THE FIRM This team provides superb local and sole counsel in major bankruptcies. It recently earned tremendous acclaim for its work as co-counsel to the debtors in the Los Angeles Dodgers Chapter 11 proceedings. The highly regarded full-service firm is praised for its debtor work, and also offers a strong line in representing creditors and undertaking prepackaged bankruptcies and workouts.
Sources say: "Every person we dealt with was strategic and reliable, and provided thoughtful recommendations, from the most junior associate up to the most senior partner."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Firm chairman James Patton is widely renowned as one of the country's most experienced bankruptcy experts. He was key in the group's representation of the special committee of the board of managers of EBG Holdings, the parent company of Boston Generating, in its Chapter 11 filing and $1.1 billion asset sale.
"Dominant player" Robert Brady is "sophisticated and smart," say sources. His recent highlights include his lead role in the Los Angeles Dodgers bankruptcy, and his advice to restaurant owner and operator Perkins & Marie Callenders on its Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Practice group leader Pauline Morgan comes highly recommended for her debtor representations. She was integral to the team in the Los Angeles Dodgers case.
Michael Nestor's recent highlights include his representation of Hobart Truesdell, the Chapter 11 trustee for Global Vision. He is praised for his ability to achieve results and for his "extraordinary ability to work with co-counsel graciously and effectively."
Joel Waite has broad experience of representing committees, lenders and creditors, as well as corporate debtors. His highlights include his role as co-counsel to Oriental Trading.
Edmon Morton is described as a "top-quality and terrific" bankruptcy practitioner. He recently assisted in representing Eric Green, the future claimants' representative in Bondex's Chapter 11.
The "user-friendly" Sean Beach is "practical in his problem-solving," say interviewees. He has experience of Chapter 11 proceedings on both debtor and creditor sides.