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Bankruptcy/Restructuring — Hawaii


Case Lombardi & Pettit - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Eminent practice representing creditors and debtors in restructurings, liquidations and Chapter 11 proceedings. Clients benefit from the firm's real estate expertise during foreclosure cases, as well as from its considerable courtroom experience. Regularly active handling claims and preference litigation, as well as collections and receiverships.

Strengths Sources praise this "strong firm" as a standout for creditor representation in Hawaii.

Work highlights Assisted the Japanese parent of a Hawaiian company with the settling of creditor claims and the liquidation of its Hawaiian assets after the parent company filed for bankruptcy in Japan.

Assisted Naturescape's committee of creditors with the appointment of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy trustee and subsequent distribution of the company's collateral.

Notable practitioners

Ted Pettit benefits from over three decades of experience and is recognized by sources as having been "one of the lead creditor lawyers in town for quite a while." He recently led the team assisting the unsecured creditors committee of housing developer Aina Lea with regard to the company's debtor-in-possession Chapter 11 proceedings.

About the Team (content provided by Case Lombardi & Pettit)

The firm’s Bankruptcy Practice covers all aspects of creditor-debtor relationships ranging from foreclosure, receivership, collection and enforcement of judgments in state and federal court to reorganization and liquidation in bankruptcy court. 

Our experience in this area includes representation of lenders in large cases, such as Aloha Airlines, Hawaii Medical Centers and hotel cases, representation of Chapter 11 debtors and creditors committees, such as H&W Foods and Hilo Hatties. The firm also represents landlords and various stakeholders in all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings. The firm has a team of creditor counsel experienced in negotiating workouts and restructurings outside of bankruptcy court.

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Klevansky Piper Duffy, LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Commended group, frequently mandated on some of the state's most high-profile bankruptcy cases. Renowned for its work with creditors, debtors and trustees in workouts, restructurings and insolvency disputes, among other matters.

Strengths Sources say: "They are a very good firm that does a lot of work for bankruptcy trustees."

Notable practitioners

Simon Klevansky is revered by peers as "a very smart, worthy adversary" and "a good litigator who knows bankruptcy law inside and out." He has garnered a reputation as one of the standout lawyers in the market off the back of his excellent work in litigious bankruptcy cases.

Alika Piper is recognized for her strengths across range of matters, including restructuring, foreclosures and bankruptcy litigation. One commentator remarked: "She is very detail-oriented, organized and efficient. She doesn't waste time."

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O'Connor Playdon Guben & Inouye LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected group handling debtors' and creditors' rights matters, bankruptcies and related disputes. Additional expertise in banking, commercial and real estate law further complements the firm's practice.

Notable practitioners

Jerrold Guben has deep experience representing debtors, and is well known for advising on litigious cases. He is described by a market commentators as a “leading practitioner with a wide range of experience.”

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Cades Schutte LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第二等

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What the team is known for Accomplished team advising both lenders and corporate debtors on bankruptcy proceedings. Notable capabilities range from assisting with restructurings and workouts to acting on loan defaults and insolvency litigation.

Notable practitioners

Theodore Young is commended by his peers as a "very good attorney; he does his homework and represents his clients well." He has extensive experience acting for debtor companies, bankruptcy trustees, guaranty agencies and numerous other entities in a wide range of Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings. He is also a former president of the Hawaii Bankruptcy Bar Association.

About the Team (content provided by Cades Schutte LLP)

Our Creditor’s Rights and Bankruptcy Group includes attorneys from the Banking/Finance, Commercial/Real Estate, and Litigation practice groups of the Firm who have special and extensive expertise in all aspects of creditors’ rights law, including bankruptcy, workouts, foreclosure, enforcement of security interests and other creditor remedies, domestication and collection of judgments, and the defense of lender liability claims.

Members of the group have extensive experience in the areas of bankruptcy and insolvency taxation; reporting and taxation of cancellation of indebtedness income; and representation of lenders in the protection and enforcement of their rights, through the negotiation and documentation of loan modifications, judicial and nonjudicial mortgage foreclosures, the enforcement of special remedies such as receiverships and attachments, and in all aspects of bankruptcy, including relief from the automatic stay, voidable preferences, fraudulent transfers, and adequate protection of secured claims. We also represent purchasers/sellers of distressed properties in foreclosure, bankruptcy and forfeiture cases, as well as purchasers/sellers of troubled loans. For many years we have represented a large number of corporate and institutional landowners in connection with the enforcement of their rights under ground leases and commercial space leases, and the protection of their interests in bankruptcy proceedings.

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Choi & Ito - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded bench of specialists with extensive experience advising on bankruptcies and related litigation. Expertise also covers foreclosures, alleged fraudulent conveyances and workouts.

Notable practitioners

The highly experienced Chuck Choi is recognized for his expertise handling complex Chapter 11 cases on behalf of debtors. One commentator describes him as “extremely capable,” while another adds: “He really knows debtor-side work.”

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Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Robust bankruptcy practice offering secured and unsecured creditors representation in sophisticated Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Regularly acts for a number of local banks on collection and foreclosure mandates.

Work highlights Advised creditor Garlow Petroleum concerning the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Rolloffs Hawaii.

Advised Bank of Hawaii on a significant loan restructuring and related forbearance agreement with REI Food Service.

Notable practitioners

Johnathan Bolton is “very knowledgeable and very experienced in big bankruptcy cases,” according to one source, who adds: “He is pleasant to work with and explains things well.” He is regularly instructed on matters concerning creditors' rights.

