These firms recently filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's local clerk of court offices.

Under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code, a company is protected from claims by creditors while it attempts to reorganize its finances under a plan approved by the court.

In a Chapter 7 liquidation, a court trustee sells assets to pay creditors' claims. The company then ceases operations.

Eastern Virginia District

Alexandria Division

Newsom Brothers General Contracting Inc. of 657 Tackets Mill Rd., Stafford, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Aug. 24. The company listed assets as zero to $50,000 and liabilities as $100,000 to $500,000.

J. Perrone Construction Inc. of P.O. Box 5481, Herndon, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Aug. 23. The company listed assets and liabilities each as zero to $50,000.

A-1 Wrecker Service Inc. of 5404 Oakwood Rd., Alexandria, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Aug. 19. The company listed assets and liabilities each as $100,000 to $500,000.

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Mitchell & Associates of 5272 River Rd., Suite 630, Bethesda, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Aug. 23. The company listed assets as $100,000 to $500,000 and liabilities as $500,000 to $1 million.

Four Rivers Inc. of 13113 Deer Path Lane, Germantown, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation Aug. 20. The company listed assets as zero to $50,000 and liabilities as $100,000 to $500,000.

District Court

Sixth Street SE Limited Partnership of 615 Alabama Ave. SE, No. 8, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Aug. 25. The company listed assets as $100,000 to $500,000 and liabilities as $50,000 to $100,000.

Youth for Christ of 819 D St. NE filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Aug. 20. The company listed assets and liabilities each as $1 million to $10 million.