Our Attorneys

Meet the experienced bankruptcy attorneys of Tavenner & Beran, PLC:

Lynn Lewis Tavenner

LTavenner@tb-lawfirm.com

Throughout her legal career, Lynn Tavenner has focused on bankruptcy and insolvency matters in various forms. She has represented—

  • Chapter 11 debtors
  • Official committees of unsecured creditors
  • Stalking horse purchasers
  • Chapter 7 and liquidation trustees

Lynn has also represented entities in out-of-court reorganizations and liquidations. Lynn is a Chapter 11 trustee as well as litigation trustee in cases filed in the Eastern District of Virginia.  In addition, since 1997, she has served as a member of the Chapter 7 panel of trustee in Richmond, Virginia.  She has also served as a corporate receiver in matters pending in the Virginia circuit court system. Lynn previously served two three-year terms as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Bankruptcy Institute, where she continues to serve in various capacities, including a faculty member for the Institute's Bankruptcy Litigation Program and the 4th Circuit Council Member for Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) program.

Before entering private practice, Lynn served as a bankruptcy law clerk to the Honorable Douglas O. Tice Jr. in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia.

She is a regular speaker at continuing legal education seminars for local and state bar associations and business organizations.

An AV® Peer Review RatedSM attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®, Lynn has been recognized in Best Lawyers as the 2013 Richmond Litigation-Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year and the 2014 Richmond Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Lawyer of the Year.  Lynn also has been selected as one of the Top 25 Female Attorneys by Virginia Super Lawyers.  She has been recognized in the Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights field in several editions of Best Lawyers in AmericaVirginia Super Lawyers, and Virginia Business Magazine.

Practice areas

  • Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy litigation
  • Out-of-court debt restructuring
  • Receiverships
  • Corporate dissolutions
  • Commercial litigation
  • Corporate

Education

Bar admissions

  • Virginia, 1989

Memberships

  • The Bar Association for the City of Richmond
    • Past Chair, Bankruptcy Section
  • Virginia State Bar
    • Past Chair: Board of Governors, Bankruptcy Section
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
    • Member, Board of Directors
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees

Personal

When not practicing law, Lynn enjoys spending time on her family farm with her two sons and many nieces and nephews.  If there were a few more hours in every day, Lynn would spend more time on the boardwalk at the beach biking and skating and riding 4-wheelers on her farm with her family. Back to top

Paula Steinhilber Beran

Paula Beran has focused on bankruptcy and insolvency matters throughout her career.  Her extensive experience includes representing—

  • Chapter 11 debtors
  • Official committees of unsecured creditors
  • Stalking horse purchasers
  • Chapter 7 and liquidation trustees

Paula has also represented entities in out-of-court reorganizations and liquidations and served as a corporate receiver in a matter pending in a Virginia circuit court.

Prior to entering private practice, Paula served as bankruptcy law clerk to the Honorable Douglas O. Tice Jr. in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia. She also served as law clerk to U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, Office of Staff Counsel from 1992 to 1994.

Paula is a regular speaker at continuing legal education seminars for local and state bar associations and business organizations. She has also served as a faculty member for the American Bankruptcy Institute's Bankruptcy Litigation Skills Program and has lectured on bankruptcy at the University of Richmond Law School.

An AV® Peer Review RatedSM attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®, Paula was selected as one of the Top 25 Female Attorneys by Virginia Super Lawyers. She has been recognized in the bankruptcy/creditors' rights field in several editions of Best Lawyers in America, Virginia Super Lawyers, and Virginia Business Magazine.

Practice areas

  • Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy litigation
  • Creditors' rights
  • Commercial workouts
  • Out-of-court debt restructuring
  • Receiverships
  • Secured transactions

Education

  • J.D. and M.B.A., Cum Laude, Wake Forest University, 1992
    • Articles editor, Wake Forest Law Review, 1990–1992
  • B.A., Cum Laude, Randolph-Macon College, 1988

Bar admissions

  • Virginia, 1992

Memberships

  • The Bar Association for in the City of Richmond
    • Past Chair, Bankruptcy Section
  • Virginia State Bar
    • Bar Council
    • Past Chair, Mandatory Legal Education Board
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute

Community involvement  

When not practicing law, Paula enjoys volunteering in various aspects of her children's lives, including Past Chair of the Lay Advisory Committee to Henrico County School Board and a PTSA Representative.  Paula is also active with the Richmond Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Personal

If she could crack the space-time continuum and add a few hours to her days, Paula would train so she could beat her kids in basketball and obtain a savage tan at the beach. Back to top

Contact Tavenner & Beran, PLC today

Knowledge, experience, and a commitment to excellence.  That is what you get when you partner with the bankruptcy lawyers at Tavenner & Beran, PLC.  Contact us today for details on how we can assist you.