Press Release

Greenberg Glusker Brings Brian Davidoff and Bankruptcy, Corporate Group on Board

June 2012

With Conflicts Resolved, Restructuring Group Reunites With Former Colleagues July 1

Greenberg Glusker announced today that bankruptcy attorney Brian L. Davidoff and his practice group will join the Firm, effective July 1, 2012.  Davidoff will head the Firm’s Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group. The attorneys moving with Davidoff include C. John M. Melissinos and Claire E. Shin, who also will join Greenberg Glusker’s Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group, and Benjamin M. Alexander, who will join Greenberg Glusker’s Corporate Group.  All four have practiced at Davidoff Gold LLP since February 2012, and prior thereto practiced at Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff, where Davidoff was Managing Partner. 

Thirteen other former Rutter, Hobbs & Davidoff attorneys joined Greenberg Glusker at the beginning of 2012.  Davidoff, Alexander, Melissinos and Shin had planned to join the firm at the same time, but a pending matter raised conflicts of interest which prevented them from moving with their Rutter Hobbs colleagues then. The matter that created the conflict has now been resolved, making the long-hoped-for move now possible.

“Brian and his team were presented with many other opportunities both at the time of our initial discussions and over the past five months,” said Stephen Smith, Greenberg Glusker’s Managing Partner. “We are honored that they continue to want to practice with us and are grateful that they were willing to wait for the conflict to resolve. Their reputation in bankruptcy circles is unparalleled. Their breadth of experience elevates our practice, creates new resources for our clients, and cements the Firm as full service in every respect.”

“I am very pleased to be joining Greenberg Glusker where many of my prior partners are now practicing,” said Davidoff. “The Firm’s broad range of specialties, and its focus on Southern California businesses, provides an excellent complement to my practice.”

Davidoff and his fellow bankruptcy attorneys represent debtors and creditors, equity holders, creditors’ committees, secured creditors, and indenture trustees in chapter 11 restructurings, chapter 7 liquidations, workouts, creditor committee representation, distressed asset dispositions, and adversary litigation. Notable engagements include advising the CEO of Contessa Premium Foods Inc., a name brand seller of frozen foods, in a bankruptcy-related sale; advising Cisco Brothers, Inc., a Los Angeles based manufacturer of sustainable furniture, through its chapter 11 reorganization; and acting as debtor’s counsel for J.T. Thorpe, Inc. in connection with the restructure of the first asbestos litigation related reorganization in the Central District of California.

Alexander will rejoin his Rutter Hobbs Corporate Department colleagues, Andrew Apfelberg, Richard Hong, Richard Sweet, and Joel Weinstein.

In addition to the seventeen former Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff lawyers, Greenberg Glusker welcomed Kenneth Fields, formerly of Silver Friedman LLP, earlier this year. 

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