Except as otherwise provided in this section, the trustee,
with the court's approval, may employ one or more
accountants, appraisers, auctioneers, or other professional
persons, that do not hold or represent an interest adverse
to the estate, and that are
disinterested persons, to represent or assist the trustee
in carrying out the trustee's duties under this title.
If the trustee is authorized to operate the business of
debtor under section
1108 of this title, and if the
debtor has regularly employed
accountants, or other professional
persons on salary, the trustee may retain or replace
persons if necessary in the operation of such business.
In a case under chapter
11 of this title, a
person is not disqualified for employment under this
section solely because of such
person's employment by or representation of a
creditor, unless there is objection by another
creditor or the
United States trustee, in which case the court shall
disapprove such employment if there is an actual conflict
The court may authorize the trustee to act as
accountant for the estate if such authorization is in
the best interest of the estate.
The trustee, with the court's approval, may employ, for
a specified special purpose, other than to represent the
trustee in conducting the case, an
attorney that has represented the
debtor, if in the best interest of the estate, and if
attorney does not represent or hold any interest adverse
debtor or to the estate with respect to the matter on
attorney is to be employed.
may not employ a
person that has served as an examiner in the case.
(Pub. L. 95-598, Nov. 6, 1978, 92 Stat. 2563; Pub.
L. 98-353, Title III, § 430(c), July 10, 1984, 98
Stat. 370; Pub. L. 99-554, Title II, §§ 210, 257(e), Oct.
27, 1986, 100 Stat. 3099, 3114.)