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Mr. Shapiro chairs Greenberg Traurig's Chicago office. He is the former Chairman of the Board and President of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the largest multi-disciplinary, non-partisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. He currently serves on the board of INSOL International, the global insolvency organization and has served as chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Bankruptcy and Reorganization Committee.
Mr. Shapiro appears nationwide in corporate bankruptcy matters and workouts representing troubled companies, financial institutions, creditors' committees, trustees and asset purchasers. He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and has also served as trustee and examiner in business bankruptcy cases.
Notable Cases and Results:
Counsel to Unsecured Creditors Committee in Conseco Finance Company Chapter 11 cases.
Counsel to co-chair of the Official Unsecured Creditors Committee in the Chapter 11 reorganization of Kmart.
Counsel to Midas, Inc. in a $172.5 million refinancing.
Counsel to Gibson Guitar in its purchase of the assets of Baldwin Piano & Organ out of a Chapter 11.
Counsel to boo.com North America, first Chapter 11 of a global e-tailer.
U.S. Counsel to the Joint Provisional Liquidators of Fruit of the Loom, pending in the Cayman Islands and Delaware.
U.S. Counsel to the Joint Provisional Liquidators of ICO Global Communications, Inc., a multi-billion dollar satellite telecommunications case pending contemporaneously in Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Delaware.
Counsel to NYSE listed health care REIT, lessor of multi-hundred million dollar nursing home portfolio in Chapter 11 case of Sun Healthcare Corp., Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware.
Counsel to major foreign lender participant in Bank Group in landmark bankruptcy case, 203 N. LaSalle Street Partnership.
Testified before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts in support of the health care bankruptcy provisions of Senate Bill 1914, June 1, 1998, of which he was a principal draftsman. This bill passed in the Senate unanimously as Amendment 1730 to S.625 in November, 1999.
Testified before the National Bankruptcy Review Commission at its inaugural hearing, November, 1995 and on several other occasions.
Testified before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight on professional fee reforms that were enacted in the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994 and on health care reform in 1997.
Served as court-appointed Examiner in Unison Healthcare Corporation, Bankruptcy Court, Dist. Of Arizona; Chapter 11 of publicly traded nursing home business.
Counsel to Unsecured Creditors' Committee in FPA Medical Management, Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware, the nation's largest physician practice management Chapter 11 case, involving 7900 physicians and 1.4 million HMO enrollees in 29 states. The bankruptcy case successfully concluded with a confirmed plan of reorganization allowing for the sale of the companies.
Counsel to Debtor in Volunteer Health Systems, Inc., Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Tennessee, Chapter 11 of not-for-profit hospitals.
Counsel to Unsecured Creditors' Committee in Gyncor (Center for Human Reproduction) Chapter 11 case, Northern District of Illinois; the country's largest reproductive services chain.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Date of Birth: 1958
Law School: Emory University School of Law,J.D., 1983
Law School Honors/Involvement: Member, Emory Law School Council
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., Finance,1980
Law Clerk, the Hon. Richard N. DeGunther, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Illinois
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Member, Board of Directors of INSOL International
Member, American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)
Chairman of the Board, 2002-2003
Former Member of Board of Directors and Executive Committee
Founding Chair, Committee on Health Care Insolvency, 1994-1998
Founding Chair, Committee on Professional Compensation in Bankruptcy Cases
Founding Chair, Central States Bankruptcy Workshop (a regional ABI education program held annually in Traverse City, Michigan), 1993-1999
Chair, Chicago Bar Association Bankruptcy & Reorganization Committee, 1999-2000
Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
Member, R3 (London)
Founder and First Chairman of the Board of Directors, American Bankruptcy Board of Certification (the nation's sole certifier of bankruptcy specialists), 1992-1995
Founding Chair, Law and Justice Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 1997-present
Adjunct Professor, McGeorge School of Law's International program in Salzburg, Austria (International Commercial Arbitration)
Member, Advisory Board of St. John's University School of Law Bankruptcy L.L.M. Program
General Counsel, Association of Insolvency Accountants, 1993-Present
Chair, Jewish United Fund's Lawyers Division Dinner, 2005
Member, Advisory Board, Georgetown University Law Center and ABI's "Views From the Bench" annual program featuring 15 prominent judges from across the country
Member, Board of Editors and Board of Advisors, West's Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law, 1984-2002
Alumni Advisor, Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal
Listed, Best Lawyers in America, 2001-Present
Listed as one of the "Top Bankruptcy Lawyers," The Deal, June 2004
Listed, K & A Restructuring Register: America's Top 100, a peer group selected listing of nationally recognized top 100 restructuring professionals in the United States, 2002 edition
Published Legal Writing:
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Wiley's annual Bankruptcy Law Update
Chair, American Bankruptcy Institute Health Care Insolvency Manual, 1997
Contributing Author, West's Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice treatise and Wiley's Advanced Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Practice treatise
Authored two editions of the book Guide to Core vs. Noncore Jurisdiction Under the Bankruptcy Code
Contributing Author, "The Death Knell for Critical Vendor Payments?" The Americas Restructuring and Insolvency Guide, 2004-2005
Lecture extensively throughout the United States and internationally
Repeat lecturer at National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1800 attorneys serving clients from more than 30 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. In the U.S., the firm has more offices than any other among the Top 10 on The National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250. In Mexico, the firm operates as Greenberg Traurig, S.C., and in the U.K., as Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP. Greenberg Traurig has a strategic alliance with the independent law firm, Studio Santa Maria with offices in Milan and Rome. The firm was Chambers and Partners' USA Law Firm of the Year in 2007 and among the Top 3 in the International Law Firm of the Year at the 2009 The Lawyer Awards.
Additional Office Locations:
Albany, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Delaware, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, New Jersey, New York, Orange County, Orlando, Palm Beach County North, Palm Beach County South, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tel Aviv, Tysons Corner, Washington, D.C., and White Plains