BIRMINGHAM, AL—Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that Jay Bender, a partner in the firm’s Birmingham office, has been presented with the Alabama Commendation Medal from the Alabama Army National Guard for his work on drafting and helping to secure passage of the “Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need Act of 2019” (HAVEN Act; H.R. 2938).
The HAVEN Act, which passed Congress and was signed into law last year, changed U.S. bankruptcy laws to better protect the economic security of disabled veterans experiencing financial hardship. Mr. Bender was instrumental in the drafting of the original HAVEN Act bill in 2017, worked pro bono on the initiative along with other Bradley attorneys, and served as co-chair of the Legislative Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute Task Force on Veterans and Service Members Affairs – of which Mr. Bender is a founding member – that actively promoted the HAVEN Act on Capitol Hill.
Mr. Bender also was recognized for his work with members of the Alabama Army National Guard on writing an article that provided valuable analysis of the HAVEN Act, published in the July 2020 military edition of the Alabama State Bar’s Alabama Lawyer magazine.
Last year, Mr. Bender received the inaugural Service to Veterans Award from the American Bankruptcy Institute for his pivotal role in drafting and helping to turn the HAVEN Act into law. He also received Bradley’s Core Value Award for Community Service earlier this year.
A member of Bradley’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, Mr. Bender represents lenders, indenture trustees, and other creditors in bankruptcy cases and receivership proceedings and in out-of-court negotiated workouts, loan restructurings, and orderly liquidations involving privately and publicly owned borrowers. construction, energy, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, real estate, and technology, among many others.