Charles R. Powell III

I focus on commercial matters for corporations and other business entities and, at times, for individuals. My work often finds me in bankruptcy courts throughout New England as well as other states. I am the chair of Devine Millimet’s Insolvency and Restructuring team and I have also served as the chair of the Federal Practice Institute Bankruptcy Section. An active healthcare practice keeps me busy advising long-term care facilities with admissions agreements, intake procedures, and other matters. Although much of my time is spent counseling clients to improve their business practices to avoid the need for collection actions, I have more than twenty-nine years of experience in state and federal courts, enforcing the right to payment where other efforts have failed.
 
Clients of all types come to us for help in insolvency cases. I have served as co-counsel for official committees of unsecured creditors and for major creditor entities in several of the largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases ever filed in New Hampshire. In my healthcare practice, my clients include nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals, for which I often serve as a de facto general counsel. My work with long-term care facilities often involves administrative proceedings. In addition, I have been involved in two groundbreaking legislative initiatives for healthcare facilities. I drafted RSA 151-E:19 which creates causes of action for negligent failure of a fiduciary to apply for Medicaid or for failure to pay the patient liability amount. That statute also creates a cause of action against recipients of transfers resulting in an "asset transfer disqualification" under Medicaid. I was also a primary drafter of RSA 151-I:1-2, which provides nursing facilities and hospitals with the authority to request the expedited appointment of a "special Medicaid representative" to complete and to prosecute a Medicaid application to successful conclusion.
 
I own a farm, Thistle Grange, where I grow, among other things, blueberries and blackberries. I have participated on numerous nonprofit boards and I am presently a director of the Muster Field Farm Museum, a historic farm located in Sutton, New Hampshire and dedicated to the agricultural heritage of this state.  

Representative Matters

  • Counsel to hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities in legislative matters, collection actions, drafting of admission applications and agreements, and discharge and other administrative matters.
  • New Hampshire counsel to international construction contractor in multi-million dollar litigation.
  • Counsel to United States and Canadian-based companies in commercial litigation before state and federal courts of, among others, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Illinois, including adversary proceedings before federal bankruptcy courts.
  • Counsel to regional financial institutions in creditor's rights matters.
  • Representation of primary secured lenders and official committee of unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • “Collections in New Hampshire,” NH Bar Association, February 15, 2024.
  • “A Primer: SB 127, Some Random (but Important) Thoughts on Admission Agreements, and a Few IJ Musings,” NH Health Care Association, November 9, 2023.
  • “Municipalities and Bankruptcy,” NH Bar Association, November 9, 2022.
  • “Real World Application of SB 127 (RSA 151:I:1-2),” NH Department of Health and Human Services, September 17, 2021.
  • “The Coming Covid-19 Wrongful Death Lawsuits Against Nursing Homes,” NH Health Care Association, June 16, 2020.
  • “Getting to Know the Special Medicaid Representative:  RSA 151-I:1-2,” NH Hospital Association and NH Health Care Association, August 15, 2019.
  • “Nonprofits:  The Internal Struggles of Officers and Directors,” American Bankruptcy Institute – Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, July 12, 2019.
  • “Getting to Know the Special Medicaid Representative-RSA 151-I:1-2 (Formerly SB 127),” NH Health Care Association, May 8, 2019.
  • "Ground-Breaking Healthcare Laws for Hospitals and Nursing Homes—A Primer on SB 127 (RSA 151¬I:1-2) and SB 138 (RSA 152-E:19)," New Hampshire Hospital Association Special Seminar for Hospitals and Nursing Homes, November 29, 2016.
  • “Bankruptcy,” Panel Chair, Federal Practice Institute, October 7, 2016.
  • "The Interplay Between the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act & the Bankruptcy Code," New Hampshire Bar Association's Federal Practice Section, October 6, 2016.
  • "SB127 (RSA 151-1:2) What It Does and How You Use It," New Hampshire Health Care Association Conference, September 14, 2016.
  • "Resident Intake and Admission Agreements:  A View from the Collections Perspective," presented to the New Hampshire Health Care Association, September 9, 2014.
  • "Long-Term Care and Collections Laws: New and Tried and True Solutions," presented to the New Hampshire Health Care Association, November 8, 2013.
  • “Show Me the Money – Advance Planning for Collections,” New Hampshire Health Care Association and Merrimack County Nursing Home, various dates.
  • "The Impact of Bankruptcy on Civil Litigation - Pitfalls and Possibilities," New Hampshire Bar Association's Federal Practice Section, May 14, 2013.
  • “Collections for Long-Term Care Facilities – Advance Planning is the Key,” New Hampshire Health Care Association, October 24, 2012.
  • “Bankruptcy Law Update,” Federal Practice Institute, October 4, 2012.
  • “Developing Bankruptcy Litigation Issues:  Litigating Discharge, Collateral Estoppel in Discharge/Dischargeability Proceedings, and Asserting 503(b)(9) Administrative Claims,” Federal Practice Institute, November 12, 2010.
  • “Hazards Facing our Business Clients and Possible Solutions to Minimize Risk,” Panel Discussion, Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights Practice Group, Devine, Millimet & Branch, P.A., November 11, 2008.
  • “Collection Law from Start to Finish,” National Business Institute, September 23, 2008.
  • “Creditors’ Rights and Protection of Security Interests in Bankruptcy in New Hampshire,” Sterling Education Services, LLC, January 14, 2003.
  • “Bankruptcy Update 2002,” New Hampshire Bar Association, October 17, 2002.

