Robert M. Novick practices in the areas of complex bankruptcy reorganizations, out of court restructurings, and creditors’ rights litigation. He represents traditional and non-conventional lenders, official and ad hoc committees, debtors, and individual creditors (secured and unsecured) in cases under the Bankruptcy Code, related litigation, and out of court restructurings. Rob has extensive experience in developing and opposing plans of reorganization and restructuring agreements, litigating fraudulent transfer and inter-creditor disputes, and legal issues affecting distressed securities. He also has additional experience in the area of commercial litigation. He is listed in New York Metro Super Lawyers.
Rob regularly presents accredited continuing legal education lectures on bankruptcy topics. He was a speaker at the 84th National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, CLE Program “Rule 2019: Claims Trading, the Ad Hoc Committee, and the Implications of Going Dark,” he was also a panelist at the Subprime ABS in Las Vegas on the topic of "The Emerging Role of Private Money as a Viable Sub-Subprime Solution," and is a judge at New York University's Marden Moot Court Competition. Rob served on a volunteer basis as Director and Chief Executive Officer for a financially distressed 700-student not-for-profit elementary school. He is also an author or contributing editor of multiple titles in the Blond’s Law Guide series.
- Lead counsel to Fred’s, a leading retailer with 556 general merchandise and pharmacy stores across the southeast United States, in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
- Essar Steel Minnesota (mining and minerals, board misconduct) – Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
- CEVA Logistics (transportation) – Special litigation counsel to Chapter 7 trustee.
- Extended Stay Hotel (hospitality) – Former management and primary shareholders in complex litigation arising from prepetition transactions.
- Sports Authority (retail) – Landlords.
- Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP (law firm) – Official Committee of Former Partners.
- Enron - Ad Hoc Committee of CLN Noteholders of Enron North America holding $2.4 billion of debt.
- Urban Communicators (wireless telecom) – Gabriel Capital as Secured Lender. Obtained award of interest against chapter 11 debtors on defaulted loan in excess of 25% per annum.
- Drug Fair (regional retail chain) – Second Lien Secured Lenders.
- Key3Media (technology tradeshows including COMDEX) – Chapter 11 Debtors.
- Adelphia (cable systems, management financial fraud) - Official Unsecured Creditors Committee and Plan Administrator.
- Trump Entertainment Resorts (hotels and casinos) – Prominent former directors and licensors of trade names and other intellectual property to debtors in chapter 11 cases.
- Bayou Funds (fraudulent investment scheme) – Bankruptcy Counsel to Official Creditors’ Committee.
- Polymer Technologies (synthetic textiles) – Official Unsecured Creditors Committee.
- NextWave PCS (wireless telecom) – Official Creditors’ Committee.
- Sunshine Mining (mining and metals) – Plan Sponsor.
- Merisant (maker of Equal and other artificial sweeteners) -- Bondholders.
- Rickel & Associates (broker-dealer) - Defendant in fraudulent transfer action.
- Huffy (bicycles and recreational equipment) - Foreign OEM.
- Counsel to borrowers, lenders, guarantors, equity owners and investors in multiple out-of-court workouts.