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Bankruptcy/Restructuring — Pennsylvania


Blank Rome LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Strong in representation of debtors and both secured and unsecured creditors in restructuring proceedings.

Strengths Clients note the firm's "great team of professionals with outstanding experience in the restructuring arena; they are committed to getting the job done and are excellent negotiators."

Sources confirm the department's prominence in the market: "Blank Rome is a first-class restructuring practice." One notes that "as a group, they are some of the finest bankruptcy lawyers - I have the highest regard for the people at the firm."

Work highlights Acting for PNC Bank as agent in connection with the bankruptcy of supermarket chain, Central Grocers, with $262 million in total assets and $232 million in total liabilities.

Advised Verizon Wireless on the acquisition of frequencies in the radio frequency spectrum from Limitless Mobile, which filed a petition for relief under Chapter 11.

Notable practitioners

Thomas Biron is renowned as a "very good lawyer" who is "very knowledgeable, resourceful and effective." He is well known for his contribution to the bankruptcy market and has particular expertise in fraud.

Raymond Shapiro is a tremendously experienced bankruptcy attorney who is accomplished in debtor representation. He is described by peers as "tremendously highly regarded."

The "superb" Regina Stango Kelbon heads up the department and has impressive renown in the bankruptcy market. She regularly acts for financial institutions and creditors' committees in Chapter 11 reorganizations.

Leon Barson is described as an "excellent lawyer" who is "very knowledgeable and very good in court." He has particular experience acting for debtors in Chapter 11 bankruptcies.

Michael Schaedle is particularly skilled in handling maritime bankruptcies. One satisfied client describes him as "tenacious, legally sophisticated and intellectual as well as collaborative and strategic."

Sources find Joel Charles Shapiro "a terrific lawyer, who is talented, smart, very dedicated to clients and a terrific advocate." He frequently handles M&A involving distressed companies.

Josef Mintz has experience in high-value bankruptcy matters, including those within the healthcare, energy and manufacturing industries. Clients note that he is "experienced and team-oriented."

About the Team (content provided by Blank Rome LLP)

  • We are the largest bankruptcy team in Pennsylvania and a market leader for bankruptcy services there and in Mid-Atlantic states. We're the heart of a 50-lawyer practice, also in Delaware, New York, the West Coast, and Washington, D.C.
  • We represent lenders, secured creditors, indenture trustees, official and ad hoc creditors’ committees, debtors, asset purchasers, and other fiduciaries and parties in bankruptcy, reorganization, and workout matters, including related litigation.
  • Several of us are both finance and bankruptcy lawyers—distinguishing us from competitors and allowing us to better understand adversaries’ strategy and to advise our clients accordingly.
  • We frequently represent secured creditors and debtor-in-possession lenders in Chapter 11 cases.
  • We work on creditors’ committee engagements involving a variety of industries, representing. institutional and trade constituents.
  • We're a strong name in the shipping, maritime, and transportation arenas, and we're particularly skilled in handling Chapter 15 cases, in which debtors outside the U.S. can access U.S. courts.
  • Senior finance work is a core component of our restructuring practice. We often represent first- and second-lien secured creditors and debtor-in-possession lenders in Chapter 11 cases, with long-standing clients in this area.
  • Blank Rome is nationally known for insurance recovery work, which frequently includes our practice assisting corporate clients in Chapter 11.

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Reed Smith LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Regularly acts for debtors in the manufacturing and energy sectors, as well as for prominent national and international banks.

Strengths A client describes the team as "very responsive, remarkably flexible and streamlined."

Clients enthuse that "in every way, the team give the kind of service one would hope for."

Work highlights Representing Taylor-Wharton International as debtor in a Chapter 11 case, including a multifaceted sale process for national and international operations.

Retained by the creditors' committee for debtor Extreme Plastics Plus, including a Section 363 asset sale and negotiating a resolution resulting in a recovery for holders of administrative expense claims.

