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Bankruptcy/Restructuring — Pennsylvania


Blank Rome LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Stellar bankruptcy and restructuring team handling the full range of issues including Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 matters, as well as related bankruptcy litigation. Maintains a specialty practice advising maritime and transportation clients, and possesses significant knowledge of complex financing transactions. Clients also include major financial institutions and companies in the energy sector.

Strengths The team is highly praised by clients, who comment: "They have a strong, well-recognized practice with a deep bench. They can handle complex matters with transactional and litigation dimensions."

Sources also say: "The team was outstanding in getting complex issues resolved in positive ways."

Work highlights Acted for PNC Bank as agent for a six-member bank group, providing a $215 million debtor-in-possession credit facility for Haggen and its affiliated debtors.

Represented Daebo International Shipping in a successful Chapter 15 bankruptcy case.

Significant clients DW Partners, Energy Coal, Investment 360, Scout Energy, Siena Lending.

Notable practitioners

Leon Barson is a highly regarded debtor lawyer who possesses considerable experience acting as restructuring counsel in complex Chapter 11 matters. One source comments: "He is a very smart lawyer. He is practical and his people skills are outstanding - both with clients and with other lawyers."

Described by observers as "one of the most highly respected practitioners around," Thomas Biron is an exceptionally experienced bankruptcy attorney with particular experience in high-stakes disputes, often involving fraud. He recently successfully represented Wilmington Savings Fund Society in litigation over an alleged multimillion-dollar fraud.

Co-leader of the firm's national finance, restructuring and bankruptcy group Regina Stango Kelbon is praised by clients as "tactical, practical and knowledgeable." She regularly acts on complex out-of-court restructurings, workouts and other bankruptcy matters representing senior creditors. This year she led the firm in its representation of PNC Bank as an agent for a six-member bank group in relation to the Haggen grocery store bankruptcy.

One client describes Michael Schaedle as "tenacious, thorough and highly strategic," as well as "an intellectual heavyweight." He is highly experienced handling bankruptcy work for maritime clients, as well as acting for creditors.

Joel Charles Shapiro represents buyers and sellers in a range of bankruptcy contexts, with particular experience in distressed M&A matters. He is praised by sources for his "great knowledge of the bankruptcy process" and for being "very practical from a counseling perspective."

Raymond Shapiro is senior counsel at the firm. He is renowned for his impressive knowledge and experience in a broad range of bankruptcy-related issues, advising lenders, creditors and creditors’ committees.

Senior associate Josef Mintz is noted for his experience in corporate restructurings and asset-based financings, among other issues. Sources comment that he is "a rising star in the practice" and note: "He has a great knowledge of the bankruptcy process and code."

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Reed Smith LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Outstanding bankruptcy practice with significant experience representing national and international clients in debt restructuring, workouts and other sophisticated insolvency proceedings. Regularly acts for creditors, lenders and creditors' committees, and has considerable knowledge of complex financial structures, including credit default swaps and structured investment vehicles. Growing debtors practice, and excels in bankruptcy litigation and the defense of bankruptcy class actions.

Strengths Sources praise the depth of the firm's bench, saying: "They certainly have a lot of very good insolvency lawyers."

Work highlights Represented Wells Fargo Bank as the collateral agent in Molycorp's Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Represented KAAPA as a stalking horse bidder for Abengoa Bioenergy of Nebraska's assets.

Significant clients The Bank of New York Mellon, Dollar Bank, M&T Bank, First Niagara Bank, GE Capital.

Notable practitioners

Eric Schaffer has extensive experience acting for indenture trustees and collateral agents in bankruptcy cases. He acted as the lead attorney for Wells Fargo Bank in Molycorp's Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and is described by peers as a "very smart and well-respected guy."

Claudia Springer is described by peers as "a highly regarded senior member of the restructuring Bar," as well as "an excellent practitioner and somebody to be respected." She is well known for her work for creditors, frequently acting in sophisticated restructurings, refinancings and out-of-court workouts.

Global head of the commercial restructuring and bankruptcy team Peter Clark is described as a "very strong technical attorney who knows the law extremely well and how to communicate it." He acts on a broad range of bankruptcy and restructuring matters, and appears regularly in bankruptcy courts.

Derek Baker is praised by sources for his advocacy, with one noting: "He presents well in court, is levelheaded and a pleasure to deal with." He is skilled in complex workouts and restructurings, as well as bankruptcy-related litigation. He recently acted as debtor's counsel for Taylor-Wharton International its complex Chapter 11 case.

One happy client enthuses of Matthew Tashman: "He has a brilliant mind - a tremendous recall - and he uses that to maximize returns. He has really good business sense and really understands the client's business." He represents major financial institutions in a range of business reorganizations and bankruptcy matters.

