Sharon L. Levine Partner

Roseland
T 973.597.2374 | F 973.597.2375



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

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.  As Vice Chair of the Bankruptcy, Financial Reorganization & Creditors’ Rights Department of Lowenstein Sandler, Sharon is highly regarded for her litigation and negotiation skills in the practice of restructuring, debtor-creditor law restructuring 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, Detroit 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 served 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 served 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 Advisory Board of Women's Campaign International.


Representative Engagements

Represented the official unsecured creditors' committees in cases such as Standard Register, Karmaloop, Crumbs, Phoenix Payment Tech, Universal Cooperatives Inc., Gridway Energy Holdings Inc., 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 and Marcal Paper.
Represented the debtors in ConnectEdu Inc., Consolidated Aluminum Corporation, Coach America, American Coach Lines, Royal Tours of America, Inc., Gilbert Express, Jobson Medical Information, Meridian Behavioral Health, LLC, IFL Corp., International Fight League, Summit Global Logistics, Inc., and Creative Group, Inc.
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 (2008–2015) – Sharon has been lauded as “an excellent litigator…Clients are quick to praise her, noting that ‘she is just extremely smart and gets to the heart of the matter promptly; she is top-notch.’”

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2012–2015)

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

  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC-NJ) - Woman of the Year (2014)



AFFILIATIONS

  • New York Institute of Credit
    • Women’s Division Leadership Team
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Turnaround Management Association
    • Global US Trustee Financial Advisor Fee Guidelines Task Force
  • New Jersey Turnaround Management Association
    • Board of Trustees
    • Women's Committee
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
    • 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
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)

Speaking Engagements

  • Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference – Stakeholder Panel
  • AFL-CIO symposium - Union Responses to Employer Bankruptcy
  • Turnaround Management Association’s Distressed Investing Conference 2015 - Municipal Bankruptcy Stakeholder Panel
  • 21st Annual Distressed Investing Conference – When the 546(e) Safe Harbor Isn’t Safe
  • American Bankruptcy Institute’s 2014 Mid-Level Professional Conference
  • American Bankruptcy Institute’s 2014 Annual Conference
  • Turnaround Management Association’s 2014 Annual Conference
  • Turnaround Management Association’s MidAmerica Regional Conference 2014
  • Turnaround Management Association’s MidAtlantic Regional Symposium 2014
  • 2014 Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar
  • Third Circuit Judicial Conference 2014
  • NJTMA/NYIC Mediation Pendulum
  • American Bankruptcy Institute’s 2014 Annual Spring Meeting
  • IWIRC/DC Annual Meeting
  • ABC-Amega Webinar - Where is Bankruptcy Headed?
  • M&A Advisor Distressed Investing Summit
  • Women's Alternative Investment Summit
  • 88th Annual National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
  • American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education Program - Airline and Railroad Labor and Employment Law: A Comprehensive Analysis
  • ABC Amega Webinar - Hot and Emerging Bankruptcy Issues 2012
  • American Bankruptcy Institute's 2012 Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop

Publications

Self-Interest is Not Justified When it comes to Suing Your Lenders!
Bankruptcy, Financial Reorganization & Creditors' Rights Client Alert, June 23, 2015
Sharon Levine, Anthony De Leo
Strategic Alternatives For And Against Distressed Businesses
Strategic Alternatives For And Against Distressed Businesses, January 2015
S. Jason Teele, Sharon Levine, Nicole Stefanelli
Involuntary Bankruptcy: The Retail Vendor's Payment Tool To Maximize Trade Vendor Recoveries
Journal of Bankruptcy Law, January 2015
Sharon Levine, Nicole Brown
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Press Mentions

Sharon L. Levine is quoted in Law360 concerning a creditor deal allowing for the sale of the Karmaloop Inc. estate to senior secured lenders. Levine represents the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of the online retailer and lifestyle brand. , Law360 , June 22, 2015
Sharon L. Levine is quoted in American Banker regarding the Puerto Rican banks’ exposure to debt from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, and how much the island’s socioeconomic pressures have negatively affected Puerto Rican banks. , American Banker , May 21, 2015
Sharon L. Levine is quoted in The Deal concerning the growing number of bankruptcy cases being resolved by mediation. Levine commented that court hearings can be streamlined and more efficient when a mediator is successful in having the parties negotiate the issues. , The Deal , May 12, 2015
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