Firm Wins Partnership/Fiduciary Duty Case in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
1/01/15 Firm lawyers named in 2015 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers
1/01/15 Gold Weems Attorneys, Firm, Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2015
1/01/14 Firm lawyers named in 2014 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers
1/08/14 Best Lawyers in America 2014 Recognizes Gold Weems Attorneys, Firm
4/18/13 Drell Given Honorary Lecturer Status at Louisiana College
1/01/13 Firm lawyers named in 2013 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers
1/01/13 Gold Weems Attorneys, Firm, Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2013
12/27/11 Firm lawyers named in 2012 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers
12/27/11 Gold Weems Attorneys, Firm, Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2012
12/23/11 Firm handles quick sale of distressed real estate in Chapter 11
9/15/11 Firm wins Quo Warranto For Church Board of Trustees Against Pastor
1/01/11 Firm Attorneys Named to the 2011 Best Lawyers in America
7/07/10 Drell named to Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission of the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization
5/10/10 Drell wins cattle case in Amarillo, Texas
3/18/10 Drell and Barnett Obtain Relief for Australian Client in Cross Border Insolvency Case
2/24/10 Firm tapped to represent Monroe Motor Speedway in Chapter 11
12/02/09 Firm Attorneys Named to the 2010 Best Lawyers in America
12/01/09 Drell and Barnett confirm liquidating plan in the Chapter 11 case of Iberville Parish Hospital
10/21/09 Drell and Barnett win vacation of Judgment for mispresentations in US District Court, Western District of Louisiana
10/02/09 Firm successfully represents St. Mary's Residential Facility in US District Court and at the Louisiana Legislature
2/09/09 Firm successfully represents hospital facility in involuntary bankruptcy
1/07/2009 Drell and Oxenhandler are Named as Shareholders
10/15/08 Attorneys win appellate case regarding grandparental visitation
Publications and Presentations
Crossroads American Inn of Court
  • Criminal Law Problems in Civil Litigation and Bankruptcy, Crossroads American Inn of Court, 3/15/11
  • Effective Opening Statements and Closing Arguments, Crossroads American Inn of Court, 10/20/2009
  • Ethics Presentation: Wait, Wait, Don't Discipline Me, Crossroads American Inn of Court, 2/19/08
  • Professionalism Presentation: Listening - An Important Legal Skill, Crossroads American Inn of Court, 2/21/06
  • Judgment Day: A Lawyer's Soul On Trial (Materials Update and Presentation), Crossroads American Inn of Court, 1/28/2003
  • Bankruptcy Law For the General Practitioner, Crossroads American Inn of Court, 10/21/97


Louisiana State Bar Association

  • Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Update, Cenla's Last Round-Up CLE Seminar, 12/03/03
  • Did You Hear About Stern v Marshall? So, Can I Still Remove This Case to Bankruptcy Court and Try It?, LSBA Annual Bankruptcy Seminar, 12/7/12
  • So This Is What Bankruptcy Is All About, LSBA Annual Bankruptcy Seminar, 12/7/12
  • Getting Your Fees Paid in Whatever The Chapter As Debtor’s Counsel (Ethics Presentation), LSBA Annual Bankruptcy Seminar, 12/17/2015


Alexandria Bar Association

  • Pitfalls of Bankruptcy for New Attorneys, Alexandria Bar Association Opening of Court Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 9/10/09
  • That’s How You Know You Messed Up and What To Do About It, Ethics Presentation, Alexandria Bar Association Three for Free Seminar, 9/25/15


LSU Law Center

  • Professionalism: Toward A New Paradigm With One Practical Suggestion, 15th Annual Bankruptcy Seminar, LSU Law Center, 10/16/09
  • Small Business Bankruptcy - A Road Map, & Individual Chapter 11 - This Stuff Is Hard, 16th Annual Bankruptcy Seminar, LSU Law Center, 10/7/10
  • Professionalism Redux: Toward A New Paradigm With Practical Suggestions on Oral Communications and Listening, 18th Annual Bankruptcy Seminar, LSU Law Center, 10/11/12
  • Consumer Attorney Fee Issues, National and Local Trends, 20th Annual Bankruptcy Seminar, LSU Law Center, 10/23/14


Louisiana College

  • Adjunct Lecturer in Business Law (2006 - 2016)
  • Honorary Member, Delta Mu Delta Honor Society in Business Administration


Louisiana Judical College

  • Ego, Ethics and the Contempt Power (Presented with U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell), Fall Judges Conference, 10/2/16 - 10/4/16

Louisiana District Attorneys Association

  • Bankruptcy and Child Support, LSEA Conference, 5/13/16
Past Experience
  • Walker, Passman & Michiels


  • Judge Henley A. Hunter, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Louisiana


  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, J.D., 1996
  • University of the South, B.A., 1993

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Louisiana
  • United States District Courts
    • Eastern District of Louisiana
    • Middle District of Louisiana
    • Western District of Louisiana
    • Northern District of Texas
    • Eastern District of Texas
    • Southern District of Texas
    • Eastern District of Arkansas
    • Western District of Arkansas
  • United States Court of Appeals
    • Fifth Circuit