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"Larry Katz's 'handling of the matters and the judges is spot on.' In the midst of heated negotiation or litigation, 'he can stay calm, and come up with a practical solution instead of declaring war.'"  Chambers USA

Larry brings both breadth and depth to the practice of bankruptcy, workouts, and commercial litigation.  He has played every position on the field, representing debtors and creditors alike, in courtroom proceedings and boardroom negotiations.  Among his debtor clients are real estate and hotel developers, business entrepreneurs, and commercial enterprises in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations, liquidations and out-of-court restructurings. His creditor clients include lenders and unsecured creditors’ committees.  As a complement to his work as a party advocate, Larry has been asked to serve as a mediator, an expert witness, a chapter 11 trustee in corporate and individual bankruptcy cases, and a liquidating trustee. 

Depth comes from experience, and Larry has been honing his skills for the past forty years.  He has applied these skills to a variety of industries, including real estate, retail, health care, hospitality, transportation, and communications.  His most memorable experience was representing the committee of unsecured creditors in the chapter 11 case of Howard Delivery Service, Inc., a small West Virginia trucking company.  Larry advocated for the rights of the creditors in the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and succeeded in obtaining a landmark decision regarding creditor priorities in bankruptcy proceedings.

Prior to joining Hirschler Fleischer, Larry was a partner with Leach Travell, Venable LLP, Tucker Flyer P.C., and Zuckerman Spaeder LLP.

Recognition

Named to “Legal Elite” (Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights), Virginia Business, 2016-2018

Named among the “Top Lawyers” for Bankruptcy, Washingtonian magazine, December 2009-2018

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy 2006-2019

Named a “Leader in the Field,” Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Virginia, Chambers USA: Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2015-2018

Named a “Virginia Super Lawyer, Bankruptcy,” Virginia Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2010-2018

Named as “Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer,” Bankruptcy, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2018

AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Named among Virginia’s “Top Rated Lawyers,” Bankruptcy, Special Supplement to The American Lawyer, 2012

Named among Washington D.C. & Baltimore’s “Legal Leaders,” Bankruptcy, Special Supplement to The American Lawyer, 2013

Certificate of Trial Advocacy – National Institute of Trial Advocacy

  • 2019 "Best Law Firms" Badge Artwork
  • chambers 2018
  • Virginia Legal Elite
  • Washington Top Lawyers

Experience

Experience

Debtor Representation

  • 1615 Rhode Island Avenue Limited Partnership (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia). Served as counsel to owner of boutique D.C. hotel as debtor in chapter 11 reorganization.
  • AirOcare, Inc. (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Counsel to debtor patent holder of air purification technologies in chapter 11 reorganization.
  • Alpine PCS (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia). Represented debtor cellular telecommunications company in chapter 11 reorganization.
  • Barker Restaurant LLC (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia). Represented debtor restaurant.
  • Barton-Cotton, Inc., et al. (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland). Counsel to boxed card printers in chapter 7 liquidation.
  • Bioscan, Inc. Out-of-court liquidation of medical research equipment manufacturer.
  • Capitol Resource Funding (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Counsel to debtor factoring company in chapter 11 restructuring.
  • Concord Mall Limited Partnership I (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia). Represented debtor owner of retail shopping center in chapter 11 reorganization.
  • County Seat Limited Partnership (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia). Represented debtor owner of retail shopping center in chapter 11 reorganization.
  • CR-RSC Tower I, LLC, et al. (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland). Served as counsel to secured creditors in chapter 11 proceedings of residential real estate developers.
  • C/S Associates Limited Partnership I (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia). Represented debtor owner of commercial office building in chapter 11 reorganization.
  • Executive II Limited Partnership (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Counsel for owner of commercial real estate in chapter 11 restructuring.
  • Fine Furniture Direct (Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York). Served as counsel to debtor furniture retailer in chapter 11 restructuring.
  • Fleetwoods Alexandria, L.P. (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Represented restaurant owned by Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac in chapter 11 restructuring.
  • Graphic Trade Bindery, d/b/a Craftsman Press (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland). Represented debtor commercial printer in chapter 11 liquidation.
  • Halle Development, Inc. (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland). Represented commercial and residential real estate developer in chapter 11 restructuring.
  • Hellbender Brewing Company (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia). Served as debtor’s counsel for a D.C. microbrewery that reorganized through chapter 11.
  • MB Airmont Farms (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland). Represented residential real estate developer as debtor in chapter 11 reorganization.
  • Newport Square Partners (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia). Represented debtor owner of retail shopping center in chapter 11 reorganization.
  • Precision CertiPro Warehouse, Inc. (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Counsel to debtor automotive parts distributor in chapter 11 proceedings.
  • Preston Trucking Company (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland). Represented debtor interstate trucking company.
  • West Germantown Limited Partnership (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland). Represented residential real estate developer in chapter 11 restructuring.
  • Wm. L. Griffith & Co (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Counsel for commercial construction company in chapter 7 liquidation.
  • WSG Arundel One, LLC; WSG Arundel Two, LLC; WSG Hanover One, LLC; WSG Hanover Two, LLC (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland). Represented four owners of shopping center out-parcels in chapter 11 reorganization.

