Jeffrey Cohen Partner

New York
T 212.419.5868 | F 973.597.2400



A trusted advisor to unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, and debtors, Jeff’s tenacious counsel adds steady momentum to our growing client base in retail bankruptcy and is a strong resource to distressed clients in the technology sector. His practice centers on Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations and related litigation.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Jeff has served as counsel to the creditors' committee in several of the most prominent retail and technology Chapter 11 cases in the country, notably retail matters such as Vestis (Eastern Mountain Sports, Bob’s Stores, Sports Chalet), City Sports, Skymall, Brookstone, Blockbuster Video, Filene’s Basement, Gander Mountain, Allen's, Alexander Gallo Holdings, Signature Styles (dba Spiegel, Newport News and ShapeFx), Archbrook Laguna Holdings, Oriental Trading, Claim Jumper Restaurants, Pizzeria Uno , KB Toys, Lenox China, Sports Collectibles (dba BC Sports), Goody's Family Clothing, Boscov's, Scooter Stores, Wickes Furniture, The Bombay Company, Levitz Furniture, Harvey Electronics, Bachrach Clothing, Rag Shops, Norstan Apparel Shops, Troutman's Emporium, The Walking Co., Vertis Holdings, Velo Holdings, Christopher's Men's Stores, and Cornell Trading. Technology representations include Atari, Beyond Oblivion, KIT Digital, Fuhu, Aquion, and HipCricket.

Other noteworthy representations include: 

  • Quirky and Wink, as debtors in possession, in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.
  • Crabtree & Evelyn, as debtor in possession, in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
  • Metropark USA, as debtor in possession, in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
  • Official Fee Review Committee in the Adelphia Communications bankruptcy cases in which, over the span of five years, the fee committee reviewed in excess of $600 million in fees and expenses and negotiated a cost savings to the debtors' estates of approximately $60 million.
  • Fee examiner in Endeavour Operating Chapter 11 bankruptcy case in Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
  • Metromedia Fiber Network, provider of a nationwide optical fiber network, wherein $5 billion in debt was successfully restructured and compromised resulting in the company's emergence from Chapter 11 as AboveNet.
  • Creditors’ committee in the Troutman's Emporium bankruptcy case pursuing recovery of multimillion-dollar breach of contract action against the purchaser of designation rights of unexpired real property leases in the Chapter 11 case. Successfully obtained multimillion-dollar judgment in favor of creditors' committee after a three-day trial in Eugene, Oregon.
  • Creditors' committee in the Norstan Apparel Shops bankruptcy pursuing constructive fraud claims exceeding $70 million from outgoing shareholders in a failed leveraged buyout of the company. Successfully defeated motion to dismiss and, consequently, positioned the creditors' committee to negotiate a multimillion-dollar settlement for the benefit of general unsecured creditors.
  • Represent several players and vendors in the out of court restructuring and sale of the New York Cosmos and North American Soccer League (NASL).

Jeff is a certified bankruptcy mediator and also an approved fee examiner by the US Trustee for Region 3.


Publications

Retail Bankruptcies Are Skyrocketing: Creditors, Protect Your Rights!
CRF News, 2nd Quarter 2017
Jeffrey Cohen

Press Mentions

Jeffrey Cohen is quoted in the New York Post regarding the issues facing vendors to continue shipping or withhold further deliveries of merchandise to Toys ‘R’ Us. The retailer obtained $3 billion in Chapter 11 financing in time for the start of the holiday season. , New York Post , September 22, 2017
Jeffrey Cohen is quoted in The Wall Street Journal regarding the winning bids at auction of Gander Mountain Co. by Camping World Inc. and a contractual joint venture of liquidators including, Gordon Brothers, Hilco, Tiger Capital and Great American. Substantially all of the assets of the outdoor retailer, including inventory, intellectual property and trademarks, were sold for approximately an aggregate of $390M. Cohen, Keara Waldron and Barry Bazian represent the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors. , The Wall Street Journal , April 30, 2017
Jeff Cohen is quoted in Fortune and Term Sheet regarding the increasing utilization of bankruptcy law by startup technology companies when businesses fail. Cohen points to the increased involvement by venture capitalists and the need to protect their personal liabilities, as well as intellectual property assets and customer lists as value drivers in Chapter 11 filings. , Fortune , April 21, 2017
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Related Areas

Bankruptcy, Financial Reorganization & Creditors’ Rights

Education


St. John's University School of Law ( J.D. , 2000 ) , cum laude; Articles Editor, American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review
State University of New York at Albany ( B.A. , 1997 ) , Criminal Justice and Political Science

Bar Admissions


New York

Court Admissions


U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Affiliations


  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • National Association of Credit Managers (NACM)
  • Credit Research Foundation (CRF)
  • NYC Bankruptcy Assistance Project, Board Member