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Brian D. Darer


With more than 15 years of experience, Brian Darer has successfully represented creditors in hundreds of bankruptcies, foreclosures and workouts. He has substantial experience litigating in federal and state courts, as well as arbitration, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Darer’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, national, regional and community banks, nontraditional lenders, finance companies and lessors. He provides efficient and cost-effective results in the most complex loan workouts and bankruptcies.

Mr. Darer is also a successful advocate for construction industry professionals, including owners, contractors, architects and engineers on all aspects of a construction project such as contract negotiation, litigation and arbitration.

Results By the Numbers

  • 0 Attorneys in Chambers USA 2015: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 0 Practice Areas in Chambers USA 2015: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Featured Experience

  • Represented a national bank in multiple bankruptcies filed by related developers and builders in North Carolina and South Carolina; successfully argued issues over the use of cash collateral generated by the sale of homes and lots, and defeated the Debtors’ challenge to the bank’s loan documents, ultimately leading to the grant of relief from the automatic stay and foreclosure of the bank’s collateral
  • Successfully represented an unsecured creditors committee in a large bankruptcy filed by a technology-based company; achieved a 100% dividend payout to all unsecured creditors – an increase from an estimated 20% when the case was originally filed
  • Advised various banking institutions on hundreds of out-of-court workouts obtaining favorable and timely results without the legal expenses associated with protracted court battles in state, federal and bankruptcy court
  • Represented several businesses purchasing the assets of a bankrupt entity through a § 363 sale; negotiated and drafted asset purchase agreements and represented clients in bankruptcy court seeking approval of the sales
  • Successfully represented a regional bank on an appeal from an order of the bankruptcy court confirming a debtor’s Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization; successfully represented the bank on appeal, resulting in a reversal of the order confirming the Plan
  • Defended an international engineering company in a large construction dispute concerning delay claims in connection with the construction of a bridge – claims against the client alleged that design defects caused delays and cost overruns; successfully resolved the matter on terms favorable to the client

Representative Matters

  • SunTrust Bank v. Bannerman Holdings, LLC (In re: Bannerman Holdings, LLC), 7:11-CV-00009-H (E.D.N.C. 2011) (reversing a “partial dirt for debt” Plan of Reorganization confirmation)
  • Republic Bank & Trust Co. v. Kucan, 2007 WL 2376927 (4th Cir. 2007) (reversing a dismissal of a lender’s federal court action to compel arbitration finding that the lender had standing to compel arbitration)
  • Vecellio & Grogan, Inc. v. Piedmont Drilling & Blasting, Inc., 644 S.E.2d 16 (N.C. App. 2007) (reversing a grant of summary judgment in favor of a blasting subcontractor regarding whether the general contractor could assume the risk of blasting)
  • Beachcrete, Inc. v. Water Street Center Associates, L.L.C., 615 S.E.2d 719 (N.C. App. 2005) (affirming grant of judgment on the pleadings in favor of surety on a payment bond)

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Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Band 1), 2010-2016
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers in Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2011-2017, and Rising Star, 2009-2010
  • Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite” in Bankruptcy, 2010-2011 & 2014
  • North Carolina Bar Association "Citizen Lawyer," 2007
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent™ in Bankruptcy; Construction Law
  • Order of the Coif
  • Virginia Law Review


  • North Carolina Bar Association, Board Certified Specialist, Bankruptcy