Francisco T. Morales

Business Insolvency, Commercial Bankruptcy, Healthcare

LOCATION Winston-Salem, NC

Francisco Morales

Francisco is a partner at Waldrep LLP.  Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP.  Francisco has a diverse practice focusing on business insolvency, commercial bankruptcy, as well as general corporate, regulatory, and litigation matters affecting healthcare clients.

Business Insolvency & Commercial Bankruptcy Experience

Francisco regularly represents clients in a wide variety of business bankruptcy proceedings.  His clients include business debtors, business creditors, and court-appointed trustees. In addition, Francisco handles a wide variety of bankruptcy litigation matters including representing plaintiffs and defendants in preference, fraudulent transfer, and turnover litigation; defending claim objections; defending creditors against allegations of automatic stay and other injunction violations; and litigating contested Chapter 11 confirmation proceedings, priority challenges, and valuation disputes.  

Francisco also has experience representing financial institutions in consumer financial services litigation, representing  debtors and creditors in receiverships and foreclosures, and representing debtors and creditors in loan forbearance negotiations and workouts . 

Healthcare Experience

Apart from bankruptcy, Francisco helps healthcare clients with corporate, regulatory, administrative, and litigation matters. Francisco's experience includes helping healthcare businesses with corporate governance, business formation, contract disputes, regulatory and administrative compliance, general liability and employment liability litigation, and real estate transactions. Francisco also has experience assisting healthcare clients with Certificate of Need (CON) issues, licensure issues, and Medicaid reimbursement.

Pro Bono

Francisco keeps an active pro-bono practice where he represents left-behind parents in international child abduction cases under the Hague Convention.  Francisco has successfully represented petitioners in Hague Convention cases in federal courts across North and South Carolina. 

Education

  • J.D.  Wake Forest University School of Law, 2011

  • B.A.  Davidson College, 2007

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2011

  • Texas, 2012

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2018 

  • United States District Court – Middle District of North Carolina, 2014
  • United States District Court – Eastern District of North Carolina, 2014
  • United States District Court – Western District of North Carolina, 2014

Professional Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Member—Bankruptcy and Health Law Sections)
  • Texas State Bar 
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Turnaround Management Association

Honors

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America ®  (Litigation - Bankruptcy) (2018, 2019)

Civic Activities

  • Argentum Legal Affairs Committee Member (2018)

  • Young Lawyer's Division Liason to NCBA Bankruptcy Section Council (2017—present)

  • Technology Committee Member, NCBA Bankruptcy Section Council (2018—present)

  • Wake Forest University School of Law Rose Council (2015—present)

  • Davidson College 10th Year Reunion—Class Gift Chair (2017)

Selected Publications & Presentations

  • "The ABC's of Appealing Bankruptcy Cases," 41st Annual Bankruptcy Institute, Pinehurst, NC, November 2-3, 2018

  • Case Update,” 40th Annual Bankruptcy Institute, Asheville, NC, December 1-2, 2017

  • Case Update,” 39th Annual Bankruptcy Institute, New Bern, NC, November 18-19, 2016

  • Taking a Second Bite at the Apple: What Debtors and Creditors’ Counsel Need to Know About Serial Chapter 11 Filings,” 37th Annual Middle District of North Carolina Bankruptcy Seminar (April 15, 2016) (materials only)

  • Filing and Litigating a Hague Convention Child Abduction Case in Federal Court,” Middle District of North Carolina Federal Bar Association CLE (October 26, 2015)

  • Spoken in Your Office, Read in the Courtroom: What Corporate Officers and Trustees Need to Know About Waiver of the Attorney Client Privilege,” 36th Annual Middle District of North Carolina Bankruptcy Seminar (April 25, 2015)

  • Middle District of North Carolina Bankruptcy Case Summaries, The Disclosure Statement (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2017)