Bruce D. Buechler Partner

Roseland
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Vice Chair, Bankruptcy, Financial Reorganization & Creditors' Rights Department

Bruce Buechler's tenacity in high-stakes bankruptcy forums has made him a coveted choice for clients seeking high-value results. A sophisticated understanding of the bankruptcy process and law combined with keen business acumen gives Bruce leverage in representing clients in bankruptcy, workouts and other forums. Acting as both business adviser and lawyer, Bruce proactively engages with clients to achieve solutions that are consistent with their business objectives.

Bruce represents business entities such as debtors and creditors' committees in Chapter 11 reorganizations, out-of-court workouts and other financial reorganizations, and he has been involved in numerous complex, high-profile matters. He regularly litigates commercial disputes in both federal and state courts and provides business consulting in that area.

Bruce has served as a member of the Township of West Orange Zoning Board of Adjustment since 1998 and served as the chairperson and vice-chair.

Representative Engagements

Served as lead counsel for the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Borders Group Chapter 11 bankruptcy case pending in New York. Borders, a national book retailer, went through one of the largest Chapter 11 cases filed in the United States in 2011. Once the plan of liquidation was confirmed, Bruce continued to act as lead counsel to the liquidating trust established to wind down Borders.
Served as lead counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 case pending in New York of The Connaught Group, a direct marketing retailer of high-end women's clothing. Bruce's efforts resulted in the successful sale of the company.
Served as lead counsel to RoomStore, Inc., a publicly held company, in its Chapter 11 filing in the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Bruce shepherded the company, a retail furniture chain, through an orderly liquidation of its retail stores and other assets.
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Other Distinctions

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2009–2014) – Praised by sources as “smart, efficient, practical and very well prepared.”

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2015)

  • Super Lawyers (2005–2014) – Recognized in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights.

  • Equal Justice Award from Legal Services of New Jersey (2006)

Publications

Collective bargaining agreements: When the end really isn’t the end
Westlaw Journal Bankruptcy, June 5, 2014
Bruce Buechler
Can Ombudsmen Retain Professionals?
Journal of Corporate Renewal, November/December 2012
Bruce Buechler
Who Pays the Freight? Interplay Between Priority Claims and a Debtor's Secured Lender
American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, November 2011
Bruce Buechler, Bruce Nathan
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Press Mentions

Bruce Buechler commented in the Wall Street Journal on the Second Circuit’s decision to uphold a dismissal of appeals by customers seeking refunds for unredeemed gift cards for Borders Group Inc. and confirming that the trust plans to continue paying creditors as planned. Mr. Buechler represented the Borders estate in this appeal. , The Wall Street Journal , October 31, 2014
Bruce D. Buechler comments in Law360 on the opinion of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld a dismissal of appeals by a group of holders of Border’s gift card holders in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. Buechler represents the BGI Creditors’ Liquidating Trust. , Law360 , October 29, 2014
Bruce D. Buechler comments in The Deal Pipeline on the issues relating to Chapter 7 trustees operating a debtor’s business during the Chapter 7 case. , The Deal Pipeline , December 20, 2013
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Related Areas

Bankruptcy, Financial Reorganization & Creditors’ Rights

Education


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law ( J.D. , 1987 ) , cum laude
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey ( B.A. , 1982 ) , Economics

Bar Admissions


New York
New Jersey

Court Admissions


1987 , U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
1989 , U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
1992 , U.S. Supreme Court
1993 , U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
1993 , U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
2009 , U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
2012 , U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Affiliations


  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Lawyers Advisory Committee to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey (2002-2006)
  • Essex County Bar Association, Chair, Debtor - Creditor Committee (1999 - 2001)
  • Bankruptcy Inn of Court, Master (1995-2006, previously the Executive Director and Vice President)
  • Member, Current Chair, Township of West Orange Zoning Board of Adjustment (1998-present)