Notable Bankruptcy Representations

Chapter 11 Debtors

  • Fiddler's Creek, Inc. and 27 of its subsidiaries and affiliates, developers of luxury homes in Naples, Florida, in their Chapter 11 proceedings and confirmed 100% payment plan.
  • Spanish entities which operate the popular fast-casual restaurants "100 Montaditos" in Chapter 11 proceedings.
  • One of the nation's largest architectural glass and aluminum fabricators in Chapter 11 proceedings.
  • One of the largest Porsche and Audi dealership in the Southeast in Chapter 11 proceedings.
  • Owner and developer of 300 residential apartments in Tallahassee in Chapter 11 proceedings and related litigation.
  • Miami Beach hotel in investigating and pursuing lender liability claims against senior mortgage holders.
  • Musical instrument retailer with locations throughout the country in Chapter 11 proceedings.
  • Individual in successfully restructuring over $6 million of gambling debt in his Chapter 11 proceeding.
  • Individual in the successful restructuring of over $7 million in IRS and related liabilities in his Chapter 11 proceeding.

Trustees And Receivers

  • Chapter 11 trustee of Rothstein, Rosenfeldt & Adler, PA in connection with $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme (the largest in Florida's history) perpetrated by the firm's founder, sentenced to 50 years in prison, in recovering in excess of $100 million.
  • Liquidating trustee in successfully pursuing claims against financial institutions used in a $500 million check kiting scheme.
  • Chapter 7 trustee of former owner of fourth largest temporary staffing company, in seeking $80 million in recoveries paid to banks in connection with massive check kiting scheme.
  • Chapter 11 trustee in the prosecution of fraudulent transfer claims in connection with a $400 million Ponzi scheme against a financial institution resulting in a settlement for the client well in excess of eight figures.
  • Chapter 7 trustee in connection with a $350 million Ponzi scheme with 7,000 European investor victims, achieving substantial recoveries in 169 lawsuits.
  • Receiver of financial brokerage in pursuit of $20 million in claims arising from a real estate investment Ponzi scheme.
  • Chapter 11 trustee of a distressed 650-unit apartment complex in Miami resulting in a sale of project and dividend to creditors.
  • Chapter 7 trustee of a home improvement chain with over $100 million in annual revenues, in investigation and successful prosecution of director and officer liability claims in Delaware bankruptcy court.
  • Chapter 11 trustee in a nationwide professional employer organization (PEO) bankruptcy, in successfully pursuing avoidance and successor liability litigation.
  • Chapter 11 trustee of major PEO seeking to recover $100 million in diverted corporate clients and to consolidate multiple corporate entities.
  • Liquidating trustee of a publicly traded telecommunications business with $200 million in revenue in successfully pursuing former officer and director liability claims.
  • Receiver in pursuit of avoidance and other claims arising from a $170 million fraudulent scheme.
  • Chapter 7 trustee of the owner of the former Plantation Fashion Mall, which includes over 32 acres of commercial real property in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Chapter 7 trustee of the largest individual bankruptcy case filed in Florida, in successfully avoiding over $60 million in fraudulent transfers, as well as $43 million Palm Beach oceanfront estate ultimately sold to Donald Trump.
  • Chapter 7 trustee of a public fractional aircraft ownership company, in achieving a $9 million settlement of director and officer claims.
  • Liquidating trustee of Rich International Airways in successful pursuit of avoidance litigation claims against probate estate of Miami entrepreneur, recovering in excess of $25 million.

Creditors' Committees

  • Creditors' Committee in Fontainebleau Las Vegas Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries, a partially completed "Tier A" casino hotel resort in Las Vegas with debts exceeding $2.5 billion, which was ultimately sold to an entity controlled by Carl Icahn.
  • Creditors' Committee of TLO, Inc., a data solutions provider with assets that sold for $154 million, resulting in a 100% distribution to creditors.
  • Creditors' Committee of Florida Gaming Corporation, the owner and operator of the Miami Jai Alai and Casino, in its successful Chapter 11 reorganization which resulted in a 100% distribution to the unsecured creditors
  • Creditors' Committee in Levitt & Sons, LLC and 37 subsidiaries, a large home builder and real estate developer with projects in four states and over $500 million in secured and unsecured debt.
  • Creditors' Committee in Mercedes Homes and subsidiaries, the 20th largest U.S. home builder with assets and liabilities of over $300 million.
  • Creditors' Committee in Arrow Air, Inc. d/b/a Arrow Cargo, the largest cargo carrier operating out of Miami International Airport.
  • Creditors' Committee of a nursing home and rehabilitation center in its successful reorganization, resulting in a 100% distribution to creditors.
  • Creditors' Committee of a biomanufacturing company focused on developing personalized cancer vaccines in its successful reorganization.
  • Creditors' Committee of debtors engaged in operating, franchising and licensing casual dining restaurants throughout the United States.
  • Creditors' Committee of a multi-billion dollar waste clean-up business in Delaware Chapter 11 proceedings, pursuing claims against financial institutions settled for $40 million.
  • Creditors' Committee of a multi-billion dollar propane retailer in Southern District of New York Chapter 11 proceedings, investigating potential avoidance claims against lenders and asserting equitable subordination claims.
  • Creditors' Committee of arts and crafts specialty retailers with locations throughout the United States.
  • Creditors' Committee of an entity engaged in the sale of aircraft engines and engine maintenance and overhaul services in Chapter 11 proceeding in Delaware.
  • Creditors' Committee of designer and manufacturer of products used to provide ballistic protection for personnel and vehicles in the military and law enforcement.
  • Creditors' Committee of an international call center with operations in the United States, the Philippines and South America.

Other Notable Engagements

  • In the Enron Chapter 11 proceedings, bankruptcy and co-counsel, in New York and related Texas proceedings, representing Enron securities class action lead plaintiff, assisting in obtaining $7.2 billion in settlements, the largest recovery ever in a securities class action.
  • Family of murder victim, Ronald Goldman, in successfully recovering the publishing rights to O.J. Simpson's book, "If I Did It."
  • Managing partner of major national law firm as outside director of a public company in successful defense of director and officer liability claims brought by bankruptcy trustee.
  • Franchisor clients, including Burger King Corporation, Luxottica Retail North America (Pearle Vision), TGI Friday's, Inc., Five Guys Enterprises, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, in numerous franchisee bankruptcies throughout the United States.
  • Numerous retail tenants in the General Growth Properties Chapter 11 proceedings in New York.
  • Successful bidder in the Univita Holding, LLC in purchasing thousands of pieces of durable medical on-site equipment, being used throughout Florida assets.
  • Individual involuntary debtor in obtaining the successful dismissal of involuntary bankruptcy petition filed by affiliates of one of the country's largest banks, establishing precedent in the Eleventh Circuit for obtaining fees and costs against non-petitioning creditor in dismissal and all aspects of appeal, obtaining denial of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court, and obtaining substantial damages verdict after 11-day jury trial.