Constance Hare

Adjunct Professor

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With more than 25 years in private practice, Ms. Hare represents both individual and business debtors in Chapter 7, consumer debtors in chapter 13 cases, and individual and corporate debtors in Chapter 11 (reorganization) cases. She also works with creditors’ committees and individual creditors in bankruptcy proceedings. Outside of bankruptcy, she represents debtors in state court insolvency and receivership proceedings, and acts as counsel for the receiver or assignee in state court proceedings.

She was part of the litigation team for the 1985 4th Circuit case of Sumy v. Schlossberg, which radically changed the exemption law on tenancy by entireties property in a bankruptcy case. More than 35 years later, this is still the leading case in the Fourth Circuit.

In 2020, she was as recognized as one of the top 100 Bankruptcy and Restructuring Attorneys in the United States by Lawdragon, a leading national magazine for the legal community.

As an attorney, Ms. Hare has used her skills and experience in bankruptcy law to benefit the wider Maryland community. She is proud to provide bankruptcy representation to clients of limited means. Through her efforts, her firm has twice received the Law Firm of the Year Award by Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Services. In 2018, she was awarded the Distinguished Pro Bono Volunteer Award by the Maryland State Bar Association.  This award is presented to an individual who has distinguished him/herself as an exemplar of pro bono service, going above and beyond the average pro bono commitment over a period of time or through extended service in a complex matter or case.  She is most proud of these awards, as she believes strongly that is it her responsibility as an attorney to give back to the community in which she lives.  

Ms. Hare graduated sum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1994, and is a member of the Maryland Bar Association, Consumer Bankruptcy Section, Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, and the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation.