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Overview

Jonathan brings to Michael Best more than 20 years of experience in creditors’ rights and complex financial restructuring matters, as well as in state court and bankruptcy litigation matters.

His practice includes serving as counsel to, among other clients, official creditors’ committees, financial institutions, equipment lenders, and purchasers of bankruptcy estate assets. He regularly represents clients in litigation matters including preference and fraudulent transfer litigation, disputes concerning executory contracts and unexpired leases, and other litigation arising from, or related to, the Bankruptcy Code, as well as state court collection matters.

Prior to joining Michael Best, Jonathan was a partner in the Virginia office of a national law firm, where he focused on complex Chapter 11 matters, commercial litigation, and creditors’ rights issues.

Experience

Notable current and recently concluded matters include:

  • Representing the official committee of unsecured creditors in the bankruptcy case of a leading specialty tea company, selling specialty teas and tea-related products through its chain of retail locations and on-line store, currently pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland.
  • Representing the official committee of unsecured creditors in the bankruptcy case of a leading full service aluminum extrusion company, currently pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.
  • Representing the court appointed receiver responsible for operating and managing a number of residential apartment complexes located in the District of Columbia, which are the subject of cases pending in the D.C. Superior Court and the District of Columbia Bankruptcy Court.
  • Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in the jointly administered bankruptcy cases of a large coal mining company that, prior to the sale of its assets, was mining and selling bituminous, steam, metallurgical and industrial-grade coal through multiple operating subsidiaries, filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
  • Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in the bankruptcy case of a Virginia based company providing facilities management, information technology, digital imaging, document management, and litigation reprographics services, filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
 
  • Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in the bankruptcy case of a Virginia based government contracting company providing plumbing, building construction and renovation services, filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. 
  • Represented the post-petition secured lender in the bankruptcy case of a Louisiana based crane and construction company filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Louisiana. 
  • Represented the pre-petition secured lender in the bankruptcy cases of a number of unrelated automotive dealerships including, a Chevrolet dealership in the District of Maine, a Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership in the District of West Virginia, a Mitsubishi dealership in the District of Maryland, and a Chevrolet dealership in the District of New Jersey.
  • Represented the stalking horse purchaser of the debtor’s assets in bankruptcy cases filed by: a Virginia agricultural cooperative corporation operating a dairy facility (Western District of Virginia), a company which owed and operated a chain of gasoline stations and distributed petroleum products, including gasoline and home heating fuels (Eastern District of Tennessee), and an office supply company with 300 employees, and a fleet of trucks providing service from over 200,000 square feet of warehouse space (District of Maryland).
  • Represented the post confirmation trustee for a leading global manufacturer of engineered automotive structural metal components, which required the management and prosecution of approximately 217 avoidance actions seeking to avoid over $72 million in avoidable transfers, filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.    
  • Represented the court appointed chapter 11 examiner in the jointly administered bankruptcy cases of certain individuals owning significant assets including: a grocery food product distribution company, the majority interests in entities owning a number of grocery stores, and interests in significant commercial real estate, filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  

Honors & Recognitions

  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer- Bankruptcy: Business, Law & Politics magazine, 2015-2017
  • Virginia Super Lawyer - Bankruptcy: Business, Law & Politics magazine, 2014-2017
  • “Top Attorneys in Washington D.C.,” Washington Post, May 2015
  • “Washington’s Best Legal Minds,” Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights, Washingtonian Magazine, 2013-2014

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