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Stradley Ronon Expands New York Office With Hiring of Bankruptcy Attorney Deborah Reperowitz

July 06, 2017
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PHILADELPHIA – Stradley Ronon announced today that it has continued the growth of its New York office with the hiring of respected bankruptcy and commercial litigation attorney Deborah A. Reperowitz. Reperowitz joins Stradley Ronon as co-chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy, Workouts & Creditors’ Rights Group.

Reperowitz, who previously was a partner at Reed Smith and Troutman Sanders, has robust experience as in-house and outside counsel. She represents clients in all aspects of restructuring and bankruptcy matters, and in commercial litigation. She has represented companies in a wide range of industries, including financial services, insurance, real estate, telecommunications, airline and manufacturing. Reperowitz also is listed on the register of mediators maintained by the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York and was selected to serve as a mediator in the Dewey & LeBoeuf bankruptcy as well as the Madoff liquidations.

Reperowitz served as Senior Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel at CIT Group Inc. While at CIT Group, she established and chaired the company’s litigation and government investigations legal team and managed nearly all of CIT Group’s litigation and pre-litigation matters. Following her tenure at CIT Group, Reperowitz served as General Counsel of Fairholme Capital Management, an investment adviser that had approximately  $20 billion under management.

“Our expanding New York footprint provides clients with access to a deep bench of skilled bankruptcy, finance and restructuring attorneys in the country’s financial center,” said Stradley Ronon Chairman William R. Sasso. “Debbie’s practice fits well with our existing capabilities and her in-house experience gives her the pragmatic, business-minded focus that is a critical trait of a Stradley Ronon attorney.” 

“With its deep roots in the financial services industry and burgeoning New York presence, Stradley Ronon provides me with a sophisticated, comprehensive platform from which to grow my practice,” said Reperowitz. “I am excited to collaborate with the outstanding attorneys at Stradley to continue the firm’s tradition of providing practical, customized, value-added service to its impressive roster of clients, while continuing to grow my client base.”

“Debbie is the 11th attorney we’ve brought on board in New York in the last three years,” said Gary P. Scharmett, Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s New York office and co-chair of its Finance and Restructuring Practice Group. “As we continue to expand our New York presence, we look forward to drawing on Debbie’s expertise to assist our clients with complex bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring issues, as well as complex litigation matters in federal court.”

Reperowitz currently serves as president, executive committee member and board member of the New York Chapter of Turnaround Management Association. She earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she served as editor of the Seton Hall Law Review and her B.S. from New York University.

Stradley Ronon’s highly regarded Bankruptcy, Workouts & Creditors’ Rights Group works closely with lawyers in other disciplines at the firm to strategically counsel and represent business clients in bankruptcies, insolvencies and situations involving financial and/or operational distress. The Bankruptcy, Workouts & Creditors’ Rights Group collaborates with clients to optimize recoveries, restructure and provide financing to troubled borrowers, acquire distressed assets and devise strategies to resolve troubled situations.

About Stradley Ronon
Counseling clients since 1926, Stradley Ronon has helped private and public companies–from small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations–achieve their goals by providing pragmatic, value-driven legal counsel. With offices in eight strategic locations, our responsive team of more than 200 attorneys seamlessly addresses the full spectrum of our clients’ needs, ranging from sophisticated corporate transactions to complex commercial litigation.

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