THE FIRM Market commentators widely agree that Mintz Levin is on the top rung when it comes to bankruptcy and restructuring work. The Boston team, whose reputation extends far beyond Massachusetts' borders, is well versed in both debtor and creditor-side representations. It also continues to demonstrate near-unparalleled expertise in advising tax-exempt bondholders and their indenture trustees in municipal bond debt restructurings. Key clients include Wells Fargo and Wilmington Trust Company.
Sources say: "They are very professional in their work approach and have the knowledge and good business and legal sense to handle almost any difficult issue."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Star practitioner Richard Mikels "has a unique ability to bring warring sides to their practical sense and get deals done," say sources. He recently represented Momentum Telecom as acquirer of a telecommunications company in Chapter 11 proceedings.
The "accessible and reliable" Daniel Bleck "is great at understanding and dealing with important issues that may pose a risk to the client," note commentators. Though his expertise spans a wide spectrum of industries, his work in the healthcare sector is especially notable.
William Kannel is endorsed as an "excellent tactical negotiator" who "remains focused on getting to the end result for his client, and as efficiently as possible." He maintains a broad-based practice, and is a seasoned authority in negotiating the sale of troubled companies and assets.
Kevin Walsh's well-regarded practice combines bankruptcy litigation and commercial transactions, with corporate debtors, lenders, trustees and bondholders all forming part of his diverse client portfolio.
The "superb" Paul Ricotta enjoys an excellent reputation for his bankruptcy litigation work, and also demonstrates skills in handling distressed asset transactions.
Interviewees are quick to endorse Adrienne Walker as "extremely intelligent, down to earth and a relentless advocate." A rising star within the practice, she has amassed considerable experience in representing corporate debtors, secured and unsecured creditors and trustees in both federal and state level proceedings, and in out-of-court restructurings.