Paul Singer is highly respected, with peers commenting that he is an "excellent lawyer" and a "very well-known guy." His broad-ranging practice involves regularly advising natural resource and transportation clients.

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Dilworth Paxson LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for A comprehensive bankruptcy and restructuring team advising distressed companies from various sectors including publishing, real estate and technology. Particularly noted for its strength representing debtors and lenders in complex Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases. Also well versed in creditors' rights and corporate restructurings.

Work highlights Acted as counsel for the Please Touch Museum in its Chapter 11 proceedings.

Represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in a case relating to its multiple oil and gas leases with Ultra Petroleum, which was undergoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Significant clients Field Hotel Associates, Green Tree School & Services, Binder Machinery Company, Blue Wave Health Consultants, United States Steel.

Notable practitioners

Lawrence McMichael is known in the market as "the go-to bankruptcy lawyer in Philadelphia," with noted strength in litigation and complex Chapter 11 cases. One peer comments: "He is just terrific. He's smart, a pleasure to deal with - the kind of lawyer that consistently does a great job and will be looking for a reasonable, rational solution."

Head of department James Matour is praised by peers as someone who "can see the big picture as well as the detail, and can help smaller companies in a cost-efficient way." He is highly experienced and respected as "outstanding on the debtors' side," with a focus on commercial workouts and corporate reorganizations.

Anne Marie Aaronson is described as a "smart and practical" lawyer. She represents both for-profit and nonprofit Chapter 11 debtors. She works on both bankruptcy matters and reorganizations, as well as out-of-court restructurings.

Martin Weis is a highly experienced attorney who acts for creditors, representing lenders and leasing companies in an array of bankruptcy cases and reorganizations.

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Dilworth’s Bankruptcy & Insolvency Group is one of the largest bankruptcy, debtor, and creditor rights and insolvency practices in the Philadelphia region including New Jersey. Our lawyers regularly represent commercial borrowers and debtors, secured lenders, unsecured trade creditors, and Chapter 7 and 11 trustees in a wide variety of industries and cases. Our representation of these diverse, and philosophically adverse parties, provides our lawyers with the unique ability to appreciate, understand, and quickly analyze the key issues faced by each of these parties.

Dilworth Paxson’s Bankruptcy & Insolvency Group has lawyers who focus on Chapter 11 cases and state-court insolvency proceedings and maintain a litigation-oriented practice, as well as lawyers that focus their transactional skills on out-of-court workouts and debt restructurings. Our lawyers have represented clients in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings across the nation and proactively address and defend our clients with an eye to a prompt, favorable, and cost-effective resolution.

The cumulative experience of the members of the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Group has proven invaluable in recognized industry groups ranging from chemicals, coal, commercial real estate development, health care, and hospitality to publishing, retail, telecommunications, and technology.

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Duane Morris LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Distinguished practice handling high-profile Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and major restructurings. Practitioners have considerable experience in cross-jurisdictional insolvency work and creditors' rights matters.

Strengths The team's lawyers are acknowledged as "strong advocates who are very thorough and look out for our interests," adding: "They are very good at making sure we are doing the proper things to protect ourselves."

Another client describes them as "consummate professionals who put their clients' needs first."

Value for money The team is often noted by clients for the value it provides, with one client commenting: "They provide a tremendous service for the amount they charge."

Notable practitioners

Chair of the business reorganization and financial restructuring group Rudolph Di Massa is known as a "top lenders' lawyer," with a significant focus on complex litigation and creditors' rights matters. One satisfied client praises his "entrepreneurial sense and business savvy," adding: "He gave us a business-oriented service, which was a big help to us."

James Holman regularly advises on the full range of commercial reorganizations and related transactions. One client comments: "He really brings good business sense to the legal side."

Lawrence Kotler is well respected for the strength of his advocacy, acting in bankruptcy litigation matters, as well as complex Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases. Impressed interviewees remark: "He has an incredible breadth of knowledge of the Bankruptcy Code."

Wendy Simkulak is a well-respected up-and-comer in the market, regularly representing insurance companies in bankruptcy proceedings. Clients say: "She's very smart but also very practical. She has a very intuitive understanding of not only the law, but also how the dynamics of a bankruptcy case play out."

Department profile by Duane Morris LLP

At Duane Morris, we work with each client to determine the best strategy for deriving maximum value from a troubled company aimed at accomplishing a result that meets or exceeds the client's goals.

The lawyers in Duane Morris' Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring group have earned a reputation for thoroughly understanding the rights and obligations of the various constituencies involved with a financially distressed company, developing a plan of action designed to achieve the client's goals, and executing the plan under what are often very difficult and rapidly changing circumstances. Regardless of whether the plan of action involves bankruptcy, the enforcement of creditors' rights, an out-of-court financial restructuring transaction, or an insurance company or cross-border insolvency, Duane Morris lawyers are fully prepared to protect and advance the client's interests.

