David M. Bass, a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy Department, has over 20 years of experience in bankruptcy and debtor-creditor matters including related litigation. His practice involves all aspects of restructurings of financially distressed businesses. David counsels Chapter 11 debtors, unsecured creditors' committees, secured and unsecured creditors, commercial landlords, purchasers of assets, shareholders, and other stakeholders and parties-in-interest in in-court and out-of-court proceedings.
Recognized each year since 2013 by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which has noted that David is a "great attorney" "with considerable experience in representing companies in restructurings, as well as advising commercial landlords and shareholders on bankruptcy matters." Chambers also remarks that David "comes recommended for his bankruptcy experience, handling both creditor and debtor-side representations," with sources highlighting "his expertise across various financing matters," and his "extraordinary performance from an extremely attentive and unbelievably accessible attorney." Most recently, as reflected in 2016 Chambers USA, market sources observed to Chambers that David "does an excellent job" and that he is "very creative and a very good lawyer." No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Award Methodology.
David has been awarded an AV rating for his professionalism and the quality of his legal work from Martindale-Hubbell, the premier directory of legal professionals. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Award Methodology.
After rejoining the firm in 2006, David has played a prominent role in representing an array of clients in Chapter 11 cases and other restructuring matters, including:
David regularly represents defendants in adversary proceedings, including with respect to the avoidance of preferential and fraudulent transfers and also has significant experience investigating and pursuing fraudulent conveyance and other causes of action for the benefit of bankruptcy estates, including his representation, with other members of the firm, of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the following cases:
Additionally, David has lectured and authored materials on various bankruptcy-related topics for the Institute for New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), the New Jersey State Bar Association and other organizations, including regularly serving as a panelist and moderator for the Annual William H. Gindin Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference.
David is a member of the State Bars of New York and New Jersey and is admitted to practice before the Southern and Eastern and Districts of New York, the District of New Jersey and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Management from The A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University and his J.D. from the New York Law School. He is resident in the New York office.
New York Law School, J.D., 1994
Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business, B.S., 1991
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