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Best Lawyers in America Honors 22 Goldberg Kohn Attorneys

November 17, 2022

Goldberg Kohn is pleased to announce that 14 firm attorneys have been included among the 2023 Best Lawyers in America honorees, and eight have been named to the Ones to Watch list. Best Lawyers honors exceptional attorneys across the United States annually with their Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch lists. Selection for these lists is based completely on feedback gathered from peer attorneys. Only the top 5.3 percent of elite lawyers in the nation across 150 practice areas are included.

While the Best Lawyers list recognizes established attorneys within their field, the Ones to Watch list honors outstanding attorneys who have five to nine years of legal experience.

Goldberg Kohn's Best Lawyers in America Honorees

Joel Brown (Banking & Finance Law). Mr. Brown represents banks and non-bank finance companies engaged principally in middle market lending operations. He has extensive experience in structuring, documenting and negotiating both cash-flow and asset-based financing, as well as broad exposure to senior, mezzanine and hybrid lending products.

Denise Caplan (Corporate Law). Ms. Caplan represents public and private businesses and business owners in a broad array of corporate law matters, including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and restructurings. She regularly advises on corporate start-ups, and is engaged in structuring corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and other business entities, employment contracting, and capital raising.

Jeremy Downs (Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law). Mr. Downs represents senior secured lenders, junior lenders and large unsecured creditors in corporate bankruptcies and workouts. He also works closely with the firm's Litigation Group in connection with disputes that arise in the course of his practice, as well as with the firm's Commercial Finance Group in connection with financing matters.

David Dranoff (Banking & Finance Law). Mr. Dranoff has more than 37 years of experience representing lenders in negotiating, documenting and closing financing transactions. His experience covers a broad range of commercial finance transactions, including traditional asset-based secured loans; complicated leveraged buy-out and cash-flow transactions; senior, mezzanine and equity investments; and one-stop and unitranche financing matters.

Zachary Garrett (Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law). Mr. Garrett represents a broad range of clients, including secured and unsecured creditors, purchasers and assignees, in all aspects of commercial workouts and corporate bankruptcies, including restructurings, reorganizations, sales and liquidations. 

Dimitri Karcazes (Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law). Mr. Karcazes is Co-Chair of the firm's Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Group. He represents lenders in the protection and enforcement of creditors’ rights and is involved in all aspects of commercial workouts and bankruptcies, including restructurings, reorganizations, sales and liquidations, as well as out-of-court workouts and assignments for the benefit of creditors.

Randall Klein (Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy). Mr. Klein is Co-Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Group. He concentrates his practice on the protection and enforcement of creditors’ rights. He is nationally recognized as a leader in his field, and for his experience in the drafting and enforcement of intercreditor agreements and unitranche agreements. 

Jon Klinghoffer (Employment Law – Management, Labor Law - Management, and Trade Secrets Law). Mr. Klinghoffer defends employers across the country in actions involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the ADA, FMLA and FLSA, and various state law discrimination and wage and hour claims, the WARN Act, ERISA class action claims, COBRA claims, unfair labor practice charges and other matters before the NLRB. He also regularly counsels clients regarding their employment practices and policies.

Richard Kohn (Banking & Finance Law and Equipment Finance Law). Mr. Kohn represents banks and other financial institutions in structuring and documenting credit facilities, with a focus on cross-border lending transactions - an area in which he is widely recognized as a pioneer. For more than 20 years, he has been active in the reform of secured transactions law, including serving as a member of the Expert Group for the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law in preparation of its "Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions" (2007).

Adam Laser (Real Estate Law). Mr. Laser is Chair of the firm's Real Estate Group. He has extensive experience in real estate finance, with a particular focus on the structuring, origination, negotiation, and workout of commercial mortgage loans. In addition, he advises clients with regard to the acquisition, disposition and leasing of real estate throughout the United States.

David Mason (Banking & Finance Law). Mr. Mason has 35 years of experience representing banks and other commercial lenders in cash-flow transactions that provide for acquisition, recapitalization, working capital, mezzanine, second lien and unitranche financing. He also represents asset-based lenders, and handles loan restructurings, bankruptcies and workout matters. 

