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 numerous 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


  • 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


  • The Bar Association for in the City of Richmond
    • Past Chair, Bankruptcy Section
  • Virginia State Bar
    • Past Member, 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. She previously served as President of a high school athletic boosters organization, Chair of the Lay Advisory Committee to Henrico County School Board, and a PTSA Representative. Paula is currently a Virginia liaison for Credit Abuse Resistance Education, Inc. (CARE).


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.