Notable practitioners

Claudia Springer is a highly renowned restructuring attorney. She is noted by peers as "smart, very capable and a true professional; a practical, straight shooter who will work to get a good deal for her clients."

Head of department Peter Clark frequently handles contentious restructuring mandates. Satisfied clients note that he is a "very knowledgeable attorney" who is "very smart, very focused and unflappable; he takes on difficult problems and usually has answers right off the top of his head - very experienced."

One satisfied client reports that Eric Schaffer is "has extraordinary technical knowledge, great commercial awareness, is very effective and sets a new standard for client service." He represents trustees and collateral agents in various bankruptcy matters.

Paul Singer is respected by peers as a "brilliant lawyer." He works with debtors and those doing business with insolvent companies, regularly handling Chapter 11 matters.

Derek Baker is praised as an "excellent business and bankruptcy attorney." He regularly acts for debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings, also handling out-of-court workouts.

The "exceedingly knowledgeable and responsive" Matthew Tashman is experienced in restructurings for national banks, also representing purchasers of distressed businesses.

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Dilworth Paxson LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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.

Strengths Sources say: "I really enjoy working with them," also noting "they do a terrific job and have very high visibility."

Notable practitioners

Lawrence McMichael is widely renowned as an expert in the bankruptcy space, with particular knowledge of Chapter 11 cases. Sources enthuse that he is "an excellent lawyer" and "a top practitioner."

James Matour is a respected bankruptcy attorney noted for his experience in debtor representation. Peers report that he is an "excellent lawyer, great in court and very practical and efficient."

Martin Weis is a highly accomplished bankruptcy litigator, largely focused on acting for creditors. Peers find him "thoughtful, careful, considerate and tenacious at the same time."

Anne Marie Aaronson is described as "practical, smart and a really good lawyer" by peers and has experience of representing debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings.

About the Team (content provided by Dilworth Paxson LLP)

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 Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 Clients note that Duane Morris has an "outstanding team of lawyers combining top-notch advice with a tremendous understanding of our business - they work hard to get favorable results."

Sources highlight that "the firm provides first-rate services. The team members are well qualified, responsive and intelligent."

Work highlights Represented approximately 100 Italian citizens owning $51 million of defaulted bonds issued by the Argentine Republic and succeeded in negotiating a final settlement with Argentina, for a total of $106 million.

Notable practitioners

Peers recognize that Rudolph Di Massa is a "very strong, smart and personable lawyer," noting that he has a "wealth of experience and is very well regarded." He heads the firm's business reorganization group and is highly skilled in defaulted bond matters.

James Holman maintains a broad insolvency practice, frequently advising banks as creditors. Clients describe him as "excellent, with very good business sense."

Lawrence Kotler is an experienced litigator, frequently representing parties in Chapter 7 cases. Sources report that "he is thorough, diligent and a top-notch attorney."

Wendy Simkulak is accomplished in representing insurance companies in bankruptcy cases and is praised by clients for her "outstanding technical knowledge, commercial intelligence and effective client service."

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Accomplished in acting for both lenders and creditors in loan workouts.

Strengths Sources say: "It is a very high-quality law firm."

Interviewees appreciate the firm's "excellent client service."

Work highlights Represents Citizens Bank as lender in the Oz Gas Company and related debtors' bankruptcy cases.

Represented US Bank as lender to a regional developer in collection and workout of two loans secured by a development project on the Philadelphia riverfront.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Kassner is an extremely highly regarded expert in Chapter 11 matters, who regularly represents large banking clients. He also sits as chairman and CEO of the firm. Clients say he is "extremely bright and very knowledgeable" with a "very broad skill set."

Andrew Flame frequently represents national banks in high-value lending matters. Sources appreciate that he is "business-savvy and gets issues resolved quickly" as well as being "extremely bright, very capable, very diligent and effective in getting wonderful results."

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Fox Rothschild LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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.

Strengths A satisfied client reports that "Fox Rothschild provided an abundance of experience - the service level and counsel received were simply excellent."

