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Bankruptcy/Restructuring — Delaware


Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Standout business reorganization and restructuring team that has significant expertise in both lead and co-counsel roles. Possesses a deep bench of lawyers well versed in handling Chapter 11 cases for numerous stakeholders including debtors, creditors and acquirers. Also recognized for its strengths across loan workouts and reorganization proceedings, and in bankruptcy-related disputes.

Strengths Sources praise the team for being "quick, responsive and proactive," while a client describes the firm as their "first choice in Delaware."

Work highlights Represented AT&T as a creditor in MYCOM's proceedings in the Delaware Chancery Court.

Acted as co-counsel to the Export-Import Bank of China in the Baha Mar resort's bankruptcy proceedings, valued at approximately $3.5 billion.

Significant clients Eureka Hunter Holdings, Hercules Offshore, KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Nortel Networks, Oaktree Capital Management.

Notable practitioners

Derek Abbott is described as "a standout" and "one of the best lawyers in town" by sources. He represents debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and litigation. He recently acted on behalf of Tamara Mellon Brand as debtors' counsel in a $12 million reorganization plan.

Robert Dehney is "excellent in a courtroom and a very good orator," according to one source, and is praised as "a creative thinker" by another. He represents debtors and creditors at all stages of Chapter 11 proceedings, including out-of-court reorganizations and restructurings.

Sources deem Gregory Werkheiser a "first-rate bankruptcy technician" and note that he "works incredibly hard on behalf of clients and does a great job of anticipating issues." Much of his practice is devoted to bankruptcy appellate matters, and he also represents various parties in a variety of other complex bankruptcy disputes and restructurings.

Eric Schwartz "focuses on the important issues and drives toward resolution," according to market sources. He focuses on complex restructurings, acting for debtors and creditors in a range of insolvency matters, including dissolutions and foreclosures.

Department profile by Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

The Morris Nichols Business Reorganization & Restructuring Group regularly serves as lead or co-counsel for publicly-traded and privately-held debtors in possession, official creditors’ committees, bondholders’ committees, secured and unsecured creditors, pre- and post-petition lenders, equity holders, purchasers of assets and variety of other parties-in-interest.  These representations require skillful negotiating and masterful knowledge of the specific practices and procedures regarding insolvencies and of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court and District Court as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 

Since 1990, Delaware has been the venue for nearly half of the nation's largest bankruptcy cases.  Morris Nichols has represented debtors, committees and other key parties in many of these sophisticated proceedings.  The team also collaborates with the Firm’s other practice groups, particularly colleagues practicing business and corporate litigation, real estate and corporate and commercial counseling to provide clients with the exceptional knowledge and experience needed for complex restructuring and workouts.  Having handled some of the nation’s largest bankruptcy cases, Morris Nichols has the resources and experience to assist troubled businesses and other major parties in large, complex proceedings.

Learn more at http://www.mnat.com/practices/businesss-reorganization-restructuring.

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Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Robust business reorganization and workout practice that enjoys a fine reputation for its work in the retail and energy sectors. Recommended for both lead and co-counsel work in significant and high-value Chapter 11 cases, and possesses strong experience acting for debtors and creditors' committees. Enjoys a fine track record in litigation, regularly acting on behalf of unsecured creditors in high-stakes disputes.

Strengths The team does "terrific work in very high-profile cases," according to market sources. Clients indicate that they "couldn't be happier with" the service provided.

Work highlights Acted as counsel to the creditors' committee of Aeropostale in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Served as debtor's co-counsel to American Apparel in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, valued at $300 million.

Significant clients Emerald Oil, Fuhu, Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea, Haggen Holdings, Horsehead Holding.

Notable practitioners

Laura Davis Jones is known by sources to be "one of the top lawyers in Delaware," and peers say they "hardly ever see a major case where she isn't involved." She provides advice to debtors and creditors' committees on Chapter 11 cases and workouts.

Bradford Sandler is described as "very practical" and a renowned "negotiator and facilitator." He is cochair of the firm's creditors' committees practice group and has a wealth of experience advising on a range of in-court and out-of-court restructurings. Clients note: "He is a very good communicator. He will explain options to clients simply and succinctly, and then provide a recommendation."

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Richards, Layton & Finger PA - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Market-leading practice with expertise in complex bankruptcy and restructuring matters. A go-to firm for high-value cases that file in Delaware, with a deep bench of strong attorneys well versed in significant Chapter 11 cases. Also well equipped to handle preference actions and fraudulent conveyance claims. Represents debtors, lenders, acquirers and all types of creditors from a wide range of business sectors.

Strengths Sources describe the team as "top of the market in Delaware" and "the thoroughbred" of its practice area.

Others acknowledge the team as "very smart lawyers who are able to substantively advise clients but are also great at logistics and procedural matters."

Work highlights Served as lead counsel to Corinthian Colleges in connection with its Chapter 11 cases, with assets valued at up to $50 million and up to $500 million in liabilities.

Represented Colt Defense as Delaware co-counsel in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and related financial restructuring, with assets and liabilities valued at more than $350 million.

Significant clients Verso, Chaparral Energy, Swift Energy, Vantage Drilling International, Constellation Enterprises.

Notable practitioners

Mark Collins is praised as an "effective strategist and practitioner" and "the dean of the Delaware Bar." He acts as counsel to companies, secured creditors' committees and many others in major Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 cases, and out-of-court restructurings.

Daniel DeFranceschi "has a very good demeanor and rapport with the court, clients and adversaries," comment market sources. He represents debtors and creditors in significant Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases, including clients from the retail, technology and manufacturing sectors.

Sources say John Henry Knight is "terrific and a pleasure to deal with." In addition to his role as counsel to debtors, creditors and lenders in numerous Chapter 11 cases, he is vice chair of the firm's bankruptcy and corporate restructuring department.

Russell Silberglied handles a range of bankruptcy litigation matters and also represents clients in Chapter 11 cases. He recently represented K&R Roustabout as the debtor's largest secured creditor in Citadel Energy's bankruptcy.

