Robert C. Graham, Ltd. General Information

GENERAL BACKGROUND

On December 15, 2016, an Involuntary Bankruptcy Petition [ECF No. 1][1] (the “Involuntary Petition”) was filed against ROBERT C. GRAHAM, LTD., fdba ROB GRAHAM & ASSOCIATES fdba LAWYERSWEST (the “Debtor”) [Case No. BK-S-16-16655-BTB] pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 303. The Involuntary Petition was filed by the Estate of Michael B. Macknin, the Sharona Dagoni Trust, and the Margueritte Owens Revocable Trust (collectively, the “Petitioning Creditors”).

The filing of the Involuntary Petition against the Debtor followed numerous reports that the Debtor had neglected its clients and that its principal, Robert C. Graham, Esq. (“Mr. Graham”), had misappropriated funds from the Debtor’s IOLTA Account.

Specifically, on December 9, 2016, the Nevada State Bar filed an Emergency Petition for Temporary Suspension Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 102(4) (the “Emergency Petition”) with the Supreme Court of the State of Nevada (Case No. 71849). The Emergency Petition sought a temporary suspension of Mr. Graham based upon his misappropriation of millions of dollars from more than fifty clients, guardianships, special needs trusts and estates. The Emergency Petition further details that Mr. Graham abruptly closed his practice and abandoned more than one hundred clients without providing them with any advance notice. The Emergency Petition was granted by the Supreme Court on December 9, 2016, temporarily suspending Mr. Graham’s license to practice law pending a Formal Hearing and restricting his access to multiple bank accounts.

On December 16, 2016, the Petitioning Creditors filed a Motion to Appoint Interim Trustee in Involuntary Case [ECF No. 3] (the “Interim Trustee Motion”), which sought authority to appoint an interim trustee to take possession of property and to manage the business operations and assets of the Debtor.

On December 21, 2016, the Bankruptcy Court entered an Order on Trustee Motion and Order for Relief under Chapter 7 [ECF No. 21] (the “Order for Relief”). The Order for Relief provided that the Debtor had consented to the filing of a bankruptcy petition and that the filing of the bankruptcy case was effective as of December 15, 2016 (the “Petition Date”). The Order for Relief further required that the Office of the United States Trustee (the “U.S. Trustee”) appoint an Interim Chapter 7 Trustee pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 701.

On December 22, 2016, the United States Trustee appointed Victoria L. Nelson (“Trustee Nelson”) as the Chapter 7 Trustee in the Debtor’s bankruptcy case [ECF No. 22].  On January 19, 2018, Shelley D. Krohn was appointed as the successor Chapter 7 Trustee in the Debtor’s bankruptcy case.

Interested parties can access all pleadings and documents that are filed with the Bankruptcy Court in the Debtor’s bankruptcy case using the link below:

[1] All references to “ECF No.” are to the numbers assigned to the documents filed in the above-referenced case as they appear on the docket maintained by the clerk of the court.

FILING A PROOF OF CLAIM IN THE DEBTOR’S BANKRUPTCY CASE

All individuals and entities that have a claim against the Debtor’s bankruptcy estate should file a proof of claim with the Bankruptcy Court.  All proofs of claim should be mailed to the Bankruptcy Court, 300 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101.  The deadline to timely file a proof of claim is June 8, 2017.  Instructions on how to file proofs of claim and a blank proof of claim can be accessed below:

Proof of Claim Instructions 

Proof of Claim Form