Sources say: "The team is great, these are practical people who look for ways to get things done."

Work highlights Represented Alfred T. Giuliano, Chapter 7 trustee, in the bankruptcy of Hess Industries and Hess Engineering, including obtaining approval for the sale of all Hess assets for $19.25 million.

Represented Gaspari Nutrition in the sale of business assets and agreement and filing of a Chapter 11 plan.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Michael Menkowitz frequently represents creditors' committees and trustees in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 issues. Sources cite his "technical knowledge and practical approach" and describe him as "pragmatic and hard-working."

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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 One client reports that "the Saul Ewing team is very coordinated and extremely dedicated."

Sources say: "It is a great firm to use in Pennsylvania, with a terrific presence."

Work highlights Represented AW Liquidation as debtors in the sale of substantially all of their assets for over $280 million and liquidation of miscellaneous remaining assets of the estate.

Representing HCL Liquidation as debtors in the implementation of their plan of reorganization, including reconciling claims asserted against the estate and addressing pension issues.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Hampton is particularly experienced representing debtors in a range of matters, including reorganizations and liquidation of assets. Satisfied clients state that he is "sharp, dedicated and a go-to counsel."

Adam Isenberg is an experienced practitioner who represents debtors in bankruptcy and reorganization cases. He is respected by clients and peers alike, who state he is "very well known and very knowledgeable" and a "stalwart in the industry."

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Ballard Spahr LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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.

Notable practitioners

Rosetta Packer is an experienced practitioner, frequently representing lenders in high-value restructuring matters. One client calls her "knowledgeable and intuitive," with another noting that she is "highly competent, responsive, proactive and easy to deal with."

Vincent Marriott heads up the firm's bankruptcy and restructuring department. Peers describe him as a "high-quality lawyer."

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Accomplished in creditor rights and Chapter 11 matters.

Strengths One source notes that the team is "well qualified, responsive, has a breadth of resources and is sensitive to client relationships."

Clients state that the firm has "depth and strength, with knowledge of the laws and foresight enabling proactive legal representation."

Work highlights Represented Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania in commercial litigation with a hotel developer, which has resulted in new law in Pennsylvania favorable to lenders, protecting lenders' claims against third-party obligors when the principal borrower has restructured in bankruptcy.

Notable practitioners

William Schorling is an experienced attorney, accomplished in Chapter 11 issues. One source states he is "one of the deans of the bankruptcy Bar with a national reputation."

James Newell frequently represents banks in bankruptcies and workouts of credit facilities. Clients cite his "technical skills, responsiveness, experience and client focus," stating he can be "relied upon for more complex issues."

Sources note that Timothy Palmer is "fantastic to work with and provides excellent advice - Tim helps us find creative solutions." He works with both lenders and debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings.

About the Team (content provided by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC)

A recognized leader in bankruptcy, insolvency and creditors’ rights, we are ranked by Law360 as one of the largest practices in the country. We regularly achieve Chambers USA recognition and many of our attorneys are members of the prestigious American College of Bankruptcy.

Our attorneys find solutions that work in chapter 11 reorganizations, non-judicial loan restructurings, chapter 7 liquidations, chapter 15 ancillary proceedings, the acquisition of assets from distressed borrowers, and the prosecution or defense of related actions. We have a diverse client base, with particular depth in the real estate, energy, healthcare and technology industries.

For banks and other financial institution creditors, our thorough understanding of the complex issues that impact creditors during reorganization proceedings, allows us to anticipate all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings, and protecting and advocating your rights and interests.

For debtors and trustees, we work to reorganize distressed businesses or liquidate assets in a manner that preserves and maximizes value. We have significant experience in using state and federal receiverships as an efficient and cost-effective alternative to bankruptcy or foreclosure. The costs and expenses of maintaining a receivership estate are typically significantly lower than a chapter 11 and offer the benefits of speed and flexibility.


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Campbell & Levine - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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.

Strengths A peer states that Campbell & Levine is a "very strong firm in Pittsburgh - very high quality and standout."

