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  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, Dean's List, 1991
  • A.B., Cornell University, Dean's List, 1987

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second, Third and Sixth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court

David Adler

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    • Worldwide Plaza
      825 Eighth Ave., 31st Fl.
      New York, NY 10019

David J. Adler joined McCarter & English in 1991. He is a member of the firm’s Compensation Committee and previously served on the firm’s Executive Committee from 2008 to 2014.

David’s practice encompasses bankruptcy and other insolvency proceedings. He represents a broad range of clients, including debtors, creditors' committees, trustees, secured creditors, indenture trustees, unsecured trade creditors, equipment lessors, landlords and purchasers of assets.

He represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the bankruptcy of Coudert Brothers LLP, a former major international law firm founded in the 1850s. In connection with the confirmation of Coudert’s plan of liquidation, the estate recovered over $8 million from its partners. Following confirmation, David, on behalf of the plan administrator, asserted claims against non-settling partners and successor law firms under the bankruptcy code and partnership law (including unfinished business claims). Those claims resulted in several significant settlements and landmark decisions.

David currently represents the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the bankruptcy of Zucker Goldberg & Ackerman, LLC pending in the bankruptcy court in the District of New Jersey.

He also represents Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas (DBTCA) in the bankruptcy of Tribune Company and its subsidiaries. DBTCA was the indenture trustee for over $1 billion in publicly traded bonds and was a member of the Official Committee. David has continued to represent DBTCA in post-confirmation matters including as counsel of record in a recent Third Circuit decision concerning the doctrine of equitable mootness.

In addition, he represents creditors in the recently filed oil-related bankruptcies including an equipment supplier (that is a member of the Official Committee) in the chapter 11 proceeding of Samson Resources Company and one of the largest trade creditors in the chapter 11 proceeding of Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation.

David has represented trustees appointed under the Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970 in connection with the liquidation of BBS and First Interregional Equity Corp. Both of these cases involved multimillion dollar liquidations of major brokerage firms and issues dealing with complex customer positions and the unraveling of major frauds.

He frequently represents indenture trustees in separate litigations arising out of bankruptcy where claims have been asserted by certificate holders for professional negligence, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and violation of the Trust Indenture Act.

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognized as a New York Super Lawyer, 2012-2018
  • Consistently ranked individually and with firm’s Bankruptcy & Restructuring Group in The Deal's Bankruptcy League Tables

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Representative Matters

In re Tribune Media Company, 799 F.3d 272 (3d Cir. 2015).
Development Specialists, Inc. v. Dechert LLP, 532 B.R. 473 (S.D.N.Y. May 07, 2015)
In re Coudert Bros. LLP, 574 Fed.Appx. 15 (2nd Cir. Sept. 02, 2014)
Development Specialists, Inc. v. Dechert LLP, 2014 WL 3858523 (S.D.N.Y. July 31, 2014)
In re Thelen LLP, 24 N.Y.3d 16 (N.Y. July 01, 2014)
Development Specialists, Inc. v. Dechert LLP, 2013 WL 4573733 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 22, 2013)