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

A. L. Walker Electrical Services LLC, doing business as A.L. Walker Electrical Services

9120 I-Beam Lane, Manassas, Va. 20110

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 04-12903-RGM

Date filed: July 8

Attorney: Raymond R. Pring Jr., 703-369-4738

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Internal Revenue Service, $154,808, unliquidated, disputed

Kestrel Associates Inc.

1800 Diagonal Rd. No. 600, Alexandria, Va. 22314

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 04-12908

Date filed: July 8

Attorney: Not listed

Assets: $50,001 to $100,000

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

David's Home Improvement Inc.

16009 Laconia Circle, Woodbridge, Va. 22191

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-12982-SSM

Date filed: July 12

Attorney: Joseph M. Goldberg, 202-638-0606

Assets: $35,934

Liabilities: $130,848

Largest unsecured creditor: Verizon, $13,243

ECSolutions Inc. also known as ECS

2100 Reston Pkwy., Suite 202, Reston, Va. 20191

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 04-12993

Date filed: July 12

Attorney: John D. Quinn, 202-833-4170

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Alexus International Inc.

555 Quince Orchard Rd., 4th floor, Gaithersburg, Md. 20878

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 04-26864

Date filed: July 14

Attorney: John Garza, 301-340-8200

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $1,000,001 to $10 million

Largest unsecured creditor: Quince Diamond L.P., $377,144

-- Compiled by Judith Mbuya