Notable practitioners

Stanley Levine is noted by clients as an "exceptional lawyer" who is highly experienced in the bankruptcy and restructuring field.

The "very well-regarded" Douglas Campbell is an accomplished lawyer handling a wide range of restructuring matters.

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Flaster Greenberg PC - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Superb group acting for a wide range of clients, including debtors 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. Experienced in Chapter 7 issues, including business and asset sales, regularly representing trustees.

Work highlights Representing William G. Schwab, Chapter 7 trustee, in the wind-down and sale of the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville, Pennsylvania, which included seeking court approval of an auction sale of a mall, and negotiation of secured debt.

Represented NER Data Corporation in connection with the wind-down of its business operations, including sales of the client's business and real property and negotiation of a workout.

Notable practitioners

The "terrific" Harry Giacometti handles both Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 proceedings, acting for debtors and trustees.

William Burnett heads up the department and frequently represents trustees in Chapter 7 bankruptcies and associated transactions.

Steven Usdin is experienced in high-value trustee matters, sales and dissolvements. He is well known in the bankruptcy market, with peers appreciating that he is "very confident and hard-working."

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Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

Morton Branzburg is a well-regarded practitioner in the bankruptcy and restructuring market and is described by peers as a "smart guy with a great practice."

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

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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.

Strengths A source reports that "I have always found them knowledgeable and capable of handling any assignment."

One satisfied client notes that the team members "are subject matter experts in bankruptcy and they have the ability to get deals done."

Value for Money A client appreciates that the department "works with me on billing rates - I always feel as if I am getting great value and advice."

Work highlights Acted for Eric R. Perkins, Chapter 7 Trustee of the Estate of Sportcraft, in claims from secured creditors following the company's Chapter 7 filing.

Represented the buyers of the assets of Hudson Healthcare, a hospital owner that had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Notable practitioners

Barry Kleban is a highly respected figure in the state's bankruptcy market. Clients state that "there is no questioning his technical knowledge and experience" and note his "calm temperament and appreciation for his clients' unique needs."

Head of department Gary Bressler represents both individuals and corporations in bankruptcy proceedings. He is praised as a "very intelligent practitioner" who has "superb intellectual ability and common sense - extremely bright."

About the Team (content provided by McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP)

The attorneys in MDM&C’s Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring Group are experienced in advising and representing the full spectrum of parties affected by insolvency, bankruptcy and financially troubled businesses.  With experience spanning numerous industries and areas of practice, MDM&C offers a depth of knowledge and resources to address the impact of financial distress.

MDM&C’s expertise in multiple areas of the law, spanning numerous industries, assures our ability to effectively and efficiently address every aspect of a case, whether in judicial proceedings in federal or state court or out of court.

Our Services

  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Complex Litigation in Federal and State Court
  • Corporate Reorganizations and Bankruptcies
  • Creditors' Rights
  • Distressed Sales and Acquisitions
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare Industry Services
  • Individual Bankruptcies
  • Insolvency Proceedings, Receiverships, and Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors
  • Mass Torts/Asbestos Litigation
  • Out of Court Workouts
  • Real Estate Restructurings

Our Clients

  • Committees (including Official Committees and other ad hoc groups of creditors)
  • Creditors
  • Debtors
  • Distressed businesses
  • Governmental Entities
  • Insurance Carriers
  • Landlords of Distressed Companies
  • Plan Proponents
  • Purchasers and Sellers of Assets in Distressed Sales
  • Receivers and other Estate Representatives
  • Secured and Unsecured Creditors
  • Sureties
  • Tenants of Distressed Companies
  • Trustees (Chapter 7 and Chapter 11)

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Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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第五等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Skilled in municipal finance and restructuring issues.

Strengths Clients note their "excellent impression" of the firm, valuing its "immediate response to all matters presented."

Work highlights Represents Zurich American Insurance's interests in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings of Corinthian Colleges.

