Sharon L. Levine Partner

T 973.597.2374 | F 973.597.2375

Vice Chair, Bankruptcy, Financial Reorganization & Creditors’ Rights Practice

Sharon blogs for the Wall Street Journal’s Bankruptcy Beat

Sharon L. Levine has been at the forefront of some of the largest and most complex bankruptcy cases in recent years, and she has earned a national reputation among clients and peers as a tenacious and accomplished bankruptcy lawyer. She is highly regarded for her litigation and negotiation skills in the practice of restructuring, debtor-creditor law and bankruptcy litigation; her representations include purchasers, debtors and creditors (committees and individuals). Sharon has a well-established reputation as a formidable force in bankruptcy courts across the country, where she has tried contested and litigated matters in venues including federal bankruptcy courts in New York, Delaware, California, Texas and New Jersey, among many others.

Clients rely on Sharon's adept strategic ability to provide bankruptcy advice on "out of court" corporate reorganizations, corporate and structured finance matters, and acquiring assets out of bankruptcy, as well as in circumstances when one of the parties may be insolvent.

Sharon is a frequent lecturer on various bankruptcy topics and serves as Co-Chair of the Trade Credit Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), and as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Women's Committee of the Turnaround Management Association. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Labor and Benefits Issues Advisory Committee to the ABI's Commission to Study the Reform (amend or modify) of the Bankruptcy Code treatment of Pension and Retiree Medical Benefits. She is active in serving her community and is on the Board of Trustees for the State Theatre Regional Art Center in New Jersey and on the Advisory Board of Women's Campaign International.

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Representative Engagements

Represents the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) in Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
Represented the official unsecured creditors' committees in cases such as Exide Technologies, KidsPeace, Oreck, Ormet, Handy Hardware, Southern Air, Global Aviation, Blitz U.S.A., Inc., Chef Solutions, Hussey Copper, Manistique Papers, Inc., Harry & David Holdings, Inc., American Safety Razor, Pinnacle Films, Inc., Consolidated Horticulture Group, Lear Corporation, Hayes Lemmerz, ION Media, Leiner Health Products, Inc., Star Tribune, Pliant Corporation, Foamex International, Papas Telecom, Stant Parent Corporation and Marcal Paper.
Served as lead counsel for the ad hoc committee of bondholders under Global A&T Electronics (GATE) 10% Senior Secured Notes due 2019.
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Other Distinctions

  • Litigation Counsel of America (2014) – Selected as a Fellow.

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2008–2013) – Sharon has been lauded as an "accomplished trial and restructuring lawyer … applauded for her strength and strategic prowess," and clients note that "in court she's practical and tough – a good advocate."

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2012–2014)

  • Super Lawyers (2005–2014) – Sharon has been consistently acknowledged by her peers for her work in bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights.


Beware of Bankruptcy Clawback Suits
Credit Today, January 2014
Sharon Levine, Wojciech Jung, Keara Waldron
Strategic Alternatives for Distressed Businesses
Strategic Alternatives for Distressed Businesses, January 2014
Sharon Levine, S. Jason Teele, Nicole Stefanelli
Thirty Two Days and Thirty Two Minutes
Bloomberg BNA’s Bankruptcy Law Reporter, August 15, 2013
Sharon Levine, Paul Kizel, Tania Ingman
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Press Mentions

Sharon L. Levine is featured in a WXYZ story regarding the treatment of retirees under the currently proposed plan of adjustment in city of Detroit’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. In representing the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Levine stated that the votes in favor of the plan to make cuts to the pensions at 4.5% with no COLA were merely “taking a leap of faith,” as there is no guarantee if the state money does not materialize., WXYZ , April 17, 2014
Sharon L. Levine publishes first blog post on the Bankruptcy Beat blog in the Wall Street Journal’s The Examiners. Levine comments on the future of corporate restructuring., Wall Street Journal’s Bankruptcy Beat Blog , March 26, 2014
Sharon L. Levine, partner and vice chair, Bankruptcy, Financial Reorganization & Creditors’ Rights Practice at Lowenstein Sandler, was recently named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)., March 6, 2014
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April 24 - 27, 2014
2014 ABI Annual Spring Meeting

Related Areas

Bankruptcy, Financial Reorganization & Creditors’ Rights


Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 1983) , Associate Editor, Case Western Reserve University Law Review
Franklin & Marshall College (B.A., 1980)

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

Court Admissions

1983, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
1988, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit


  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Turnaround Management Association of (NJTMA)
    • Board of Trustees
    • Women's Committee
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)
    • Past Co-Chair, Trade Committee
  • American Bankruptcy Institute's Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11
    • Co-Chair Labor and Benefits Issues Advisory Committee
  • State Theatre Regional Art Center at New Brunswick
    • Board of Trustees
  • Women's Campaign International
    • Advisory Board
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Debtor/Creditor Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
  • Essex County Bar Association
    • Debtor/Creditor Section
  • Federal Bar Association
    • New Jersey Chapter