Paul Heath regularly acts on behalf of creditors, debtors and other parties in significant Chapter 11 cases. He advised Quicksilver Resources in its bankruptcy proceedings.

Robert Stearn represents creditors and debtors in all types of bankruptcy disputes including fraudulent transfer litigation. He defended Dechert in a malpractice suit brought by the debtor, Capsule International Holdings, following counsel given during its bankruptcy.

Michael Merchant is described as a "very responsive and committed" bankruptcy lawyer who provides "not just great client service, but also great legal service." He advises a combination of debtors and creditors, including clients from the retail and manufacturing sectors.

Amanda Steele "has an amazing knowledge of the local practice," according to one source. She is developing an excellent reputation for her bankruptcy work and has experience assisting in some of the firm's largest Chapter 11 cases.

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Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Premier practice of highly skilled attorneys, advising an impressive range of clients both locally and nationally across numerous industry sectors. Maintains a fantastic reputation among national investment banks and financial advisers for its work in Chapter 11 restructurings and out-of-court workouts.

Strengths Commentators also praise the firm's "technical skills and impeccable judgment," also adding: "They command the respect of the judges so it's very clear to me that they're extremely highly regarded."

One source calls the team "very fast, very responsive and very able," while another praises the firm's "experienced bankruptcy lawyers who will give you sound advice."

Work highlights Representing Sports Authority Holdings in its Chapter 11 proceedings, with estimated assets of up to $1 billion, and liabilities between $1 billion and $10 billion.

Acted as co-counsel to Maxus Energy in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, with upwards of $1.5 billion in asserted liabilities.

Significant clients Ad hoc committee of TCEH first-lien creditors, UCI International, Fresh & Easy, Newbury Common Associates, Haggen Holdings.

Notable practitioners

The "extremely user-friendly" Robert Brady "brings a tremendous wealth of experience" and a"fantastic knowledge of the Delaware courts," according to sources. He represents a range of debtor and creditor clients in complex Chapter 11 cases.

Pauline Morgan is described as "one of the leading lights of the Delaware bankruptcy Bar" and "a good presence to have in the room to move things productively forward." She represents debtors and creditors' committees, among others, in major Chapter 11 cases. Sources further note: "Not only does she have enormous substantive knowledge, but her judgment is impeccable."

Sources commend Michael Nestor as "a great strategist who is terrific with clients." He has significant experience representing all parties in major restructuring work.

Sean Beach is "an excellent practitioner" with a strong local reputation for advising creditors and debtors in bankruptcy proceedings. He co-led the firm's representation of Boomerang Tube in its $250 million restructuring.

Blake Cleary brings "a structured analysis" of bankruptcy legislation to his work assisting businesses in Chapter 11 cases. He also advises on out-of-court restructurings and the sale of distressed assets.

Edmon Morton is highlighted by sources as "a fabulous strategic thinker" and "very diplomatic." He is noted primarily for debtor-side work in bankruptcy and restructuring matters, but he also acts for both secured and unsecured creditors.

Ryan Bartley is highly regarded for his work on behalf of debtors in high-stakes Chapter 11 cases. He also serves in bankruptcy litigation matters before the bankruptcy courts and the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Firm chairman James Patton is described as "one of the finest bankruptcy attorneys I have encountered," by one client, while others note: "His judgment is terrific." He represents a range of major companies in complex bankruptcy and restructuring work.

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Cole Schotz P.C. - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Strong bankruptcy and corporate restructuring team experienced in all aspects of Chapter 11 proceedings. Excels in issues concerning fraudulent transfer and preference litigation, and acts for a wide range of stakeholders, including debtors, institutional creditors, official committees and equity holders. Clients include companies from the energy, manufacturing, entertainment and retail sectors.

Strengths Sources describe the team as "extraordinarily responsive and very meticulous but not wasteful," and commend its "thorough knowledge of the law."

Work highlights Advised Fresh & Easy on its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, with assets of between $10 and $50 million, and debts of between $100 and $500 million.

Served as co-counsel to Tribune Media, the reorganized debtors, in the resolution of outstanding matters in its Chapter 11 cases.

Significant clients Reichhold Holdings, NephroGenex, DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment, PBS Distribution, Delaware Trust Company.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Norman Pernick is commended for having a "good gut feel for how the courts will operate," in addition to his "strong legal analysis." He acts for public and private debtors, as well as creditors' committees in complex restructurings.

David Hurst has "superb judgment" and is noted for his substantial national practice, representing corporate debtors in all aspects of Chapter 11 cases. He also acts on behalf of creditors in a variety of other bankruptcy matters.

Kate Stickles is praised for her "great judgment and an outstanding relationship with the courts," and is considered "a very helpful guide for working through Delaware issues." She handles complex Chapter 11 cases for debtors, creditors' committees and trustees.

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Landis Rath & Cobb LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Highly regarded bankruptcy and litigation boutique firm that remains a major player in the Delaware market. Possesses a strong bench of attorneys who are adept at both lead and co-counsel roles. Acts for a prestigious roster of debtors, creditors and asset purchasers, from a range of sectors including energy, technology and retail.

Strengths Sources note: "They're terrific, very responsive," and that they "really know the local scene." Another commends its "excellent insight into bankruptcy judges in the Delaware district."

Value for money One source describes the firm's billing as "very reasonable," while another acknowledges the service as "very cost-efficient."

Work highlights Acted as sole counsel to Jumio in its Chapter 11 proceedings in the US Bankruptcy Court.

Served as co-counsel to Credit Suisse as lender in connection with UCI International's Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Significant clients JPMorgan Chase, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Saladworks, LMI GUC Trust, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority.

Notable practitioners

Adam Landis has "an encyclopedic knowledge of precedents" and "really knows the Delaware judges in and out." He represents clients in a variety of corporate bankruptcy transactions and litigation matters.

Richard Cobb acts for secured and unsecured creditors, and debtors in bankruptcy matters, restructurings and litigation. Clients laud him as "a problem solver and business partner who understands the bigger picture of where we're trying to go."