Represents Bancorp in the bankruptcy proceeding of Joseph and Donna Grasso, involving outstanding obligations of the debtors and related entities to Bancorp of approximately $3.7 million.

Notable practitioners

Kitt Turner is accomplished within surety matters and represents a range of creditors, including insurance companies and private landlords. She is praised for her "knowledge, efficiency and good results. Kitt works quickly and excellent results are achieved."

Gary Schildhorn is experienced in acting for large banks in bankruptcy proceedings, regularly handling both Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 proceedings.

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Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Highly proficient within the manufacturing sector, also acting for financial institutions.

Work highlights Assisted CitiMortgage, which was sued in an adversary proceeding, including researching and drafting the key joint pleadings and successfully obtaining a dismissal of the complaint against the defendants.

Represents ITOCHU in its efforts to collect on a $15 million judgment arising from a prior investment.

Notable practitioners

The "eminent" Joseph Dworetzky is a longstanding member of the Pennsylvania bankruptcy market and is known among interviewees as a "phenomenal lawyer."

Matthew Hamermesh is described as a "terrific lawyer" and has experience representing international corporations as well as individuals in bankruptcy proceedings.

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Accomplished in working with global corporations on high-value and cross-border restructuring procedures.

Strengths One satisfied client states: "I would rate McGuireWoods as absolutely exceptional. Their ability to coordinate with other parts of their own firm is exceptional - I cannot think of a way in which we could be better served."

Notable practitioners

Interviewees note that Mark Freedlander is "outstanding - very experienced in restructuring with tremendous subject matter expertise." He is also recommended for his abilities in court.

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Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly skilled team offering expertise in a wide range of matters affecting insolvent companies. Boasts experience in asset sales, Chapter 11 procedures and debtor-creditor contracts.

Strengths One individual states that "the team is excellent in terms of experience, effort, legal guidance, availability and results - they are highly capable and very client-oriented."

A source describes the firm's attorneys as "excellent - they do superb work and are a delight to deal with."

Work highlights Represented O.W. Bunker North America as debtors in its $20 million Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Acts as outside bankruptcy counsel to chemical company Brenntag North America, including defending a Chapter 11 avoidance action against its affiliated company.

Notable practitioners

Natalie Ramsey heads the department and is a skilled bankruptcy litigator, accomplished in representing clients in the chemical, real estate, energy and financial sectors. Sources state she is "very thoughtful, down to earth and good at explaining things to those who do not specialize in her area."

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Pepper Hamilton LLP - Bankruptcy/Restructuring Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Represents both creditors and debtors in high-value restructurings.

Strengths Clients note that the department does "exceptional work" and that "the team is very talented and communicates well."

One individual commends the "strong team - they are knowledgeable about both legal and business issues and very are accessible."

Work highlights Represented Innovative Building Systems in connection with an attempted restructuring and subsequent liquidation of its remaining assets, with a value of approximately $50 million.

Notable practitioners

Francis Lawall is experienced in representing debtors within the manufacturing and natural resources sectors. One individual states that he is "truly an amazing attorney - hands-on, pragmatic, simplifies communication, solves problems and has a high understanding of business."

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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 Department

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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.

Strengths One client states that "the team as a whole is great - I am very pleased with them and find them very cost-effective."

Notable practitioners

Michael Cordone is an accomplished bankruptcy lawyer with experience in representing clients in the financial sector. Individuals praise him for being "super smart and dedicated to clients, with good presentation in court."

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FINANCE & RESTRUCTURING PRACTICE

Skill and creativity are required to address the many financial challenges that arise during a financing or restructuring transaction.

The Stradley Ronon finance & restructuring practice is experienced at providing sophisticated, high-quality, cost-effective counsel to senior and subordinate debt capital providers.

Many of our engagements involve complex structures, such as intercreditor and subordination arrangements among holders of senior and junior liens, senior and junior debt, and preferred and other equity components. Working closely with our clients to identify business and legal pitfalls, we help them devise and implement creative and practical restructuring solutions.

