Richard R. Thames

Richard R. Thames is the Firm’s managing partner and head of the Firm’s insolvency and commercial litigation group.  Mr. Thames has over 27 years of experience representing debtors and creditors in complex reorganizations and the litigation which often accompanies such matters.

Educational Background

  • University of Florida
    Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (1984)
  • Florida State University
    Juris Doctorate, with Honors (1987)

Professional Experience

  • Law Clerk, Honorable George L. Proctor
    United States Bankruptcy Judge, Middle District of Florida (1987-89)
  • Smith Hulsey & Busey
    Litigation Associate (1989-1994)
  • Thames Markey & Heekin, P.A.
    Managing Partner (1995-Present)

Certifications

  • Board Certified Business Bankruptcy Specialist
    (American Board of Certification)
  • Florida Bar (1987)
    Business Law Section
  • Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association
    (President 1997, Vice-President 1996, Secretary 1995)
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Amelia Island Company. Served as debtor's counsel in Chapter 11 reorganization and sale of $67 million 5 star golf and tennis resort located on Florida's Northeast coast. Auction resulted in sale of resort and conference facilities to Omni Hotels and spin off of signature golf course to club members.
  • M.D. Moody & Sons, Inc. Served as debtor's counsel in Chapter 11 reorganization of 100 year-old crane distribution company located in Jacksonville, Florida. The reorganization involved nearly $30 million in secured and unsecured debt.
  • Life Care St. Johns, Inc. Served as debtor's counsel in complex Chapter 11 reorganization of $54 million in publicly traded bond debt secured by Glenmoor, a Continuing Care Retirement Community located in the World Golf Village.
  • Trailer Bridge, Inc. Served as creditor's committee counsel in reorganization of Jacksonville, Florida based shipping company having over $98 million in secured and unsecured debt.
  • Eleets Transportation Company, Inc. Represented the Chapter 7 Trustee in liquidation of a Jacksonville, Florida based trucking company and three of its affiliates. Case involved over $20 million in secured and unsecured debt.
  • Bryco Arms. Represented $21 million judgment creditor against manufacturer of defective firearm which moved to Florida in an effort to frustrate collection efforts. Case gained worldwide attention as the judgment creditor, a young man who was rendered a paraplegic as a result of the defective firearm, attempted to purchase the very company which manufactured the defective gun. Our Firm successfully caused liquidation of the gun manufacturer and distributor, and the collapse of at least four family trusts established to shield assets from reach of creditors.
  • Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. Represented City of Jacksonville, numerous landlords and trade vendors in the Chapter 11 reorganization of Winn-Dixie Stores, one of Jacksonville, Floridas largest home grown businesses.
  • Westminster Apartments, Ltd. Besides reorganizing 240-unit apartment complex, was successful in obtaining a $1.7 million judgment against Orkin Pest Control for failing to properly detect and treat severe termite infestation.
  • The Medical Imaging Center - Jax1, LLC, doing business as Precision Imaging. Successfully reorganized local medical imaging center burdened with nearly $7 million in secured debt. Company is now healthy, and has begun acquiring additional imaging centers throughout Northeast Florida.
Other Significant Litigation
  • Successfully defended "bet the farm" trademark and copyright infringement claim against national distributor of embroidered military insignia, soft products and memorabilia following a 6 week jury trial.
  • Represented PGA Tour in second chair capacity with respect to its "square groove" litigation with Karsten Manufacturing Corporation, the maker of PING golf clubs.
  • Obtained in second chair capacity a $7 million judgment against Hooters of America, Inc. for breach of franchise development agreement.
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite
    (2010)
  • Florida Super Lawyers
    (2010-2016)
  • Board Certified Business Bankruptcy Specialist
    (American Board of Certification)
  • AV Peer Rated, Martindale Hubbell
  • Understanding Florida’s Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act, Nova Law Journal
    (1987)