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Adrienne K. Walker

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Adrienne is a restructuring and commercial finance attorney with significant bankruptcy litigation experience and deep capabilities advancing creditors' rights and representing debtholders in Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcies. She skillfully handles bankruptcy matters and workouts in state and federal courts, often representing strategic trade creditors, official and ad-hoc committees, bondholders, debtors, lease parties, and trustees. Her commercial lending work involves advising borrowers on private equity and secured financing transactions. Adrienne works with clients in many industries, with a particular focus on the life sciences, health care sectors, retail, and manufacturing.

Adrienne has significant experience in workouts, restructuring, and bankruptcy matters. She represents corporate debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, lessors and lessees, and trustees in federal, state, and out-of-court restructurings. Her clients represent a variety of industries, including retail, health care, textile manufacturers, biopharmaceutical, computer software, aviation, jewelry, and automotive. More frequently, Adrienne has been engaged to represent trustees and bondholders in numerous Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcies.

She has particular experience in creditors' rights and commercial litigation. Adrienne frequently represents secured lenders, indenture trustees, and bondholders in senior living and health care distressed matters. In addition, she routinely represents secured creditors and derivative contract parties in maximizing return on their agreements.

As an experienced commercial lending attorney, Adrienne also advises both borrowers and lenders on complex debt structuring, including transactions involving traditional banks and, more often, private equity. While most of these commercial lending matters involve a distressed debt or restructuring, her foresight and planning for unforeseen distress situations makes her work with non-troubled companies an asset to any client team.

In addition, Adrienne is an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School, teaching advanced courses in business bankruptcy. Adrienne is also a frequent speaker and writer on numerous topics of interest in the bankruptcy and commercial lending fields.

After law school, she served as a law clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts.

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School (JD)
  • Simmons College (BA)

Experience

  • Represented the unsecured creditors’ committee in the Ch. 11 filing of Clark-Cutler-McDermott Company, an auto parts manufacturing company. Our representation included litigation against General Motors, LLC, the senior secured creditor and the debtors’ primary customer, for: (i) breach of contract; (ii) breach of fiduciary duty; (iii) fraud; (iv) unfair and deceptive business practices; (v) avoidance of liens; and (vi) equitable subordination.
  • Represented the U.S. subsidiary of Velcro Companies, the premier manufacturer and innovator of hook and loop fasteners, in connection with dealing with customers in distressed situations, including a myriad of issues related to commercial loan workouts and loan amendments.

Recognition & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2018 - 2019)
  • First Justices' Award for Pro Bono Publico Excellence (2016)
  • Top Women of Law – Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2016)
  • Chambers USA: Massachusetts – Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2011 – 2017)
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Finance: Municipal Bankruptcy (2013 – 2017)
  • Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights list (2011 – 2017)
  • Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights list (2005 – 2008)
  • Boston Bar Association President's Award (2011)
  • United States Bankruptcy Court “Honor Roll” for Pro Bono Service (2013 – 2016)

Involvement

  • •Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • •Member, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
  • •Member, Boston Bar Association
  • •Member, Turnaround Management Association
  • •Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • •Trustee, Unitarian Universalist Area Church Trust
  • •Member, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts’ Pro Bono Legal Services Advisory Committee
  • •Member, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts’ Diversity Initiative Task Force
  • •Member, National Committee of Bankruptcy Judges' 2017 Conference Education Committee

Viewpoints

It is very common for bankruptcy court orders to provide that the court retains jurisdiction to enforce such orders. Similarly, chapter 11 confirmation orders routinely provide that the bankruptcy court retains jurisdiction over all orders previously entered in the case. 
Check out the recent American Bankruptcy Institute Journal cover article in which Rick Mikels and Adrienne Walker explore the circumstances under which a stay pending appeal is appropriate, with a particular focus on 363 sales, through an analysis of the Third Circuit’s decision in In re Revel AC Inc.
Pennsylvania’s legislature recently approved House Bill No. 1773, an overhaul to its Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, commonly known as “Act 47.”  HB 1773 was signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett on October 31, 2014.
Within days of Kevyn Orr’s appointment as Detroit’s Emergency Manager, a group of elected officials, union representatives, civil rights activist and clergy brought a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Snyder and Treasurer Andy Dillon in federal court, challenging the constitutionality of Public Act 436.
This is a follow up to our recent blog post discussing then pending Michigan legislation known as the “Local Financial Stability and Choice Act” or Public Act 436 (the “Financial Stability Act”), which will replace Public Act 72 and overhaul Michigan’s emergency manager law.
Detroit’s increasingly distressed financial condition has created a dynamic and rapidly evolving situation where the potential of a Chapter 9 filing appears to be the subject of renewed discussion and legislative attention. 
The bankruptcy court ruled today that the City of Harrisburg’s Chapter 9 petition filed by the Harrisburg City Council was not specifically authorized under Pennsylvania law.

News & Press

Smyths Toys Superstores completed its acquisition of Toys “R” Us’ businesses in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland following the parent company’s U.S. bankruptcy. The acquisition created the largest toy retailer in Europe.
Mintz partner and Massachusetts lawyer Julie Korostoff is one of 49 attorneys recognized as “Leaders in Their Fields” by the 2018 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide. Chambers named Korostoff a “Recognized Practitioner” in Technology.
Bankruptcy & Restructuring Member Adrienne Walker is a featured author in the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Quick Evidence Handbook. Adrienne is among those industry sources contributing content in the form of a full chapter.
The Legal 500 United States has recognized Mintz as a leading firm in the 2017 edition. The annual editorial guide has also recognized Mintz attorneys as leaders in their areas of practice.
Best Lawyers named 85 Mintz attorneys to its 2018 list of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Mintz attorneys Matthew J. Gardella and Samuel M. Tony Starr were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas.
Fifty-three Mintz attorneys have been named Massachusetts Super Lawyers for 2016 and thirty-one have been named Massachusetts Rising Stars. The findings will be published in the November 2016 issue of Boston Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New England Super Lawyers. 
Mintz's Elissa Flynn-Poppey and Adrienne K. Walker, have been named 2016 “Top Women of Law” honorees by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The award recognizes attorneys “who have made tremendous professional strides and demonstrated great accomplishments in the legal field.”
Mintz Member Adrienne Walker authored this ABI Journal article discussing a decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in In re Revel AC Inc. carrying significance to federal jurisprudence and bankruptcy practice.

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