State Service

  • New Hampshire Board of Accountancy, Member, April 2021-present

Community Involvement

  • Muster Field Farm Museum, Director, Januray 2019 to present
  • 4-H Foundation of New Hampshire, Director, October 2013 to October 2020; Vice Chair, October 2020 to Ocotober 2021.
  • Franco American Centre, President Emeritus, June 2004 to June 2005; President, June 2002 to June 2004; Board of Trustees, 1996 to 2005; Board of Incorporators, 1996 to 2005


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            Speaking Engagements

            • "Application of the Absolute Priority Rule to Individual Debtors in Chapter 11 Cases,"  7th Federal Practice Institute, October 4, 2012.
            • "Admissions to Collections-An Ounce of Preparation", NH Association of Counties Annual Conference, October 2011.
            • "Developing Bankruptcy Litigation Issues: Litigating Discharge, Collateral Estoppel in Discharge/Dischargeability Proceedings, and Asserting 503(b)(9) Administrative Claims", Federal Practice Institute, November 2010.
            • "Business Hazards and Possible Solutions", Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Practice Group Panel Discussion, November 2008.
            • "Collections from Start to Finish", National Business Institute, September 2008.
            • "2005 Revisions to the Bankruptcy Code Affecting Landlord-Tenant Law", Sterling Seminars, September 2007.
            • "The 2005 Bankruptcy Reform Legislation - An Overview", NH Bankers Association, December 2005.
            • "Foreclosure and Repossession In New Hampshire", Lorman Education Services, January 2005.
            • "Creditors' Rights and Protection of Security Interests in Bankruptcy", Sterling Seminars, January 2003.
            • "Bankruptcy Update 2002", New Hampshire Bar, October 2002.
            • "Basic Bankruptcy", Sterling Seminars, May 2002.

            Services & Industries

            Dispute Resolution & Litigation

            Healthcare - Devine Health

            Long-Term Care Facilities

            Insolvency & Restructuring

            Bar Admissions

            Massachusetts

            New Hampshire

            New York

            Education

            Tulane University Law School, JD, cum laude, 1994

            Rutgers University, BA, 1984

            Awards & Affiliations

            New England Super Lawyers - Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney, 2015 & 2018

            Recognized by Best Lawyers since 2024

            AV® "Preeminent" rating by Martindale-Hubbell

            Recognized and ranked Band 2 in Chambers USA as one of America's leading attorneys in the Bankruptcy/Restructuring category


            New Hampshire Bar Association

            American Bankruptcy Institute