Joel Shapiro represents debtors, plan-of-reorganization proponents, asset purchasers, institutional lenders, lender groups, creditors, and creditors’ committees. He also focuses his practice on bankruptcy, reorganizations, and workouts, including:
- acquisition of assets under the Uniform Commercial Code or applicable provisions of the Bankruptcy Code
- loan restructuring with secured creditors
- debtor-in-possession financing
- intercreditor relationships
Mr. Shapiro is recognized as a leader in the field of bankruptcy and restructuring law by Chambers USA. Chambers sources call him "forthright, with very good business sense" and also note that he is "a very talented advocate" and "an exceptional lawyer, who is good on his feet" who "is best known for his prowess in Section 363 sales." Clients call him “both strategic and tactical” and "very pragmatic and responsive to the particular matter at hand."
Mr. Shapiro is a frequent writer and lecturer on bankruptcy issues. He recently spoke at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop on "Anything but Bankruptcy!: ABC's of Receivership and Other Alternatives" and wrote an article for the Journal of Corporate Renewal regarding the Bankruptcy Abuse, Prevention, and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.