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CAESARS ATLANTIC CITY | TMAMIDATLANTIC.ORG
June 10-11, 2015
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Q Has bankruptcy practice surprised you? I assume it wasn’t too much
of a disappointment, or you would have
moved on to something else by now.
It’s been a nice surprise
because it’s such a nice mix of
courtroom and transactional experience.
The fact is that you really never find two
cases that are the same. There are always
unique circumstances associated with
every single Chapter 11 I work on or any
restructuring at all. Every company has
its unique issues that have to be
addressed. Every day I walk into the
office and deal with a case, and it’s
something different. That’s always
appealed to me.
Q If you were starting your career over, particularly in the bankruptcy
field, would you do anything differently?
I don’t think I would. I
restructuring and bankruptcy experience
helps me when I’m negotiating and
reviewing papers on behalf of what I’ll
call my solvent clients.
Q You never know when one of them is going to go to the other side of
the ledger and become one of your
insolvent clients either.
That’s exactly right.
That’s why when I’m drafting
documents or reviewing loan
documents on their behalf, I’m always
thinking, “What happens if they run into
hard times? How will what is drafted
now affect them later?”
Q What have been some of your most gratifying, favorite, or important
engagements along the way?
I really do find all of my
engagements important, and they’re all
gratifying in their own respects. Certainly
the first Chapter 11 case that I took and
was lead counsel on, running it from
beginning to end, was one of my most
gratifying ones. It was a small company
that needed to be restructured. I took it
from going up to visiting the client and
getting all the initial information, filing
the case, preparing the first day motions
and running the case itself, preparing a
plan and disclosure statement, and
ultimately getting that plan confirmed
and the company reorganized so it could
That was my first, so that’s always
gratifying. There’s been any number
throughout my career that have been
gratifying, particularly a case in which
we saved a country club from being
converted into a development. At
the end of that matter, the members
of the club were so happy that they
actually applauded in court.
There’s was another one where the
business faced liquidation and more
than 100 employees would have lost their
jobs. We were able to negotiate a plan
of reorganization that was ultimately
affirmed by the court that saved all of
those jobs. That was a great feeling.
Q Who inspires you, either personally or professionally?
Personally, and really
professionally as well, my parents inspire
me. They’ve worked their tails off their
whole life to give me the opportunity to
be where I am. I always say they worked
a lot harder than I do, and I think I work