Kerri Mumford represents debtors, secured lenders and creditors in complex bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Sources call her "tireless" and note her "incredible attention to detail."

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Pepper Hamilton LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Excellent practice covering the entire gamut of bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Highly regarded for representing debtors, creditors' committees and purchasers in both lead and local counsel roles. Advises on out-of-court restructurings as well as complex Chapter 11 cases.

Strengths Sources describe the team as "responsive, knowledgeable, thoughtful and collegial." The attorneys also garner praise for their "quality, timing and willingness to work."

Work highlights Served as lead counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors of Solar Trust of America in all aspects of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Co-counsel for RadioShack and its affiliates in its bankruptcy filing, valued in excess of $1 billion.

Significant clients CS Mining, Cleveland Brothers Equipment, Pappas Liquidating Trust, Oncor Electric Delivery, ProNerve Holdings.

Notable practitioners

David Fournier is described as "a brilliant critical thinker" by one source. He represents debtors, creditors' committees and asset purchasers in corporate restructuring and bankruptcy matters.

Donald Detweiler is "very conscientious, hard-working and helpful," according to sources. He has considerable experience representing all parties in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 matters.

Henry Jaffe represents creditors, trustees and other parties in bankruptcy litigation. He recently represented Cleveland Brothers Equipment as a member of the creditors' committee in Sheehan Construction's bankruptcy filing.

Wilmington office managing partner David Stratton enjoys a strong reputation among his clients, one of whom comments: "He made a complex subject easier for me to grasp and was available at all hours, as needed." He has a diverse litigation practice, and is regularly appointed as a mediator for cases in the Bankruptcy Court and bankruptcy appeals to the Delaware District Court.

Department profile by Pepper Hamilton LLP

Pepper Hamilton’s Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Group is an integrated network of more than 35 professionals and support personnel who focus exclusively on all aspects of reorganizations, bankruptcies, restructurings, workouts and buyouts. Our team is national in focus, appearing regularly in bankruptcy courts throughout the country. We are experienced in insolvency matters involving a wide range of industries, with particularly notable experience in the food, asbestos, energy, construction, manufacturing, health care and automotive industries. Our clients include large national and international public and privately held corporations, as well as governmental entities, small businesses and individuals. During times of financial stress, businesses need experienced, effective and efficient legal counseling. This is true on both the debtor and creditor side of restructurings, insolvencies, corporate reorganizations and other challenging events. For decades, businesses throughout the country have turned to Pepper's Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Group for that critical advice and counseling.


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Reed Smith LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Highly respected bankruptcy and restructuring team acting for a distinguished roster of national and international clients, including creditors' committees, insurers, secured lenders and debtors. Comes recommended for its strengths in complex financial restructurings, workouts and bankruptcy cases that involve financially distressed transactions.

Strengths One client commends the firm's "client service, attention to detail and knowledge of bankruptcy law."

Another source appreciates the firm's "depth of talent, and the way they mobilize and utilize the talent within the firm."

Work highlights Represented Summit Investment Management as senior secured creditor in a real estate bankruptcy matter in Florida, assisting with plans of reorganization and credit bidding issues.

Representing TD Bank in Fox Rehabilitation's complex workout, valued at $25 million.

Significant clients The Bank of New York Mellon, CenturyLink Communications, Alpha Beta Capital Management, Genesis Merchant Partners, Aramid Entertainment Fund.

Notable practitioners

Kurt Gwynne is described by sources as a "brilliant tactician" and an "outstanding lawyer." In addition to representing creditors' committees and indenture trustees, he has been appointed Chapter 11 trustee in several cases.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Distinguished group highlighted for its successful track record advising on Chapter 11 proceedings. Also noted for its counsel on prepackaged and prenegotiated plans, as well as out-of-court restructurings.

Strengths The team is noted for its "high-caliber lawyers" and the "significant, substantive" matters they handle.

Work highlights Represented Relativity Media and its CEO in all matters relating to its bankruptcy, including the sale of its television division and the restructuring of its debt and equity.

Represented Black Diamond Commercial Finance in establishing a $165 million asset-based revolving credit facility for Boomerang Tube as part of its Chapter 11 restructuring.

Notable practitioners

Mark Chehi is commended by clients for his "superb bankruptcy advice." In addition to Chapter 11 cases, he regularly advises on out-of-court restructurings and workouts. Commentators also describe him as "intimately familiar with the Delaware Bankruptcy Court."

Anthony Clark is renowned as a "remarkable bankruptcy lawyer," with observers noting: "When he comes to court, he's a really fantastic presence and judges have a lot of respect for him." He represents debtors, creditors and acquirers in the full range of complex Chapter 11 cases.

Department profile by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

The Wilmington office has a substantial work-out and corporate restructuring/bankruptcy practice. This practice group focuses on Chapter 11 and out-of-court restructuring transactions and related litigations in a variety of situations, including “prepackaged” and “prearranged” bankruptcies. We represent and provide strategic advice and litigation assistance to financially troubled public and private companies and their major lenders, creditors, investors and asset acquirers, both within the U.S. and internationally.

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Ashby & Geddes - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Esteemed bankruptcy and insolvency practice acting for both debtors and creditors, and noted for its substantial creditors' committee and creditors' rights expertise. Excels in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 proceedings and is highly regarded for its sophisticated counsel on complex reorganization matters. Acts for clients from the retail, energy, technology and financial services sectors, among many others.

Strengths One impressed client says: "I've been very happy with the representation," describing Ashby & Geddes as "the first firm I'd call" for bankruptcy and insolvency issues.

Work highlights Represented Wilmington Savings Fund Society, a creditor, in Energy Future Holdings' Chapter 11 bankruptcy, valued at $1.6 billion.

Represented Union Pacific Railroad as creditors in Sherwin Alumina's bankruptcy filings.