Duane Morris has bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors' rights lawyers in many major business and financial centers. This broad geographic reach includes a presence in our offices in New York, Singapore, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Pittsburgh, Newark and Wilmington, Delaware, the U.S. corporate law capital. While we are positioned in close proximity to the majority of our clients, no matter where they are based, our clients benefit from the seamless delivery of our legal services.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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第三等

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What the team is known for Excellent practice with particular emphasis on assisting healthcare clients in insolvency matters and corporate restructurings. Highly skilled in mass tort Chapter 11 proceedings and cases involving private equity portfolio companies.

Strengths One source describes the firm's bankruptcy lawyers as "responsive, very knowledgeable and easy to get along with."

Work highlights Represented Citizens Bank, the secured lender, in Oz Gas's bankruptcy cases.

Represented Textron Financial in Split Rock and Mountain Laurel Resorts' restructuring and receivership.

Significant clients Wilmington Trust, Penske Truck Leasing, Westport Capital Partners, Aon, Prudential.

Notable practitioners

Chair and CEO of the firm Andrew Kassner advises clients on workouts and bankruptcy litigation, and is frequently involved in Chapter 11 matters. He is highly praised by clients, one of whom comments: "He has amazing business acumen. We look for someone who is not just good with the law, but has an understanding of the commercial side, and he really gets it," adding: "He's one of my go-to guys for anything we have that's complicated."

Andrew Flame is a well-regarded bankruptcy litigator, frequently acting for creditors in cases argued in federal and state courts. He recently represented the US Bank National Association as the lender to a developer in collection and foreclosure proceedings.

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Ballard Spahr LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Established practice assisting in various types of bankruptcy and restructuring matters, with a particular emphasis on the reorganization of debt and Chapter 11 proceedings. Practitioners demonstrate extensive courtroom experience at both the federal and state level. Particularly sought after for its strengths in complex real estate workouts and retail tenant bankruptcies.

Significant clients Wells Fargo, Beneficial Bank, TD Bank, Wilmington Savings Fund Society, Directed Capital Resources.

Notable practitioners

Vincent Marriott is chair of the firm's bankruptcy, reorganization and capital recovery department, and is described by sources as "an excellent technical practitioner who is very detail-oriented and smart." He is highly skilled in representing financial institutions and creditors in workouts and reorganizations.

Rosetta Packer is a well-respected member of the bankruptcy Bar, known for her representation of financial institutions and other secured lenders in major Chapter 11 cases, restructurings and lender liability matters. One impressed client comments: "She has very strong negotiating skills and knows how to use the law so she doesn't back down at all."

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Campbell & Levine - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Highly respected Pittsburgh-based bankruptcy boutique that comes recommended for its work with debtors and creditors' committees. Has particular experience in complex workouts, reorganizations and fraudulent transfers. Also noted for its experience working with high net worth individuals.

Notable practitioners

Stanley Levine is experienced in the acquisition of assets following bankruptcy, as well as in issues concerning fraudulent transfer. One source notes: "He is a highly regarded and well-respected restructuring practitioner."

Douglas Campbell has a thriving bankruptcy practice covering an array of matters including Chapter 11 work and complex creditors' and debtors' rights issues.

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Flaster Greenberg PC - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Superb group acting for a wide range of clients, including debtors, trustees and creditors, and frequently engaged by Fortune 500 companies. Advises on an array of issues including workouts, insolvency-related disputes and creditors' rights matters. Also frequently acts as trustee in complex Chapter 11 proceedings.

Strengths Clients hold the firm in high regard, stating: "Flaster Greenberg is an excellent firm to do business with."

Work highlights Represented Chichester Business Park in settling its financial obligations to its largest secured creditor.

Notable practitioners

Harry Giacometti is known in the market as "extremely knowledgeable" and "a delight to work with." He handles a range of bankruptcy disputes, representing both debtors and creditors. He is praised by peers as "a good person to have on the other side - someone who is going to advocate for his client, but also someone you can make a deal with."

Chair of the firm's bankruptcy, financial restructuring and risk management practice William Burnett represent clients in a broad spectrum of bankruptcy proceedings, including Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases. He is praised by clients for his negotiation skills, with one commenting: "He's a very even-tempered fellow, able to bring parties together."

Steven Usdin is described as "very experienced, very good in court and very practical." He acts on behalf of both debtors and creditors in commercial and personal bankruptcy matters.

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Fox Rothschild LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Robust practice acting for a diverse array of clients, from family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies, on complex bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Well versed in a wide range of sectors, and particularly noted for its work in construction, energy, manufacturing and healthcare.

