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While formerly chairing the firm’s creditors’ rights and business restructuring practice, Mr. Bressler handles a wide variety of creditors’ rights issues, bankruptcy matters, and real estate litigation. He has represented lenders, landlords, developers, owners, contractors and subcontractors in commercial mortgage foreclosures, suits against guarantors, loan workouts, commercial lease, brokerage commission, land use, landlord-tenant disputes and construction litigation. Mr. Bressler also is occasionally involved in real estate lending and conduit lending transactions.

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Community & Pro Bono

  • Leadership, Inc.,alumnus, 1979-1980
  • English Ceramics Study Group, past vice president
  • Temple Sinai, Dresher, PA, former vice president, secretary, 1991-1997

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1971
  • Franklin & Marshall CollegeA.B.1968

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1971

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • All Pennsylvania State Courts

Clerkships

  • Theodore O. Spaulding, Superior Court of Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Committee
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Banking and Business Law Section
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Real Estate Section, Bankruptcy and Landlord-Tenant Committee
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member 
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, Member and Treasurer, 1995-2000
  • Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Arbitrator
  • Instructor in landlord-tenant law for continuing education programs, Delaware Community College: 1985-present, Montgomery County College: 1987-present
  • Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit, Member
  • Tau Epsilon Rho Law Fraternity, Member
  • Louis D. Brandeis Law Society, Member
  • Turnaround Management Association, Member

Other Distinctions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy, 2007-2019
  • Recognized by Chambers USA for bankruptcy/restructuring law, 2011-2018
  • Noted as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” for bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights, 2004-2018 (“PA Top 100” 2009-2010, 2016-2018 and “Philadelphia Top 100” 2018) 
  • Recipient of Kimmel Cancer Center “Spirit of Courage” Award, 2012
  • Special counsel (bankruptcy) to the attorney general of the state of Ohio (1993-1996)
  • Pennsylvania contributor to Landlord Tenant-Pennsylvania (Quinlan/West), 2005-2008
  • Listed in Who’s Who in America
  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Law
  • Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®

Representative Matters

Bankruptcy Law

Mr. Bressler litigates in the bankruptcy courts, usually for lenders, landlords and committees or other creditors, but also for Trustees and selected debtors. He also litigates in the Federal and Pennsylvania State Courts on a regular basis. He also handles selected contract disputes, disputes among principals of closely held businesses, restrictive covenant and commercial collection matters.

  • Representation of secured lenders in foreclosures and in borrowers’ bankruptcies of nursing homes in multiple states, including confirming secured creditors’ and joint plans of reorganization.
  • Representation of the Chapter 11 Trustee in the bankruptcy of a publicly held home infusion company in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
  • Representation of conduit lenders and special servicers in connection with workouts and foreclosures of industrial, shopping center and multifamily properties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware.
  • Representation of a consortium of lenders in foreclosure and borrower’s and condominium association’s bankruptcies in a $50 million + construction mortgage on resort/condominium property.
  • Representation of Frigidaire Financial Corporation in connection with workouts, repossessions and borrowers’ bankruptcies on appliance floorplan lending to several appliance chains with stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
  • Representation of Liberty Property Trust and other commercial landlord in the tenant bankruptcies in the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Districts of Delaware, New Jersey, Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, and Southern District of New York.
  • Representation of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania in the Enron bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Representation of the Ad Hoc Committees of Consumer Victims, holders of over $1.25 billion of product liability personal injury claimants in the Chrysler and General Motors bankruptcies

Real Estate Litigation

Mr. Bressler handles a wide variety of real estate litigation, representing lenders, landlords, developers, owners, contractors and sub-contractors in commercial mortgage foreclosures, suits against guarantors, loan workouts, commercial lease, brokerage commission, land use and landlord-tenant disputes and construction litigation. He is also involved in real estate lending and conduit lending transactions.

  • Representation of GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corporation as lender and/or special servicer in commercial foreclosures, workouts and borrower bankruptcies of shopping centers, office and industrial properties, health care facilities, hospitality facilities and apartment complexes.
  • Represented TD Bank (and its participants) in the foreclosure of a $52 million shopping center mortgage. Schnader successfully completed the foreclosure and the sheriff’s sale, had the borrowers’ bankruptcy dismissed and secured a real estate tax assessment reduction from $63 million to $25 million after appeals.
  • Representation of Finova Capital Corporation in connection with foreclosure or deed in lieu transactions on assisted living facilities located in Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut.
  • Representation of conduit lenders and special servicer in connection with workouts and foreclosure of industrial, shopping center and multifamily residential properties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
  • Representation of Prologis in repossession proceedings and tenants’ bankruptcy proceedings in Delaware and California.

Corporate Law

  • Mr. Bressler has advised small businesses and professionals on a broad range of corporate, real estate and related matters. His clients include a large commercial mortgage servicer, several banks and mortgage companies, developers and many small businesses.