These firms recently filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's local clerk of court offices. The large volume in this list reflects the nationwide surge in filings before a more restrictive bankruptcy law took effect Oct. 17.

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

Sherri Lynn & Associates, also known as Teacher's Mart

6102 Backlick Rd., Springfield, Va. 22150

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-14854-RGM

Date filed: Oct. 13

Attorney: Dominique V. Sinesi, 703-256-6200

Assets: $50

Liabilities: $98,911

Largest unsecured creditor: Goebel R. Thacker, $68,000

Pena A&M Inc., doing business as Quiznos

9295 Glen Meadow, Bristow, Va. 20136

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-14862-RGM

Date filed: Oct. 13

Attorney: John L. Lilly Jr., 571-432-0300

Assets: $55,815

Liabilities: $222,316

Largest unsecured creditor: Krispy Korner LLC, $35,000

Able Lock & Key Inc.

7501 Godfrey St., No. 301, Gainesville, Va. 20155

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-14961-SSM

Date filed: Oct. 13

Attorney: Howard A. Birmiel, 703-451-4506

Assets: $302

Liabilities: $47,838

Largest unsecured creditor: Verizon Directories Corp., $23,832

Leigh & Taylor Wine Co.

104-C Carpenter Dr., Sterling, Va. 20164

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-15012-SSM

Date filed: Oct. 14

Attorney: Warren R. Stein, 703-771-9120

Assets: $7,649

Liabilities: $156,682

Largest unsecured creditor: Barbara M. Bartha, $50,000

JKB Global LLC

21010 Southbank St., Suite 910, Sterling, Va. 20165

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-15019-SSM

Date filed: Oct. 14

Attorney: Bruce W. Henry, 703-273-1900

Assets: $47,164

Liabilities: $401,103

Largest unsecured creditor: Savoy Trust Indian Creek LLC, $71,898

PC Construction Inc.

2724 Dorr Ave., Suite 102-G, Fairfax, Va. 22031

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 05-15156-RGM

Date filed: Oct. 14

Attorney: John T. Donelan, 703-684-7555

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Taxation, $25,000

Professional Computer Services

14501-E Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Chantilly, Va. 210151

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-15216-SSM

Date filed: Oct. 14

Attorney: James T. Bacon, 703-352-1300

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $50,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

International Discount Travel Inc.

19555 Bent Tree Terrace, No. 307, Leesburg, Va. 20176

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-15323-SSM

Date filed: Oct. 14

Attorney: Dominique V. Sinesi, 703-256-6200

Assets: Zero

Liabilities: $108,875

Largest unsecured creditor: Wells Fargo Business Direct, $60,000

Diversified Solutions Inc., doing business as Diversified Contracting

4049 Cardinal Crest Dr., No. 300, Woodbridge, Va. 22193

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-15474-RGM

Date filed: Oct. 15

Attorney: Tommy Andrews Jr., 703-838-9004

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $50,001 to $100,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

Next Generation Technology Inc.

5730 Wooden Hawk Lane, Burke, Va. 22015

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-15502-RGM

Date filed: Oct. 15

Attorney: Richard G. Hall, 703-256-7159

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

Voyager Telecommunications East Inc.

333 Maple Ave. East, No. 3140, Vienna, Va. 22180

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-15506-SSM

Date filed: Oct. 15

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

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

Epex Inc.

6550 Edsall Rd., Alexandria, Va. 22312

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 05-15554-RGM

Date filed: Oct. 15

Attorney: Richard J. Stahl, 703-691-4940

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $50,001 to $100,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Wachovia NA, $36,334

AA Dump Truck Inc.

24681 Goshen Rd., Aldie, Va. 20143

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-15574-RGM

Date filed: Oct. 15

Attorney: Alan S. Toppelberg, 202-319-2600

Assets: Zero

Liabilities: $12,926

Largest unsecured creditor: Premium Assignment Corp., $5,985

Mazur and Myer Inc., also known as the Furniture Store and the Weekend Furniture Store

22820 Indian Creek Dr., Dulles, Va. 20151

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 05-15613-RGM

Date filed: Oct. 15

Attorney: James M. Towarnicky, 703-352-0022

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

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

Largest unsecured creditor: Palliser, $152,789

USA Remediation Services Inc.

6583 Merchant Place, No. 303, Warrenton, Va. 20187

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 05-15785-RGM

Date filed: Oct. 16

Attorney: Richard J. Stahl, 703-691-4940

Assets: Zero to $50,000

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

Largest unsecured creditor: NC-WC LP, Assignee for Wachovia Bank, $1,353,728

Able Services Inc.

Schaeffer Industrial Park, 7800 Loisdale Rd., Newington, Va. 22122

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 05-15828-SSM

Date filed: Oct. 16

Attorney: David E. Jones, 703-591-3737

Assets: $30,450

Liabilities: $382,962

Largest unsecured creditor: IRS, $216,740; disputed

Maryland District

Greenbelt Court

Lynnhill Condominium

3103 Good Hope Ave., Temple Hills, Md. 20748

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 05-38059

Date filed: Oct. 13

Attorney: Sallye A. Higgin, 202-408-6880

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, $86,826

Cooper's Golf Inc.