Notable practitioners

Michael Menkowitz is a highly esteemed member of the bankruptcy Bar, and regarded by sources as "a very strong practitioner" who is "very smart, very practical" and "a great listener." He is well regarded for his work representing Chapter 7 trustees and lenders, as well as acting in Chapter 11 cases and workouts.

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Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Experienced group acting for debtors, creditors' committees and trustees in a variety of complex bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Particularly noted for its work with secured lenders, as well as for its expertise in Chapter 11 proceedings and out-of-court workouts.

Notable practitioners

Head of the group Morton Branzburg is regarded as "a very knowledgeable practitioner." He is a well-respected member of the bankruptcy Bar with considerable experience acting for lenders, creditors and trustees.

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McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Well regarded for representing debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings, and particularly noted for its skills in bankruptcy disputes, reorganizations and creditors' rights matters. Regularly represents debtors, lenders and creditors' committees, and enjoys a fine reputation for its work in healthcare.

Work highlights Represented Hudson Hospital Propco as the buyers of Christ Hospital's assets during its bankruptcy proceedings, which involved numerous litigation matters post sale.

Represented Hanover Insurance as bonding company in Chapter 11 proceedings relating to the liquidation of A123 Systems.

Significant clients Johnson & Johnson Services, Hudson County Financial Services, Sequoia Healthcare Services, HUMC Holdco, Berkley Regional Insurance.

Notable practitioners

Barry Kleban is described by one satisfied client as "tremendous," noting: "He tells you like it is - he doesn't sugarcoat it but doesn't scare you either." He frequently represents clients in out-of-court reorganizations and the full range of bankruptcy proceedings.

Head of department Gary Bressler focuses on bankruptcy and insolvency matters, with experience in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases, representing debtors and trustees. One satisfied client comments: "He was well versed in all aspects of the bankruptcy process and also quickly became knowledgeable about our business."

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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Predominantly known for advising clients on complex reorganizations and restructurings across Pennsylvania. Known for acting as debtor's counsel in Chapter 11 cases and assisting creditors' committees in the full range of restructuring matters. Also noted for its skills in debtor-in-possession financing and asset disposition.

Strengths The firm's lawyers are described by clients as "bright, business-minded and practical," commenting that they know "what's worth fighting about and what's not."

One source comments of the attorneys: "Very professional, collaborative and sharp."

Work highlights Represented AW Liquidation in the sale of its assets at auction to C&S Wholesale Grocers and acted in related litigation.

Acted as counsel for Winter Harbor in a general assignment to work toward in the liquidation of AFL Quality's remaining assets.

Significant clients Hussey Cooper, Lower Bucks Hospital, HSS Holdings, Leading Edge Logistics, The Delaware Sand, Gravel Remedial Trust.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Hampton receives praise for his "excellent business bankruptcy mind and accountancy background." He works on a variety of restructuring matters, including workouts, Chapter 11 proceedings and corporate reorganizations.

Adam Isenberg is praised by clients for being "very professional, very collaborative and very sharp" and is noted for his skills in litigation as an "effective and strategic" practitioner. His practice is focused on commercial bankruptcy and out-of-court workouts, acting for creditors and debtors.

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Attracts the respect of the business community for its representation of clients in complex litigation and bankruptcy proceedings. Routinely acts for large financial services clients including major banks and opportunity funds. Comes recommended for out-of-court restructurings and syndicated real estate workouts.

Work highlights Represented Trinity Health as the debtor-in-possession lender in St. Michael's Medical Center's Chapter 11 proceedings.

Represented Bank of America in lender liability litigation, obtaining a $34 million judgment and dismissal of all counterclaims.

Significant clients PNC Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, LNR Partners, C-III Management.

Notable practitioners

William Schorling is remarked upon by clients as "knowledgeable in the Bankruptcy Code." Others add: "He is not only very good at the details, but also factors in the big picture, which really helps for developing strategies as you can be proactive rather than reactive." He represents both creditors and debtors in a raft of complex bankruptcy and restructuring matters.

James Newell frequently acts for creditors, debtors and creditors' committees in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. He also has experience representing trustees.

Timothy Palmer frequently represents secured and unsecured lenders in all areas of workouts and bankruptcy matters. He acted for Trinity Health in its Chapter 11 proceedings.

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Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Regularly advises an impressive roster of clients from a variety of sectors, covering Chapter 11 cases, workout litigation and reorganizations. Renowned for its prowess in contentious bankruptcy work including lender liability, preference and fraudulent conveyance actions. Possesses expertise across a variety of industries, in particular the leisure sector, regularly working with hotels and fast food restaurants.

Work highlights Represented Zurich in Corinthian Colleges' Chapter 11 proceedings.

Represented The Bancorp Bank as secured creditor in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed by an individual.