Significant clients Bank of America, Alberta Investment Management, official committee of unsecured creditors of Molycorp, Luxor Capital Group, Nuo Therapeutics.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe William Bowden as "fantastic to deal with," according to clients, who praise his ability to "take things out of legalese and speak to you in plain English." He represents debtors, creditors and lenders in the full range of bankruptcy matters.

Ricardo Palacio is highlighted as a "smart guy with a nice disposition" by one source. He handles a range of bankruptcy matters and is frequently sought by clients for representation in high-stakes litigation.

Karen Skomorucha Owens is a rising star who is "remarkably talented" and possesses a "great relationship with judges." She represents creditors' committees, debtors and various other parties in reorganizations and liquidations.

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Blank Rome LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Established group acting for both debtors and creditors, and esteemed for its counsel in high-stakes bankruptcy litigation. Well regarded for its expertise in reorganizations and particularly singled out for its finance strengths, frequently acting for secured creditors and debtor-in-possession lenders. Regularly sought after by clients in the maritime and shipping arenas. Also known for its insurance coverage practice which works closely with the firm's bankruptcy lawyers.

Work highlights Advised the debtor-in-possession lenders on Radioshack's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings, valued at $232 million.

Representing Allied Nevada Gold with respect to its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, with $941 million in assets and $663 million of debts.

Significant clients DW Partners, eBay, Investment 360, PNC Bank, Actavis.

Notable practitioners

Stanley Tarr's practice is centered on bankruptcy and business reorganization matters, acting for creditors' committees, debtors and investors. Sources praise his "intellect and stamina" and deem him an "excellent lawyer."

Michael DeBaecke works "diligently and persistently for his clients but knows when to compromise," according to sources. He handles a variety of reorganization and litigation matters for Chapter 11 debtors, trustees and creditors.

Regina Stango Kelbon is highlighted for the strength of her work on behalf of secured creditors, earning praise for her "deep knowledge" of clients' interests. She also handles out-of-court restructurings and debtor-in-possession financings.

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DLA Piper LLP (US) - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Highly regarded for its work representing debtors, purchasers of assets and contract parties in a variety of bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Particularly noted for its creditor-side representation in cross-border bankruptcy proceedings and regularly called on for counsel in bankruptcy-related matters concerning M&A. Also frequently handles Chapter 15 and Chapter 11 with substantial cross-border elements.

Strengths One impressed client says they "could not have asked for better service" from the team.

Work highlights Represented Spanish renewable energy group Abengoa and its subsidiaries with regard to its Chapter 15 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings.

Represented Vertellus Specialty in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings with up to $500 million in assets and $1 billion in liabilities.

Significant clients South Jersey Industries, ACR Energy Partners, Noble Logistics, Mace Group, DTECH.

Notable practitioners

Wilmington office managing partner Stuart Brown is noted for his "great courtroom presence and very comprehensive work." He represents lenders, investors and corporate clients in a range of bankruptcy matters, including litigation.

Craig Martin is a "fantastic lawyer" and "a very effective advocate." He is known for his cross-border bankruptcy practice, including providing assistance on M&A transactions involving companies with distressed assets.

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Morris James LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Respected bankruptcy and creditors' rights group with a strong bench of attorneys. Maintains a fine reputation for its creditor-side work, regularly acting for leading insurance companies on matters including fraudulent transfers and preferences. Additionally noted for its counsel to indenture trustees and debtor-in-possession lenders. Also possesses a fine track record for its work on behalf of Chapter 11 debtors and Chapter 7 trustees.

Strengths The team is commended by one impressed client, who says: "I do not recall one time where I felt I received less than excellent client service."

Work highlights Represent Jacam Chemicals as creditors in Emerald Oil's bankruptcy proceedings, with claims valued at $500,000.

Acting as lead national bankruptcy counsel for Quest Diagnostics in its multimillion-dollar insolvency cases.

Significant clients Seitel Data, Premium Assignment Corporation, Island Ventures, DCT Industrial Trust, Hospice Partners of America.

Notable practitioners

Brett Fallon is "extremely intelligent" and "takes an unflappable approach," comment clients, adding: "He really analyzes things in a very calm, collected manner." He handles a wide range of bankruptcy and creditors' rights matters and has significant litigation experience.

Carl Kunz represents secured and unsecured creditors and other parties in Chapter 11 cases, and related litigation. Sources describe him as "cerebral, methodical and practical."

Stephen Miller is regarded as a "superior strategist" who "writes beautifully." He represents a range of parties in complex Chapter 11 proceedings, including debtors, creditors and trustees.

Department profile by Morris James LLP



Morris James LLP represents all types of parties having interests in business bankruptcy cases. With our collective experience, legal acumen, and business knowledge, we provide our clients (both national and local) with sound and practical advice regarding sophisticated and complicated bankruptcy and insolvency issues, always mindful of the need to achieve their business objectives.

Who We Serve

We respresent creditors (secured and unsecured), committees (official and ad hoc, creditors and equity), debtors, trustees (indenture, owner and liquidating), purchasers, investors and other parties in interest before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as well as other federal courts. We counsel clients in both reorganization and liquidation cases, as well as in out-of-court workouts and debt restructurings.

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In addition to our direct representation of clients, we also have an extensive practice serving as co-counsel with out-of-state lawyers. Our role as co-counsel is substantive. Our experience with the courts located in Delaware, relationships with attorneys practicing in Delaware and substantive knowledge of the law deliver value to our clients. Attorneys and clients who retain Morris James as co-counsel appreciate and value our active role in their matters.

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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Recognized for its expert counsel to Chapter 11 debtors and committees across all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings and has a fine track record for its work in disputes involving fraudulent conveyance and preferential transfers. Provides notably adept counsel to clients regarding workouts, turnarounds and reorganizations. Also advises companies in restructuring negotiations and assists in the sale of distressed assets.

Strengths The team's lawyers are described as "very user-friendly, very accommodating and very efficient."

Work highlights Represented ADI Liquidation in its bankruptcy, negotiating the sale of its assets, with a total value exceeding $282 million.

