Joe is the Chair of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group at Morrison Cohen. He leads a team consisting of veteran bankruptcy, corporate, finance, litigation, benefits, and tax professionals in a multidisciplinary approach to a national bankruptcy practice.
For over three decades, Joe has been regularly representing debtors, committees, creditors, shareholders, trustees, and financial institutions on all levels of the capital structure in all transactional and litigation aspects of bankruptcy cases, prepackaged Chapter 11 cases, Section 363 sales, out-of-court restructurings, workouts, and buyouts in jurisdictions throughout the United States. He serves as counsel in senior loan facilities, debtor-in-possession financings, second lien financings, and mezzanine debt loans on both the lender and company side. He counsels buyers and sellers of financially distressed assets and provides strategic advice on business opportunities, the bankruptcy implications of transactions, and transaction or enterprise structuring and financing in connection with traditional corporate and real estate matters and unusual situations such as Broadway theatrical productions.
A significant portion of his time is spent advising boards of directors, special committees, audit committees, compensation committees, independent directors, chief executive officers and other members of senior management with respect to their duties and obligations to, and exposures in connection with, financially troubled companies or acquisition targets.
He also serves as a mediator in matters ranging from adversary proceedings in bankruptcy cases to complex securitization litigation involving RMBS pending in non bankruptcy forums. Additionally, he is involved in numerous real estate restructuring, litigation, and insolvency matters on behalf of real estate lenders, special servicers, developers, and investors, as well as commercial landlords and tenants.
Mediator, Mediation Panel For Indemnification Claims of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Affiliated Debtors against Mortgage Loan Sellers.
Mediator, Mediation Panel of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
Mediator, Mediation Panel of The Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
Mediator, Mediation Register of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Co-Chair, ABA Subcommittee on Partnerships in Bankruptcy of the Business Bankruptcy Committee (1997 - 99).
Vice-Chair, ABA Ad Hoc Committee on Partnerships in Bankruptcy (1995 - 99).
Vice-Chair, ABA Task Force on Limited Liability Entities (1994 - 99).
Vice-Chair, ABA Business Bankruptcy Subcommittee on Use and Disposition of Property (1995 - 98).
Chair, Subcommittee on Advertising (1983 - 86), Association of the Bar of the City of New York Consumer Affairs Committee (1983 - 86).
Lead member of team at MoCo awarded M&A Advisor Award for Deal of the Year (Over $1 Billion) for the section 363 bankruptcy sale of Residential Capital LLC, where MoCo represented the Independent Directors of Residential Capital. The M&A Advisor Awards recognizes team and firm excellence in deal making, restructuring and financing.
Member, Brooklyn Law School Law Review
New York Super Lawyers, 2007 - present
Martindale-Hubbell® - AV Rated