Significant clients Manheim Remarketing, Automotive Finance, Maple Fleet Leasing, Massachusetts Port Authority, NextGear Capital.

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Kitt Turner is praised by clients for her "speed, efficiency and very broad knowledge of bankruptcy issues." She regularly deals with state and federal bankruptcy proceedings, as well as litigation, and recently she acted as lead partner representing Zurich in Corinthian Colleges' Chapter 11 proceedings.

Gary Schildhorn is well respected by peers, one of whom comments: "He is a creative and very skilled practitioner. He is definitely highly regarded and has a lot of experience through the years - truly an excellent lawyer." He represents clients in the full range of bankruptcy matters and restructurings.

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Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Combines expertise in out-of-court workouts, business reorganizations and bankruptcy disputes. Strong practice acting for debtors in complex Chapter 11 cases, representing an impressive range of local and regional stakeholders within Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Work highlights Defending CitiMortgage against claims of alleged preference and fraudulent transfer heard in district and bankruptcy courts.

Represented Montgomery County as creditor in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Significant clients ACA Financial Guaranty, NCR Corporation, Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, Zurich, ITOCHU International.

Notable practitioners

Cochair of the bankruptcy practice Matthew Hamermesh acted as lead counsel in defending CitiMortgage against allegations of preference and fraudulent transfer. He is described as "easy to work with, with a strong understanding of bankruptcy law and good client management skills." He acts across a range of bankruptcy and commercial cases, including disputed Chapter 11 proceedings, for debtors, creditors and official committees.

"Wonderful lawyer" Joseph Dworetzky is "considered a top guy" in the Pennsylvania bankruptcy Bar. He is highly experienced in complex Chapter 11 cases and has served as trial counsel across a range of disputes in state and federal courts.

Department profile by Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

Hangley Aronchick's Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group provides a wide range of services to corporations, individuals and partnerships dealing with distressed financial situations.  We have worked on hundreds of cases under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code as well as matters arising under the other chapters and under state and federal non-bankruptcy insolvency schemes.

We draw upon the firm's substantial resources in commercial law, litigation, real estate, tax and business law to assist creditors and debtors in achieving their goals. This approach assures our clients the full range of legal advice and representation they are likely to need in the difficult circumstances caused by financial distress. 
We do not represent one type of institution or limit our work to creditors or debtors. We pride ourselves on the ability to add value for our clients however they may be affected by insolvency.


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McGuireWoods LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Offers expertise in an array of issues including debt restructuring, distressed asset transactions and litigation. Represents the full range of stakeholders with a strong focus on debtor and creditor-side work. Maintains a fine track record for its work in the healthcare, manufacturing and mining spaces.

Strengths Clients recommend the team as "very responsive, thorough and knowledgeable."

Work highlights Represented Hunting Dog Capital in exercising its state court remedies during Pawn Plus's foreclosure.

Represented Alcoa in an exit from a joint venture with Patriot Coal Company due to the latter's Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Significant clients Prophet Equity, Somerset Trust Company, WesBanco Bank, Morris Anderson, Speed Commerce.

Notable practitioners

Mark Freedlander is described by one impressed client as someone who "understands the law and has a very good business sense, which is difficult to find," adding: "He is good with clients and commands respect." He focuses his practice on matters involving financial distress and possesses significant courtroom experience.

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Pepper Hamilton LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for A respected team in the Pennsylvania marketplace, handling complex restructurings and distressed sales and acquisitions. Remains a go-to practice for large corporations in the manufacturing and energy sectors.

Strengths One client enthuses: "I have always enjoyed working with them. They are professional, extremely knowledgeable and focused on practical, cost-effective solutions."

Work highlights Represented Bulk Petroleum's official committee of unsecured creditors in an appeal before the Court of Appeals.

Represented Victory Medical Center's official committee of unsecured creditors in multiple disputes.

Notable practitioners

Francis Lawall is described by clients as "creative and efficient," while a peer comments that he is a "very experienced practitioner and excellent trial lawyer." He has experience representing major energy companies with regard to reorganization matters, as well as possessing broader experience in national bankruptcy cases.

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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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Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring

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What the team is known for Highly regarded for its expertise in bankruptcy litigation, restructuring and distressed sales and acquisitions. Possesses wide-ranging sector expertise, including manufacturing, energy, healthcare, retail and real estate.

Notable practitioners

Chair of the bankruptcy practice Paul Patterson is well known in the area for his representation of secured lenders in a wide variety of bankruptcy proceedings.

Michael Cordone is highly regarded by clients, one of whom comments: "I really enjoy working with him. He's really knowledgeable and can give you a practical solution without making things overly complicated," adding: "He's really good at finding solutions." He is highly experienced representing banks and other creditors in restructurings and complex bankruptcy cases.