Represented the Port of Oakland in connection with the bankruptcy of its tenant and customer, Outer Harbor Terminal, resulting in a multimillion-dollar settlement for the Port.

Significant clients Hussey Copper, Hospitality Liquidation I, official committee of unsecured creditors of A123 Systems, Winter Harbor, Expera Specialty Solutions.

Notable practitioners

Mark Minuti is praised by clients for his "judgment and responsiveness" and is also described as "a great advocate in court." He advises debtors, creditors, trustees and other parties in corporate restructurings and Chapter 11 proceedings.

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Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Well-regarded practice that has a fine reputation for its work representing major stakeholders in Chapter 11 cases. Acts for both debtors and creditors and has extensive experience handling matters on behalf of official committees of unsecured creditors. Maintains particular strengths in issues concerning fraudulent transfers, nondischargeability actions and debtor-in-possession financing. Also handles contested Chapter 11 confirmation proceedings, valuation disputes and other cases heard before the bankruptcy courts.

Strengths Sources note that the team is "effective in court" but "able to get a deal done when it made sense for its clients."

"They are really cost-effective and unbelievably responsive, and the work product was exceptionally good," comments one satisfied client.

Work highlights Represented Carroll Services as plan administrator in Goody's Family Clothing's bankruptcy cases, filed in the Delaware Bankruptcy Court.

Represented Richter Advisory Group as the foreign representative of Thane International in connection with its Chapter 15 bankruptcy cases.

Significant clients Hilco Global, Wilson Electronics, Armistice Capital, Wells Fargo, official committee of unsecured creditors of Revstone Industries.

Notable practitioners

Mark Desgrosseilliers enjoys a reputation as an "extremely hard-working, tenacious but reasonable and businesslike lawyer." He acts on behalf of debtors, debtor-in-possession lenders and creditors in a range of bankruptcy and restructuring procedures.

Matthew Ward is an "excellent lawyer who provides very good customer service," according to observers. He handles Chapter 11 reorganizations for a variety of public and private companies.

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Bayard, P.A. - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Esteemed bankruptcy and insolvency practice acting for both debtors and creditors, and noted for its substantial creditors' committee and creditors' rights expertise. Excels in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 proceedings and is highly regarded for its sophisticated counsel on complex reorganization matters. Acts for clients across a range of industries, including retail, energy, manufacturing and financial services.

Strengths The team is commended for its "wealth of experience" and is elsewhere described as a "top-notch group."

Another source indicates: "They consistently provide good counsel with regard to Delaware practices and have a great knowledge of the relevant judges."

Work highlights Served as co-counsel for the UK Pension Claimants in Nortel Networks' Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and related appeals concerning the sale of around $7.3 billion in assets.

Served as co-counsel to Cubic Energy in its Chapter 11 cases, which included advising on its plan of reorganization.

Significant clients Official committee of unsecured creditors of Pacific Sunwear of California, Axion International Holdings, Parallel Energy, SFX Entertainment, Shenton Park Company.

Notable practitioners

Chair of the firm and department Neil Glassman is regarded as a "preeminent Chapter 11 practitioner" who can be "a fierce advocate or deal-maker when needed." He represents debtors, lenders and statutory committees, and is also noted for his work on behalf of energy companies.

Charlene Davis is "very well respected in Delaware and knows all the judges," according to market sources. She assists clients in all phases of bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, acting on behalf of debtors, creditors and other interested parties.

Justin Alberto is an "exceptional" lawyer who is "really on the rise," according to market commentators. His practice includes all aspects of insolvency work, including state court receiverships and dissolutions, as well as Chapter 11 proceedings.

Scott Cousins handles complex reorganizations and liquidations, including Chapter 11 cases. He is praised for his "great client service" and is described as a "very experienced practitioner."

GianClaudio Finizio is praised by clients for his "incredible responsiveness." He advises debtors, creditors' committees and financial institutions on the full range of bankruptcy and insolvency matters.

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Polsinelli PC - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Well-known bankruptcy and restructuring team noted for its breadth of experience representing Chapter 11 debtors and official committees of unsecured creditors. Recognized for its litigation strengths and regularly engaged to provide counsel on fraudulent transfer and preference matters, as well as prosecuting breaches of fiduciary duty.

Work highlights Acted as lead counsel to Airborne Media Group in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in Delaware, valued at $5 million.

Served as co-counsel to the official committee of students in Corinthian Colleges both with regard to the discharge of their student debt as a result of the Corinthian's alleged fraud and in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Significant clients Wire Company Holdings, official committee of unsecured creditors of Energy Futures Holding, official committee of unsecured creditors of Osage Exploration & Development, official committee of unsecured creditors of Saab, official committee of unsecured creditors of The Standard Register.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Ward is a "good negotiator and skilled litigator who is very good at getting his points across," according to market sources. He regularly represents debtors and unsecured creditors' committees in Chapter 11 proceedings.

Department profile by Polsinelli PC

The Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring lawyers at Polsinelli understand how to address a client’s concerns when facing a distressed situation by applying years of restructuring experience in a cost-efficient manner. We utilize a practical, hands-on approach to handle bankruptcy and financial restructuring issues whether on behalf of a Chapter 11 debtor, an official committee of unsecured creditors, or a party to bankruptcy litigation. Our lawyers have practiced in numerous different jurisdictions across the country, and we have lawyers available to assist clients across the country. We have extensive experience with distressed companies in various industries. This experience includes serving as Delaware bankruptcy counsel and conflicts counsel to Creditors' Committee of Energy Future Holdings Corp., 

et al.

, the seventh largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy case ever filed. 



