Augustus C. Epps Jr.


804.697.4104 (p)
804.697.6104 (f)

Professional Affiliations

Virginia State Bar

Virginia Bar Association

The Bar Association of the City of Richmond
• Bankruptcy Practice Section, Chair, 1992-1993

American Bankruptcy Institute

The Bond Club of Virginia
• President, 1999-2000

Community Involvement

St. Christopher's School Alumni Association
• Member, Alumni Board, 2013-present

The Richmond Symphony
• Former Member and Assistant Secretary, Board of Directors

Emergency Shelter, Inc.
• Former Member and Treasurer, Board of Directors

City of Richmond – Mayor's Commission on Regional Cooperation
• Member, 2004-2008

Gus Epps is a partner in and former chair of the Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights practice group of the firm’s Litigation department. His bankruptcy practice involves principally the representation of the interests of creditors, although he also has represented debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings and Chapter 7 trustees. In addition, he has served as a Chapter 11 trustee. He is also experienced in federal and Virginia state court receiverships. Mr. Epps’ other legal experience includes bank representation, asset acquisitions and disposition and the representation of commercial and consumer lenders. Mr. Epps has significant public finance experience, including financing of state authorities and other political subdivisions, having at one time been chair of the firm's Public Finance group.

Examples of bankruptcy matters handled by Mr. Epps include:

  • Representing the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc., and its affiliates.
  • Representing the debtor in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of the law firm Morris|Schneider|Wittstadt, LLC.
  • Representing groups of landlords in several large retailer bankruptcies, including Circuit City Stores, Inc., Movie Gallery, Inc., S&K Famous Brands, Inc., The Gymboree Corporation and Toys "R" Us, Inc.
  • Representing the purchaser of the insurance subsidiaries of LandAmerica Financial Group.
  • Representing the liquidating trusts in the Chapter 11 cases of a large Virginia manufacturing entity and a large retailing entity.
  • Representing the debtor in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a full-service hospital in eastern Virginia.
  • Representing the Chapter 7 trustee of the estate of a large leasing entity that had been “brought down” by a criminal leasing fraud.
  • Representing the state-court-appointed receiver for a large chemical plant in eastern Virginia, during both the operational and liquidation phases of the receivership.
  • Representing lessors under coal leases in several large coal company bankruptcies, including Patriot Coal Corporation and Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.
  • Representing creditors in prosecuting involuntary bankruptcy petitions.
  • Serving as a Chapter 11 trustee in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
  • The prosecution and defense of many preference, fraudulent conveyance and other avoidance actions.
  • Representing creditors in dischargeability and objection to discharge litigation.
  • Representing Chapter 7 trustees in various aspects of estate collection and administration.

Select Presentations

  • Mr. Epps has been a frequent speaker and panel member on bankruptcy issues at CLE events sponsored by The Bar Association of the City of Richmond, the Virginia Bar Association and, on occasion, at events sponsored by other organizations.

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights
Commercial Finance


University of Virginia School of Law., J.D., 1973

Yale University, B.A., Intensive Major, American Studies, 1970


• Virginia
• U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
• U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
• U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
• U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
• U.S. Supreme Court


Legal Elite (Virginia Business)
• Bankruptcy, 2003, 2007-2011, 2013