James Rosenbloom (Real Estate Law). Over his 40-year legal career, Mr. Rosenbloom has maintained a broad-based practice representing clients in real estate, commercial finance and bankruptcy matters. He represents institutions and investors in financing transactions for real estate acquisitions, refinancings, restructurings and working capital. He also represents them in purchasing and selling real estate assets, including whole loans or loan tranches.

Gary Ruben (Real Estate Law). Mr. Ruben represents clients in all aspects of real estate, including financing, construction financing, acquisitions, sales, leasing, joint ventures, workouts, foreclosures and bankruptcies. He represents clients in complex sale-leaseback transactions, including addressing accounting and tax issues arising in such matters, and assists clients in the purchase and sale of loans and structure loan participations.

Michael Sullivan (Litigation – Labor & Employment). Mr. Sullivan is Chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Group. He advises employers on their labor and employment policies and practices as well as defends them in disputes with their employees. He counsels clients nationwide through the myriad of employment issues that arise under civil rights and anti-discrimination laws, employment contracts and restrictive covenants, wage-hour laws, OSHA violations, employment torts and common law. In addition, he advises Goldberg Kohn's clients on the labor/employment implications of significant corporate transactions, including mergers, sales, acquisitions, loans, workouts and bankruptcies.

Goldberg Kohn's Ones to Watch Honorees

Alexandria Filush (Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law). Ms. Filush represents banks and non-bank financial institutions in structuring, negotiating and documenting a broad range of commercial finance transactions, including secured cash-flow and asset-based loan transactions, acquisition and working capital financings, senior secured, first lien/second lien, split-lien and unitranche credit facilities, cross-border and mezzanine financings, recapitalizations, refinancings, loan workouts and restructurings, and other complex commercial finance transactions.

Ross Friedman* (Business Organizations, including LLCs and Partnerships). Mr. Friedman advises private equity, privately held companies, startups and lenders on a variety of complex transactional matters, including
domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, investments, debt and equity restructurings, and other transactions. He also provides general corporate advice to clients.

Joseph Hoolihan* (Commercial Litigation). Mr. Hoolihan represents clients in commercial disputes involving breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, fraud, intellectual property, and False Claims Act matters.

Yasamin Kaye (Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law). Ms. Kaye concentrates on financial restructuring, bankruptcy, general commercial litigation and distressed real estate foreclosures. She represents debtors, creditors, trustees and committees in bankruptcy proceedings, and is experienced in Chapter 11 reorganizations and Chapter 7 liquidations. She is also experienced in prosecuting foreclosure actions for a wide variety of commercial properties.

Meredith Kirshenbaum (Labor & Employment Law – Management). Ms. Kirshenbaum assists clients in navigating labor and employment issues and is experienced in litigating labor and employment law matters, commercial contract disputes, false claims act litigation and real estate disputes. She also handles employee benefits (ERISA) matters. In her traditional labor law practice, she represents employers in unfair labor practice charges and in other matters pending before the NLRB. She counsels employers during union organizing campaigns, defends employer interests throughout the union-election process, and negotiates union contracts.

Bojan Lazic (Real Estate Law). Mr. Lazic represents lenders in connection with the negotiation, documentation and closing of various real estate financing transactions. He handles mortgage and mezzanine financing, construction financing and mortgage origination for commercial mortgage-backed securitization programs. He also represents clients in connection with the acquisition, disposition and leasing of real estate.

Kevan Ventura* (Real Estate Law). Mr. Ventura represents lenders in the financing, acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate, including office, retail, industrial, multifamily, hospitality and senior housing properties. He is also experienced in representing buyers and sellers of commercial real estate, as well as landlords and tenants in the negotiation of leases and subleases for office, warehouse and data center space.

Jenna Ward (Banking & Finance Law). Ms. Ward represents banks and credit funds in structuring, negotiating, documenting and closing financing transactions, including asset-based secured loans, cash flow loans, first and second lien credit facilities, leveraged buyouts and debtor-in-possession financings across a broad array of industries.

*Indicates those listed in Best Lawyers in America for the first time

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