Joseph Lubertazzi, Jr., Chairman of the Firm’s Executive Committee, focuses his practice on creditor rights. He is skilled in handling commercial litigation, representing financial institutions, secured creditors, special servicers, lessors and indenture trustees in real and personal property foreclosures, bankruptcy, health care insolvencies, telecommunications insolvencies, and out of court loan work-outs. He has more than 30 years of experience representing every type of real property and business, invaluable experience that allows him to maximize recoveries for his clients.
Joe is experienced in prosecuting and defending lender liability claims. In the Bankruptcy Court, he has provided representation to, among others, trustees, creditors’ committees, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, indenture trustees and plan proponents in all aspects of negotiation and litigation. Significant matters include defaulted loans involving casinos in New Jersey and Mississippi; three hospital bankruptcies; Trump Entertainment, Atlantic City, New Jersey, bankruptcies; the Dreier LLP bankruptcy; and cases related to Madoff and Stanford. He has also represented numerous trustees of IRBs in the New Jersey State rehabilitation of Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company and the subsequent pre-packaged bankruptcies of Mutual Benefit’s real estate subsidiaries.
Joe gained his workout/foreclosure experience representing plaintiff mortgagees and defendant mortgagors in workouts and uncontested and contested foreclosures aggregating in excess of one billion dollars, including many that involved rent receiverships. He has had significant involvement in matters from Massachusetts south to Delaware.
Building on his debtor/creditor work, Joe has deep experience in many aspects of commercial litigation, including construction litigation, actions under commercial leases, collection of book accounts and minority shareholder disputes.
Joe has served on the Executive Committee for the past five years.