Practices


“If you need us, you need action and we can provide it.”
Richard E. Mikels

Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Commercial Law

If you face restructuring issues for your own company, your borrowers, or people you do business with, we can help. We have a strong reputation for representing large, sophisticated debtors in matters that require significant resources and specialized knowledge. We are able to draw upon the legal resources within the firm to handle the nonbankruptcy issues that often become a source of disputes during Chapter 11 reorganization cases. 

Our practice is considered to be one of the premier bankruptcy and workout practices for tax-exempt bondholders. We have represented tax-exempt and taxable bondholders and their indenture trustees doing business throughout the country and internationally, and we have appeared in bankruptcy courts in almost every state in the nation.

We know the intricacies of deal documents as well as how to attack or defend them. Throughout the bankruptcy process, we are always attentive to the cost that must be shouldered by the client and the fact that, in the end, the client’s needs and desires are paramount.

Quick Facts


  • Nationally recognized bankruptcy practice
  • Supported by a full-service firm of approximately 450 attorneys in virtually all areas of law
  • Comprehensive, creative, and cost-effective representation in the most complex insolvency and reorganization proceedings
  • Experience representing all parties and interests involved in the debtor / creditor relationship
  • Deep knowledge of creditors’ remedies allows for effective, efficient representation for our debtor clients
  • Past and present leaders and board members at American College of Bankruptcy, American College of Bankruptcy Foundation, American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association, and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education

Areas of Focus

  • Acquisitions or dispositions of financially distressed entities or their assets
  • Bondholder, indenture trustees, and bond issuers in debt restructurings, workouts, reorganizations including Chapter 9 filings
  • Debtors in Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings
  • Distressed debt and claims trading
  • Landlords with respect to financially distressed tenants
  • Litigation of insurance coverage disputes arising from bankruptcies
  • Representation of boards, individual directors, and management of financially stressed companies
  • Structured financings and asset based lending
  • Secured and unsecured creditors, including parties providing debtor-in-possession financing
  • Uniform Commercial Code issues and litigation

Rankings & Recognitions

  • American College of Bankruptcy
    • 3 attorneys are members, and one attorney serves as national vice president and chairs its National Education Committee
  • Best Lawyers in America
    • Practice leader included for 25+ consecutive years and named Lawyer of the Year in 2010 and 2013
    • 9 bankruptcy attorneys listed
  • Chambers USA
    • Practice ranked 1st Tier in Massachusetts
    • 7 bankruptcy attorneys listed
    • Practice leader named a Star Individual in 2014
    • Practice listed as a Nationwide “Recognized Practitioner”
  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Practice recommended for Finance - Municipal Bankruptcy
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
    • More bankruptcy lawyers listed than any other firm in New England
    • 2 bankruptcy lawyers listed in the top 100 lawyers in any field
  • San Diego Super Lawyers
    • Senior bankruptcy attorney ranked (2007 – 2013)
  • U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers: “America Best Law Firms”
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency Law:
      - Nationally ranked (2010 – 2013)
      - Boston (2010 – 2013)
      - New York (2011 – 2013)
      - San Diego (2011 – 2013)
    • Litigation - Bankruptcy
      - Nationally ranked (2011 – 2013)
      - Boston (2013)
      - New York (2013)
      - San Diego (2013)
Sort by: Name  Title  Office

Charles W. Azano

Charles W. Azano

Associate

Boston 617.348.1843
John H. Bae

John H. Bae

Member

New York 212.692.6722
Boston 617.348.4498
Eric R. Blythe

Eric R. Blythe

Associate

Boston 617.348.4913
San Diego 858.314.1503
Los Angeles 310.586.3200
New York 212.935.3000
San Francisco 415.432.6082
Joseph R. Dunn

Joseph R. Dunn

Associate

San Diego 858.314.1516
New York 212.692.6230
Boston 617.348.1642
Ian A. Hammel

Ian A. Hammel

Member

Boston 617.348.1724
Boston 617.348.1657
Boston 617.348.4939
Boston 617.348.1665
Boston 617.348.3032
Boston 617.348.1691
Boston 617.348.1696
Boston 617.348.1836
Abigail O'Brient

Abigail O'Brient

Associate

Los Angeles 310.226.7886
Poonam Patidar

Poonam Patidar

Associate

Boston 617.348.3038
New York 212.692.6859
New York 212.692.6785
Boston 617.348.1752
New York 212.692.6292
Boston 617.348.1896
Boston 617.348.1612
Kaitlin R. Walsh

Kaitlin R. Walsh

Associate

New York 212.692.6770
Boston 617.348.1622

Debtor & Trustee Representation

  • Assisted a national discount retail chain with Chapter 11 issues including the divestiture of surplus real estate and the assignment and assumption of real estate leases.
  • Represented a manufacturing company in Chapter 11 proceedings.
  • Represented retail companies in Chapter 11 proceedings.

Creditor Representation

  • Assisted several government entities in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy and helped clients respond to subpoenas, document requests, and general litigation.
  • Represented a national commercial real estate operator in one of the largest bankruptcy proceedings ever brought in the District of Massachusetts involving claims owed on the premier office tower in Boston — at the close of Mintz Levin’s presentation of evidence in the trial, the debtor agreed to pay $679 million to our client.
  • Represented a REIT in the foreclosure of a large residential condominium conversion project in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Creditors Committee Representation

  • Represented a creditors committee and liquidating trustee in the Oscient Pharmaceuticals Corporation Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, including the investigation, litigation, and asset recovery issues.

Out-of-Court Restructurings

  • Represented a real estate fund with $1 billion of assets in an out-of-court restructuring of loans.

Bankruptcy Acquisitions

  • Represented an acquirer of telecommunications companies from Chapter 11 proceedings.

Bondholder & Trustee Representation

  • Represented bond trustees and bondholders in numerous hospital bankruptcies and workouts throughout the country as well as numerous sales of hospitals throughout the United States.
  • Represented bondholders in connection with appointment of a receiver, foreclosure, and disposition of a golf course–based residential development project in Louisiana.
  • Represented bondholders in connection with marketing a disposition of a hotel condominium unit that served as collateral for defaulted tax-exempt financing.
  • Represented numerous bond trustees and bondholders in workouts and bankruptcies of numerous Continuing Care Retirement Communities, including the sale and/or restructure of facilities in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Massachusetts.
  • Represented numerous bond trustees as bondholders in Chapter 9 bankruptcies and municipal workouts.

Clients We Serve

  • Acquirers of assets
  • Bondholders and their trustees
  • Committees
  • Companies
  • Debtors
  • Directors
  • Equipment lessors
  • Examiners
  • Executives
  • Investors and equity holders
  • Landlords
  • Private equity
  • Receivers
  • Secured and unsecured creditors
  • Trustees

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