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Leon R. Barson Joins Blank Rome’s Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Leon R. Barson has joined the Firm as Partner in the Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group.  He is based in the Firm’s Philadelphia office.

“Leon is a nationally recognized attorney in the field of corporate restructuring and creditors’ rights and brings substantial depth and experience to our Firm’s Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group,” said Alan J. Hoffman, Co-Chairman and Managing Partner. “We are pleased to welcome him to Blank Rome.”

Mr. Barson joins Blank Rome from Pepper Hamilton LLP where he was a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Group.  He focuses his practice on corporate reorganizations, workouts, debtors’ and creditors’ rights, and corporate transactions.  He has represented parties in the restructuring, reorganization, or sale of complex businesses in an array of industries, including automotive, telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, real estate, apparel, and retail.

Mr. Barson also has substantial experience representing and advising companies, buyers, and investors in all aspects of distressed and insolvency situations.  He counsels boards of directors, chief executive officers, and other members of senior management with respect to their duties and obligations to, and exposures in connection with, financially challenged companies.  In addition, he represents borrowers in out-of-court restructuring transactions.

Mr. Barson has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA since 2005, and has been named by The Best Lawyers in America as the “Philadelphia Litigation–Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year” for 2012.  He frequently writes and lectures on a variety of subjects related to business reorganizations and has been published in the ABI Journal and other periodicals on issues affecting Chapter 11 cases.  He was also a contributing author to West’s Commercial Bankruptcy Litigation treatise (2009).

Mr. Barson is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, Western District of Michigan, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  He earned his JD from the Boston University School of Law and his BA from New York University.  He is Vice Chair of the Lender Liability Subcommittee of the Commercial Financial Services Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, serves on the Board of Directors of the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project (CBAP), and participates as a member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA), among other national professional organizations.