Practice Areas & Industries: Duane Morris LLP


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Duane Morris' bankruptcy lawyers focus primarily on complex commercial chapter 11 cases. Clients from all industries turn to the firm for bankruptcy advice, drawing on experience gained during the firm's involvement in many of the most significant bankruptcy cases of the past three decades, from Penn Central to Braniff, to Adelphia and Enron. This experience translates into the ability, from the outset of an engagement, to know the questions to ask, which details matter, and how to efficiently distill the facts into a plan to protect our clients' rights.

Representative listing of bankruptcy case representations

Our bankruptcy lawyers are nationwide practice leaders. Several have either founded or are the current or past leaders of organizations throughout the nation dedicated to the development of the law, the vitality of local bar associations, and the practice before the United States Bankruptcy Courts. Four of our lawyers are fellows of the American College of Bankruptcy, including the current President of the College. In addition, four of our former partners have secured appointments to the federal judiciary: three as United States Bankruptcy Court judges, and another as a circuit court judge for the United States Court of Appeals.


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Debtors' and Trustees' Counsel

As counsel to debtors-in-possession and trustees, our lawyers handle all aspects of commercial bankruptcy cases, from the pre-petition planning, to the initial flurry of first day filings, the arrangement of debtor-in-possession and exit financing, asset sales, and, finally, the development and consummation of a plan of reorganization. Our clients usually carry on their day-to-day operations while they reorganize. Thus, our lawyers are adept at managing every day dealings with lenders, trade creditors, lessors, utility companies, employees, the U.S. Trustee and creditors' and equity committees. To help further ensure the continued smooth operation of their businesses, clients often call upon lawyers from Duane Morris' corporate, real estate, tax, insurance, intellectual property, ERISA and environmental practice groups.

Representative listing of Debtor/Trustee representations

Creditors' and Equity Holders' Counsel

Claimants and interest holders of all types, including official committees of unsecured creditors or equity holders, lenders, private investment companies, lessors, licensors, and other individual creditors or equity holders rely on the firm to advance their interests. Throughout the bankruptcy process, clients receive a constant flow of information, giving them the knowledge necessary to make decisions. Indeed, Duane Morris lawyers established the much imitated weekly lending group report in an early case, giving all participants in the group, regardless of the size of their positions, complete information about the status and developments in the case.

Representative listing of Committee representations

Debtor-in-Possession Financing

Whether representing debtors or lenders, our lawyers are skilled at effectively negotiating, documenting and obtaining court approval of the financing agreements necessary to maintain the debtor's operations during a chapter 11 case or to consummate a plan of reorganization and exit chapter 11.

Section 363 Assets Sales

Investment companies and other operating businesses often seek to acquire the assets of a bankrupt company. The firm regularly advises clients interested in purchasing or investing in distressed and insolvent businesses on the risks and potential rewards involved. In addition to assisting with due diligence, negotiations and the preparation of the transaction documentation, we guide these clients through the bankruptcy court bidding and sale process.

Plans of Reorganization

Duane Morris lawyers have extensive experience in formulating restructuring or liquidation plans through negotiation, related transaction documentation and, if necessary, litigation. In addition, over the years, our lawyers have developed the particularized skills necessary to successfully confirm "pre-packaged" or "fast-track" plans. In fact, in 1986, Duane Morris lawyers achieved one of the first chapter 11 expedited plan confirmations for a publicly held company, taking National Railway Utilization Corporation through chapter 11 in Columbia, South Carolina, in 45 days from petition filing through plan consummation, even though creditors and shareholders had not approved the plan at the time the petition was filed.


Because the restructuring process is inherently contentious, with diverse constituencies competing over limited assets or distributions, clients benefit from the firm's substantial litigation experience before the United States Bankruptcy Courts. Whether prosecuting or defending claims, we advise each client on the risks and likelihood of success with each course of action and then team with each one to determine the best litigation strategy.

Cross-Border and Chapter 15 Cases

The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 added a new chapter (Chapter 15) to the United States Bankruptcy Code specifically dealing with cross-border insolvency cases. Chapter 15 incorporates UNCITRAL's Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency and is designed to address cases where an insolvent debtor has assets and/or creditors in more than one country. Our lawyers currently represent a number of parties-in-interest with respect to ancillary or cross-border cases filed under Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Bankruptcy Case Representations

Bankruptcy Case Matters (Non-Debtor/Trustee/Committee)

A.S.K. Plastics Inc. Integrated Disability Res., Inc. Palomar Mtn. Spr. Water Co.
Adelphia Comm. Corp. Interstate Bakeries Corp. Protarga, Inc.
Allied Holdings, Inc. JRA 222 Inc. Railworks Corp.
Allserve Systems Corp. Kuecker Equipment Co., Inc. Refco, Inc., et al.
AstroPower Loewen Grp Intl, Inc. Reliance Grp. Holdings Inc.
Birmingham Steel Corp. Lotz Designers Solutia Inc.
Carmike Cinemas, Inc. Medex Regional Lab., LLC Souders Mini Mrkt, Inc.
Chevy's, Inc. Merchant Land Fund I LLC St. Vincents Cath. Med. Cntr.
Converse, Inc. Mondo Inc. Steele, Jamila H.
Delphi Corp. MRY Corp. Stone & Webster, Inc.
Delta Air Lines, Inc. MUMA Services Inc. THCR/LP Corp.
Enron Corp. Napster, Inc. Transworld Airlines, Inc.
Federal-Mogul Global, Inc. Nellson Nutraceutical, Inc. Troll Comm., LLC
Field Hotel Assoc., L.P. Neodyme Technologies Corp. US Airways
Foamex Intl., Inc. New Better Food Distrib., Inc Vincent J. Smith, et al.
Front Line Capital Grp. Inc. New Weathervane Ret. Corp. Winn Dixie Stores, Inc.
Fruit of the Loom, Inc. Nobex Corp. Winstar Comm., Inc.
GT Brands Holdings, LLC North Amer. Bushman, Inc. Pocono Springs Motor Lodge
Hatteras Reinsurance Ltd. North Amer. Refractories Co.  
Heilig-Meyers Co. Oakwood Living Centers  

Debtor/Trustee Representations

Atlantic Gulf Comm., Inc. Home Life Medical, Inc. The Langston Corp.
Borden Chemicals Kiwi Intl Airlines Tower Air, Inc.
CareMatrix Corp. Kuala Healthcare, Inc. United Petroleum Grp, Inc.
Caribbean Petroleum LP Lids Corp. Universal Access
Digital Broadband Comm, Inc. Martha's Vineyard Hosp. Video Update, Inc.
Durango Georgia Paper Co. Med Diversified, Inc. Vitts Networks, Inc.
Fitness Innov. & Tech., Inc. Oakwood Living Cntrs Wash Depot Holdings, Inc.
Highlands Ins. Grp., Inc. Olympus Healthcare Grp, Inc. Zeta Consumer Prod, Inc.

Committee Representations

Aviation Compos. Svcs, Inc. Grand Court Lifestyles Trico Steel Company, LLC
Budget Grp., Inc. Harvard Industries, Inc. United Companies Fin. Corp.
Deliland Foods Corp. Jersey City Medical Cntr. USG Corp.
Edwards Paper Co. Neuromedical Systems, Inc. VF Brands, Inc.
Enamelon, Inc. Phoenix Steel Corp. W.R. Grace & Co.
Flooring America Sudbury, Inc.  
GEO Specialty Chem., Inc. The Oxford Finance Co., Inc.  

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