Creditor Representation

  • Circuit City Stores (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia) – represented several landlord creditors in home electronics retailer chapter 11 proceedings.
  • City Sports, Inc. (Bankruptcy Court for Delaware) – represented three landlords in sporting goods retailer chapter 11 case.
  • Colonial Portsmouth Limited Partnership (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia) – counsel to management company of debtor owner of shopping mall in Portsmouth, Virginia.
  • Columbia Hospital for Women, et al. (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia) – represented secured creditor of D.C. hospital in chapter 11 case.
  • Combined Properties, et al. (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland) – counsel for creditors of commercial real estate developer in chapter 11 restructuring.
  • Dexterity Surgical Inc. (Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas) – represented secured creditor and holder of medical patents in chapter 11 restructuring of surgical device manufacturer.
  • Driggs Corporation (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland) – represented Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in chapter 11 restructuring of construction contractor.
  • Edward W. Minte Company (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia). Counsel to unsecured creditors committee of commercial painting contractor in chapter 11 reorganization.
  • Global Computer Enterprises (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Local counsel to Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors.
  • Global Crossing, Inc. (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware). Represented creditor in chapter 11 proceedings of telecommunications provider.
  • Greater Southeast Community Hospital Corp., et al. (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia). Served as counsel for creditor/ avoidance action defendant.
  • Howard Delivery Service, Inc. (Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of West Virginia; U.S. Supreme Court). Counsel to Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of interstate trucking company in landmark case on bankruptcy priorities before U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Interactive Network, Inc. (Bankruptcy Court for Northern District of California; U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for Ninth Circuit; Ninth Circuit). Counsel to creditor of debtor holding patents to subscription-based interactive television entertainment system.
  • Jillian’s Entertainment Holdings (Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky). Represented member of Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of owner of chain of family entertainment centers in chapter 11 reorganization.
  • LandAmerica Financial Group, Inc. (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Counsel to creditor.
  • Lehman Brothers (Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York). Represented United Company as creditor in chapter 11 proceedings.
  • LightSquared, Inc. (Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York). Counsel to creditor of debtor mobile satellite voice and data services provider in chapter 11 case.
  • Linens N Things (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware). Represented creditor/preference defendant Euro-Pro in bankruptcy of national home goods retailer.
  • Medical Staffing Solutions (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Counsel to creditor of hospital personnel contractor.
  • Movie Gallery, Inc., et al. (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Served as local counsel to secured creditor Wells Fargo Bank.
  • NetworkTwo Communications Group, Inc. (Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas). Represented major medical supply manufacturer in chapter 11 case of data network provider.
  • Pan American General Hospital, LLC (Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas). Represented medical supply manufacturer in avoidance action.
  • Pathnet Operating (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Counsel to creditor in chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Pocket Communications, Inc., et al. (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland). Represented creditor of cellular communications provider in chapter 11 proceedings.
  • Roche One Interests Limited Partnership (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Texas). Represented secured creditor of commercial real estate developer.
  • Roseland Village, LLC/G.B.S. Holding, Ltd. (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Counsel to creditor in chapter 11 proceedings of Chesterfield County, Virginia real estate developers.
  • Storehouse, Inc. (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Represented creditor in chapter 11.
  • Teligent, Inc. (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Counsel to creditor of fixed wireless broadband services provider in chapter 11 case.
  • Thoburn Limited Partnership, et al. (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Represented secured creditor in chapter 11 case of residential real estate developer.
  • Trak Auto (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Represented warehouse landlord in chapter 11 case of national auto parts retailer.
  • WAVO Corporation (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona; U.S. District Court for District of Arizona). Served as counsel to petitioning creditors in involuntary chapter 7 bankruptcy of network services provider and as special litigation counsel to chapter 7 trustee.
  • WCI Communities, Inc. (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware). Counsel to creditor of residential real estate developer in chapter 11 proceedings.
  • Whiskey One Eight, LLC (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland). Counsel to creditor and equity holder in chapter 11 proceedings.
  • Workflow Management, et al. (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Counsel to Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in chapter 11 restructuring of print management and marketing services provider.

