THE FIRM: This standout firm has a strong practice across the board, and is seen to be particularly strong in debtor work. Recently, the firm represented TOUSA in its $270 million restructuring proceedings, and continued to work for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors on the Taylor, Bean & Whitaker bankruptcy.
Sources say: "When you think large complex commercial bankruptcies you think Berger Singerman." “They are progressive, collaborative and team-oriented.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Firm cofounder Paul Steven Singerman is singled out as “one of the finest bankruptcy lawyers in the US.” One source enthused: "He has an incredible ability to quickly grasp the issue, take command of the task, and follow through on what is necessary to take an issue from conceptual approach to execution.” He takes the lead on the firm's most complex cases, exemplified by his continuing representation of the Trustee in the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler bankruptcy.
Jordi Guso is an “outstanding, high-quality lawyer” who is “both insightful and pragmatic.” He has experience of large scale restructuring on both the creditor and debtor side and is currently representing the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Fiddler's Creek bankruptcy.
Brian Gart is commended for his “great technical strength.” He is currently lead debtors' counsel to Gulfstream International in its chapter 11 restructuring. Sources testify to his “knowledge, creativity and forcefulness in situations which require horsepower.”
Howard Berlin is valued for his business acumen. He recently supported Paul Singerman in restructuring matters for TOUSA.
Arthur Spector is a former bankruptcy judge who brings his comprehensive knowledge of this area of law to commercial bankruptcy cases.
Leslie Cloyd is praised for her “excellent and down-to-earth” work ethic. She acts on behalf of creditors and debtors, and represented the trustee in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy and subsequent Chapter 7 liquidation of Megacolor.
Tallahassee-based Brian Rich has a broad bankruptcy practice and has been identified by clients as "a very intelligent, creative, low-key facilitator who achieves great results." Sources appreciate his ability to "talk his way through a task rather than pushing." He is currently working on behalf of the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings of Black Crow Media Group.
Douglas Bates has recently joined Brian Rich in the Tallahassee office. He has been working on behalf of the trustee in National Gold Exchange's Chapter 7 filings, as well as assisting Brian Gart with the Chapter 11 of Gulfstream International. Sources attest to his “tenacious, committed, and effective” approach.