A former Certified Public Accountant, Todd is a member of our robust Capital Markets team and provides strategic counseling to clients in a wide array of matters such as Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights, and Corporate Restructuring. He represents debtors, creditors, committees, and other parties in restructuring matters, both in and out of court. Todd has represented clients in large Chapter 11 Bankruptcy cases, including litigation arising in and out of those cases. Todd routinely provides advice on bankruptcy and other insolvency matters to various clients.

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Banking, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Committee, Ohio State Bar Association Member
  • Committee Member, William J. O’Neill Great Lakes Regional Institute
  • Teacher, Glenville High School (co-taught course entitled “Rights, Responsibilities, Realities”)
  • Counselor, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (Will Kohn Bankruptcy By-Pass Clinic)
  • Parish Pastoral Council Member; Lector, Our Communion of Saints Parish at St. Ann Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 

Publications and Presentations

Publications

Presentations

  • “Customer/Supplier Bankruptcy,” Co-Presenter, NCR Corporation Presentation, Webinar (November 2020)
  • “Understanding Bankruptcy,” Presenter, The East Ohio Gas Company Presentation, Cleveland, Ohio (August 2011, October 2013, April 2014, December 2014, July 2015, April 2016, August 2017, June 2019)
  • “Understanding Bankruptcy,” Presenter, NCR Corporation Presentation, Webinar (September 2016)
  • “A Random (But Planned) Walk Through The Bankruptcy Forest,” Co-Presenter, NCR Corporation Presentation, Atlanta, Georgia (December 2014)
  • “Maximizing Recoveries And Minimizing Risks In Bankruptcy And Other Insolvency Proceedings,” Co-Presenter, Vantiv Presentation, Chicago, Illinois (April 2014)
  • “Other Bankruptcy Causes of Action – Sections 544, 548, 549 and 553 of the Bankruptcy Code,” Panelist, 18th Annual Utility Bankruptcy Conference, New York, New York (June 2011)

Experience

Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

  • Representing manufacturer, in its capacity as the Canadian Court-appointed and authorized foreign representative, in chapter 15 bankruptcy cases.  See Hematite Holdings, Inc., et al., Case No. 20-12387 (Bank. D. Del. 2020)
  • Represented forward contracts counterparty in oil and natural gas company's bankruptcy and related litigation. See In re: Sable Permian Resources, LLC, et al., Case No. 20-33193 and Sable Land Company, LLC v. Shell Trading (US) Company, Adv. Pro. Case No. 20-03424 (Bank. S.D. Tex. 2020) 
  • Represented, as local counsel, Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. and its affiliates, in chapter 11 cases.  See In re: California Pizza Kitchen, Inc., et al., Case No. 20-33752 (Bank. S.D. Tex. 2020)
  • Represented, as local counsel, Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of CEC Entertainment, Inc. and its affiliates, a family dining and entertainment company with Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza restaurants, in chapter 11 cases.  See In re: CEC Entertainment, Inc., et al., Case No. 20-33163 (Bank. S.D. Tex. 2020)
  • Represented member of Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in restaurant chain’s bankruptcy. See In re: Krystal Company, et al., Case No. 20-61065 (Bank. N.D. Ga. 2020)
  • Represented senior secured lender in restaurant group’s bankruptcy. Acquired “Red, the Steakhouse” and “Moxie, the Restaurant” in bankruptcy 363 sale, offsetting claim against purchase price under 11 U.S.C. § 363(k). See In re: BJRP, LLC, Case No. 18-15839 (Bank. N.D. Ohio 2018)
  • Represented, as local counsel, long-term power purchase agreement wind farm seller in energy company's bankruptcy and related litigation. See In re: FirstEnergy Solutions Corp., et al., Case No. 18-50757 and Adv. Pro. Case No. 18-05021 (Bank. N.D. Ohio 2018); See In re: Krayn Wind LLC, Case No. 18-3082 (6th Cir. 2018)
  • Represented international contract counterparty and patent holder owner in Takata Corporation’s main U.S. subsidiary’s bankruptcy. Resolved, through settlement, health and welfare related benefit claims. See In re: TK Holdings, Inc., et al., Case No. 17-11375 (Bank. D. Del. 2017) 
  • Represented global contract research organization in pharmaceutical company’s bankruptcy. Acquired 100% of reorganized debtor’s equity in exchange for unsecured claim through plan support agreement and plan of reorganization under 11 U.S.C. § 1123(a)(5)(J). See In re: NephroGenex, Inc., Case No. 16-11074 (Bank. D. Del. 2016) 
  • Represented international financial services company in former employee’s bankruptcy. Obtained dismissal of individual Chapter 7 case. See In re: Schwartz, 532 B.R. 710 (Bank. N.D. Ill. 2014), aff’d, 799 F.3d 760 (7th Cir. 2015) 
  • Represented software licensor in licensee’s bankruptcy and related litigation. Negotiated settlement after moving to lift automatic stay. See In re: RadioShack Corp., Case No. 15-10197 (Bank. D. Del. 2015) 
  • Represented international brokerage firm in Forex dealer’s bankruptcy, recovering 100% of $500,000 untimely and unsecured claim. See In re: MF Global FX Clear, LLC, Case No. 11-15810 (Bank. S.D.N.Y. 2011) 
  • Represented retail family clothing company in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy. See In re: Goody’s Family Clothing, Inc., Case No. 08-11133 (Bank. D. Del. 2008) 
  • Represented consumer electronics retailer in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy. See In re: Tweeter Home Entm’t Group, Inc., Case No. 07-10787 (Bank. D. Del. 2007)