Senior Partner

Litigation; Bankruptcy; Loan Restructuring & Workouts

Boston; Chicago; New York

jganz@riemerlaw.com

O: (617) 880-3568

F: (617) 692-3568

About Jeffrey

Jeff has substantial experience representing secured and unsecured creditors in a variety of contexts in bankruptcy courts across the country. This experience has included defense and prosecution of fraudulent transfer and preference claims, litigating disputes over use of cash collateral and debtor-in-possession financing, obtaining relief from the automatic stay, investigation of fraudulent conduct, challenges to exemptions, prosecution of objections to and exemptions from discharge, challenges to plan confirmation, as well as the pursuit of motions to convert and/or dismiss bankruptcy cases.

In addition to his bankruptcy practice, Jeff also has substantial experience litigating commercial cases in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts involving the enforcement of commercial contracts and loan arrangements, litigating disputes among secured creditors, and litigating on behalf of commercial landlords.

Jeff’s work in these areas has resulted in a variety of trials, evidentiary hearings, and appeals in various bankruptcy, state, and appellate level courts in several jurisdictions including Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, Delaware, and Florida.

Jeff is the hiring partner for the firm’s recently expanded summer associate program which will include both the Boston and New York offices in 2020.  In that role, Jeff oversees the relationship between the firm and the schools from which it draws candidates and he leads the team of attorneys who conduct the screening, interview, and selection process.

Jeff is actively involved in his community, serving on the board of directors of Jewish Big Brother and Big Sister Association of Greater Boston where he began his involvement as a “big” in 1996.

Representative Matters

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  • Defense of an equipment finance lender in response to an Illinois Chapter 11 plan administrator’s efforts to establish the existence of an alleged $100 million Ponzi scheme, and to recover $6 million in payments as fraudulent transfers, successfully obtaining summary judgment as to a significant portion of the claim and favorably resolving the remainder of the claim through settlement
  • Defense of a national bank in litigation in northern New York in response to the claims of a number of municipal entities seeking to unwind a Payment in Lieu of Tax agreement, successfully limiting the scope of those claims via a motion to dismiss and favorably resolving the remainder of the claims through settlement
  • Successful pursuit of creditor’s plan to reorganize and sell $28 million hotel in New York, facing opposition from owners and other creditors, requiring evidentiary hearings, depositions, and other analysis to resolve disputes over competing plans of reorganization, value of hotel, and related state court litigation involving receivership, foreclosure, and liability of guarantors
  • Successful defense of lender liability, fraudulent transfer, and related claims against secured lender in Illinois while opposing reorganization of multi-state transportation and real estate enterprise generating $10 million in revenue annually, conducting several evidentiary hearings over use of cash collateral and plan confirmation
  • Representation of senior secured lender holding $17 million in debt from Wyoming hotel, opposing proposed “cram down” plan of reorganization, contesting value of hotel, handling expert and non-expert discovery, conducting evidentiary and non-evidentiary hearings, evaluating and implementing strategy relating to § 1111(b) election, ultimately resulting in a consensual plan of reorganization

Cases of Interest

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  • In re American Consolidated Transportation Co., 433 B.R. 242 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2010).
  • Hechinger Liquidation Trust v. Bank Boston Retail Finance, Inc. (In re: Hechinger, Inv. Co.), 147 Fed.Appx. 248 (3d Cir. 2005).
  • Liquidation Trust of Hechinger Inv. Co. of Del., Inc. v. Fleet Retail Finance Group (In re: Hechinger Inv. Co. of Del., Inc.), 327 B.R. 537 (D. Del. 2005).
  • Rockland Trust Company v. Snyder (In re: Snyder), 249 B.R. 40 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2000).

Speaking Engagements

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  • Panelist, 2019 Young Bar Meets the Bankruptcy Bench, Boston Bar Association, February 7, 2019
  • Panelist, How to Win the Valuation Battle in Bankruptcy Court and Beyond, Third Annual Complex Commercial Litigation Conference of the Massachusetts Bar Association, May 10, 2018
  • Speaker, Fraud and Fraudulent Transfers: When Your Client is Asked to Pay for Someone Else’s Wrongdoing, Oklahoma Bar Association, December 2, 2016
  • Panelist, Drafting the Most Effective Settlement Agreements, American Bankruptcy Institute, Northeast Conference, July 10 – 11, 2015
  • Panelist, Plan to Fail: Mitigating Bankruptcy Risks in Settlement Agreements, Boston Bar Association, December 3, 2013
  • Panelist, On Sale Now – Distressed Assets of US-Based Technology Firms are on the Auction Block and Asian Firms are Buying, TAGLaw International Conference, May 8, 2013
  • Panelist, Assault on the Secured Creditor, American Bankruptcy Institute Northeast Conference, July 9 – 10, 2010
  • Panelist, Trying Your “1st” (or Next) Bankruptcy Case, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., February 25, 2009 and December 17, 2009

Affiliations

American Bankruptcy Institute
American Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Foundation
New York State Bar Association

Admissions

Massachusetts
New York
Illinois

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Education

Boston College Law School, J.D., 1993
Tufts University, B.A., 1989