Erik has practiced bankruptcy law for more than 20 years, and represents domestic and international debtors, creditors, creditors' committees, and other parties-in-interest in sophisticated Chapter 11 cases and in non-judicial corporate reorganizations and restructurings.
Erik has represented Chapter 11 debtors in numerous Chapter 11 cases, including Vivaro Corporation (the largest producer of prepaid calling cards), Horsehead Industries, Inc. (the largest North American producer of zinc), Ultra Stores, Inc. (a national retail jewelry chain), The Glazier Group, Inc. (managers of a chain of high-end steak restaurants in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico), Precision Tool, Die and Machine Co., Inc. (a Louisville, Kentucky-based tool and die manufacturer), Fred Leighton Holding, Inc. (high-end “Jeweler to the Stars”), The Athlete’s Foot Stores, LLC (national retail footwear stores), Vicksburg Chemical Company, Inc. (a Mississippi-based chemical manufacturing company), Resource Recovery, LLC (aluminum recycling), Cedar Chemical Corp. (a Tennessee-based chemical manufacturing company), and 1633 Broadway Mars Restaurant Corp. (a theme restaurant with operations in New York City and Chicago).
Erik has also advised secured lenders, creditors’ committees, creditors, trustees, landlords, and other parties in interest in various large Chapter 11 cases across the United States, including General Growth Properties, Inc., FX Luxury Las Vegas I LLC, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, American Laser Skincare, Filene’s Basement LLC, Nutrition 21, Inc., Kmart Corporation, Refco Inc., UAL Corporation, Dana Corporation, GC Companies, Inc. (General Cinemas), TW, Inc. (The Wiz), Fleming Companies, Inc., Footstar, Inc., Winstar Communications, Inc., Montgomery Ward, LLC, M. Fabrikant & Sons, Inc., L.I.D., Ltd., TransCare Corporation and Ames Department Stores, Inc. In addition, Erik was a member (on behalf of clients) of the unsecured creditors’ committees in the Chapter 11 cases of MPC Corporation and Getty Petroleum Marketing, Inc. and sat on the Trust Oversight Committees in both of those cases following confirmation of their plans.
A registered mediator with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Erik has briefed and argued several cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.