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USA Guide 2022
Florida Bankruptcy/Restructuring
2
Band 2

8 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Akerman LLP

Akerman serves as bankruptcy counsel or receiver in complex insolvency cases, helping parties maximize recoveries nationwide. With a leading banking and finance practice, the group regularly represents global financial institutions, mortgage holders, and other secured creditors as well as court appointed committees, trustees, creditors, purchasers, and other stakeholders in workouts, receiverships, and Chapter 11 reorganizations.

Service Offerings

  • Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Buyers of Bankruptcy Assets (363 Sales)
  • Chapter 11 Debtors
  • Commercial Landlord-Tenant Bankruptcy
  • Creditors Committees
  • Debtor-in-Possession Financing
  • Executory Contracts
  • Mortgage Warehouse Financing Workouts
  • Preference & Fraudulent Transfers Litigation Defense
  • SEC Receiverships
  • Secured Creditors
  • State Court Liquidations (ABCs)
  • Tax Credit Projects in Bankruptcy
  • Workouts & Restructuring

Chambers Review

Provided by Chambers
Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Florida: South
2
Band 2
What the team is known for

Highly regarded for its experience in foreclosures, workouts and receiverships. Focuses primarily on the representation of creditors and trustees, including major national and international financial clients, alongside work for commercial landlords, suppliers, vendors and purchasers of distressed companies and assets. Strong base across Florida and also able to draw on wider nationwide bankruptcy capabilities in key hubs such as New York and Dallas.

Work Highlights

Provided by Akerman LLP
  • Akerman LLP represented VCHP Entities in contested Chapter 11 cases involving three Red Roof Inn motels.

Notable Practitioners

Provided by Chambers
Jules Cohen
N
Jules Cohen
S
Senior Statespeople

Jules Cohen is a popular choice for clients seeking advice on Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases. He offers notable experience handling matters in the retail and real estate sectors.
"He is a dean of the bankruptcy Bar who is recognized by judges, who listen closely to what he has to say." "He's very experienced, knowledgeable and even-keeled. He's a strong, confident advocate who advocates for his clients without being overly litigious."

Michael I Goldberg
N
Michael I Goldberg
1
Band 1

Highly regarded individual Michael Goldberg is considered to be an expert in bankruptcy-related asset recovery matters.
"He is good at looking at the big picture instead of focusing too much on a discrete issue. He's a brilliant legal mind who can take a case, dissect it and look at the most important issues to get done to get clients to a result." "He's very smart, hard-working, and always steady and focused."

Andrea Hartley
N
Andrea Hartley
3
Band 3

Head of department Andrea Hartley is known for her participation in Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 bankruptcies. She represents a wide range of clients including trustees and corporations.
"She can unpack complex issues in cases and get to the heart of them." "A practical attorney who tries to get results for her client in the most efficient way possible."

Eyal Berger
N
Eyal Berger
4
Band 4

Eyal Berger is a talented bankruptcy practitioner, with a growing creditor-side practice. He offers notable expertise in Chapter 11 proceedings.
"He has the power of persuasion backed with a good legal mind. He is very focused and is good at spotting issues. His broad knowledge base and practical experience assist him in working with his clients." "An effective, strategic attorney who thinks about putting himself in the position of having the most leverage."

John B Macdonald
N
John B Macdonald
5
Band 5

John Macdonald is a well-respected bankruptcy practitioner. His experience includes advising on debt restructurings.
"He works collaboratively to get the best overall result for the benefit of his client." "He's effective, well respected and helps to drive settlements."

Brett Marks
N
Brett Marks
4
Band 4

Brett Marks has built a diverse practice in the bankruptcy sector and is noted for his debtor, creditor and trustee representation.
"He's willing to come to the table and negotiate the best result for his client. He has a good understanding of the bankruptcy process." "He meets client needs and is timely, responsive, bright, energetic and strategic."

Esther McKean
N
Esther McKean
5
Band 5

Esther McKean is noted for her work on Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases. Clients including trustees and corporations benefit from her knowledge of bankruptcy proceedings.
"She's able to unpick the layers of complicated cases and work out deals with parties to move forward." "She's very responsive, knowledgeable, and does good work."

Steven Wirth
N
Steven Wirth
5
Band 5

Steven Wirth enjoys market recognition for his burgeoning practice. He regularly counsels distressed companies on their finances.
"He's good in court and tries to find solutions if possible." "A very personable individual with a lot of experience in complex matters."

Ranked Lawyers at
Akerman LLP

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Band

Florida: North & Central

Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Jules Cohen
S
Jules Cohen
S
Senior Statespeople
Esther McKean
5
Esther McKean
5
Band 5
John B Macdonald
5
John B Macdonald
5
Band 5
Steven Wirth
5
Steven Wirth
5
Band 5

Florida: South

Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Michael I Goldberg
1
Michael I Goldberg
1
Band 1
Andrea Hartley
3
Andrea Hartley
3
Band 3
Brett Marks
4
Brett Marks
4
Band 4
Eyal Berger
4
Eyal Berger
4
Band 4

Clients

Provided by Akerman LLP

Buffets LLC

Clawback Defendants (Bernie Madoff)

Jay Peak Vermont Resort - Receiver

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation

Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, P.A. - Liquidating Trustee

Samsung Electronics of America

Worldwide Entertainment - Receiver

Industries

Provided by Akerman LLP

Banks

Chemicals

Commercial & Professional Services

Energy

Financial Services

Health Care

Private Clients / Individuals

Real Estate

Real Estate Finance

Retail

Software & Computer Services

Sports

Technology, Hardware & Electronics

Transportation

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