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EEOICPA & RECA Attorneys

Stephens & Stephens has obtained over $60 million through the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act and the Energy Employees Occupation Illness Compensation Act for our clients

Dianne HarperDianne Harper
01:02 17 Feb 24
Robert and I are very pleased with Mr. Hugh Stephens and all that he has done for us. From the first moment we spoke, we sensed that though Mr. Stephens exhibits sharp business acumen, he cares deeply about his clients and he has a huge heart.
Diane pontonDiane ponton
17:38 07 Feb 24
I tried to get others to help me with this claim, and it wasn"t until I hired Mr. Stephens that things started happening. I would recommend any one to get in touch with him . I would go to him again, if i ever needed to.
Judy LeonardJudy Leonard
22:26 06 Feb 24
I very much appreciate the successful litigation concerning my husband's Hanford work related illness. Stephens & Stephens LLP were thorough, caring, considerate, and fair during this difficult time.
Kenneth GKenneth G
18:23 03 Feb 24
Mr. Stephens was able to simplify an otherwise complicated lengthy process (DEEOIC) to file an initial claim as well as a claim for impairment benefits.
dave DONAIDdave DONAID
18:08 03 Feb 24
Frankie KnucFrankie Knuc
19:24 08 Jan 24
I had other attorneys hired in Cortez, Colorado and Grand Jct., Colorado to assist me with receiving my uranium claim, but they were not successful. I was advised by an employee of CNS of Stephens & Stephens, LLP good work. I contacted them & they took my case It was settled very quickly. I have been very pleased with this group & would advise others of their prompt service. I would recommend them to others. Respectfully, Frankie Knuckles
Rebecca ConsolRebecca Consol
19:57 22 Dec 23
My family used Stephen’s and Stephen’s for a settlement case. We were extremely pleased with all they did. They were very professional, easy to get a hold of, and invaluable when it came to answering questions and handling complicated Department of Labor issues and forms. They also did everything in a very timely manner. I have already recommended them to other people.
Thomas CliffordThomas Clifford
15:29 21 Dec 23
I have been represented by Hugh Stevens for several years now, He and his staff has made everything so easy for me. I had lung cancer from working in the uranium processing industry, they have opened so many doors for me and made dealing with DOL so much easier. They always answer my questions in a very timely manner. I have referred several other people to him and he has been able to get them through this process also. There are benefits that I was not aware of that he has brought to my attention and been able to lead me through the process of obtaining them. I would most highly recommend him to lead anyone through this process.
Lonnie killingHawkLonnie killingHawk
02:35 14 Dec 23
When I first contacted Stephens & Stephens I was at the end of my rope with DOL. Hough and his staff got me on track and handled everything with DOL and just made this process so easy. Do not know where I'd be with out them. They are able to communicate at a layman's level and understand the client. Would strongly recommend this firm.
Ruthy LyonRuthy Lyon
21:00 28 Sep 23
Our initial conversation with Mr. Stephens was productive & reassuring. His previous experience with similar cases was obvious and very helpful, in both asking us specific questions for clarification & also addressing our own questions. Breanna is also a great asset to their team.
James O'DayJames O'Day
15:07 13 Sep 23
I have referred several friends to Hugh Stephens and they were more satisfied than they ever expected. I would refer him with confidence to anyone in need. I trust when he speaks for me, for example, in court. He is a good communicator and a deep thinker. He is well respected in his profession. He handles environmental law, injury law, and medical malpractice. He is tactful and direct and knows what he is doing. He knows the legal briar patches well.
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Bankruptcy and Debtor/Creditor Law

When a corporation is faced with significant environmental liability, it may find itself insolvent (i.e., in such a financial state that the corporation’s liabilities outweigh its assets). Upon insolvency, the duty of the directors and officers to the corporate shareholders shifts, and becomes a duty to the corporate creditors. So, if the directors and officers of the corporation sell the assets of the corporation and distribute the proceeds to the shareholders, their actions, which may be described as fraudulent conveyances and breaches of fiduciary duty, subject the directors and officers to personal responsibility for the liabilities of the corporation.

A more appealing option for the directors and officers of an insolvent corporation faced with CERCLA liability is to file for bankruptcy and attempt to sell the corporation’s valuable assets with the benefit of the sanction of the Bankruptcy Court. If the corporation chooses this route, it enjoys the option of selling the assets to a related corporation with the approval of the Court, and so the assets may be purged of the outstanding CERCLA liability upon the transfer. Also, the officers and directors of the corporation are afforded protection from personal liability. The creditors of the corporation are left only with claims against the bankrupt estate, managed under the Bankruptcy Code. The Bankruptcy Code operates to ensure that each creditor is paid its pro rata share of the remaining assets, adjusted for priority and security interests.

Stephens & Stephens has become proficient in the operation of the United States Bankruptcy Code as well as the New York Debtor and Creditor Law through representation of corporate clients in CERCLA disputes. We see bankruptcy as a lawful option for a corporate client’s release from CERCLA liability, and we represent claimants with broad knowledge of:

  • Chapter 7 Liquidations
  • Chapter 11 Liquidating Plans
  • Chapter 11 Liquidating Plans of Reorganization
  • Claims for Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Claims for Fraudulent Conveyance
  • Claims for Accounting
  • Claims for Unjust Enrichment