Distressing Matters provides insight and perspective on legal issues and recent developments concerning distressed situations, including those involving bankruptcy, restructuring, and commercial law. The blog serves as a resource for banks, mutual funds, corporate trust groups, hedge funds, and private equity firms with an interest in implementing effective strategies and solutions addressing a wide range of legal matters relating to restructuring.
The blog’s editors, attorneys from Mintz Levin’s Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practice, have significant experience representing and counseling clients on bankruptcy and commercial law issues.
Eric R. Blythe
Eric Blythe is an Associate in the firm’s Boston office. His practice focuses primarily on commercial law and corporate reorganization through representation of debtors, creditors, bond trustees, and bond insurers. Prior to joining the firm, Eric served as legal counsel at the Massachusetts State House. He is the author of more than a dozen articles on bankruptcy and restructuring matters.
Charles W. Azano
Chip Azano is an Associate in the firm’s Boston office. He represents debtors and creditors in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations and out-of-court restructurings. Chip routinely works on the client service team for indenture trustees and/or institutional bondholders in connection with debtor bankruptcies, and represents clients in a variety of liquidation and reorganization contexts. Chip was recognized for seven consecutive years by Massachusetts Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the area of Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.
Amanda M. Blaske
Amanda Blaske is an Associate in the firm’s Boston office. Her practice focuses primarily on commercial law and corporate reorganization through representation of debtors, creditors, bond trustees, and bond insurers. Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Amanda served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Frank J. Bailey, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Daniel S. Bleck
Dan Bleck is a Member in the firm’s Boston office who focuses on insolvency, workouts, bankruptcy, and creditors’ rights. He has represented debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, bondholders, indenture trustees, insurers, and bankruptcy trustees in all aspects of Chapter 7 and 11 proceedings. He also advises clients on out-of-court debt restructurings. Dan has significant experience in representing clients in distressed acquisitions and divestitures. His work has been recognized by Chambers USA, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America.
Joseph R. Dunn
Joe Dunn is a Member in the firm’s San Diego office. He is experienced in the representation of Chapter 11 debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, bondholders and indenture trustees, Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 trustees, and purchasers of distressed assets. He has also represented franchisors, equity holders, defendants in bankruptcy and other federal litigation, and individuals and companies in out-of-court restructurings. Joe has served in leadership roles in both local and statewide bankruptcy organizations. He has been recognized by the San Diego Business Journal (“Best of the Bar”) and as a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Ian A. Hammel
Ian Hammel is a Member in the firm’s Boston office. He specializes in bankruptcy, receivership, workouts, and related matters, with a particular focus on representing bond trustees, bond insurers, mutual funds, note holders, and other sophisticated creditors in distressed environments. Ian also regularly advises commercial landlords regarding tenant insolvency issues. He has been recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Finance: Municipal Bankruptcy and recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.
William W. Kannel
Bill Kannel is a Member in the firm’s Boston office and the Section Head for the Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practice. He focuses on commercial law, workouts, and corporate reorganization and has represented institutional lenders, indenture trustees, bondholders, and other creditors, debtors, and trustees in insolvency proceedings in courts throughout the United States. Bill is active in the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Turnaround Management Association and frequently lectures and writes on insolvency issues.
Abby O’Brient is an Associate in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on corporate reorganization and bankruptcy law. Abby has represented Chapter 11 debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, indenture trustees, Chapter 7 trustees, defendants in bankruptcy litigation, and companies in out-of-court restructurings. She also has significant commercial litigation experience in state and federal court.
Paul J. Ricotta
Paul Ricotta is a Member in the firm’s Boston office and focuses on representing debtors and creditors in workouts, restructurings, and commercial bankruptcy proceedings as well as commercial finance transactions. He has developed a national reputation representing bondholders and indenture trustees in workouts and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Paul also represents buyers and sellers of distressed claims. He has published articles in West Publishing Company publications, the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, the Daily Bankruptcy Review, the Corporate Finance Review, the Bankruptcy Strategist, the New York Law Journal, the Journal of Corporate Renewal, and numerous bar association publications and newsletters. In addition, Paul has had many teaching and speaking engagements for professional organizations, bar associations, and industry groups. He is consistently recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, and Martindale-Hubbell for outstanding legal work in the areas of bankruptcy, restructuring, and creditor/debtor rights.
Adrienne K. Walker
Adrienne Walker is a Member in the firm’s Boston office. She has significant experience in workouts, restructuring, and bankruptcy matters, and represents corporate debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, lessors and lessees, and trustees in federal, state, and out-of-court restructurings. More frequently, Adrienne has represented trustees and bondholders in Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcies. She has been recognized for five consecutive years by Chambers USA and Massachusetts Super Lawyers for her legal work in the areas of bankruptcy, restructuring, and creditor/debtor rights. Adrienne was also honored for four consecutive years as a Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Kaitlin R. Walsh
Kaitlin Walsh is an Associate in the firm’s New York office. Her bankruptcy practice focuses on corporate restructurings and insolvencies. She represents debtors, creditors, purchasers, lenders, and other parties-in-interest in Chapter 11 reorganizations, out-of-court restructurings, and bankruptcy litigation.
Len Weiser-Varon is a Member based in the firm’s Boston office. His works primarily in the Public Finance Practice and focuses on all aspects of municipal and corporate debt finance. An active panelist on securities and constitutional law matters and on Section 529 programs, Len has published numerous articles, edited finance-related textbooks, and received recognition as one of the top public finance lawyers in Massachusetts in a peer survey by Massachusetts Super Lawyers.
Aaron is an Associate in the firm’s Boston office. His practice focuses on commercial law, corporate reorganization, and public finance. Aaron works on disclosure counsel matters for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He previously served as a Summer Associate at Mintz Levin. In law school, Aaron was Editor-in-Chief of the Uniform Commercial Code Reporter-Digest