Jeffrey W. Spear

Jeffrey W. Spear: Attorney with Duane Morris LLP AV stamp icon
  • Partner at Duane Morris LLP (803 Attorneys)
  • 600 Grant Street, Suite 5010, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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Jeffrey W. Spear focuses his practice on troubled financings and bankruptcies, representing debtors, bondholders, indenture trustees, secured and unsecured creditors and acquirers of assets of distressed companies. He also represents emerging businesses, private equity and venture capital firms and angel investors, helps early stage clients raise capital and guides business owners and entrepreneurs in mergers, acquisitions and strategic partnerships. Additionally, he has successfully structured complex transactions involving both public and private financing for both mature and start-up companies.

Active in the community, Jeff is a founder, officer and executive committee member of Vibrant Pittsburgh, an economic development non-profit, working to grow the Pittsburgh region by attracting, retaining and elevating a diverse workforce. He is a past chair of the board of Jewish Family and Children's Service of Pittsburgh and has served several terms as a member of the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. He is an alumnus of the Wexner Heritage Program. Jeff also served on the Executive Council of the Allegheny County Bar Association's Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section from 1994 to 2003 and remains an active member of the Bankruptcy Bar.

Mr. Spear is a 1989 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a 1986 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Honors and Awards

•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Finance
  • Biotechnology
  • Corporate Law
  • Emerging Business Law
  • Commercial Finance
  • Technology Law
  • Business Reorganization
  • Securities
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
212 692 1038  Phone
412 202 4303  Fax
University Attended:
University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1986
Law School Attended:
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 1989
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania; New York
Birth Information:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 3, 1964
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Bondholder/Indenture Trustee Matters; Represented the indenture trustee in connection with an out of court-restructuring of the senior bond obligations of the West Penn Allegheny Health System.; Represented a significant bondholder in connection with the restructuring of its Highmark Health bonds.; Represented several Eaton Vance municipal bond funds in the Ambac rehabilitation proceedings in Wisconsin, and the underlying Las Vegas Monorail bankruptcy in Las Vegas.; Represented the bond trustee in the Covenant of South Hills CCRC bankruptcy.; Represented the Ad Hoc Committee of Senior Subordinated Noteholders in the Le-Nature's bankruptcy.; Represented bondholders, and subsequently the Reorganized Debtor, in a multi-facility nursing home/CCRC bankruptcy.; Represented the trustee of the Centennial Bondholders in the AHERF hospital bankruptcy case, and related complex litigation.; Represented National City Bank, as Trustee, in the St. Francis Hospital restructuring/sale in Orphans' Court.; Represented National City Bank, as Trustee, in real estate matters in the Ames Department Stores bankruptcy case.; Represented PNC Bank, as Trustee, in the Metropolitan Hospital bankruptcy in Philadelphia.; Represented PNC Bank, as Trustee, in various workouts and restructurings, including the LTV Steel bankruptcy case.; Additional Representative Matters; Represent various U.S. subsidiaries of Brazilian steel producer Gerdau in bankruptcy and corporate transactions throughout the United States, including the Fontainebleau Las Vegas bankruptcy case in Miami.; Represent Penn State University in connection with the Greater Erie Industrial Development Corporation bankruptcy.; Represented The Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County in connection with issues involving mineral rights and Marcellus Shale opportunities for certain County owned land.; Successfully structured complex closing of an acquisition of a bankrupt rolling mill, including equity, public and private debt, and environmental, employment, labor, intellectual property and other issues facilitating the restart of a 100 year-old rolling mill, which had been shuttered for over two years. Subsequently, became outside general counsel of the operating entity, overseeing all legal and business issues, including the ultimate sale of the company to its raw materials supplier.; Represented an early stage chemical imaging company in all aspects of its development, including identifying and securing significant funding from both private and government sources, overseeing the expansion of an extensive patent portfolio, and negotiating strategic partnerships concerning commercialization of the technology.; Represented the private equity purchaser of an iconic Pittsburgh beer manufacturer out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.; Represented TVI Corp., and subsequently, successfully reorganized debtor, Immediate Response Technologies, Inc., in its nine month bankruptcy in the District of Maryland.; Represented the owner of a major Pittsburgh hotel/office building in its successful bankruptcy reorganization.; Represented private equity backed debtor in the bankruptcy and subsequent sale of its luggage business.; Structured and negotiated the sale of a bankrupt special events services company to a strategic buyer.; Represented a major video entertainment company in a series of acquisitions of mid-sized video store franchises out of bankruptcy.

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