Hal spent his 40-year career in the bankruptcy and restructuring field. From the debtor, trustee and creditors’ committee side, to representing banks and secured lenders, Hal provided clients a distinct perspective into the restructuring process. In particular, he provided 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 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 had extensive experience in alternative proceedings, including out of court workouts, receiverships and matters involving nonbankruptcy insolvency laws. He used his skills as a negotiator to help restructure clients’ debt without the added expenditure of appearing before the courts.
Hal served as the lead attorney in cases nationwide and 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 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 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 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.