has served as in-house counsel at Regions and its predecessor banks, AmSouth and First American National, for 25 years. He is currently Chief Counsel for Regions Bank's Problem Asset Management Group and manages the bank's Problem Asset Management Legal Team, which consists of 5 attorneys and 4 paralegals. The Problem Asset Management Legal Team, under Mr. Helmers' leadership, is responsible for managing all aspects of the legal risk associated with the bank's troubled commercial and consumer loan portfolios, including litigation, bankruptcy, restructuring efforts, the special purpose entity process and general collection activities. In addition to legal risk, the Problem Asset Management Legal Team also manages many aspects of the compliance and regulatory risks associated with these portfolios.
Prior to becoming in-house counsel for the bank, Mr. Helmers practiced at the law firm of Manier, Herod, Hollabaugh and Smith for 5 years in the medical malpractice, insurance defense and bankruptcy practice groups.
Mr. Helmers is a frequent lecturer on a broad range of topics related to the collection of commercial and consumer obligations and has authored numerous articles on those issues. He is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee and Alabama Bar Associations, a Fellow of the Nashville Bar and has served on the drafting committee for revised Article 9.
Mr. Helmers is a graduate of the University of Florida (B.S. 1982) and of Samford University's Cumberland School of Law (J.D. 1985).