Other Representation

  • Currently serving as liquidating trustee for bankruptcy estates of David and Jane Fairweather in case pending before the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland.
  • In re Davenport (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia). Retained as expert witness on legal fees.
  • Nesse v. Saperstein, et al. (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland). Served as mediator in adversary proceeding.
  • Yumkas, Vidmar, Sweeney & Mulrenin, LLC v. Wayne B. Knight, et al. (Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County, Maryland). Retained as expert witness on legal fees and rules of professional conduct.
  • Represented owners of 397-unit multifamily housing project in suburban Maryland with global restructuring of $54 million senior secured and mezzanine financing.
  • Chrysler Corporation (Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York). Counsel to various automobile dealers in chapter 11 restructuring.
  • General Motors (Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York). Counsel to various automo­bile dealers in chapter 11 restructuring.
  • HomeVisit Productions, Inc. (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Represented equity owner of debtor video services company.
  • Innovative Technology Application, Inc. (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Represented landlord of debtor government contractor.
  • Nortel Networks (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware). Represented preference defendant in chapter 11 proceedings.
  • Osama El-Atari (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Special litigation counsel for chapter 7 trustee in numerous fraudulent conveyance adversary proceedings.
  • Qimonda A.G. (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; Fourth Circuit). Local counsel to SK hynix, f/k/a Hynix Semiconductor, in cross-border insolvency.
  • Rowe Furniture, Inc. (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Counsel to textile manufacturer in preference litigation.
  • Tillotson Healthcare Corporation (Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire). Represented medical supply manufacturer in avoidance action.
  • UPI (Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia). Represented equity owners of news service provider in chapter 11 case.
  • U.S. Airways I (Bankruptcy Court – Virginia). Local counsel to Eastshore Aviation/Air Wisconsin Airlines as equity investor.
  • Woodstock Associates Limited Partnership (Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia). Served as Court-appointed chapter 11 trustee for owner of apartment complex in Woodstock, Virginia.
  • Worldcom, Inc. (Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York). Counsel to ad hoc committee of telecommunications customers.

Perspectives

Speaking Engagements

Community

Community

Professional Affiliations

Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association, Past President

American Bankruptcy Institute, Asset Sales Committee, Bankruptcy Reorganization Committee and Commercial Fraud Taskforce Committee

American Bankruptcy Institute, Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop Advisory Board 2011- 2015

Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association

Beyond the Law

Beyond the Law

Practicing law while sitting behind a desk, around a conference table, or at counsel table in a courtroom may be great exercise for your brain, but it does little from the neck down.  It also detaches you from the world outside. 

To fill that gap, Larry spends much of his free time traveling as far as his legs and arms will take him.  That includes cycling trips through France, Italy and Spain, and charity bike rides closer to home.  It includes running (neither as far nor as fast) and kayaking throughout the world.  And it includes hiking – anything from a few hours to the top of Old Rag or along the Appalachian Trail to four days on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.   

All that matters is that Larry is outdoors and moving under his own power.

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.

State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., magna cum laude

  • Virginia
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  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court – District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court – District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Eastern District of Virginia
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