THE FIRM Weil's internationally renowned business finance and restructuring group is one of the strongest in the industry. Along with its flagship office in New York, the group also boasts leading teams in Houston and Dallas. With widely acclaimed litigation, M&A and structured finance practices, the group has the ability to seamlessly integrate matters in both a geographical and disciplinary sense. The firm has a preeminent group in New York, which houses industry icon Harvey Miller. Weil has acted as debtor's counsel on a range of prominent recent filings, with the most notable being its representation of AMR Corp, the parent company of American Airlines, in one of the biggest bankruptcies of 2011. Other recent highlights include acting for Washington Mutual, Advanta Corp, Dallas Stars and DSI Stores in their respective bankruptcy proceedings.
Client Service "Weil's reputation for quality work is well earned. They coordinate well between offices and provide a high level of client service and responsiveness."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice group founder Harvey Miller is a "godfather of the business," according to sources. He has filed some of the biggest bankruptcies in US history, including those of General Motors and Lehman Brothers.
Marcia Goldstein leads Weil's business finance and restructuring practice. She is lead counsel in a number of the group's most prominent bankruptcy filings. She has "terrific judgment," according to sources, especially when balancing conflicting positions; she is "very good at being collaborative and getting people on board but when there were differences she was firm and extremely effective."
Stephen Karotkin is lead counsel in the firm's representation of AMR Corp, the parent company of American Airlines, during its Chapter 11 bankruptcy. He has the ability to "identify problems and then to come up with a creative solution," according to interviewees.
Martin Sosland is based in the firm's Dallas office. He is regularly involved in some of largest bankruptcy cases in Texas and plays an integral role in many matters originating from New York. He has displayed "strong leadership, insight and technical capabilities," during his recent leading roles for the debtors in the bankruptcies of Blockbuster and Dallas Stars.
The "seasoned" and "dedicated" Lori Fife continues to be pivotal in the firm's ongoing representation of Lehman Brothers. She is praised by clients for her relentless dedication to their interests.
Alfredo Perez is another of Weil's Texas-based attorneys, operating out of its Houston office. He is praised for his practical and commercial approach to issues; "he served as our business adviser as well as our legal adviser," mentioned one impressed client. He is currently playing an integral role in the firm's representation of AMR Corp in the American Airlines bankruptcy.