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Adrienne K. Walker

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AWalker@mintz.com

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Adrienne is a restructuring and commercial finance attorney with significant bankruptcy litigation experience and deep capabilities advancing creditors' rights and representing debt holders in Chapter 11 and Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcies. She skillfully handles bankruptcy matters and workouts in state and federal courts, often representing strategic trade creditors, official and ad-hoc committees, bondholders, debtors, lease parties, and trustees. Her commercial lending work involves advising borrowers on private equity and secured financing transactions. Adrienne works with clients in many industries, with a particular focus on the life sciences, health care, retail, senior living, and manufacturing. 

As an experienced commercial lending attorney, Adrienne also advises both borrowers and lenders on complex debt structuring, including transactions involving traditional banks and, more often, private equity. While most of these commercial lending matters involve a distressed debt or restructuring, her foresight and planning for unforeseen distress situations makes her work with non-troubled companies an asset to any client team.

In addition, Adrienne is an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School, teaching advanced courses in business bankruptcy. Adrienne is also a frequent speaker and writer on numerous topics of interest in the bankruptcy and commercial lending fields.

After law school, she served as a law clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts.

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School (JD)
  • Simmons College (BA)

Experience

  • Representation of Bond Trustee in connection with the Central Falls Detention Facility Corporation, a detention center located in Rhode Island, with respect to bond obligations in excess of $130 million.
  • Representation of Master Trustee and Bond Trustee in connection with Clare Oaks, a CCRC located in Illinois, with respect to bond obligations in excess of $84 million.
  • Representation of Master Trustee and Bond Trustee in connection with a distressed CCRC located in Missouri, with respect to bond obligations in excess of $50 million.
  • Representation of HP Hood, petitioning creditor in the involuntary chapter 7 case of Dari Farms, filed in District of Connecticut.
  • Representation of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of the chapter 11 case of Clark-Cutler-McDermott, filed in the District of Massachusetts.
  • Representation of ASICS America Corporation, the largest consignor and member of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Sports Authority chapter 11 bankruptcy case, filed in the District of Delaware.
  • Representation of Reebok-CCM Hockey, creditor and member of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Total Hockey, Inc. chapter 11 case, filed in the Eastern District of Missouri.
  • Representation of Ad Hoc Committee of Dealer/Franchise Store Owners in the RadioShack Corporation chapter 11 case, filed in the District of Delaware.
  • Representation of Spartan Race, purchaser of the Tough Mudder assets in the involuntary chapter 11 case of Tough Mudder, Inc., filed in the District of Delaware.
  • Representation of Smyths Toys, purchaser of the Toys R Us European assets in the Toys R Us chapter 11 bankruptcy case, filed in the Eastern District of Virginia.
  • Representation of K.D. Pharma, purchaser of certain assets of the Sancilio Pharmaceuticals in the chapter 11 case of Sancilio Pharmaceuticals Company, Inc., filed in the District of Delaware.
  • Representation of Master Trustee in the City of Stockton, California chapter 9 case, filed in the Eastern District of California.
  • Representation of the Ad Hoc Bondholder Committee to the Water/Sewer Bonds in the City of Detroit, Michigan, filed in the Eastern District of Michigan.
  • Representation of assignee for the benefit of creditors of Cambridge, Massachusetts based medical device developer.
  • Representation of several early stage pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers in out of court wind downs.
  • Represented the U.S. subsidiary of Velcro Companies, the premier manufacturer and innovator of hook and loop fasteners, in connection with dealing with customers in distressed situations, including a myriad of issues related to commercial loan workouts and loan amendments.
  • Representation of numerous contract counterparties in litigating contested matters relating to the termination of certain securities agreements in the Lehman Brothers chapter 11 case, filed in the Southern District of New York, including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Massachusetts State College Building Authority, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, SL Green, and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA.

Recognition & Awards

  • Chambers USA: Massachusetts – Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2011 – 2020)
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll, United States Bankruptcy Court District of Massachusetts (2013 (inaugural year) – 2019)
  • First Justices' Award for Pro Bono Publico Excellence (2016 - 2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2018 - 2020)
  • Top Women of Law – Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2016)
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Finance: Municipal Bankruptcy (2013 – 2017)
  • Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Bankruptcy: Business list (2011 – 2019)
  • Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Stars – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights list (2005 – 2008)
  • Boston Bar Association President's Award (2010 - 2011)

Involvement

  • Board of Directors, American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)
  • ABI 40 Under 40 “Judge” (2019)
  • Conference Co-Chair, ABI Northeast Conference (2018-2019)
  • Advisory Board, ABI Northeast Conference (2017)
  • Member, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
  • Member, Boston Bar Association (BBA)
  • Member, BBA Bankruptcy Section Steering Committee (2004-present)
  • Section Co-Chair, BBA Bankruptcy Section Strategic Planning Committee (2018-present)
  • Section Co-Chair, BBA Bankruptcy Section (2008-2010)
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association
  • Trustee, Unitarian Universalist Area Church Trust
  • Member, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts’ Pro Bono Legal Services Advisory Committee
  • Member, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts’ Diversity Initiative Task Force
  • Member, National Committee of Bankruptcy Judges' 2017 Conference Education Committee

Recent Insights

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Viewpoints

It is very common for bankruptcy court orders to provide that the court retains jurisdiction to enforce such orders. Similarly, chapter 11 confirmation orders routinely provide that the bankruptcy court retains jurisdiction over all orders previously entered in the case. 
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Check out the recent American Bankruptcy Institute Journal cover article in which Rick Mikels and Adrienne Walker explore the circumstances under which a stay pending appeal is appropriate, with a particular focus on 363 sales, through an analysis of the Third Circuit’s decision in In re Revel AC Inc.
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Pennsylvania Amends Act 47 to Give the Commonwealth More Oversight and its Municipalities Less Time to Reorganize

