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Casner & Edwards, LLP


5 ranked lawyersBand 3MassachusettsUSA 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Casner & Edwards represents creditor-side clients in Chapter 11 bankruptcy matters. The firm possesses sector experience in healthcare, pharmaceutical and construction. Its lawyers are specialists at addressing sophisticated workouts and restructurings, and are skilled at the representation of commercial real estate clients in a wide array of insolvency transactions.


"Casner & Edwards' commitment level to service and responsiveness is above and beyond."

"A particular strength is the length of their experience with varied scenarios."

"The lawyers are all very experienced, practical, cost-effective and well respected."

Work highlights

Casner & Edwards represented GKS Corporation as debtor's counsel in its Chapter 11 reorganization case pending in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Notable practitioners

Davis Whitesell handles a broad range of matters, including acting as appellate counsel, court-appointed receiver and Chapter 7 trustee.
"He is clearly an expert in his field, with amazing handle on the details and strong strategic vision." "He's an excellent drafter and he's very practical, good at finding common ground to get a deal in place that makes both parties happy and comfortable. He is detail-orientated and sees the big picture."

John Morrier provides both litigious and transactional counsel, on matters ranging from corporate restructurings and workouts to distressed asset sales. He acts for clients in the education, healthcare and hospitality sectors.
"He's practical, smart, strategic, well liked, and tries to find practical solutions." "He is the most talented attorney. He has tackled complicated, delicate transactions. He is smart, witty and so extremely personable. We are so thankful to have John on our team."

Lynne Riley assists local and regional clients with their Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases and bankruptcy litigation. She has served on the Chapter 7 panel of bankruptcy trustees for the District of Massachusetts.

Michael Goldberg oversees both in-court and out-of-court restructurings, as well as a variety of commercial and real estate financings.
"He was helpful, responsive, thorough, sensible, prudent and smart. I would work with him again in a heartbeat, and recommend him without any reservation." "One of the icons of the Bar. He knows the law well, and is strategic. He can assess outcomes and take the right path to maximize value for his clients."

Michael Fencer advises on bankruptcy litigation, reorganizations, insolvency and receivership proceedings, construction matters and commercial disputes.
"He is extremely intelligent and well-versed in the law, but also efficient and good at finding practical solutions to complex problems." "He is very smart and savvy."

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The attorneys in Casner & Edwards’ Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice represent all parties in the debtor/creditor relationship, including debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings, trustees, receivers, official committees and secured and unsecured creditors. Attributes of our practice include:

• Focus on middle-market, debtor-side clients.
• Represent buyers and sellers of distressed assets.
• Represent commercial real estate owners, operators, developers and investors in financings, dispositions and other insolvency transactions.
• Experts in workouts, restructurings, transactions and cases for nonprofit organizations.
• Represent receivers, assignees and creditor trustees, as well as creditors and debtors, in out-of-court situations.
• Litigation and appeals.
• Partner Lynne Riley is on the Boston Chapter 7 trustee panel, experienced in operating and liquidating businesses, and is the standing Chapter 12 (family farmer / fisherman) Trustee.
• Leaders in national and state-level insolvency organizations.

Industry sector specialties:
• Nonprofits
• Real estate
• Healthcare
• Biotechnology
• Retail / Restaurants
• Professional Services
• Business Owners / Executives / Directors
• Construction

Casner & Edwards has developed a national reputation for excellence in bankruptcy and restructuring, and its attorneys have been recognized by the American College of Bankruptcy, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, among others.


Casner & Edwards, LLP


303 Congress Street




MA 02210

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A. Davis Whitesell
Band 4
John Morrier
Band 2
Lynne F Riley
Band 4
Michael Goldberg
Band 2
Michael J. Fencer
Band 3