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Carlsmith Ball LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第三等

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What the team is known for Highly regarded practice active representing banks and other financial institutions in refinancings, foreclosures and debt default litigation. Notable experience handling complex workouts, restructurings and bankruptcy mandates.

Strengths Sources say: “The team has a very broad skill set. I’ve been pleased with everybody I’ve dealt with.”

Work highlights Successfully advised on a loan refinancing in which the client was owed approximately $15 million.

Advised West Oahu Aggregate on its $5 million purchase of 100% of the assets of Rolloffs Hawaii.

Notable practitioners

Tom Roesser has a wealth of experience handling loan workouts and foreclosures on behalf of lenders. One commentator says: “He knows the law well, is no-nonsense and has good judgment.”

About the Team (content provided by Carlsmith Ball LLP)

The Creditors' Rights, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, and Loan Workouts Section provides legal services to national, state-chartered and local financial institutions in California, Hawaii, and Guam. The Section regularly represents creditors in enforcing claims and recovering collateral. We also assist clients in workouts and restructurings of troubled loans, including on all tax aspects of these transactions. We provide guidance in the areas of commercial lending, security interests, and the Uniform Commercial Code, and advise on usury and financial services loan regulations.  We also provide counsel on consumer credit issues.

Some of the areas where we provide counsel and representation include the following:

  • Creditors' Rights
  • Enforcement of promissory notes, liens, guaranties, and other financial instruments
  • Foreclosures on all types of commercial property and residential property
  • Advice, negotiation and documentation work in connection with loan workouts and restructurings
  • Bankruptcy
  • Representation of secured and unsecured creditors on various bankruptcy matters, including adversary proceedings
  • Representation of Chapter 11 Trustee in major bankruptcy case
  • Negotiation of asset sales in bankruptcy proceedings

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Rush Moore LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第三等

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What the team is known for Acclaimed firm with broad expertise across various bankruptcy-related matters, representing commercial, consumer and real estate creditors. Considerable experience advising on workouts, debt collection and fraudulent conveyances, among other matters.

Notable practitioners

The “smart and practical” Susan Tius continues to be regarded as “among the top lawyers” in Hawaii. She specializes in creditors rights, and is a popular choice for bankruptcy matters more generally.

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Tsugawa Biehl Lau & Muzzi, LLLC - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Adept practice with wide-ranging expertise across a variety of areas, including foreclosures, workouts and collections. Acts for creditors, debtors and trustees, and possesses notable experience handling both Chapter 5 and Chapter 11 cases.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Muzzi is a “very, very capable litigator” who demonstrates “great strength in legal analysis and advocacy, and produces very good results.” He works across the full spectrum of bankruptcy matters, representing creditors, debtors and trustees.

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O'Connor Playdon Guben & Inouye LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jerrold Guben has deep experience representing debtors, and is well known for advising on litigious cases. He is described by a market commentators as a “leading practitioner with a wide range of experience.”

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Klevansky Piper Duffy, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Simon Klevansky is revered by peers as "a very smart, worthy adversary" and "a good litigator who knows bankruptcy law inside and out." He has garnered a reputation as one of the standout lawyers in the market off the back of his excellent work in litigious bankruptcy cases.

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Case Lombardi & Pettit

From the Chambers USA guide

Ted Pettit benefits from over three decades of experience and is recognized by sources as having been "one of the lead creditor lawyers in town for quite a while." He recently led the team assisting the unsecured creditors committee of housing developer Aina Lea with regard to the company's debtor-in-possession Chapter 11 proceedings.

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Band 2

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel

From the Chambers USA guide

Johnathan Bolton is “very knowledgeable and very experienced in big bankruptcy cases,” according to one source, who adds: “He is pleasant to work with and explains things well.” He is regularly instructed on matters concerning creditors' rights.

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Band 2

Choi & Ito

From the Chambers USA guide

The highly experienced Chuck Choi is recognized for his expertise handling complex Chapter 11 cases on behalf of debtors. One commentator describes him as “extremely capable,” while another adds: “He really knows debtor-side work.”

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Band 2

Kessner Duca Umebayashi Bain & Matsunaga

From the Chambers USA guide

In the view of one market source, Steven Guttman of Kessner Duca Umebayashi Bain & Matsunaga is “very strong in the bankruptcy arena.” He is frequently instructed by both creditors and debtors on Chapter 7 cases.

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Christopher J Muzzi

Tsugawa Biehl Lau & Muzzi, LLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Muzzi is a “very, very capable litigator” who demonstrates “great strength in legal analysis and advocacy, and produces very good results.” He works across the full spectrum of bankruptcy matters, representing creditors, debtors and trustees.

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Band 2

Klevansky Piper Duffy, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alika Piper is recognized for her strengths across range of matters, including restructuring, foreclosures and bankruptcy litigation. One commentator remarked: "She is very detail-oriented, organized and efficient. She doesn't waste time."

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Band 2

Carlsmith Ball LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Tom Roesser has a wealth of experience handling loan workouts and foreclosures on behalf of lenders. One commentator says: “He knows the law well, is no-nonsense and has good judgment.”

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Rush Moore LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The “smart and practical” Susan Tius continues to be regarded as “among the top lawyers” in Hawaii. She specializes in creditors rights, and is a popular choice for bankruptcy matters more generally.

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Theodore D C Young

Cades Schutte LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Theodore Young is commended by his peers as a "very good attorney; he does his homework and represents his clients well." He has extensive experience acting for debtor companies, bankruptcy trustees, guaranty agencies and numerous other entities in a wide range of Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings. He is also a former president of the Hawaii Bankruptcy Bar Association.

^ See whole ranking table