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Senior Statesmen

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Raymond Shapiro is senior counsel at the firm. He is renowned for his impressive knowledge and experience in a broad range of bankruptcy-related issues, advising lenders, creditors and creditors’ committees.

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Eminent Practitioner

Joseph A Dworetzky

Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

From the Chambers USA guide

"Wonderful lawyer" Joseph Dworetzky is "considered a top guy" in the Pennsylvania bankruptcy Bar. He is highly experienced in complex Chapter 11 cases and has served as trial counsel across a range of disputes in state and federal courts.

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Star Individuals

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chair and CEO of the firm Andrew Kassner advises clients on workouts and bankruptcy litigation, and is frequently involved in Chapter 11 matters. He is highly praised by clients, one of whom comments: "He has amazing business acumen. We look for someone who is not just good with the law, but has an understanding of the commercial side, and he really gets it," adding: "He's one of my go-to guys for anything we have that's complicated."

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Star Individuals

Lawrence McMichael Esq

Dilworth Paxson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence McMichael is known in the market as "the go-to bankruptcy lawyer in Philadelphia," with noted strength in litigation and complex Chapter 11 cases. One peer comments: "He is just terrific. He's smart, a pleasure to deal with - the kind of lawyer that consistently does a great job and will be looking for a reasonable, rational solution."

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Described by observers as "one of the most highly respected practitioners around," Thomas Biron is an exceptionally experienced bankruptcy attorney with particular experience in high-stakes disputes, often involving fraud. He recently successfully represented Wilmington Savings Fund Society in litigation over an alleged multimillion-dollar fraud.

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Rudolph J Di Massa Jr

Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chair of the business reorganization and financial restructuring group Rudolph Di Massa is known as a "top lenders' lawyer," with a significant focus on complex litigation and creditors' rights matters. One satisfied client praises his "entrepreneurial sense and business savvy," adding: "He gave us a business-oriented service, which was a big help to us."

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Maschmeyer Karalis PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Aris Karalis of Maschmeyer Karalis PC is highly respected by his peers, who describe him as "an outstanding debtors' lawyer." He enjoys a fine reputation for his work in the construction and healthcare sectors.

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Regina Stango Kelbon

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Co-leader of the firm's national finance, restructuring and bankruptcy group Regina Stango Kelbon is praised by clients as "tactical, practical and knowledgeable." She regularly acts on complex out-of-court restructurings, workouts and other bankruptcy matters representing senior creditors. This year she led the firm in its representation of PNC Bank as an agent for a six-member bank group in relation to the Haggen grocery store bankruptcy.

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McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Kleban is described by one satisfied client as "tremendous," noting: "He tells you like it is - he doesn't sugarcoat it but doesn't scare you either." He frequently represents clients in out-of-court reorganizations and the full range of bankruptcy proceedings.

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Michael Menkowitz

Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Menkowitz is a highly esteemed member of the bankruptcy Bar, and regarded by sources as "a very strong practitioner" who is "very smart, very practical" and "a great listener." He is well regarded for his work representing Chapter 7 trustees and lenders, as well as acting in Chapter 11 cases and workouts.

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Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Natalie Ramsey is chair of the bankruptcy and reorganization group at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP. She advises clients on corporate reorganizations and bankruptcy matters. One source comments: "She's very intelligent, diligent and fearless, both in court and in negotiations."

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Claudia Z Springer

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Claudia Springer is described by peers as "a highly regarded senior member of the restructuring Bar," as well as "an excellent practitioner and somebody to be respected." She is well known for her work for creditors, frequently acting in sophisticated restructurings, refinancings and out-of-court workouts.

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Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Leon Barson is a highly regarded debtor lawyer who possesses considerable experience acting as restructuring counsel in complex Chapter 11 matters. One source comments: "He is a very smart lawyer. He is practical and his people skills are outstanding - both with clients and with other lawyers."

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Morton R Branzburg

Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of the group Morton Branzburg is regarded as "a very knowledgeable practitioner." He is a well-respected member of the bankruptcy Bar with considerable experience acting for lenders, creditors and trustees.

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McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of department Gary Bressler focuses on bankruptcy and insolvency matters, with experience in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases, representing debtors and trustees. One satisfied client comments: "He was well versed in all aspects of the bankruptcy process and also quickly became knowledgeable about our business."

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Global head of the commercial restructuring and bankruptcy team Peter Clark is described as a "very strong technical attorney who knows the law extremely well and how to communicate it." He acts on a broad range of bankruptcy and restructuring matters, and appears regularly in bankruptcy courts.

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Jeffrey C Hampton

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Hampton receives praise for his "excellent business bankruptcy mind and accountancy background." He works on a variety of restructuring matters, including workouts, Chapter 11 proceedings and corporate reorganizations.

