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Atlanta-based Wolf Camera Inc. has tapped long-time outside counsel Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy to guide the company through reorganization under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code. Partners Jeffrey W. Kelley and Shannon L. Nagle lead the Wolf reorganization team and are joined by associate David A. Geiger. Wolf Camera and several subsidiaries filed for creditor protection last Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Wolf does not know how long it will have to reorganize, but one of the first tasks is to terminate leases so Wolf can close stores, Kelley says. Under Chapter 11, a company can sever leases with a court’s approval. Bankruptcy Court Judge C. Ray Mullins ruled last Friday that Wolf Camera can terminate 43 of its leases. Mullins also is expected to decide at a July 24 hearing whether Wolf may obtain post-petition financing of $10 million from First Union Corp. to set up a revolving line of credit. On Tuesday, nine of Wolf Camera’s 20 largest creditors formed a committee to represent all creditors and ensure fair treatment. Kritzer & Levick partners James R. Sacca and David B. Kurzweil say the creditors’ committee chose them as counsel. They’ll file a representation application with the bankruptcy court at the beginning of next week, says Sacca. The nine committee members include: Tocad America Inc., lender Ross A. Leher, T.R.W. Construction, Olympus America Inc., Minolta Corp., Pentax Corp., Sigma Corp., Nikon Inc. and Canon USA Inc. Eastman Kodak is an ex officio member of the committee. Wolf Camera Inc. owes $569,003 to Tocad; $750,000 to Leher; $1,083,456 to T.R.W.; $1,430,958 to Olympus; $1,576,999 to Minolta; $1,906,755 to Pentax; $2,147,410 to Sigma; $3,382,758 to Nikon; $4,787,482 to Canon; and $49,906,374 its largest debt to Eastman Kodak. Wolf Camera owes its 20 largest creditors more than $97 million. The company has assets of $176 million and liabilities of $219 million. Wolf subsidiaries Wolfxpress.com and Fox Photo Partner Inc. also filed concurrently with Wolf for protection on Thursday. Texas Photo Finish, a limited partnership in which Wolf Camera is a general partner and Fox Photo is a limited partner, also filed for Chapter 11 reorganization. All four debtors filed in Atlanta and all employ Powell Goldstein as bankruptcy counsel. Mullins consolidated the proceedings for procedural purposes last Friday. In re Wolf Camera, U.S. Bankr. No. 01-83470 (N.D. Ga. June 21, 2001); In re WolfXpress.com, LLC, U.S. Bankr. No. 01-83472 (N.D. Ga. June 21, 2001); In re Fox Photo Partner, U.S. Bankr. No. 01-83474 (N.D. Ga. June 21, 2001); In re Texas Photo Finish LP, U.S. Bankr. No. 01-83475 (N.D. Ga. June 21, 2001). Chuck Wolf, the company’s founder, has blamed Wolf’s 1998 buyout of Eastman Kodak’s CPI/Fox Photo for its financial troubles. Wolf Camera paid Eastman Kodak $64.5 million for 450 Fox Photo stores. HISPANIC LAWYER TO JOIN CITY COURT AS VICE JUDGE Carolina Colin-Antonini has been appointed to the City Court of Atlanta as a pro hac vice judge. Colin-Antonini, a 38-year-old native Venezuelan, has been an immigration attorney in Atlanta since 1996. She says the City Court, which presides over all traffic violation cases in Atlanta, wanted someone who would add diversity to its bench, as well as bring a strong legal background. “They do want to be able to have a reflection of community in the court,” says Colin-Antonini. She’ll preside over cases when needed and plans to continue her law practice. City Court Judge Edward L. Baety says Colin-Antonini was a qualified candidate for the bench, regardless of her cultural and ethnic background. “It’s not just that she’s bilingual and Hispanic,” Baety says. “This is a dynamite person.” But Colin-Antonini’s ability to speak Spanish and her Latino heritage are bonuses, he says. Though judges are supposed to act with fairness to all parties in court, people sometimes think they may not be treated fairly by a judge of a different ethnic background than themselves. “People like to think there’s a possibility or probability that they’re going to be treated just,” when they face a judge with a similar background, says Baety. After training sessions and assisting other City Court judges with traffic cases, she says, Colin-Antonini will start with the City Court in the fall. DUANE MORRIS ADDS ATLANTA PARTNER, HEALTH CARE GROUP Former Epstein Becker & Green health care partner Gregory P. Youra has joined the Atlanta office of Duane Morris & Heckscher. Ninety of Epstein Becker’s 300 attorneys focus on health care issues. At Duane Morris, 50 of the firm’s 450 lawyers practice in that area. But Youra, who declined to name the clients he brought to Duane Morris, says the health care group’s smaller size won’t restrict him. Although the health care group at Duane Morris is not as large as Epstein Becker’s, “It’s not small by any stretch of the imagination,” Youra says. Youra, a nonequity partner, is the only health care attorney in Duane Morris’ Atlanta office, but he says he’ll grow the local practice group by five to seven attorneys. Duane Morris, which has doubled in size over the past two years, opened its Atlanta office with four attorneys in September. The New York- and Washington-based Epstein Becker doubled the size of its Atlanta office when it merged with Cofer, Beauchamp, Stradley & Hicks in Atlanta in May. The merger grew the local Epstein Becker outfit from 11 lawyers to 24 and added a retail real estate area to the firm. Briefly … For the second consecutive year, United Way of America has recognized Holland & Knight as one of three Spirit of America Summit Award winners. H&K is the first law firm to receive the award. Last year, Holland & Knight employees volunteered with United Way agencies as well as the firm’s own Opening Doors for Children Program and its Holocaust Remembrance Project. Lawyers at the firm donated about $7.5 million in pro bono legal work to nonprofit organizations in 2000. Also, Holland & Knight raised more than $2 million in corporate campaign contributions last year. Woodstock sole practitioner John B. Sumner will be sworn in today as a judge for the Juvenile Court of Cherokee County. Sumner replaces N. Jackson Harris, who was appointed to the Superior Court of Cherokee County.

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