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Janice B. Grubin

885 Third Avenue
Sixteenth Floor
New York, New York 10022
Phone:  212.634.5016
Mobile Phone:  917.734.9614
Fax:  212.634.5062

Biography

Ms. Grubin is the leader of LeClairRyan's New York City office. She has significant experience in a wide range of insolvency litigation and transactional matters in multiple jurisdictions. Her practice focuses on the representation of debtors, creditors, trustees and official and unofficial committees in all aspects of voluntary and involuntary bankruptcy proceedings and corporate restructurings and workouts in the profit and non-profit sectors. Ms. Grubin has served as the elected and appointed chapter 7 and chapter 11 trustee in cases pending in the Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of New York.

She is and has been involved in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of national significance, including: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, Avaya Inc., Penn Virginia Corporation, Relativity Fashion, LLC, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc., Allied Nevada Gold Corp., MPM Silicones, LLC, MF Global, Patriot Coal Company, Chemtura Corporation, Delphi Corp., Quebecor World (USA), Inc., Dan River Holdings, LLC, Fortunoff’s, Enron Corp., The Singer Company N.V., Keene Corporation, Public Service Company of New Hampshire, Zale’s, R.H. Macy’s & Co., Inc., Merry-Go-Round Enterprises, and Adelphia Communications Corporation. 

Ms. Grubin has been named as a New York Metro Super Lawyer for Business Bankruptcy and recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Top Female Attorney in New York.” A graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D.) and Reed College (B.A.), she is admitted in New York and Connecticut, including their federal courts, and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Representative Experience

  • Advised auto finance clients in auto dealership chapter 11 cases
  • Advised investor/lender/equity holder in two serial chapter 11 cases for media and entertainment company
  • Obtained the dismissal with prejudice of a $10.5 million preference lawsuit against a physical precious metal merchant within three months of commencement
  • Advised a holding company of ultra-high end hotel properties in its dissolution and wind-down
  • Advised an internationally renown art gallery of Latin American art in defending a collection action by a chapter 11 debtor and in its chapter 11 proceeding
  • Advised a world class metal forming manufacturer on defending and settling a multimillion dollar preference lawsuit
  • Advised a technology company - dedicated to developing innovative, environmentally responsible solutions to enhance the safety and quality of egg production and marketability - of its rights in the chapter 11 proceeding of one of its transaction partners and protected those rights through the purchase of disputed intellectual property in a 363 sale
  • Assisted two non-for-profit religious organizations in monetizing their assets through a chapter 11 proceeding
  • As chapter 11 trustee, operated 23 Dunkin' Donuts stores and a bakery in the New York metropolitan area while conducting six asset sales generating $21 million over 3 years, and prosecuting avoidance, insider and purchaser litigation leading to 33 settlements; successfully prosecuted and collected a $9 million judgment against a proposed buyer, after a bankruptcy trial on liability and extensive damage proceedings affirmed by the Southern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals; proposed and confirmed a liquidating plan with 70+ percent payout to unsecured creditors
  • As chapter 11 trustee, managed, rehabilitated and marketed 3 rent-stabilized apartment buildings in Brooklyn, New York which led to a private sale netting an aggregate price 20% in excess of appraised values and a 100 percent payout to unsecured creditors under a confirmed liquidating plan
  • Elected as chapter 7 trustee in an Albany, New York not-for-profit research facility, involving monetization of real and intellectual property assets and prosecution and settlement of estate claims against former officers and directors
  • As chapter 11 trustee of a gourmet supermarket located in downtown New York City, operated the store through a going concern sale and confirmed a liquidating plan within one year of appointment
  • Advised the elected chapter 7 trustee of a public New York incorporated Israeli investment company in stabilizing and monetizing its direct and indirect equity holdings in over 80 private corporations primarily based in Israel, including negotiating sinking fund and preference settlement and litigation financing with bondholders
  • Represented Gordon Jewelers' official creditors committee in Zale’s
  • Represented official bondholder committee in R.H. Macy's & Co., Inc.
  • Represented official creditors committee in Merry-Go-Round-Enterprises, Inc.
  • Assisting a rural hospital and affiliate nursing home in a restructuring, sale and dissolution under the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law
  • Advising a rural hospital in restructuring and affiliation transactions
  • Represented official equity security holders committee in Allied Nevada Gold Corp.
  • Represented unofficial equity security holders committee in Penn Virginia Corporation

