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.
Represented Jerry's Nugget in Nevada Bankruptcy Court in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding, including all aspects of the claims reconciliation and objection process, ultimately confirming a plan of reorganization allowing equity holders to retain existing ownership and provide for debt restructuring.
Represented debtor-in-possession lender in Arizona Bankruptcy Court in providing funding and ultimately in transition of debt to equity in reorganized debtor through a Chapter 11 plan and subsequent operations of private airline.
Assisted Ahern in its successful Chapter 11 restructuring, including the effective transition to operating as debtor-in-possession. Ahern obtained confirmation of its plan, allowing for the restructuring of more than $650 million in debt, payment in full of unsecured creditors, and the retention of ownership by the Ahern family.
Represented single asset real estate debtors in all aspects of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings including defending claims for stay relief, confirming plans of reorganization, and selling assets pursuant to the Bankruptcy Code.
In the firm's representation of numerous gaming/hotel operators, single asset real estate debtors, among others, assisted with general bankruptcy administration, the development of plans of reorganization, and the claims administration and objection process.
Represented various commercial creditors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 consumer proceedings, including lift stay motions, nondischargeability actions, and confirmation objections.
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.
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
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