AREA OF PRACTICE

Restructuring, Practice Group Leader

Biography

Robert Stark focuses his practice on complex corporate restructuring, including in-court Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts. He has extensive experience representing debtors/borrowers, secured and unsecured creditors, official creditor/equity committees, and other significant parties-in-interest in large corporate insolvency matters.

Robert led the firm’s representation in the following significant case matters (among many others):

  • Debtors/Borrowers: Allied Systems Holdings (special committee of the Board); Centrix Financial (primary stockholder, Chairman and CEO); GIC Portfolio (out-of-court workout); Keys Resort (Chapter 11 debtor); SunEdison (special litigation counsel); Wells Dairy/Blue Bunny Ice Cream (out-of-court workout).
  • Secured Term Lenders/Bondholders: Atlantis Resort and Casino; American Safety Razor; EPV Solar; Evergreen International Aviation; Flying J/Big West Oil; Geokinetics; Hawkeye Renewables; J.Crew; Le-Nature’s; Millennium Labs; Minnesota Star Tribune; Newark Group; New Vision Broadcasting; Pier 1 Imports; ServiceMaster; Spansion; Sports Authority; Synagro Technologies; TOUSA; Vanguard Natural Resources.
  • Unsecured Bondholders/Creditors: Advanced Lighting; C-BASS; CEDC; Collins & Aikman; Colt Defense; Delphi Corporation; Delta Petroleum; Endeavour International; Energy Conversion Devices; Falcon Products; Forest Oil/Sabine Oil & Gas; InSight Health Services; LightSquared; Orexigen; Patriot Coal; SIRVA/North American Van Lines; TerraVia; TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals; Tribune Company.
  • Official Creditor/Equity Committees: Aralez Pharmaceuticals; Dolan Company; EdgeMarc Energy; EXCO Resources; Fedders; Green Field Energy Services; Green Valley Ranch Hotel and Casino; Legacy Reserves; Lionel Trains (special counsel); Motor Coach Industries; Oakwood Homes Corporation; Oneida; Performance Sports Group; Rex Energy; Riverstone Networks; School Specialty; Visteon Corporation.
  • Preferred Stockholders: Spanish Broadcasting; Washington Mutual.
  • Post-Confirmation Litigation/Liquidation Trusts: Bethlehem Steel; Bricolage Capital; Geneva Steel; Green Field Energy Services; Hayes Lemmerz International; Le-Nature’s; Millennium Labs; Oakwood Homes Corporation; and WCI Communities.

Robert is cited in Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Litigation, Chambers Global (international ranking), Chambers USA (New York and national ranking), Global M&A Network: Top 100 Restructuring Professionals, IFLR1000 (“Highly Regarded” ranking), Legal500, Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow), Super Lawyers, and PLC Which Lawyer.  He is described in the 2019 edition of Chambers Global as  a “brilliant, brilliant lawyer who leaves no stone unturned, and smart enough to know when to cut a deal.” He was recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a “high-minded street fighter” (2018). He received several “Deal of the Year” citations (domestic and international) in connection with his case work.  In 2011, he was profiled in a National Law Journal article entitled, “Winning: Successful Litigators. Powerful Strategies.” In 2010, he was also the subject of a lengthy profile published by Bloomberg / BusinessWeek, wherein he was described by opposing counsel as a litigation "serial killer" but also “bottom-line and commercial oriented.”  In 2018 (as well as 2011) he was one of 12 attorneys named to the annual list of “Outstanding Restructuring Lawyers” published by Turnarounds & Workouts and, in five prior years, he was one of 12 attorneys named to that publication’s annual list of “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers.”  In 2011, Robert was named “Restructuring Lawyer of the Year” at the Turnaround Atlas Awards.

Robert’s “first chair” trial and appellate work have resulted in opinions of high precedential value, including (among many others): In re Visteon Corp., 612 F.3d 210 (3rd Cir. 2010) (described by a leading legal commentator as “the most important [Section] 1114 case ever rendered"); In re Oakwood Homes Corp., 449 F.3d 588 (3rd Cir. 2006); In re TSAWD Holdings, Inc., 565 B.R. 292 (Bankr. D. Del. 2017); In re Millennium Lab Holdings II, LLC, 2016 WL 7048599 (Bankr. D. Del. 2016); In re Green Field Energy Services, Inc., 2015 WL 5146161 (Bankr. D. Del. 2015); In re School Specialty, Inc., 2013 WL 1838513 (Bankr. D. Del. 2013); In re Patriot Coal Corp., 482 B.R. 718 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2012); In re Eastman Kodak Co., 2012 WL 2501071 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2012); In re Tribune Company, 2011 Bankr. Lexis 4128 (Bankr. D. Del. 2011); In re Washington Mutual, Inc., 442 B.R. 314 (Bankr. D. Del. 2011); In re Spansion, Inc., 421 B.R. 151 (Bankr. D. Del. 2009); In re Oakwood Homes Corp., 394 B.R. 352 (Bankr. D. Del. 2008); In re Oneida Ltd., 351 B.R. 79 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2006); and OHC Liquidation Trust v. U.S. Fire Ins. Co., 2006 WL 2578907 (Bankr. D. Del. 2006).

Robert has published extensively on bankruptcy and restructuring topics.  He was the lead editor of the 400-page legal treatise Contested Valuation in Corporate Bankruptcy (LexisNexis 2011), part of the Collier on Bankruptcy monograph series, and the 200-page legal treatise Admitting Expert Valuation Evidence Before the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts (Bernstein, S., et al., Amer. Bankr. Inst. 2017).  He also contributed chapters to the Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide (LexisNexis 2014) and Bankruptcy Business Acquisitions (Amer. Bankr. Inst. 2006).  He wrote or co-wrote articles appearing in, among other periodicals, the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, Business Lawyer, California Law Review (forthcoming), and Journal of Corporation Law.  He also delivered papers, was an invited speaker, and guest lectured at numerous restructuring seminars (both domestic and abroad) and graduate schools of high academic esteem, including programs sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute, American Law Institute (Young Scholars Medal Conference) , Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, Boston University Law School, Columbia Business School, Georgia State University Law School, NYU Stern School of Business, University of California at Hastings Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, University of Texas School of Law, and the New York City Bar Association.

Awards

Education

Vanderbilt University Law School – J.D., 1995
Lafayette College – B.A., 1992

Bar Admissions

New York
New Jersey
US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
US District Court for the District of New Jersey
US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Professional Affiliations
Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Council Member
Awards and Honors
Listed in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA for Bankruptcy & Restructuring Nationwide. Sources say: "He represents clients well and is a very skilled lawyer."
Listed in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA for Bankruptcy & Restructuring in NY and was described as "extremely smart. He knows how and when to cut a deal, but can also be one of the most hard-nosed negotiators I've ever seen."
Listed in the 2018 edition of Chambers Global for Bankruptcy & Restructuring and was described as "a brilliant litigator and brilliant technician."
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Litigation - Bankruptcy (2019)