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Jeff E. Tate

Attorney

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Jeff E. Tate

Attorney

Jeff Tate recently joined Christensen Law Group as the Chair of its Reorganization, Bankruptcy Litigation & Creditors’ Rights Department. Jeff concentrates his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and reorganization, creditors’ rights, commercial litigation, real estate litigation, and collection law. With over 19 years of experience, Jeff has successfully handled a wide variety of matters in state courts, federal district courts, and bankruptcy courts. He has represented both corporate and individual debtors in their Chapter 11 proceedings, as well as creditors, trustees, and debtors in a variety of bankruptcy litigation. He has also represented lenders and other creditors in a variety of state and federal court litigation matters over the years.

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Practice Areas

Education:

  • J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma, 1996
  • B.A., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 1993 (English)

Bar Admissions:

  • All Oklahoma State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Professional Memberships:

  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Bankruptcy and Reorganization Section, Director 2007 – Present, Chair 2008, 2009; Financial Institutions Section; Commercial Law Section)
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association (Outstanding Young Lawyer 2003; Bankruptcy Section)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (Business Reorganization Committee, Bankruptcy Litigation Committee)

Published Opinions:

  • In re Alexander, 980 P.2d 659 (Okla. 1999)
  • Corman v. H-30 Drilling, Inc., 40 P.3d 1051 (Okla. 2001)

Presentations:

  • “Evolving Bankruptcy And Creditors’ Rights Issues,” Advanced Real Estate Law In Oklahoma, National Business Institute, September, 2000
  • “Selected Bankruptcy Topics,” Real Estate Titles, Liens, Conveyances And Foreclosures, The Conference On Consumer Finance Law, November, 2000
  • “Update On Bankruptcy Legislation And Litigation,” Commercial Law Update 2000, The Conference On Consumer Finance Law, December, 2000
  • “Collection Methods And Chapter 7,” Bankruptcy In Oklahoma: A Creditor’s Perspective, Lorman Educational Services, January, 2001
  • Various Collection And Insolvency Issues, Collection Law In Oklahoma, Lorman Educational Services, April, 2001
  • “Bankruptcy Issues And Procedures Impacting Divorce,” Practical Issues Affecting The Family Law Practitioner, OBA Family Law Section, April, 2001
  • “Bankruptcy Issues,” Collection Law In Oklahoma, Lorman Education Services, April, 2001; “Current Issues In Bankruptcy,” Real Estate Titles, Liens, Conveyances And Foreclosures, Conference On Consumer Finance Law, November, 2001
  • “Consumer Bankruptcy Issues And Updates,” Commercial Law Update, Conference On Consumer Finance Law, December, 2001
  • “Bankruptcy Update; Impact Of Revised Article 9 On Bankruptcy,” Secured Transactions, Conference On Consumer Finance Law, February, 2002
  • “Collecting The Judgment: Writs Of Execution; Wage Garnishment; And Bankruptcy Exemptions,” Collecting Judgments From Start To Finish In Oklahoma, Lorman Educational Services, April, 2002
  • “Selected Bankruptcy Topics,” 29th Annual Institute, National Association Of Division Order Analysts, September, 2002
  • “Current Issues In Consumer Bankruptcy,” Conference On Consumer Finance Law, October, 2002; And “Bankruptcy Legislation And Developments,” 2002 Commercial Law Update, Conference On Consumer Finance Law, December, 2002
  • “Intersections of Bankruptcy and the UCC and the Impact of Recent Developments,” Bankruptcy and the UCC: Points of Intersection and Conflict, Conference on Consumer Finance Law, January 24, 2003
  • “The Meeting of Creditors and Trustee Oversight,” 19th Annual Basic Bankruptcy Seminar, Oklahoma Bar Association, April 18, 2003
  • “Enforcement of Awards and Judgments,” and “When the Tenant Files Bankruptcy,” Commercial and Residential Lease Enforcement and Evictions, Sterling Education Services, LLC, September 12, 2003
  • “Developing Trends in Bankruptcy,” Southeastern Legal Institute – McAlester, Oklahoma Bar Association, September 18, 2003
  • “Update on Recent Cases and Developments in Consumer Bankruptcy,” Consumer Debt Collection and Bankruptcy, Conference On Consumer Finance Law, October, 2003
  • “Bankruptcy Law Developments and Trends,” 2003 Commercial Law Update, Conference On Consumer Finance Law, December, 2003
  • “Update on Recent Consumer Bankruptcy Developments,” Consumer Debt Collection and Bankruptcy, Conference on Consumer Finance Law, October 7, 2004
  • “Exemptions and Related Issues Under the New Bankruptcy Legislation,” 19th Annual Advanced Bankruptcy Seminar, Oklahoma Bar Association, December 9, 2004
  • “Bankruptcy Developments and Trends,” 2004 Commercial Law Update, Conference on Consumer Finance Law, December 9, 2004
  • Emerging Trends and Issues in Bankruptcy,” 11th Legal Institute of Pickens County, I.T., Oklahoma Bar Association, May 20, 2005
  • “Exemptions, What has Changed under State and Federal (Bankruptcy) Law,”20th Annual Advanced Bankruptcy Seminar, Oklahoma Bar Association, December 8, 2005
  • “Exemption Law Changes under BAPCPA and Oklahoma Law,” 23rd Annual Basic Bankruptcy Seminar, Oklahoma Bar Association, April 14, 2006