Comprised of transactional, restructuring and financial litigation attorneys, our finance & restructuring team takes an integrated approach, offering strategic advice on a wide variety of complex financial transactions, restructurings and other financial matters. We work collaboratively with the other practices within the firm, offering extensive experience with our clients’ various products and services, including equity swap and other derivative products. We also engage our bankruptcy, workout & creditor’s rights, and litigation practice attorneys when needed to ensure that our clients have cohesive, seamless counsel throughout the life cycle of their financing transactions.




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Senior Statesperson

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Biron is renowned as a "very good lawyer" who is "very knowledgeable, resourceful and effective." He is well known for his contribution to the bankruptcy market and has particular expertise in fraud.

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Senior Statesperson

Joseph A Dworetzky

Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

From the Chambers USA guide

The "eminent" Joseph Dworetzky is a longstanding member of the Pennsylvania bankruptcy market and is known among interviewees as a "phenomenal lawyer."

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Senior Statesperson

McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Kleban is a highly respected figure in the state's bankruptcy market. Clients state that "there is no questioning his technical knowledge and experience" and note his "calm temperament and appreciation for his clients' unique needs."

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Senior Statesperson

William H Schorling

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

William Schorling is an experienced attorney, accomplished in Chapter 11 issues. One source states he is "one of the deans of the bankruptcy Bar with a national reputation."

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Senior Statesperson

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Raymond Shapiro is a tremendously experienced bankruptcy attorney who is accomplished in debtor representation. He is described by peers as "tremendously highly regarded."

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Star Individuals

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Kassner is an extremely highly regarded expert in Chapter 11 matters, who regularly represents large banking clients. He also sits as chairman and CEO of the firm. Clients say he is "extremely bright and very knowledgeable" with a "very broad skill set."

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Star Individuals

Lawrence McMichael Esq

Dilworth Paxson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence McMichael is widely renowned as an expert in the bankruptcy space, with particular knowledge of Chapter 11 cases. Sources enthuse that he is "an excellent lawyer" and "a top practitioner."

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Band 1

Rudolph J Di Massa Jr

Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peers recognize that Rudolph Di Massa is a "very strong, smart and personable lawyer," noting that he has a "wealth of experience and is very well regarded." He  heads the firm's business reorganization group and is highly skilled in defaulted bond matters.

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Band 1

Maschmeyer Karalis PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Aris Karalis of Maschmeyer Karalis PC is a leading bankruptcy attorney, frequently representing debtors in Chapter 11 matters. Peers report that he is a "superb lawyer with a wealth of knowledge and a lot of integrity" and note that he does "some of the best Chapter 11 work in the city."

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Band 1

Regina Stango Kelbon

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "superb" Regina Stango Kelbon heads up the department and has impressive renown in the bankruptcy market. She regularly acts for financial institutions and creditors' committees in Chapter 11 reorganizations.

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Band 1

Michael Menkowitz

Fox Rothschild LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of department Michael Menkowitz frequently represents creditors' committees and trustees in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 issues. Sources cite his "technical knowledge and practical approach" and describe him as "pragmatic and hard-working."

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Band 1

Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Natalie Ramsey heads the department and is a skilled bankruptcy litigator, accomplished in representing clients in the chemical, real estate, energy and financial sectors. Sources state she is "very thoughtful, down to earth and good at explaining things to those who do not specialize in her area."

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Band 1

Claudia Z Springer

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Claudia Springer is a highly renowned restructuring attorney. She is noted by peers as "smart, very capable and a true professional; a practical, straight shooter who will work to get a good deal for her clients."

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Band 2

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Leon Barson is described as an "excellent lawyer" who is "very knowledgeable and very good in court."  He has particular experience acting for debtors in Chapter 11 bankruptcies.

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Band 2

Morton R Branzburg

Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Morton Branzburg is a well-regarded practitioner in the bankruptcy and restructuring market and is described by peers as a "smart guy with a great practice."

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Band 2

McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of department Gary Bressler represents both individuals and corporations in bankruptcy proceedings. He is praised as a "very intelligent practitioner" who has "superb intellectual ability and common sense - extremely bright."

