Erick T. Gjerdingen is an associate in the firm's Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Department. Mr. Gjerdingen concentrates his practice in the area of corporate restructuring and complex insolvency, representing clients from a broad spectrum of industries across the Southwest and nationally, including gaming and tourism, construction and development, manufacturing and engineering, financial services, transportation, real estate acquisition and management, and e-commerce.
Mr. Gjerdingen regularly represents debtors, trustees, and creditors in reorganizations and workouts, both with and without the involvement of the federal bankruptcy courts. With respect to debtors, he advises clients with an emphasis on restructuring of debt service and reduction of liabilities while continuing business operations and maintaining valuable relationships with existing clients and vendors. With respect to creditors, he advises clients with an emphasis on obtaining the contemplated benefits of financing agreements, including through the pursuit of underlying collateral, by effectively asserting parties' rights under the Bankruptcy Code and the UCC.
Mr. Gjerdingen also provides general business counseling services, having previous transactional experience including real estate financing, leasing, asset sales, business entity formation and governance, and regulatory compliance.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gjerdingen served as a foreign legal intern in the Legal Aid Section of the Burma Lawyers' Council in Mae Sot, Thailand. There, he worked with Burmese laborers in Thai border factories on issues related to immigration and labor laws, and aided members of the Burmese government-in-exile by drafting opinions on Burmese constitutional issues and election law violations in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis.
Mr. Gjerdingen is a former faculty member at Burapha University's International College in Bangsaen, Thailand where he taught undergraduate courses in English and the humanities. Additionally, he reviewed international trade agreements for the Thai Ministry of Commerce.
Mr. Gjerdingen won the Kozolchyk Award for his publicized work in the 26 Ariz. J. Int'l & Comp. L 699.
American Bar Association, Member
Author, "Suffocation Inside a Cold Storage Truck and Other Problems with Trafficking as 'Exploitation' and Smuggling as 'Choice' Along the Thai-Burmese Border," 26 Ariz. J. Int'l & Comp. L 699, 2009
Former Managing Editor, Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, 2009-10