Moore & Van Allen Law Firm, Attorneys
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  • A.B., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1969; Phi Beta Kappa; Morehead Scholar
  • J.D., Stanford University, 1972
  • North Carolina, 1972
100 North Tryon Street
Suite 4700
Charlotte, NC 28202-4003

W. B. (Ben) Hawfield, Jr.

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Ben Hawfield advises Moore & Van Allen corporate clients in acquisitions and financing transactions, particularly those involving a compromise or restructure of debt. He has significant experience in representing corporations, individuals and lenders in workouts and bankruptcy proceedings.

Of Note

  • Member, Advisory Board, Mecklenburg County Council of the Boy Scouts of America
  • Member, Executive Committee and Advisory Board, America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, Inc.
  • Permanent Member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Chairman, MVA Management Committee (1992 - 2002)
  • Chairman, Bankruptcy Section, North Carolina Bar Association (1978 - 1979)
  • Member, Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Queens University of Charlotte (2004 - 2012)
  • Former member, Board of Directors and Board of Advisors, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Board of Governors, North Carolina Bar Association (2003 - 2006)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Western North Carolina Conference Board of Pensions, Inc. (2000 - 2008)
  • Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (1972 - 1975)
  • Included in Business North Carolina's Legal Elite list, 2006 - 2013 in the practice area of Bankruptcy
  • Selected for inclusion to the North Carolina Super Lawyers list in 2006 - 2018 in the practice areas of Business/Corporate
  • Named as Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year in Charlotte by Best Lawyers in America, 2012
  • Included in Best Lawyers in America for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 1987 - 2018
  • Selected as a North Carolina Top Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell (2012)

Representative Matters


  • Ameritex Yarn, LLC II (M.D.N.C.): Representation of Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, which was successful in obtaining a 100% recovery, plus interest, for unsecured creditors in involuntary chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Birmingham Steel Corporation (Del.): Representation of acquirer of $600 million in assets, which were purchased through a confirmed bankruptcy plan.
  • J. A. Jones, Inc. (W.D.N.C.): Local debtors’ counsel for 50 debtor entities in successful liquidation of construction businesses.
  • Meadowcraft, Inc. (N.D. Ala.): Representation of senior lenders in successful chapter 11 bankruptcy where senior debt was consensually restructured.
  • NEGT Energy Trading-Power, L.P. (Md.): Representation of one of the largest creditors/chair of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in connection with pursuit of claim arising under an offtake tolling agreement.
  •  Nobex Corporation (Del.): Debtor’s special counsel for sale of U.S. and foreign patents and patent applications.
  • Northampton Generating Company, L.P. (W.D. N.C.) Debtor's counsel for chapter 11 bankruptcy of 112-megawatt merchant power plant located in Northampton, Pennsylvania.
  • Qimonda Richmond, LLC (Del.): Representation of indenture trustee for loan participants that extended over $150 million in leveraged lease equipment financing in connection with lease to semiconductor manufacturer.
  • Southaven Power, LLC (W.D.N.C.): Local counsel for debtor in the successful chapter 11 bankruptcy of an 800-megawatt merchant power plant located in Southaven, Mississippi.
  • U.S. Airways Group, Inc. I & II (E.D. Va.): Representation of hub airport with claims arising from leases, landing fees and bond financing.


  • Counsel to individual investor in orderly liquidation of $55 million of multi-state secured real estate investments.
  •  Counsel to individual investor with $30 million investment in a Florida aqua-culture business in an orderly wind-down process.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • North Carolina Bar Association