Stephanie Jane Bentley Associate

Stephanie focuses her practice on insolvency and restructuring issues and commercial litigation.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods LLP, Stephanie served as law clerk to the Honorable Rhesa H. Barksdale of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Additionally, she interned for the Honorable Neil P. Olack of the Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Mississippi.

Stephanie also worked as a litigation and bankruptcy associate at a national law firm. During this time she represented debtors in possession, financial institutions and creditors’ committees and also had significant involvement in representing a Chapter 11 trustee responsible for administering an estate of a debtor involved in the theft of certain assets. In addition, Stephanie often represented commercial litigation clients at the federal appellate level.

In law school at Emory University School of Law, Stephanie served as Executive Notes & Comments editor for the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal. She also served as an extern for the Office of the United States Trustee. While at Emory, Stephanie earned the Dean’s Award in International Business Transactions.

Stephanie is a 2008 graduate of Sewanee: University of the South where she received her B.A. in political science with honors. For her undergraduate work, Stephanie received both the Robert S. Lancaster Scholarship (given to a rising junior for academic merit) and the Alex Shipley, Jr. Award, (given to graduating student for distinction in politics during the senior year).

  • District of Columbia
  • Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
  • Speaker, "Overview of Chapter 11," Debtor-Creditor Issues: Mississippi Style, October 2018
  • Speaker, "Collection Law: The Ultimate Guide," National Business Institute, July 2018
  • Speaker, "Collection and Enforcing the Judgment," National Business Institute, July 2017
  • Emory University School of Law, JD, Dean's List, Executive Notes & Comments Editor, Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal, 2013
  • Sewanee: The University of the South, BA, Political Science, with Honors, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Dean's List, 2008

Member, American Bankruptcy Institute

Member, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation

Co-chair, Duberstein Committee, 2014 – 2017; Member, Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference

  • Co-author, Debtor-Creditor Relations, Encyclopedia of Mississippi Law, West Group, forthcoming
  • Co-author, "Are Escrow Agreements the Ticket Out of Midlantic?," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, July 2018
  • Co-author, Debtor-Creditor Relations, Encyclopedia of Mississippi Law, 2017
  • Co-author, "Coal Bankruptcies: Interface with Environmental Laws and Regulators," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, October 2016
  • Co-author, Debtor-Creditor Relations, Encyclopedia of Mississippi Law, 2016
  • Author, Responding to Stern v. Marshall, 29 EMORY BANKR. DEV. J. 145, 2012
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