Publications:

American Bankruptcy Institute, Circuit Update Program, Tenth Circuit Editor 3/00-12/03

  • Employee Severance Pay Claims Not Entitled to Administrative Priority (5/29/01)
  • Section 505 Inapplicable in District Court Receivership Proceeding (5/29/01)
  • Post-investment Fraud Claim May Be Subordinated Under §510(B) (5/29/01)
  • Creditor May Not Agree to Dismiss §727 Discharge Litigation in Exchange for Payment from Debtor (6/23/01)
  • Absent Evidence of Loan Arrangement, Student's Tuition Obligation to College Is Dischargeable Under §523(A)(8) (6/23/01)
  • Tax Lien Sale Constitutes Transfer for "Reasonably Equivalent Value" Absent Violation of Applicable State Procedures (9/4/01)
  • Origin Of Lien In Property Rather Than Method of Lien Enforcement Determines Nature of Lien When Determining Susceptibility to Avoidance Under §522(f) (9/4/01)
  • Motion to Reopen No-asset Case to Schedule Additional Claims Does Not Require Inquiry Into Debtor's Intent (9/4/01)
  • Debtor's Liability for Defunct Corporate Affiliate's Income Tax Obligations Is Not Excepted from Discharge (9/4/01)
  • Court Applies Correct Legal Standard and Properly Excludes Evidence When Rejecting Creditor's Claim That Divorce-related Expenses Were Non-dischargeable Under 11 U.S.C. §523(A)(5) (11/5/01)
  • Substantial Compliance with Certificate of Title Statute Sufficient to Insulate Security Interest From Avoidance (11/5/01)
  • Knowledge of Intent to File Rather than Actual Knowledge of Filing Sufficient to Bring Creditor Within Safe Harbor of 11 U.S.C. §523(A)(3) (11/5/01)
  • Kansas District Court Holds that Chapter 7 Debtor's Counsel may be Paid from Bankruptcy Estate Property (3/24/03)
  • Under Kansas Law Property Derived from Inter Vivos Trust is not Property of the Bankruptcy Estate (3/24/03)
  • Aircraft to be Sold for Parts may be Perfected Without Filing Ucc-1 Financing Statement (3/24/03)
  • Bankruptcy Court Reiterates Absolute Duty of Professional to Disclose all Connections with the Debtor Prior to Retention (3/24/03)
  • Bankruptcy Court Respectfully Declines to Follow other Reported Decisions from the Same District Regarding Core/Noncore Issue (3/24/03)
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds That Automobile Certificate of Title Laws May Be Satisfied by Substantial Compliance Standard (4/23/03)
  • Debtor's Notification of Bankruptcy to Creditor's Attorney Rather Than to Creditor May Be Proper Under State Laws Regarding Agents and Principals (4/23/03)
  • Section 522(g) Bars Claim of Homestead Exemption in Fraudulently Created Tenancy by Entireties Following Avoidance by Trustee (6/9/03)
  • Successor Bankruptcy Judge Correctly Determined Dischargeability Dispute But Exceeded Scope of Jurisdiction in Awarding Damages (6/9/03)
  • Tenth Circuit BAP Holds that Claimant Bears Burden to Prove Whether Temporary Allowance of Claims Should Be Granted in Chapter 11 (7/10/03)
  • Tenth Circuit BAP Concludes that Bankruptcy Courts Possess the Authority to Issue Money Judgments in Dischargeability Actions (7/10/03)
  • District Court of Colorado Holds that Bankruptcy Code Abrogates Ability to Recover Fees and Costs Under State Contract Law (7/10/03)
  • Bankruptcy Court for Northern District of Oklahoma Holds that Statute Governing Time to File Avoidance Claims Is a Statute of Limitations and Not a Statute of Repose (7/10/03)
  • Bankruptcy Court for Western District of Oklahoma Holds that Chapter 13 Debtors May Not Modify Plan to Surrender Collateral in Full Satisfaction of Debt (8/19/03)
  • Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas Interprets Revised Article 9's Phrase "Correct Name" (8/19/03)
  • Tenth Circuit BAP Determines that Indirect Benefits Alone may not Constitute Reasonably Equivalent Adequate Value for the Purposes of Fraudulent Transfer Laws (12/24/03)
  • Kansas Bankruptcy Court Holds that Revised Article 9 does not Prohibit the use of a Nickname in Financing Statements (12/24/03)