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Band 2

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of department Peter Clark frequently handles contentious restructuring mandates. Satisfied clients note that he is a "very knowledgeable attorney" who is "very smart, very focused and unflappable; he takes on difficult problems and usually has answers right off the top of his head - very experienced."

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Band 2

Jeffrey C Hampton

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Hampton is particularly experienced representing debtors in a range of matters, including reorganizations and liquidation of assets. Satisfied clients state that he is "sharp, dedicated and a go-to counsel."

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Band 2

Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Holman maintains a broad insolvency practice, frequently advising banks as creditors. Clients describe him as "excellent, with very good business sense."

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Band 2

Lawrence J Kotler

Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lawrence Kotler is an experienced litigator, frequently representing parties in Chapter 7 cases. Sources report that "he is thorough, diligent and a top-notch attorney."

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Band 2

Stevens & Lee PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Lapowsky of Stevens & Lee PC is best known for his work in bankruptcy litigation. He is described by peers as a "skilled, knowledgeable and talented lawyer who works hard for his clients."

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Band 2

Pepper Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Francis Lawall is experienced in representing debtors within the manufacturing and natural resources sectors. One individual states that he is "truly an amazing attorney - hands-on, pragmatic, simplifies communication, solves problems and has a high understanding of business."

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Band 2

Campbell & Levine

From the Chambers USA guide

Stanley Levine is noted by clients as an "exceptional lawyer" who is highly experienced in the bankruptcy and restructuring field.

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Band 2

Dilworth Paxson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Matour is a respected bankruptcy attorney noted for his experience in debtor representation. Peers report that he is an "excellent lawyer, great in court and very practical and efficient."

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Band 2

Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Rosetta Packer is an experienced practitioner, frequently representing lenders in high-value restructuring matters. One client calls her "knowledgeable and intuitive," with another noting that she is "highly competent, responsive, proactive and easy to deal with."

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Band 2

Stephen M Packman

Archer Law

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Packman of Archer Law has an extensive practice within both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey markets and is experienced in high-profile bankruptcy cases.

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Band 2

Michael B. Schaedle

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Schaedle is particularly skilled in handling maritime bankruptcies. One satisfied client describes him as "tenacious, legally sophisticated and intellectual as well as collaborative and strategic."

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Band 2

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

One satisfied client reports that Eric Schaffer is "has extraordinary technical knowledge, great commercial awareness, is very effective and sets a new standard for client service." He represents trustees and collateral agents in various bankruptcy matters.

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Band 2

Joel Charles Shapiro

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources find Joel Charles Shapiro "a terrific lawyer, who is talented, smart, very dedicated to clients and a terrific advocate." He frequently handles M&A involving distressed companies.

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Band 2

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Singer is respected by peers as a "brilliant lawyer." He works with debtors and those doing business with insolvent companies, regularly handling Chapter 11 matters.

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Band 3

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Derek Baker is praised as an "excellent business and bankruptcy attorney." He regularly acts for debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings, also handling out-of-court workouts.

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Band 3

Douglas A Campbell

Campbell & Levine

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very well-regarded" Douglas Campbell is an accomplished lawyer handling a wide range of restructuring matters.

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Band 3

Ciardi Ciardi & Astin

From the Chambers USA guide

Albert Ciardi of Ciardi Ciardi & Astin is an experienced bankruptcy attorney, accomplished in Chapter 11 cases. Peers describe him as an "excellent practitioner" and a "very, very good lawyer."

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Band 3

McGuireWoods LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees note that Mark Freedlander is "outstanding - very experienced in restructuring with tremendous subject matter expertise." He is also recommended for his abilities in court.

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Band 3

Flaster Greenberg PC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Harry Giacometti handles both Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 proceedings, acting for debtors and trustees.

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Band 3

Matthew A Hamermesh

Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller

From the Chambers USA guide

Matthew Hamermesh is described as a "terrific lawyer" and has experience representing international corporations as well as individuals in bankruptcy proceedings.

