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CERTIFICATIONS AND ACCREDITATIONS:
-Board Certified as Business Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification now ABI (1993)
-U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms – Creditor / Debtor Rights / Insolvency Law 2019 & Best Lawyers in America – Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, Woodward-White Directory 2019 and Corporate Counsel Magazine 2019
-Best Lawyers in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2019
-Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 2008 - 2019
-Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers 2019.
Represented one of the largest real estate developers in Western Pennsylvania in acquiring the most iconic building in Pittsburgh under a Chapter 11 Plan. Represented State Court Receiver in filing Chapter 11 for 28 Perkins Restaurants in Pennsylvania and Ohio; Represented Plan sponsor as a §363 asset purchaser and obtained precedential findings on issues of standing and party in interest to act as third party Plan proponent; Represented building owner in obtaining utility easement over Debtor landowner’s objection and on appeal obtained finding that Debtor waived Stern v. Marshall and Rooker-Feldman defenses; Represented Debtor Highland Country Club [entire Chapter 11 case including Disclosure Statement and Plan Confirmation hearings concluded in 32 days from filing date and over $1.6 million in real estate transfer stamps saved under 1146(a)]; Represented Debtor Shubh Hotels Pittsburgh, LLC [former Pittsburgh Hilton now Wyndham Grand - largest hotel in Pittsburgh] several reported decisions regarding use of cash collateral over secured lender’s objection and proper use of business judgment in rejecting and obtaining new hotel franchise – cited as precedential; Counsel for the Petitioning Creditors and Co-counsel for the Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Le-Nature’s, Inc.; Counsel to the Petitioning Creditors, Committee of Unsecured Creditors and Liquidating Plan Trustee of Spirit Harley-Davidson, Inc.; Counsel to the Petitioning Creditors, the Committee of Unsecured Creditors and Liquidating Plan Trustee for Glenshaw Glass, Inc.; Appointed as Counsel to the Unsecured Creditors of the St. Francis Health System Entities in State Court Receivership; Represented Debtor Sky Haven Coal, Inc.[largest strip mining coal operation in Pennsylvania]; Represented Debtor In Re: Erie Forge & Steel, Inc.; Represented lenders, landlords, leasing entities, physician groups and other claimants In Re: AHERF (Allegheny Health Systems Chapter 11) Represented Successful E.S.O.P. Plan proponent In Re: Edgewater Corporation; Represented Retiree Section 1114 Committee In Re: Shenango, Inc.; Represented Creditor's Committee In Re: Woodings Verona Tool Works. Represented numerous secured lenders and Lessors in Chapter 11 proceedings throughout the Eastern United States; Represented plaintiffs in multi-million dollar bankruptcy avoidance and fraudulent conveyance actions; Represented third party Chapter 11 Plan proponents in many cases; Special Counsel to numerous Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 Trustees and State Court Receivers.
Appointed by both the Bankruptcy Court; the Court of Common Pleas and by counsel of record to serve as a Mediator in numerous bankruptcy related matters and state court business disputes.
Member: Council of Certified Bankruptcy Specialists; Allegheny, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations Former Member: Executive Council of CLLA Bankruptcy & Insolvency and Creditors Rights Sections; Current Member: Allegheny County (Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, Executive Council).