Foley Expands Bankruptcy Practice With Addition of Douglas Spelfogel

30 September 2009 Media Contact: Jill Chanen News

Spelfogel To Head Bankruptcy Practice in Firm’s New York Office.

Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that Douglas Spelfogel has joined the firm as a partner and head of its Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations Practice in the New York office.

Spelfogel focuses his practice on representation of creditors, creditors’ committees, venture funds, lenders, landlords, and trustees, as well as debtors in complex financial restructurings, asset sales, workouts, and business reorganizations both out-of-court and through Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. He has appeared as counsel in more than two dozen reported decisions, while also counseling various parties in national liquidations and reorganizations, including Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, General Growth Properties, Williams Communications, Enron, Inc., Herman’s Sporting Goods, Inc., and Sesame Street Retail Stores, Inc. Spelfogel has also represented Fortune 100 companies in handling various bankruptcy proceedings and bankruptcy-related litigation.

Prior to joining Foley, Spelfogel was a partner with Baker & Hostetler LLP and head of its bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice in New York. Earlier in his career, Spelfogel was appointed a senior trial attorney with the Department of Justice’s U.S. Trustee Program, where he oversaw many of the largest Chapter 11 cases in New York.

Bankruptcy Insider has recognized Spelfogel as one of the top 10 unsecured creditor attorneys in the country. He recently served as a panelist for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s 2009 Northeast Conference Fraud Panel while also co-authoring the conference’s fraud publication.

“Doug is nationally recognized for his representation of both creditors and debtors in high-profile insolvency matters,” said Mark L. Prager, chair of Foley’s Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations Practice. “He joins a highly respected group of attorneys, led by prominent bankruptcy partners Harold Kaplan, Jill Murch and Salvatore Barbatano, who represent clients in New York in a wide array of bankruptcy matters. Doug’s experience adds to the overall strength of our bankruptcy practice in New York as well as nationally.”

“Doug’s arrival continues the strategic growth of the firm’s New York office, where we have added a combination of seven highly regarded attorneys in recent months throughout select practice areas,” added Peter Wang, managing partner of the firm’s New York office. “New York is an important venue in the bankruptcy community and we look forward to the contributions Doug will make to our nationally recognized group of bankruptcy partners here.”

Spelfogel joins the New York office following the recent additions of intellectual property attorney Jonathan Moskin; health care attorney Jeffrey Thrope; intellectual property attorney Etsuo Doi (New York and Tokyo); Barry Mandel, former co-head of Global Litigation, Employment and Regulatory Affairs for Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.; and energy and infrastructure attorneys Howard Margulis and Ellen Wolchek.

Foley’s Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations Practice is one of the nation's largest. Its highly regarded attorneys have extensive experience in all aspects of bankruptcy law and practice, and continue to garner recognition for their services and successes. Most recently, Foley was ranked by Bankruptcy Law360 as one of the nation's top 10 firms in the area of bankruptcy based upon new and recent engagements.

Foley & Lardner LLP continually evolves to meet the changing legal needs of our clients. Our team-based approach, proprietary client service technology, and practice depth enhance client relationships while seeing clients through their most complex legal challenges. The BTI Consulting Group (Wellesley, Massachusetts) recently recognized Foley as one of the top four law firms shaping the U.S. legal market, while CIO magazine has named Foley to its CIO 100 list six times for our client-focused technology. With nearly 1,000 attorneys in 21 offices and more than 60 practices, count on Foley for high-caliber business and legal insight.

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