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Band 3

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Adam Isenberg is an experienced practitioner who represents debtors in bankruptcy and reorganization cases. He is respected by clients and peers alike, who state he is "very well known and very knowledgeable" and a "stalwart in the industry."

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Band 3

Kurtzman Steady, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Kurtzman of Kurtzman Steady, LLC specializes in bankruptcy litigation, with peers praising him as a "very smart, very confident lawyer who is a good advocate in court."

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Band 3

Vincent J Marriott III

Ballard Spahr LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Vincent Marriott heads up the firm's bankruptcy and restructuring department. Peers describe him as a "high-quality lawyer."

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Band 3

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Kitt Turner is accomplished within surety matters and represents a range of creditors, including insurance companies and private landlords. She is praised for her "knowledge, efficiency and good results. Kitt works quickly and excellent results are achieved."

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Band 3

Dilworth Paxson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Martin Weis is a highly accomplished bankruptcy litigator, largely focused on acting for creditors. Peers find him "thoughtful, careful, considerate and tenacious at the same time."

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Band 4

Anne Marie Aaronson

Dilworth Paxson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Anne Marie Aaronson is described as "practical, smart and a really good lawyer" by peers and has experience of representing debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings. 

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Band 4

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Bressler of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP is accomplished in representing lenders in Chapter 11 proceedings, also handling claims against insolvent businesses.

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Band 4

Flaster Greenberg PC

From the Chambers USA guide

William Burnett heads up the department and frequently represents trustees in Chapter 7 bankruptcies and associated transactions.

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Band 4

Michael J Cordone

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Cordone is an accomplished bankruptcy lawyer with experience in representing clients in the financial sector. Individuals praise him for being "super smart and dedicated to clients, with good presentation in court."

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Band 4

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Flame frequently represents national banks in high-value lending matters. Sources appreciate that he is "business-savvy and gets issues resolved quickly" as well as being "extremely bright, very capable, very diligent and effective in getting wonderful results."

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Band 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Goodchild of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has extensive experience in representing pension funds in Chapter 11 bankruptcies. A source notes that he has "significant intellectual horsepower - processes complex situations and identifies solutions quickly. He brings great legal strategy and vision to his clients and produces results."

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Band 4

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

James Newell frequently represents banks in bankruptcies and workouts of credit facilities. Clients cite his "technical skills, responsiveness, experience and client focus," stating he can be "relied upon for more complex issues."

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Band 4

Mike Roeschenthaler

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mike Roeschenthaler of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP is an experienced bankruptcy attorney, with a client describing him as "one of the finest professionals I have encountered."

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Band 4

Gary M Schildhorn

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Gary Schildhorn is experienced in acting for large banks in bankruptcy proceedings, regularly handling both Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 proceedings.

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Band 4

Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Wendy Simkulak is accomplished in representing insurance companies in bankruptcy cases and is praised by clients for her "outstanding technical knowledge, commercial intelligence and effective client service."

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Band 4

Matthew E Tashman

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "exceedingly knowledgeable and responsive" Matthew Tashman is experienced in restructurings for national banks, also representing purchasers of distressed businesses.

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Band 4

Flaster Greenberg PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Usdin is experienced in high-value trustee matters, sales and dissolvements. He is well known in the bankruptcy market, with peers appreciating that he is "very confident and hard-working."

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Band 4

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Diane Vuocolo of Greenberg Traurig, PA is an experienced attorney accomplished in representing clients within the hospitality, education and financial industries. Peers note that she maintains a "very active and well thought-of practice."

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Up and Coming

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources note that Timothy Palmer is "fantastic to work with and provides excellent advice - Tim helps us find creative solutions." He works with both lenders and debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings.

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Associates to watch

Blank Rome LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Josef Mintz has experience in high-value bankruptcy matters, including those within the healthcare, energy and manufacturing industries. Clients note that he is "experienced and team-oriented."

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