The Business Lawyer, American Bar Association, Section of Business Law

  • “Bankruptcy Update – Developing Issues,” 58 Bus. Law. 1323 (2003)
  • “Consumer Bankruptcy Developments”60 Bus. Law. 823 (2005)
  • “The 2005 Bankruptcy Reform Act,” 61 Bus. Law. 949 (2006)

The Quarterly Report, The Conference on Consumer Finance Law

  • “Selected Bankruptcy Cases of Note,” 56 Consumer Fin. L. Q. Rep. 342 (2002)
  • “New Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure,” 57 Consumer Fin. L. Q. Rep. 68 (2003)
  • “Selected Issues in Bankruptcy Reform,” 57 Consumer Fin. L. Q. Rep. 73 (2003)

Oklahoma City University Law Review

  • “Points Of Intersection And Conflict Intersections Of Bankruptcy And The UCC And The Impact Of Recent Developments,” 28 Okla. City U.L. Rev. 675 (2003)
  • Oklahoma Banker, Oklahoma Bankers Association
  • “Lien-Stripping of Wholly Unsecured Second Mortgages is Becoming the Norm – and a Trap for the Unwary,” November 2000 Edition
  • Oklahoma Bar Journal, Oklahoma Bar Association
  • “Creditors Beware: The 10th Circuit Holds That Confirmed Plan Language is Res Judicata Even When Contrary to the Bankruptcy Code,” Oklahoma Bar Journal, Vol. 70, No. 41, P. 3325, November 1999
  • “The 10th Circuit Rules That Post Petition Attorneys’ Fees are not Allowed Under 11 U.S.C. § 506(B) for Oversecured Nonconsensual Liens,” Oklahoma Bar Journal, Vol. 70, No. 19, P. 1428, May 1999
  • “Improper Tying: not Just an Anti-Trust Issue Anymore,” Oklahoma Bar Journal, Vol. 73, No. 11, April 2002
  • “The First Circuit Holds That Tying Reaffirmation of Secured Debt to Unsecured Debt is not a Per Se Violation of the Automatic Stay” Oklahoma Bar Journal, Vol. 73, No. 15, P. 1473, May 2002
  • “Bankruptcy Court Rules that Debtors Must Attend the Meeting of Creditors,” Oklahoma Bar Journal, Vol. 74, No. 12, P. 1209, April 2003

The Journal Record

  • “Creditors May Require Debtors to Pay up After Bankruptcy,” The Journal Record, June 13, 2002
  • “Of Bankruptcy and a Debtor’s Collateral,” The Journal Record, August 1, 2002
  • “Creditors Must Act Quickly to Preserve Right to Challenge Debtor’s Discharge,” The Journal Record, August 29, 2002
  • “The History of Bankruptcy Laws,” The Journal Record, September 26, 2002
  • “Bankruptcy Judge Denounces Gamesmanship,” The Journal Record, June 19, 2003

Community Leadership & Activities:

  • City of Edmond Public Transportation Committee (2010 – Present)
  • Edmond Chamber of Commerce - Sustainability Committee (2008 – 2010)
  • Oklahoma Sustainability Network –Director (2007 – 2010)
  • Sustainable Edmond, Founding Member and Chair (2007 – 2010)
  • Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy - Director (1997 – 1999)
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Jeff E. Tate

Mr. Tate recently joined Christensen Law Group as the Chair of its Reorganization, Bankruptcy Litigation & Creditors’ Rights Department. Jeff concentrates his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and reorganization, creditors’ rights, commercial litigation, real estate litigation, and collection law. With over 19 years of experience, Jeff has successfully handled a wide variety of matters in state courts, federal district courts, and bankruptcy courts. He has represented both corporate and individual debtors in their Chapter 11 proceedings, as well as creditors, trustees, and debtors in a variety of bankruptcy litigation. He has also represented lenders and other creditors in a variety of state and federal court litigation matters over the years.

Jeff is an active member of the Oklahoma County Bar Association, where he participates in the Bankruptcy Section, and was previously chair of its Young Lawyers Division. In 2003 he was named the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year. He is also an active member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, where he has served on the Board of its Bankruptcy & Reorganization Section since 2007, including tenure as past Chair of the Section. He is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute (Business Reorganization Committee, Bankruptcy Litigation Committee).

Outside the office, Jeff spends as much time as he can with his wife, Stacey, and their children Dylan and Maggie. An avid sporting shooter, he also enjoys range time and shooting skeet when time allows.