Leah Fiorenza McNeill is an associate in the firm’s Restructuring & Insolvency Practice Group. Her restructuring and bankruptcy experience includes representation of distressed companies, Chapter 11 liquidating trustees, creditors’ committees, DIP Lenders, stalking horse bidders, secured and unsecured creditors. Leah's experience includes litigation and appeals in bankruptcy and insolvency matters in federal and state courts across the East Coast, with particular experience in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, and Texas. She has participated in large, multi-party mediations and has lead commercial arbitration proceedings. On the transactional side of her Restructuring practice, she has substantial experience in complex out-of-court workouts and liquidations. 

Leah also represents lenders, financial institutions, and businesses in complex finance disputes, including loan defaults, real estate transactions, and breach of contract claims. She is experienced in all stages of litigation, including motions practice, mediation, discovery, trial preparation, appellate briefing, and oral argument.  

Leah has particular expertise in the Food and Beverage industry, having been involved in several transactions and litigation matters for restaurants, food distributors, and other industry players. Leah also has a wealth of experience in the healthcare industry, and in particular dealing with distressed regional hospitals, rural hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities. She is also a contributing editor to Norton’s Bankruptcy Law and Practice, the leading treatise in her field. 

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star (2016 - 2019)
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Professional Affiliations

    • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation - Member
    • State Bar of Georgia, Bankruptcy Section - Member
    • American Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section - Member
    • Atlanta Bar, Bankruptcy Section -  Member
    • American Bankruptcy Institute - Member
    • American Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section - Member
    • Atlanta Bar, Bankruptcy Section -  Member
    • American Bankruptcy Institute - Member
    • American Bankruptcy Institute - Member
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Representative Experience

  • Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in a Chapter 11 reorganization of a Tier 1 auto supplier
  • Represented multiple financial institutions in connection with secured real estate transactions
  • Represented a Chapter 11 trustee in liquidating a world-renowned luxury resort
  • Obtained critical vendor status for a leading food distributor in bankruptcy courts throughout the United States
  • Successfully defended various corporations in preference and fraudulent transfer actions
  • Represented a distressed corporation in the sale of substantially all its assets outside of bankruptcy for an amount in excess of $20MM
  • Successfully represented a middle market radiology business as a stalking horse bidder in a section 363 acquisition of an Arizona-based radiology business
  • Represented the largest secured creditor and DIP lender of a skilled nursing facilities operator in bankruptcy in the Northern District of Texas
  • Successfully represented a community hospital in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy where substantially all of its assets were sold in a section 363 acquisition

Publications

  • Update – Our New and Improved Set of Opening Questions and Document Questions for Your Depositions, October 30, 2018
  • Florida Proves Safe Haven for Individuals Liable for Breach of the PACA Trust (bonus: form complaint attached), August 14, 2018
  • "The Many Faces of Jevic: A Discussion of Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., 137 S.Ct. 973 (2017), its Effect on Modern Chapter 11 Practice, and Subsequent Rulings that Use, Interpret, or Distinguish Jevic," Fifteenth Annual Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal Symposium, February 2018
  • In Case you Missed it – PACA Trust Rights in Bankruptcy are Just Plain Old Secured Claims, February 1, 2018
  • BC Healthcare Restructuring Update: R CSR’s O-U-T? Less U.S. Gov’t $$ = More 11s...?, October 19, 2017
  • Supreme Court Completely Endorses Critical Vendor Theory! Well, Not Completely. But Almost!, March 23, 2017
  • Fifth Circuit Rules for PACA Claimants, and Weakens PACA, All in One Curious Ruling, February 15, 2017
  • The A++, Guaranteed to Go Smoothly and Make You Look Like You Do This All the Time, Timeline and Checklist to Prepare to Take a Deposition, June 16, 2016
  • The A++ Forms and Resources: Handling the No-Show Deposition, March 25, 2016
  • The Guarantor Chronicles – Can a guarantor waive its right to a foreclosure confirmation proceeding?, March 4, 2016
  • "Their Voices Boomed Un-Till We Could Hear Them No More," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Co-Authored with Mark Stingley, November 2015
  • "Pre-Bankruptcy Planning for the Secured Creditor Under the Uniform Commercial Code: Five New Year’s Resolutions," Secured Credit Newsletter, from the American Bankruptcy Institute, co-authored with Wendy Godfrey, February 2015
  • "Being Sued by the Client You Never Knew You Had," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, co-authored with Mark Duedall, May 2014 

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist at the Fifteenth Annual Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal Symposium in February 2018 addressing Jevic’s winners and losers in modern Chapter 11 practice, the unique uses of Jevic, and some of its consequences, intended or not
  • "Taking Depositions," West LegalEdcenter (Thomson Reuters), February 2016