Lawrence E. Rifken

McLean,  VA  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Business Reorganization & Bankruptcy Practice
  • Global Aircraft & Equipment Finance and Leasing
  • Financial Institutions
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Subprime & Mortgage Markets
Contact InfoTelephone: 703.749.1313
Fax: 703.714.8313
University Union College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1984; Union College, Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha
Law SchoolUniversity of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1988
Admitted1988, Virginia; 1989, District of Columbia

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, Virginia State Bar Bankruptcy Law Section
•Board of Governors (1999-2005)
•Member, Long Range Planning Committee (2009-Present)
•Board of Directors, Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association (1991-Present)
•President (2012-2013)
•President (2007-2008)
•President (1996-1997)
•Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
•Member, Turnaround Management Association
•Member, Eastern District of Virginia Local Bankruptcy Rules Committee (2009-2010)
•Member, Alexandria, Virginia, Bankruptcy Court/Bar Liaison Committee (2009-Present)

BornSyracuse, New York, 1962

Lawrence E. Rifken leads the firm's Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Region Business Reorganization and Bankruptcy Practice. Larry concentrates his practice in the area of bankruptcy and corporate restructuring with an emphasis upon commercial bankruptcy, commercial workouts and real estate workouts. He has wide-ranging experience in the representation of debtors, creditors, creditors' committees, financial institutions, venture capital funds, investors and acquirers in all areas of bankruptcy and workout-related work as well as experience in fraud cases, Ponzi scheme cases and leading fraud and forensic investigations. In addition, Larry regularly serves as clients' designated representative on creditors' committees and he has served as chairman of five national committees. He has also served as a plan administrator and liquidating trustee.

Areas of Concentration

•Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases
• Creditors committees
• Business reorganizations
• Financial restructurings
• Commercial loan workouts
• Real estate loan workouts
• Asset sales and asset acquisitions
• Fraud and Ponzi scheme cases
• Fraud and forensic investigations

Awards & Recognition
•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2006-2015
•Member, Winning Team, U.S. News - Best Lawyers Law Firm of the Year in Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2013
•Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, Top Tier Firm in Real Estate, 2013
•Team Member, a Law360 Real Estate Practice Group of the Year, 2011 and 2012
•Listed, Virginia Business Legal Elite, Bankruptcy Law, 2009
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

AV, BV, AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

08.15.13 6 Greenberg Traurig Northern Virginia Attorneys Listed in 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

01.03.13 Greenberg Traurig Real Estate Practice Selected as a Practice Group of the Year by Law360

11.05.12 Greenberg Traurig Named 'Law Firm of the Year' in Two Bankruptcy Categories by U.S. News - Best Lawyers

01.29.10 Greenberg Traurig Expands Business Reorganization and Bankruptcy Practice; Adds Lawrence E. Rifken and John T. Farnum (Also at Washington, D.C. Office)

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Counsel, Neogenix Oncology, Inc. (Greenbelt, MD); Co-Counsel, US Airways Group, Inc. (Alexandria, VA); Committee Counsel, Tower Records (Wilmington, DE); Committee Counsel, Vijay K. Taneja and Financial Mortgage, Inc. (Alexandria, VA); Committee Counsel, North America Refractories Company (Pittsburgh, PA); Committee Counsel, Global Industrial Technologies, Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA); Committee Counsel, National Spa & Pool Institute (Alexandria, VA); Committee Chairman, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, Inc. (Wilmington, DE); Committee Chairman, Louis J. Pearlman and Trans Continental Airlines, Inc. (Orlando, FL); Committee Chairman, Texas Petrochemicals LP (Houston, TX); Committee Chairman, Mercury Plastics, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA); Committee Chairman, Foss Manufacturing Company (Manchester, NH); Committee Member, Friedman Bag Company (Los Angeles, CA); Plan Administrator/Liquidating Trustee, Felt Manufacturing Co. (Manchester, NH); Liquidating Trustee, Birchwood-Manassas Associates, L.L.C. (Prince William County, VA); Certain of the representations listed above were handled by Mr. Rifken prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

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Lawrence E. Rifken

1750 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 1200
McLeanVA 22102


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