We have represented various types of clients in all aspects of bankruptcy, insolvency, out-of-court workouts, and litigation matters, including: 



  • Debtors and debtors-in-possession 
  • Official and Ad Hoc Creditors’ Committees 
  • Chapter 7 and 11 Trustees 
  • Litigation and Liquidating Trustees 
  • Secured and DIP Lenders 
  • Indenture Trustees, Noteholders, and Bondholders 
  • Asset Purchasers 
  • Landlords and Trade Creditors 
  • Examiners 
  • Plaintiffs and Defendants in Adversary Proceedings
  • Chapter 9 Municipality Adjustments

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Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Broad-ranging practice that advises an array of clients in complex Chapter 11 cases. Also highly regarded for its expertise in out-of-court restructurings. Noted for its representation of debtors, secured creditors and creditor committees, and maintains a fine track record for its work in the energy, retail and manufacturing sectors.

Work highlights Continued to assist Deutsche Bank with regard to Energy Future Holding's bankruptcy.

Represented IPC International as co-counsel with regard to its Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Significant clients Ashley Furniture, Walmart, Norfolk Southern, Citibank, Estée Lauder.

Notable practitioners

Jeremy Ryan is described as "exactly the sort of lawyer you'd want on your trial team" and "an excellent advocate for clients." He handles the full spectrum of complex bankruptcy matters for debtors and creditors.

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Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Renowned practice offering advice on the full range of bankruptcy and restructuring matters for debtors, trustees, creditors' committees and litigation trusts. Regularly handles adversary proceedings and contractual disputes involving distressed entities. Also regularly represents commercial banks and financial institutions as creditors.

Strengths The team is described as "very knowledgeable, pragmatic and efficient."

One market commentator observes: "They work to resolve problems rather than create them."

Work highlights Served as Delaware counsel to various funds managed by Voya Investment Management in their opposition to Millennium Lab Holdings' prepackaged plan and the prosecution of an appeal of the Bankruptcy Court's confirmation order.

Advised Sky Light Holding in its acquisition of iON Worldwide's secured debt, as well as facilitating a restructuring support agreement.

Significant clients Verso Paper Holdings, C-III Asset Management, Silver Point Capital, SBA Communications, Draw Another Circle.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Samis is described as "very easy to work with, responsive and very knowledgeable in his field." He handles corporate bankruptcies and restructuring work, and regularly represents clients in major Chapter 11 cases in Delaware.

Katherine Good is an up-and-coming bankruptcy lawyer with a noted specialty in cross-border insolvency work, including Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 cases.

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Eminent Practitioner

James L Patton Jr

Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Firm chairman James Patton is described as "one of the finest bankruptcy attorneys I have encountered," by one client, while others note: "His judgment is terrific." He represents a range of major companies in complex bankruptcy and restructuring work.

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Star Individuals

Richards, Layton & Finger PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Collins is praised as an "effective strategist and practitioner" and "the dean of the Delaware Bar." He acts as counsel to companies, secured creditors' committees and many others in major Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 cases, and out-of-court restructurings.

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Star Individuals

Laura Davis Jones

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Laura Davis Jones is known by sources to be "one of the top lawyers in Delaware," and peers say they "hardly ever see a major case where she isn't involved." She provides advice to debtors and creditors' committees on Chapter 11 cases and workouts.

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Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Derek Abbott is described as "a standout" and "one of the best lawyers in town" by sources. He represents debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and litigation. He recently acted on behalf of Tamara Mellon Brand as debtors' counsel in a $12 million reorganization plan.

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Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "extremely user-friendly" Robert Brady "brings a tremendous wealth of experience" and a"fantastic knowledge of the Delaware courts," according to sources. He represents a range of debtor and creditor clients in complex Chapter 11 cases.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Chehi is commended by clients for his "superb bankruptcy advice." In addition to Chapter 11 cases, he regularly advises on out-of-court restructurings and workouts. Commentators also describe him as "intimately familiar with the Delaware Bankruptcy Court."

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Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Dehney is "excellent in a courtroom and a very good orator," according to one source, and is praised as "a creative thinker" by another. He represents debtors and creditors at all stages of Chapter 11 proceedings, including out-of-court reorganizations and restructurings.

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Pepper Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Fournier is described as "a brilliant critical thinker" by one source. He represents debtors, creditors' committees and asset purchasers in corporate restructuring and bankruptcy matters.

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kurt Gwynne is described by sources as a "brilliant tactician" and an "outstanding lawyer." In addition to representing creditors' committees and indenture trustees, he has been appointed Chapter 11 trustee in several cases.

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Landis Rath & Cobb LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Landis has "an encyclopedic knowledge of precedents" and "really knows the Delaware judges in and out." He represents clients in a variety of corporate bankruptcy transactions and litigation matters.

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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Minuti is praised by clients for his "judgment and responsiveness" and is also described as "a great advocate in court." He advises debtors, creditors, trustees and other parties in corporate restructurings and Chapter 11 proceedings.

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Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Pauline Morgan is described as "one of the leading lights of the Delaware bankruptcy Bar" and "a good presence to have in the room to move things productively forward." She represents debtors and creditors' committees, among others, in major Chapter 11 cases. Sources further note: "Not only does she have enormous substantive knowledge, but her judgment is impeccable."

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Cole Schotz P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Department co-head Norman Pernick is commended for having a "good gut feel for how the courts will operate," in addition to his "strong legal analysis." He acts for public and private debtors, as well as creditors' committees in complex restructurings.

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Pepper Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Wilmington office managing partner David Stratton enjoys a strong reputation among his clients, one of whom comments: "He made a complex subject easier for me to grasp and was available at all hours, as needed." He has a diverse litigation practice, and is regularly appointed as a mediator for cases in the Bankruptcy Court and bankruptcy appeals to the Delaware District Court.

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Ashby & Geddes

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources describe William Bowden as "fantastic to deal with," according to clients, who praise his ability to "take things out of legalese and speak to you in plain English." He represents debtors, creditors and lenders in the full range of bankruptcy matters.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Wilmington office managing partner Stuart Brown is noted for his "great courtroom presence and very comprehensive work." He represents lenders, investors and corporate clients in a range of bankruptcy matters, including litigation.

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Daniel J DeFranceschi

Richards, Layton & Finger PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel DeFranceschi "has a very good demeanor and rapport with the court, clients and adversaries," comment market sources. He represents debtors and creditors in significant Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases, including clients from the retail, technology and manufacturing sectors.

