“I work closely with clients to guide them through business problems caused by insolvency and value the relationships we build.”
Andrew is a business, work-out, and restructuring attorney and works with all types of businesses, including those in the health care sector, to help them protect their assets. A large part of his work is focused on helping clients, both debtors and creditors, find solutions to problems caused by financial distress and counseling them on how to avoid those problems in the future. He also represents clients in distressed and non-distressed transactions, business litigation, and preference actions.
Andrew has been involved in some of the most significant chapter 11 cases in Maine and New Hampshire in recent years, including representation of the debtor-in-possession in the largest health care bankruptcy case in Maine’s history. Other recent engagements have included representation of a substantial trade creditor in the consolidated chapter 11 cases of GT Advanced Technologies and GTAT Corp.; a pre- and post-bankruptcy secured lender in all phases of the chapter 11 case of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd. as well as in several related adversary proceedings and appeals; one of the primary secured lenders to a paper company in the chapter 7 cases of GNP Maine Holdings, LLC, and GNP East, Inc.; Ferraiolo Construction, Inc., as debtor-in-possession through its successful chapter 11 reorganization; and New England Building Materials, as debtor-in-possession through its successful chapter 11 reorganization. In the last 24 months, he has successfully resolved more than 60 preference claims totaling approximately $4 million in cases brought in Maine and other jurisdictions.
Andrew frequently writes articles for national insolvency publications and teaches seminars on bankruptcy and fraudulent transfer law. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015-2017 issues of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars and was one of 40 attorneys nationally to participate in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges’ 2016 NextGen Program.
While in law school, Andrew interned with Hon. Kermit V. Lipez, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, and Peter C. Fessenden, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the District of Maine. He also completed a Bernstein District Court Fellowship with Hon. Charles Dow, Maine District Court Judge.
Prior to attending law school Andrew worked in politics and journalism. He served as an aide to two of Maine’s House Majority Leaders and was a reporter for The Providence Journal and also wrote for The Boston Globe.
- Andrew C. Helman and Carl N. Wedoff, When Blockchain Meets Article 9 And Bankruptcy, Law360.com (Feb. 9, 2018).
- Andrew C. Helman and Samuel Maizel, Binding The Government In Healthcare Restructurings: What Notice Is Required? American Bankruptcy Institute, Bankruptcy Litigation Committee Newsletter (Jan. 2018).
- Robert J. Keach and Andrew C. Helman, Life After Jevic: And End To Priority-Skipping Distributions? Vol. XXXVI American Bankruptcy Institute Journal No. 9 (Sept. 2017).
- Bernice C. Lee, Jarret P. Hitchings, and Andrew C. Helman, Psst, Can You Keep a Secret? Unperfected “Secret” Liens as a Preference Defense, Vol. XXXVI American Bankruptcy Institute Journal No. 6 (June 2017).
- Andrew C. Helman and John G. Loughnane, Trademarks and Bankruptcy: Mission to Harmonize Continues, Vol. XXXVI American Bankruptcy Institute Journal No. 4 (April 2017).
- Andrew C. Helman, An Emerging Split of Authority: Does Actual Notice of a Security Interest Still Cut Off An Account Debtor’s Setoff Rights Under UCC § 9-404(a)(2)?, Fall 2016 ABA Commercial Law Newsletter (Nov. 15, 2016).
- Andrew C. Helman, Dueling Bankruptcies Prove that Rejection Beats Assumption, Vol. XXXV American Bankruptcy Institute Journal No. 9 (Sept. 2016).
- Andrew C. Helman and Jeremy R. Fischer, The Missing Page of the Playbook: “Blocking Directors” Cannot Be Relieved of Fiduciary Duty, Vol. XXXV American Bankruptcy Institute Journal No. 8 (Aug. 2016).
- Andrew C. Helman and Nathaniel R. Hull, You Take It: Force-Vesting under a Chapter 13 Plan, Vol. XXXV American Bankruptcy Institute Journal No. 4 (April 2016).
- Andrew C. Helman and Nathaniel R. Hull, Tools-of-the-Trade Exemption Includes Digital Files as Documents, XXXV American Bankruptcy Institute Journal No. 3 (Mar. 2016).
- Andrew C. Helman and Hon. Louis H. Kornreich, Bankruptcy Court: Religious Court’s Edict Violated the Automatic Stay, XXXV American Bankruptcy Institute Journal No. 1 (Jan. 2016).
- Andrew C. Helman, Debtor Owns Social Media Accounts Created by Its Former Principal, XXXIV American Bankruptcy Institute Journal No. 7 (July 2015).
- Andrew C. Helman, Racism, Juries, and Justice: Addressing Post-Verdict Juror Testimony of Racial Prejudice During Deliberations, 62 Me. L. Rev. 327 (2010).
- Andrew C. Helman, Putting Equity Back in Reverse Mortgages: Helping Seniors Retire With Dignity, 19:2 Me. Pol. Rev. 56 (2010).
- Andrew C. Helman, Putting Equity Back in Reverse Mortgages: How State Legislatures Can Bring Fairness to Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, 12 Elder’s Advisor 415 (2011).
- Andrew C. Helman, Judicial Performance and Policy Implications in Moore v. Abbott, 61 Me. L. Rev. 587 (2009).
- Bankruptcy, Business Transactions, and Commercial Litigation
- University of Maine School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
- Articles Editor, Maine Law Review
- Faculty Significant Achievement Award
- American Bankruptcy Institute Medal for Excellence in Bankruptcy Studies
- University of Massachusetts, B.A., cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
- United States District Court for the District of Maine
- United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Affiliations & Recognitions
- Maine State Bar Association
- American Bankruptcy Institute
- Co-Chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Health Care Committee
- Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern Maine, Member
- Bath Democratic Committee, Vice Chairman (2010)
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: A tool to meet business goals
Chapter 11 for healthcare businesses