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Lawrence J Kotler

Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Kotler is well respected for the strength of his advocacy, acting in bankruptcy litigation matters, as well as complex Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases. Impressed interviewees remark: "He has an incredible breadth of knowledge of the Bankruptcy Code."

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Stevens & Lee PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Lapowsky of Stevens & Lee PC is a well-regarded bankruptcy lawyer, described by peers as "very skilled and highly respected," and draws praise for his "excellent work." He regularly acts in Chapter 11 cases and creditors' rights matters.

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Pepper Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Francis Lawall is described by clients as "creative and efficient," while a peer comments that he is a "very experienced practitioner and excellent trial lawyer." He has experience representing major energy companies with regard to reorganization matters, as well as possessing broader experience in national bankruptcy cases.

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Campbell & Levine

From the Chambers USA guide

Stanley Levine is experienced in the acquisition of assets following bankruptcy, as well as in issues concerning fraudulent transfer. One source notes: "He is a highly regarded and well-respected restructuring practitioner."

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Dilworth Paxson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of department James Matour is praised by peers as someone who "can see the big picture as well as the detail, and can help smaller companies in a cost-efficient way." He is highly experienced and respected as "outstanding on the debtors' side," with a focus on commercial workouts and corporate reorganizations.

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Stephen M Packman

Archer Law

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Packman of Archer Law possesses significant experience in cross-border insolvency cases and in representing creditors and debtors in related litigation. He is described by sources as a "skilled practitioner."

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Michael B. Schaedle

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

One client describes Michael Schaedle as "tenacious, thorough and highly strategic," as well as "an intellectual heavyweight." He is highly experienced handling bankruptcy work for maritime clients, as well as acting for creditors.

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Schaffer has extensive experience acting for indenture trustees and collateral agents in bankruptcy cases. He acted as the lead attorney for Wells Fargo Bank in Molycorp's Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and is described by peers as a "very smart and well-respected guy."

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William H Schorling

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

William Schorling is remarked upon by clients as "knowledgeable in the Bankruptcy Code." Others add: "He is not only very good at the details, but also factors in the big picture, which really helps for developing strategies as you can be proactive rather than reactive." He represents both creditors and debtors in a raft of complex bankruptcy and restructuring matters.

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Joel Charles Shapiro

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joel Charles Shapiro represents buyers and sellers in a range of bankruptcy contexts, with particular experience in distressed M&A matters. He is praised by sources for his "great knowledge of the bankruptcy process" and for being "very practical from a counseling perspective."

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Singer is highly respected, with peers commenting that he is an "excellent lawyer" and a "very well-known guy." His broad-ranging practice involves regularly advising natural resource and transportation clients.

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Derek Baker is praised by sources for his advocacy, with one noting: "He presents well in court, is levelheaded and a pleasure to deal with." He is skilled in complex workouts and restructurings, as well as bankruptcy-related litigation. He recently acted as debtor's counsel for Taylor-Wharton International its complex Chapter 11 case.

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Douglas A Campbell

Campbell & Levine

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Campbell has a thriving bankruptcy practice covering an array of matters including Chapter 11 work and complex creditors' and debtors' rights issues.

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Ciardi Ciardi & Astin

From the Chambers USA guide

Albert Ciardi of Ciardi Ciardi & Astin is described as "very good, very practical and very quick on his feet in court." He is well regarded for representing debtors in a variety of bankruptcy cases.

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McGuireWoods LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Freedlander is described by one impressed client as someone who "understands the law and has a very good business sense, which is difficult to find," adding: "He is good with clients and commands respect." He focuses his practice on matters involving financial distress and possesses significant courtroom experience.

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Flaster Greenberg PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Harry Giacometti is known in the market as "extremely knowledgeable" and "a delight to work with." He handles a range of bankruptcy disputes, representing both debtors and creditors. He is praised by peers as "a good person to have on the other side - someone who is going to advocate for his client, but also someone you can make a deal with."

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Matthew A Hamermesh

Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

From the Chambers USA guide

Cochair of the bankruptcy practice Matthew Hamermesh acted as lead counsel in defending CitiMortgage against allegations of preference and fraudulent transfer. He is described as "easy to work with, with a strong understanding of bankruptcy law and good client management skills." He acts across a range of bankruptcy and commercial cases, including disputed Chapter 11 proceedings, for debtors, creditors and official committees.

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Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Holman regularly advises on the full range of commercial reorganizations and related transactions. One client comments: "He really brings good business sense to the legal side."

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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Isenberg is praised by clients for being "very professional, very collaborative and very sharp" and is noted for his skills in litigation as an "effective and strategic" practitioner. His practice is focused on commercial bankruptcy and out-of-court workouts, acting for creditors and debtors.