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Mark L Desgrosseilliers

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Desgrosseilliers enjoys a reputation as an "extremely hard-working, tenacious but reasonable and businesslike lawyer." He acts on behalf of debtors, debtor-in-possession lenders and creditors in a range of bankruptcy and restructuring procedures.

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Cozen O'Connor

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients deem Mark Felger of Cozen O'Connor "very smart, responsive, thoughtful and practical." In addition to representing all parties in corporate restructurings, he also practices as a mediator for the Delaware Bankruptcy Court.

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Bayard, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Chair of the firm and department Neil Glassman is regarded as a "preeminent Chapter 11 practitioner" who can be "a fierce advocate or deal-maker when needed." He represents debtors, lenders and statutory committees, and is also noted for his work on behalf of energy companies.

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John Henry Knight

Richards, Layton & Finger PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources say John Henry Knight is "terrific and a pleasure to deal with." In addition to his role as counsel to debtors, creditors and lenders in numerous Chapter 11 cases, he is vice chair of the firm's bankruptcy and corporate restructuring department.

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Steven K Kortanek

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Kortanek of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP is described by commentators as "an extremely knowledgeable practitioner, not only of bankruptcy principles, but also how the system works in Delaware," adding: "He understands the rhythms of the court extremely well and the processes." He acts as counsel for a range of parties in Chapter 11 cases, including debtors, creditors' committees and purchasers of distressed assets.

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Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources commend Michael Nestor as "a great strategist who is terrific with clients." He has significant experience representing all parties in major restructuring work.

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Russell C Silberglied

Richards, Layton & Finger PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Russell Silberglied handles a range of bankruptcy litigation matters and also represents clients in Chapter 11 cases. He recently represented K&R Roustabout as the debtor's largest secured creditor in Citadel Energy's bankruptcy.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

Anthony Clark is renowned as a "remarkable bankruptcy lawyer," with observers noting: "When he comes to court, he's a really fantastic presence and judges have a lot of respect for him." He represents debtors, creditors and acquirers in the full range of complex Chapter 11 cases.

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Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Blake Cleary brings "a structured analysis" of bankruptcy legislation to his work assisting businesses in Chapter 11 cases. He also advises on out-of-court restructurings and the sale of distressed assets.

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Landis Rath & Cobb LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Cobb acts for secured and unsecured creditors, and debtors in bankruptcy matters, restructurings and litigation. Clients laud him as "a problem solver and business partner who understands the bigger picture of where we're trying to go."

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Bayard, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Scott Cousins handles complex reorganizations and liquidations, including Chapter 11 cases. He is praised for his "great client service" and is described as a "very experienced practitioner."

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Bayard, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Charlene Davis is "very well respected in Delaware and knows all the judges," according to market sources.  She assists clients in all phases of bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, acting on behalf of debtors, creditors and other interested parties.

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Michael D DeBaecke

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael DeBaecke works "diligently and persistently for his clients but knows when to compromise," according to sources. He handles a variety of reorganization and litigation matters for Chapter 11 debtors, trustees and creditors.

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Donald J Detweiler

Pepper Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Detweiler is "very conscientious, hard-working and helpful," according to sources. He has considerable experience representing all parties in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 matters.

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Morris James LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brett Fallon is "extremely intelligent" and "takes an unflappable approach," comment clients, adding: "He really analyzes things in a very calm, collected manner." He handles a wide range of bankruptcy and creditors' rights matters and has significant litigation experience.

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Richards, Layton & Finger PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Heath regularly acts on behalf of creditors, debtors and other parties in significant Chapter 11 cases. He advised Quicksilver Resources in its bankruptcy proceedings.

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Cole Schotz P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

David Hurst has "superb judgment" and is noted for his substantial national practice, representing corporate debtors in all aspects of Chapter 11 cases. He also acts on behalf of creditors in a variety of other bankruptcy matters.

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Regina Stango Kelbon

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Regina Stango Kelbon is highlighted for the strength of her work on behalf of secured creditors, earning praise for her "deep knowledge" of clients' interests. She also handles out-of-court restructurings and debtor-in-possession financings.

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Morris James LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Carl Kunz represents secured and unsecured creditors and other parties in Chapter 11 cases, and related litigation. Sources describe him as "cerebral, methodical and practical."

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Michael R Lastowski

Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Lastowski of Duane Morris LLP is considered by market peers to be a "very knowledgeable" attorney. He is managing partner of the firm's Wilmington office, and handles bankruptcy and commercial disputes for a wide range of clients.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

From the Chambers USA guide

Craig Martin is a "fantastic lawyer" and "a very effective advocate." He is known for his cross-border bankruptcy practice, including providing assistance on M&A transactions involving companies with distressed assets.

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Morris James LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Miller is regarded as a "superior strategist" who "writes beautifully." He represents a range of parties in complex Chapter 11 proceedings, including debtors, creditors and trustees.

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Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Edmon Morton is highlighted by sources as "a fabulous strategic thinker" and "very diplomatic." He is noted primarily for debtor-side work in bankruptcy and restructuring matters, but he also acts for both secured and unsecured creditors.

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Domenic E Pacitti

Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Domenic Pacitti of Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP is considered a "terrific lawyer" by market peers, with one stating: "If he's on the other side of a case, I know I need to bring my A game." He acts for debtors, creditors' committees and other parties in bankruptcy matters, restructurings and workouts.

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Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeremy Ryan is described as "exactly the sort of lawyer you'd want on your trial team" and "an excellent advocate for clients." He handles the full spectrum of complex bankruptcy matters for debtors and creditors.

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Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bradford Sandler is described as "very practical" and a renowned "negotiator and facilitator." He is cochair of the firm's creditors' committees practice group and has a wealth of experience advising on a range of in-court and out-of-court restructurings. Clients note: "He is a very good communicator. He will explain options to clients simply and succinctly, and then provide a recommendation."