317 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, Md. 20601

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-38271

Date filed: Oct. 13

Attorney: John E. Ray, 301-934-9541

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

Guzman Painting Inc.

c/o Juan Contreras, 3728 Singleton Terrace, Frederick, Md. 21704

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-38372

Date filed: Oct. 13

Attorney: Lawrence F. Regan, 301-340-8200

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: Zero to $50,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Gilmar Cardoza, $25,000

Hear LLC

c/o Gustavo M. Hernandez, 10102 Chickadee Lane, Hyattsville, Md. 20783

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-39405

Date filed: Oct. 14

Attorney: Lawrence F. Regan, 301-340-8200

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: Zero to $50,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

Cetrom Inc., formerly known as Cetrom Consulting Engineering Services Inc.

818 W. Diamond Ave., Suite 300, Gaithersburg, Md. 20878

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 05-39891

Date filed: Oct. 14

Attorney: Christopher L. Rogan, 703-790-8750

Assets: Zero to $50,000

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

Largest unsecured creditor: L.H. Cranston Inc., $412,005; contingent

Access Business Computers LLC

12503 Van Brady Rd., Upper Marlboro, Md. 20772

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-40329

Date filed: Oct. 14

Attorney: Richard Rosenblatt, 301-838-0098

Assets: $2,400

Liabilities: $48,978

Largest unsecured creditor: Provident Bank of Maryland, $48,478, Disputed

Crunchy Technologies Inc.

P.O. Box 7372, Upper Marlboro, Md. 20792

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-40340

Date filed: Oct. 14

Attorney: Richard M. McGill, 301-627-5222

Assets: Zero

Liabilities: $8,799,586

Largest unsecured creditor: Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Pope, $668,000

Comm-Group Inc., formerly known as Comm-staff Inc.

Two Wisconsin Circle, Suite 700, Chevy Chase, Md. 20815

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 05-40396

Date filed: Oct. 14

Attorney: Steven H. Greenfeld, 301-881-8300

Assets: Not disclosed

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Mercantile Potomac Bank, $109,396

T.J. Construction Co.

2903 Hillside Ave., Hyattsville, Md. 20785

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-40713

Date filed: Oct. 14

Attorney: Joseph A. Trevino, 301-441-3131

Assets: $1,370

Liabilities: $50,711

Largest unsecured creditor: Ernest J. Quarles, $24,000

Sigma Vision Inc.

5704 Exeter Hillway, Rockville, Md. 20852

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-41014

Date filed: Oct. 15

Attorney: Scott C Borison, 301-620-1016

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Montana Investments, $283,493

MIPA Inc., also known as International Auto Body, International Motors, Beltway Towing & Repair, International Auto Body Repair

11909 Maple Ave., Rockville, Md. 20850

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-41385

Date filed: Oct. 15

Attorney: Gary A. Rosen, 301-251-0202

Assets: $100,001 to $500,000

Liabilities: $50,001 to $100,000

Largest unsecured creditor: GMA, $100,000

Cereberus Holdings Inc., also known as Hollis & Knight, Ltd.

10302 Bristolwood Ct., Laurel, Md. 20708

Type of filing: Chapter 11 reorganization

Case number: 05-41635

Date filed: Oct. 15

Attorney: Richard H. Gins, 301-718-1078

Assets: Not disclosed

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Georgetown Renaissance, $199,170

Gourmet Express Service Inc., also known as Manhattan Bagel

1017 Columbine Dr., Suite 2A, Frederick, Md. 21701

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-41889

Date filed: Oct. 15

Attorney: Bennie R. Brooks, 301-731-4160

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: Zero to $50,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Household Credit Services, $8,001

Printing Network Inc.

11561 Edmonston Rd., Beltsville, Md. 20705

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-42033

Date filed: Oct. 15

Attorney: Robert J. Morrissey, 301-390-6400

Assets: $59,500

Liabilities: $785,075

Largest unsecured creditor: Regina Curdts, $306,000

Abstractors of America LLC

6620 Crain Hwy., Suite 202, LaPlata, Md. 20646

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-44057

Date filed: Oct. 16

Attorney: Kimberly D. Marshall, 301-893-2311

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $50,001 to $100,000

Largest unsecured creditor: A.H. Fadul, $8,800

District Court

Plasta Inc.

1247 20th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-02169

Date filed: Oct. 15

Attorney: Edward M. Kimmel, 301-891-8454

Assets: $1,150

Liabilities: $104,486

Largest unsecured creditor: American Express, $46,040

RockeFeller Mortgage Corp.

2207 Rhode Island Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20018

Type of filing: Chapter 7 liquidation

Case number: 05-02324

Date filed: Oct. 16

Attorney: Pro se

Assets: Zero to $50,000

Liabilities: $100,001 to $500,000

Largest unsecured creditor: Not disclosed

-- Compiled by Judith Mbuya