Biography

Hal has spent his more than three-decade career in the bankruptcy and restructuring field, which has enabled him to develop a highly focused practice that has “seen it all,” and one in which clients have come to rely on. From the debtor, trustee and creditors’ committee side, to representing banks and secured lenders, Hal offers clients a distinct perspective into the restructuring process. In particular, he provides legal counsel to major secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 proceedings, Chapter 11 trustees, unsecured creditors’ committees, debtors and debtors-in-possession, indenture trustees, syndicated bank groups and other major parties across many industries.

Hal has represented various parties in pivotal roles in:

  • Creditors’ rights matters
  • Bankruptcy and litigation, including as bankruptcy trustee, state court statutory receiver and assignee for the benefit of creditors
  • Business and corporate reorganization
  • State and federal insolvency law and workouts

Well-versed in formal bankruptcy proceedings, Hal also possesses a great deal of experience in alternative proceedings, including out of court workouts, receiverships and matters involving nonbankruptcy insolvency laws. He employs his skills as a negotiator to help restructure clients’ debt without the added expenditure of appearing before the courts.

Hal has served as the lead attorney in cases nationwide and has represented clients in a variety of industries, including health care, retail, service, telecom, plastics, finance, real estate, alternative energy, aerospace and more. The following is a sampling of matters he has handled:

  • Bayonne Medical Center: Represented purchaser
  • Beth Israel Hospital Association of Passaic d/b/a PBI Regional Medical Center: Represented creditors' committee
  • Rockaway Bedding: Represented creditors’ committee
  • Fleer/Skybox International, Inc.: Represented debtor
  • Omne Staffing, Inc.: Represented creditors' committee
  • Network Access Solutions, Inc.: Represented creditors' committee
  • Polycel Structural Foam, Inc.: Represented debtor
  • Student Finance Corporation: Represented debtor
  • Foxtons, Inc.: Represented creditors’ committee
  • PNG Ventures, Inc.: Represented debtor
  • Oskar Huber, Inc.: Represented debtor
  • Princeton Video Image Inc.: Represented debtor
  • Lakeview Subacute Care Center, Inc.: Represented debtor
  • Sayreville Senior Living Centre, Inc. d/b/a Carriage House Manor: Represented purchaser
  • FX Luxury Las Vegas I, LLC: Represented debtor
  • Whitton Corporation: Represented debtor
  • Burke Industries: Represented creditors’ committee

In addition, Hal has served as counsel in matters of a national scope, representing:

  • The creditors’ committee in the Gilbert Robinson, Inc., and Affiliates (“Houlihan’s”), in a large complex Chapter 11 case in the Southern District of New York
  • The first indenture trustee for $100 million secured equipment certificate holders in the Continental Airlines case
  • The largest bondholders in the Trump Taj Mahal, Inc. and New Valley Corp. (“Western Union”) Chapter 11 cases
  • A governmental agency with significant claims and interests in a matter involving Resorts International, Inc.

Before Fox Rothschild

Hal began his legal career as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois. He was subsequently a shareholder in the Princeton, NJ, office of a national law firm, where he chaired the firm’s New Jersey creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practice. Hal was also responsible for creating and chairing the creditors’ rights department of a large firm in Woodbridge, NJ.

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Hal has written for legal and other publications and lectured to industry/trade, commercial finance, legal and accounting organizations on a variety of bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors’ rights issues.