November 7, 2014 | Blog | By Leonard Weiser-Varon, William Kannel, Adrienne K. Walker

Pennsylvania’s legislature recently approved House Bill No. 1773, an overhaul to its Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, commonly known as “Act 47.”  HB 1773 was signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett on October 31, 2014.
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Michigan Emergency Manager Bill Signed Into Law

January 2, 2013 | Blog | By Leonard Weiser-Varon, William Kannel, Adrienne K. Walker

This is a follow up to our recent blog post discussing then pending Michigan legislation known as the “Local Financial Stability and Choice Act” or Public Act 436 (the “Financial Stability Act”), which will replace Public Act 72 and overhaul Michigan’s emergency manager law.
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Detroit's "Fiscal Cliff" and Michigan's Response

December 13, 2012 | Blog | By Leonard Weiser-Varon, William Kannel, Adrienne K. Walker

Detroit’s increasingly distressed financial condition has created a dynamic and rapidly evolving situation where the potential of a Chapter 9 filing appears to be the subject of renewed discussion and legislative attention. 
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News & Press

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In its May issue, the ABI Journal, the magazine of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), included the election of Mintz Member Adrienne Walker to its Board of Directors, and highlights her ongoing participation as a member of the organization since 2000 and her significant experience in the industry.
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The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) included an article written by Mintz Member Adrienne K. Walker in its digital book, “Best of ABI 2019: The Year in Business Bankruptcy,” which is an annual compendium of the best ABI Journal and conference seminar articles.
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Mintz partner and Massachusetts lawyer Julie Korostoff is one of 49 attorneys recognized as “Leaders in Their Fields” by the 2018 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide. Chambers named Korostoff a “Recognized Practitioner” in Technology.

Testimonial Evidence

January 1, 2018

Bankruptcy & Restructuring Member Adrienne Walker is a featured author in the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Quick Evidence Handbook. Adrienne is among those industry sources contributing content in the form of a full chapter.
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Best Lawyers named 85 Mintz attorneys to its 2018 list of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Mintz attorneys Matthew J. Gardella and Samuel M. Tony Starr were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas.
Fifty-three Mintz attorneys have been named Massachusetts Super Lawyers for 2016 and thirty-one have been named Massachusetts Rising Stars. The findings will be published in the November 2016 issue of Boston Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New England Super Lawyers. 
Mintz's Elissa Flynn-Poppey and Adrienne K. Walker, have been named 2016 “Top Women of Law” honorees by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The award recognizes attorneys “who have made tremendous professional strides and demonstrated great accomplishments in the legal field.”
Firm’s National Healthcare Practice, NY Corporate/M&A and Litigation: General Commercial Among Newest Rankings
Mintz Member Adrienne Walker authored this ABI Journal article discussing a decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in In re Revel AC Inc. carrying significance to federal jurisprudence and bankruptcy practice.
The 2015 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide names 52 Mintz, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.  attorneys as “Leaders in Their Fields.”

Events

Panelist
Apr
3
2020

Do Defaults Matter in the Era of COVID-19?

The State of Creditor Rights in Unprecedented Times

View Webinar Recording

Panelist
Sep
18
2019

Your Contract Counterparty is Insolvent....Now What?!?

Mintz, One Financial Center, Boston, MA

Panelist
Sep
13
2019

Goodbye, Delaware? Impact of Bankruptcy Venue Reform on Business, Boston and You!

The InterContinental Boston, 510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA

Panelist
Apr
12
2019

American Bankruptcy Institute's 2019 Annual Spring Meeting

Breaking the Log Jam: The Trend Toward Pre-Plan Mediation of Case-Dispostive Disputes in Chapter 11

Washington, D.C.

Panelist
Dec
3
2018

MCLE: Annual New England Law Conference

Trade Creditor Hot Topics

MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston

Speaker
Sep
21
2016

MCLE: Bankruptcy Law Basics Plus

Creditor's Rights

MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston

Moderator
Jul
15
2016

American Bankruptcy Institute: Northeast Conference

“Sub Rosa Plans”: Their Impact in, and Provision of a Potential Alternate Exit Strategy from, Chapter 11

Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, N.H.

Speaker

Publications

Bankruptcy Court’s Authority to Mandate Mediation and Scope of Good Faith Participation, American Bankruptcy Institute, Annual Spring Meeting Conference (April 2019)


Minimizing Preference Exposure, Annual New England Bankruptcy Conference, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE, Inc. 2018)


ABI’s Quick Evidence Handbook, Second Edition (2018), Contributing Author (Testimonial Evidence chapter)


Mediating Valuation, Intercreditor and Other Issues Affecting Secured Creditors in Bankruptcy, 120116 ABI-CLE 325, American Bankruptcy Institute, Annual Winter Leadership Conference (December 2016) (co-authored with Richard E. Mikels and Charles Azano)


Structured Dismissal: The “Least Bad Alternative”, 071416 ABI-CLE, “Sub Rosa Plans”: Their Impact in, and Provision of a Potential Alternate Exit Strategy from, Chapter 11, American Bankruptcy Institute, Northeast Conference (July 2016)


Should Bankruptcy Waivers Be Enforceable?, Am. Bankr. Inst. J., December 2014, at 26 (co-authored with Richard E. Mikels and Amanda M. Blaske)


“Buyer Beware” of Environmental Liabilities After a Section 363 Sale, 071714 ABI-CLE 209, 363 Sales and Successor Liability, American Bankruptcy Institute, Northeast Conference (July 2014) (co-authored with Eric R. Blythe)


Chapter 11: Postconfirmation Issues and Appeals, Bankruptcy Practice in Massachusetts (MCLE, Inc. 2014)