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Jeffrey M Schlerf

Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Schlerf of Fox Rothschild LLP is praised for his calm manner and his "good sense of what's going on in the jurisdiction and the attitude of the court." He handles a range of corporate restructuring and insolvency work, including Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings.

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Robert J Stearn Jr

Richards, Layton & Finger PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Stearn represents creditors and debtors in all types of bankruptcy disputes including fraudulent transfer litigation. He defended Dechert in a malpractice suit brought by the debtor, Capsule International Holdings, following counsel given during its bankruptcy.

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Cole Schotz P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Kate Stickles is praised for her "great judgment and an outstanding relationship with the courts," and is considered "a very helpful guide for working through Delaware issues." She handles complex Chapter 11 cases for debtors, creditors' committees and trustees.

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Stanley Tarr's practice is centered on bankruptcy and business reorganization matters, acting for creditors' committees, debtors and investors. Sources praise his "intellect and stamina" and deem him an "excellent lawyer."

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Christopher A Ward

Polsinelli PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Ward is a "good negotiator and skilled litigator who is very good at getting his points across," according to market sources. He regularly represents debtors and unsecured creditors' committees in Chapter 11 proceedings.

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Gregory W Werkheiser

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources deem Gregory Werkheiser a "first-rate bankruptcy technician" and note that he "works incredibly hard on behalf of clients and does a great job of anticipating issues." Much of his practice is devoted to bankruptcy appellate matters, and he also represents various parties in a variety of other complex bankruptcy disputes and restructurings.

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Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sean Beach is "an excellent practitioner" with a strong local reputation for advising creditors and debtors in bankruptcy proceedings. He co-led the firm's representation of Boomerang Tube in its $250 million restructuring.

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Michael Busenkell

Gellert Scali Busenkell & Brown, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Busenkell of Gellert Scali Busenkell & Brown, LLC is noted as an "excellent" lawyer, particularly with regard to his creditor practice. He handles Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court restructurings, as well as advising on creditors' rights and workouts.

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William E Chipman

Chipman Brown Cicero & Cole LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Chipman of Chipman Brown Cicero & Cole LLP is described as "very attentive," and draws praise for his "awesome customer support and command of bankruptcy law." He represents debtors, creditors' committees and debtor-in-possession lenders in a broad variety of bankruptcy cases.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Tobey Daluz of Ballard Spahr LLP is considered "very helpful at guiding clients through esoteric bankruptcy" law. She handles bankruptcy litigation and corporate restructurings for debtors, creditors and official committees.

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Burr & Forman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

J Cory Falgowski of Burr & Forman LLP is regarded as a "great lawyer" and "a young partner with some talent" among his peers in Delaware. He advises secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 cases.

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Pepper Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Henry Jaffe represents creditors, trustees and other parties in bankruptcy litigation. He recently represented Cleveland Brothers Equipment as a member of the creditors' committee in Sheehan Construction's bankruptcy filing.

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Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mette Kurth recently moved to Fox Rothschild LLP's Wilmington office. She represents creditors' committees and debtors in a variety of distressed situations including bankruptcy lititgation, workouts and restructurings. Market commentators draw attention to her strong strategic skills, noting that "she takes a good 'big picture' approach to cases."

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Michael J Merchant

Richards, Layton & Finger PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Merchant is described as a "very responsive and committed" bankruptcy lawyer who provides "not just great client service, but also great legal service." He advises a combination of debtors and creditors, including clients from the retail and manufacturing sectors.

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Landis Rath & Cobb LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kerri Mumford represents debtors, secured lenders and creditors in complex bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Sources call her "tireless" and note her "incredible attention to detail." 

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Ashby & Geddes

From the Chambers USA guide

Ricardo Palacio is highlighted as a "smart guy with a nice disposition" by one source. He handles a range of bankruptcy matters and is frequently sought by clients for representation in high-stakes litigation.

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Burr & Forman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Robinson of Burr & Forman LLP is a "very experienced" bankruptcy attorney with significant experience handling complex disputes in regional and national courts. He also represents lenders and borrowers in a range of restructuring and bankruptcy matters.

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Christopher M. Samis

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Samis is described as "very easy to work with, responsive and very knowledgeable in his field." He handles corporate bankruptcies and restructuring work, and regularly represents clients in major Chapter 11 cases in Delaware.

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Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Schwartz "focuses on the important issues and drives toward resolution," according to market sources. He focuses on complex restructurings, acting for debtors and creditors in a range of insolvency matters, including dissolutions and foreclosures.

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Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Ward is an "excellent lawyer who provides very good customer service," according to observers. He handles Chapter 11 reorganizations for a variety of public and private companies.

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Up and Coming

Bayard, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Justin Alberto is an "exceptional" lawyer who is "really on the rise," according to market commentators. His practice includes all aspects of insolvency work, including state court receiverships and dissolutions, as well as Chapter 11 proceedings.

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Up and Coming

GianClaudio Finizio

Bayard, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

GianClaudio Finizio is praised by clients for his "incredible responsiveness." He advises debtors, creditors' committees and financial institutions on the full range of bankruptcy and insolvency matters.

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Up and Coming

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Katherine Good is an up-and-coming bankruptcy lawyer with a noted specialty in cross-border insolvency work, including Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 cases.

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Up and Coming

Karen Skomorucha Owens

Ashby & Geddes

From the Chambers USA guide

Karen Skomorucha Owens is a rising star who is "remarkably talented" and possesses a "great relationship with judges." She represents creditors' committees, debtors and various other parties in reorganizations and liquidations.

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Associates to watch

Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ryan Bartley is highly regarded for his work on behalf of debtors in high-stakes Chapter 11 cases. He also serves in bankruptcy litigation matters before the bankruptcy courts and the Delaware Court of Chancery.

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Associates to watch

Richards, Layton & Finger PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Amanda Steele "has an amazing knowledge of the local practice," according to one source. She is developing an excellent reputation for her bankruptcy work and has experience assisting in some of the firm's largest Chapter 11 cases.

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