Sharon L. Levine Partner

New Jersey
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 Noranda Aluminum, Verso Paper, Horsehead Holding Corp., Standard Register, Nirvana, Inc., Linear Construction Company, 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 DIP lender, Kimbereley, L.P., a Sandton Capital L.P. fund, in Abengoa Bioenergy.
Represented the debtors in Wire Company Holdings, Inc. and Wire Property Holdings, 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.
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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 (2012–2016)

  • 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)

  • New York Institute of Credit – Executive of the Year Award (2016)



AFFILIATIONS

  • New York Institute of Credit
    • Board of Directors
    • 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

Representing The Creditors’ Committee: A Guide for Practitioners
American Bankruptcy Institute, March 2016
Sharon Levine, S. Jason Teele, Michael Savetsky
Linear Electric Decision Creates New Risks for New Jersey Subcontractors
Bankruptcy, Financial Reorganization & Creditors' Rights Client Alert, March 1, 2016
Paul Kizel, Sharon Levine, Nicole Brown
There Is Separation Between Church and Pension, and It May Impact Your Restructuring
ABI Labor and Employment Committee News, February 2016
Sharon Levine, S. Jason Teele, Keara Waldron
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Press Mentions

Sharon L. Levine is quoted in Daily Bankruptcy Review taken from oral argument during the Chapter 11 asset sale proceedings of Walter Energy Inc., expressing concern that the sale does not guarantee that the lenders will continue to operate the mines. Levine represents the United Mine Workers of America. , Daily Bankruptcy Review , January 12, 2016
Sharon L. Levine is quoted in Daily Bankruptcy Review taken from oral argument during the Chapter 11 asset sale proceedings of Walter Energy Inc. On behalf of the United Mine Workers of America, Levine requested clarification about the lender’s plans for the mines, and emphasized the need for a state environmental regulator. , Daily Bankruptcy Review , January 7, 2016
Sharon L. Levine is quoted in Bloomberg taken from oral argument during the Chapter 11 asset sale proceedings of Walter Energy Inc. Representing the United Mine Workers of America, Levine defended the union’s insistence upon certain terms and conditions concerning worker safety in negotiations with the mining and exporting company. , Bloomberg , December 15, 2015
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