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Kurtzman Steady, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Kurtzman of Kurtzman Steady, LLC is a "very bright" attorney with more than three decades of experience, and strength in complex reorganizations, workouts and acquisitions. He is known for his advocacy skills and strength in negotiation, with peers describing him as "a zealous advocate."

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Vincent J Marriott III

Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Vincent Marriott is chair of the firm's bankruptcy, reorganization and capital recovery department, and is described by sources as "an excellent technical practitioner who is very detail-oriented and smart." He is highly skilled in representing financial institutions and creditors in workouts and reorganizations.

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Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Rosetta Packer is a well-respected member of the bankruptcy Bar, known for her representation of financial institutions and other secured lenders in major Chapter 11 cases, restructurings and lender liability matters. One impressed client comments: "She has very strong negotiating skills and knows how to use the law so she doesn't back down at all."

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Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chair of the bankruptcy practice Paul Patterson is well known in the area for his representation of secured lenders in a wide variety of bankruptcy proceedings.

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Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Kitt Turner is praised by clients for her "speed, efficiency and very broad knowledge of bankruptcy issues." She regularly deals with state and federal bankruptcy proceedings, as well as litigation, and recently she acted as lead partner representing Zurich in Corinthian Colleges' Chapter 11 proceedings.

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Dilworth Paxson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Martin Weis is a highly experienced attorney who acts for creditors, representing lenders and leasing companies in an array of bankruptcy cases and reorganizations.

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Anne Marie Aaronson

Dilworth Paxson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anne Marie Aaronson is described as a "smart and practical" lawyer. She represents both for-profit and nonprofit Chapter 11 debtors.  She works on both bankruptcy matters and reorganizations, as well as out-of-court restructurings.

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Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Bressler of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP is regarded in the area as "an excellent, highly skilled lawyer." He acts on a range of Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases, with significant strength in real estate-related bankruptcy matters.

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Flaster Greenberg PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Chair of the firm's bankruptcy, financial restructuring and risk management practice William Burnett represent clients in a broad spectrum of bankruptcy proceedings, including Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases. He is praised by clients for his negotiation skills, with one commenting: "He's a very even-tempered fellow, able to bring parties together."

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Michael J Cordone

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Cordone is highly regarded by clients, one of whom comments: "I really enjoy working with him. He's really knowledgeable and can give you a practical solution without making things overly complicated," adding: "He's really good at finding solutions." He is highly experienced representing banks and other creditors in restructurings and complex bankruptcy cases.

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Flame is a well-regarded bankruptcy litigator, frequently acting for creditors in cases argued in federal and state courts. He recently represented the US Bank National Association as the lender to a developer in collection and foreclosure proceedings.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Goodchild of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP handles a range of bankruptcy litigation matters for financial institutions and other creditors, as well as advising on corporate restructurings. He is described by clients as "extremely responsive and diligent - if you call him, you get a call back very quickly."

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

James Newell frequently acts for creditors, debtors and creditors' committees in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. He also has experience representing trustees.

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Mike Roeschenthaler

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

One source describes Mike Roeschenthaler of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP as "a very highly skilled bankruptcy practitioner who is very well respected in Pittsburgh." He comes recommended for his strengths in distressed asset transactions, restructurings and corporate turnarounds.

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Gary M Schildhorn

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Gary Schildhorn is well respected by peers, one of whom comments: "He is a creative and very skilled practitioner. He is definitely highly regarded and has a lot of experience through the years - truly an excellent lawyer." He represents clients in the full range of bankruptcy matters and restructurings.

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Matthew E Tashman

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

One happy client enthuses of Matthew Tashman"He has a brilliant mind - a tremendous recall - and he uses that to maximize returns. He has really good business sense and really understands the client's business." He represents major financial institutions in a range of business reorganizations and bankruptcy matters.

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Flaster Greenberg PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Usdin is described as "very experienced, very good in court and very practical." He acts on behalf of both debtors and creditors in commercial and personal bankruptcy matters.

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Diane Vuocolo of Greenberg Traurig, LLP is described as "an extraordinary advocate for her clients and an extremely effective negotiator." She frequently acts in commercial litigation cases, corporate workouts and restructurings.

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Up and Coming

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Timothy Palmer frequently represents secured and unsecured lenders in all areas of workouts and bankruptcy matters. He acted for Trinity Health in its Chapter 11 proceedings.

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Up and Coming

Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Wendy Simkulak is a well-respected up-and-comer in the market, regularly representing insurance companies in bankruptcy proceedings. Clients say: "She's very smart but also very practical. She has a very intuitive understanding of not only the law, but also how the dynamics of a bankruptcy case play out."

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Associates to watch

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Senior associate Josef Mintz is noted for his experience in corporate restructurings and asset-based financings, among other issues. Sources comment that he is "a rising star in the practice" and note: "He has a great knowledge of the bankruptcy process and code."

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