Andrew is a bankruptcy lawyer and represents clients in all phases of distressed commercial matters and related business disputes. He works with clients, both debtors and creditors, to find solutions to problems caused by financial distress and advises them on steps to take to avoid those problems in the future. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to issues arising at the intersection between Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and the Bankruptcy Code.
Andrew has been involved in some of the most significant chapter 11 cases in Maine and New Hampshire in recent years including representing:
- Parkview Adventist Medical Center as debtor-in-possession through its successful efforts to sell substantially all of its assets to a neighboring hospital and in all phases of its chapter 11 case.
- A substantial trade creditor in the consolidated chapter 11 cases of GT Advanced Technologies and GTAT Corp., which led to a successful resolution of the creditor’s rights in goods-in-transit against an international maritime carrier claiming maritime liens and Article 9 security interests.
- A pre- and post-bankruptcy secured lender in all phases of the chapter 11 case of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd. as well as in several related adversary proceedings.
- One of the primary secured lenders to a paper company in the chapter 7 cases of GNP Maine Holdings, LLC, and GNP East, Inc.
- Ferraiolo Construction, Inc., as debtor-in-possession through its successful chapter 11 reorganization
- New England Building Materials, as debtor-in-possession through its successful chapter 11 reorganization.
Andrew also provides general bankruptcy and creditor’s rights representation in a wide variety of state and federal proceedings, such as relief from the automatic stay, preference or fraudulent transfer actions, asset sales and purchases, cash collateral and/or debtor-in-possession financing, plan confirmation, claims objections, D&O claims, judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, out-of-court restructurings, and receiverships.
Andrew frequently writes articles in bankruptcy and other journals, has prepared materials for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Northeast Conference, and taught seminars on bankruptcy law and advanced collections law.
Andrew was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 issues of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars. He was one of 40 attorneys nationally to participate in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges’ 2016 NextGen Program.
While in law school, Andrew interned with Hon. Kermit V. Lipez, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, and Peter C. Fessenden, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the District of Maine. He also completed a Bernstein District Court Fellowship with Hon. Charles Dow, Maine District Court Judge. Before law school, Andrew worked in politics and journalism. He served as an aide to two of Maine’s House Majority Leaders and was a reporter for The Providence Journal and The Boston Globe.
JD, University of Maine School of Law, 2010, summa cum laude; Maine Law Review; Faculty Significant Achievement Award; American Bankruptcy Institute Medal for Excellence in Bankruptcy Studies
BA, Social Thought and Political Economy and Journalism, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2002, cum laude
- United States District Court for the District of Maine
- United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- Robert J. Keach and Andrew C. Helman, Life After Jevic: An End to Priority-Skipping Distributions?, Vol. XXXVI, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal No. 9 (September 2017)
- Bernice C. Lee, Jarret P. Hitchings and Andrew C. Helman, Psst, Can You Keep a Secret?: Unperfected “Secret” Liens as a Preference Defense, Vol. XXXVI American Bankruptcy Institute Journal No. 6 (June 2017)
- Andrew C. Helman and John G. Loughnane, Trademarks and Bankruptcy: Mission to Harmonize Continues, Vol. XXXVI American Bankruptcy Institute Journal No. 4 (April 2017)
- Andrew C. Helman, An Emerging Split of Authority: Does Actual Notice of a Security Interest Still Cut Off an Account Debtor’s Setoff Rights Under UCC § 9-404(A)(2)?, Fall 2016 ABA Commercial Law Newsletter (November 15, 2016)
- Andrew C. Helman, Dueling Bankruptcies Prove that Rejection Beats Assumption, Vol. XXXV American Bankruptcy Institute Journal No. 9 (September 2016)
- Andrew C. Helman and Jeremy R. Fischer, The Missing Page of the Playbook: “Blocking Directors” Can’t Escape Fiduciary Duty, Vol. XXXV American Bankruptcy Institute Journal No. 8 (August 2016)
- Andrew C. Helman and Nathaniel R. Hull, You Take It: Force-Vesting under a Chapter 13 Plan, Vol. XXXV American Bankruptcy Institute Journal No. 4 (April 2016)
- Andrew C. Helman and Nathaniel R. Hull, Tools-of-the-Trade Exemption Includes Digital Files as Documents, XXXV American Bankruptcy Institute Journal No. 3 (March 2016)
- Andrew C. Helman and Louis H. Kornreich, Bankruptcy Court: Religious Court’s Edict Violated the Automatic Stay, XXXV American Bankruptcy Institute Journal No. 1 (January 2016)
- Andrew C. Helman, Debtor Owns Social Media Accounts Created by Its Former Principal, XXXIV American Bankruptcy Institute Journal No. 7 (July 2015)
- Andrew C. Helman, Racism, Juries, and Justice: Addressing Post-Verdict Juror Testimony of Racial Prejudice During Deliberations, 62 Me. L. Rev. 327 (2010).
- Andrew C. Helman, Putting Equity Back in Reverse Mortgages: Helping Seniors Retire With Dignity, 19:2 Me. Pol. Rev. 56 (2010).
- Andrew C. Helman, Putting Equity Back in Reverse Mortgages: How State Legislatures Can Bring Fairness to Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, 12 Elder’s Advisor 415 (2011).
- Andrew C. Helman, Judicial Performance and Policy Implications in Moore v. Abbott, 61 Me. L. Rev. 587 (2009)