Philadelphia, PA – July 11, 2006 – LAWFUEL – Law News Network – Pepper Hamilton LLP announced that Leon R. Barson has joined the firm as a corporate restructuring and bankruptcy partner resident in the Philadelphia office.
“Leon is a well-known and well-respected bankruptcy lawyer who has been in practice for more than 15 years in the Philadelphia and Wilmington areas,” said Robert E. Heideck, Pepper’s executive partner. “His addition complements our bankruptcy group and will help us expand our middle market debtor’s practice. We’re delighted to have him join us.”
“Pepper offers me the opportunity to enhance the services that I can provide to clients,” said Mr. Barson, who previously was a shareholder with Adelman Lavine Gold and Levin, P.C., a bankruptcy boutique where he has practiced since 1991. “Pepper has the resources to advise clients not only on bankruptcy issues, but also in many related areas of law, which is so important in sophisticated corporate restructurings.”
Mr. Barson focuses his practice on corporate reorganizations, workouts, debtors’ and creditors’ rights, and corporate transactions. He has represented parties in the restructuring, reorganization or sale of complex businesses in an array of industries, including the telecommunications, health care, manufacturing, hospitality, apparel and retail industries.
His practice includes advising acquirers of financially distressed assets and providing counseling on business opportunities and the bankruptcy implications of strategic transactions. He counsels boards of directors, chief executive officers and other members of senior management with respect to their duties and obligations to, and exposures in connection with, financially challenged companies. He also represents borrowers in out-of-court restructuring transactions.
A frequent author and lecturer on a variety of subjects related to business reorganizations, Mr. Barson is recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the field of bankruptcy/restructuring (2005 and 2006 editions).
Mr. Barson received his law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1990, and his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from New York University in 1987.
Pepper’s Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice Group handles a full range of debtor/creditor matters, regardless of the complexity, location, industry or market sector involved. Members of the group, drawing on their own experience and the assistance of Pepper’s other practitioners, address many complex subjects necessary to the successful resolution of bankruptcy and reorganization matters, including environmental, collective bargaining, transportation, leveraged buyout, toxic tort, pension, intellectual property, health care, financial institution, mortgage banking, real estate, construction/surety, insurance and tax issues. Pepper is one of the few national firms with a significant bankruptcy practice in Wilmington, Delaware, often a forum of choice for bankruptcy filings of national significance.
Pepper Hamilton LLP (www.pepperlaw.com) is a multi-practice law firm with 400 lawyers in six states and the District of Columbia. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world. The firm was founded in 1890.