Speaking Engagements

  • Coach, "Personal Branding Olympics," International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation New York Chapter, February 8, 2016
  • Panelist, "Bankruptcy Practice Area Group Meeting," Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, January 26, 2016
  • Speaker, “Gender in 2015 and my personal journey,” Gender and Sexual Orientation in 2015, Reed College alumni event, June 11, 2015
  • Panelist, "The Wellness Decision and Other Hot Topics in Bankruptcy Litigation," New York City Bar CLE Panel on Bankruptcy Litigation, September 2015
  • Panelist, "Marketing Strategies for Restructuring Professionals in a Volatile and Competitive Market: What to Do, What to Avoid, and What Works," Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors 31st Annual Bankruptcy & Restructuring Conference, 2015
  • Panelist, "Hot Topics in, and Alternatives to, Section 363 Asset Sales," New York State Bar Association Business Law Section & Corporate Counsel Section, May 2015
  • Moderator, "Personal Branding: How to Set Yourself Apart," International Womens Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation New York Network (IWIRC NY), 2015
  • Panelist, "DIY Networking Workshop," Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2015
  • “Consumers and Small Businesses in Distress,” New York State Bar Association, 2009
  • “Ethics,” American Bankruptcy Institute, Winter Leadership Conference, 2008
  • “Substantive Consolidation,” Sixth Annual Conference on Corporate Reorganization, 2003
  • “Basics of Bankruptcy,” New York State Bar Association, 2003 and 2005
  • “Litigating in the New York Bankruptcy Courts,” New York State Bar Association, 1998

Published Works

  • Quoted, "Energy Investors Win Say in Chapter 11," The Wall Street Journal, September 2, 2016
  • “Representing Creditors in Consumer and Small Business Cases,” New York State Bar Association Program, Consumers and Small Business in Distress, 2009
  • “Disclosures and Conflicts in the Context of Sec. 363 Sales,” American Bankruptcy Institute/Winter Leadership Conference, 2008
  • “Practical Pointers from Noteworthy Cases,” New York State Bar Association Business Section, Bankruptcy Subcommittee, 2004
  • “Automatic Appeals of Exclusivity Orders Under the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994,” Bankruptcy Court Decisions, vol. 26, issue 11, January 24, 1995
  • “Case Notes,” Connecticut Bankruptcy Bar Association, 1990 – 1991

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, New York, New York
  • Spizz Cohen & Serchuk, P.C., New York, New York
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, New York, New York
  • Golenbock, Eiseman, Assor, Bell & Peskoe LLP, New York, New York
  • Berlack Israels & Liberman LLP, New York, New York
  • Day Berry & Howard LLP, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Judge Stephen D. Gerling (ret.), United States Bankruptcy Court, N.D.N.Y.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Business Bankruptcy Committee, Business Law Section
  • American Bankruptcy Institute: Ethics and Asset Transfer Committees
  • New York State Bar Association: Business Law Section, Subcommittee on Bankruptcy Law
  • The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York: Vice-President, Board of Directors; Chair, Judiciary Committee; Member, Partners Group
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation

Distinctions

  • Member, Committee on Character and Fitness, New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division First Department, 2018 - Present
  • Recipient of 14th Annual Gates Award by Cardozo OUTLaw, 2019 
  • LeGaL’s designee to serve on the 2017 Democratic Supreme Court Independent Judicial Screening Panel for New York County
  • Recipient of a Martindale Hubbell Distinguished Peer Review Rating
  • Listed as a New York Metro Super Lawyer for Bankruptcy: Business, 2006-2007 & 2014-2018
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers as a "Top Female Attorney in New York," 2015 & 2016
  • Recipient of the Committee Dedication Award presented by the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL), 2016

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Education

  • J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1987, Alexander Fellow, Managing Editor of the ASICS International Law Journal
  • B.A., English Literature, Reed College, 1979

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut