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Biography

A.J. counsels companies facing varying degrees of financial uncertainty and distress, working to proactively identify and assess insolvency issues. He represents parties (secured/unsecured creditors, debtors, committees, purchasers, and borrowers) in all phases of bankruptcy/insolvency proceedings, with an emphasis on selling or acquiring distressed assets and assisting parties in restructurings or out-of-court workouts. Additionally, A.J. counsels clients on general corporate and commercial matters and has also prosecuted or defended numerous avoidance actions.

Prior to joining Frost Brown Todd, A.J. was a financial sales associate for a major brokerage institution, and later worked for a non-profit arts organization. His prior work experience provided him with a unique perspective on the myriad of financial issues affecting both for-profit and not-for-profit entities. He graduated second in his class from the University of Cincinnati College of Law where he authored numerous bankruptcy-related articles.

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

A.J. has represented clients throughout the country in debtor, committee, senior secured lender, distressed acquisition, and retail/landlord engagements. Examples include JW Resources, Inc. and Cambrian Holding Company, Inc. as debtor counsel; Gordmans Stores, Inc., Freedom Industries, Inc., and Goodrich Quality Theaters as committee counsel; Lectrus Corporation, Sebring Management FL, Glen-Alum Coal Company, and Murray Energy Holdings Co. as DIP lender/senior secured lender counsel; and J.C. Penney, Sears, Bon-Ton, J.Crew, Pier 1, RadioShack, Pac-Sun, Aeropostale, Payless, and rue21 as retail/landlord counsel.

Education

Law School

University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 2015, Summa Cum Laude, Order of the Coif
University Prize – Second Highest G.P.A.
University of Cincinnati Law Review, Articles Editor and Associate Member

Undergraduate School 

Marshall University, B.A., Political Science, Summa Cum Laude
Outstanding Student in Political Science

Bar Membership

A.J. is licensed to practice in the following state:

Ohio, 2015

Courts

A.J. is admitted to practice before the following courts:

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Distinguished Law Student, Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar

University Prize – Second Highest G.P.A., University of Cincinnati College of Law

Commercial Law Award for Highest Scholar in Contract, Commercial, and Bankruptcy Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Ernest Karam Prize, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Thompson Hine & Flory Prize, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Outstanding Student in Political Science, Marshall University

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

ABI Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, Advisory Board Member

American Bankruptcy Institute

American Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Cincinnati Bar Association

Major Publications

A.J. is an author of the following publications:

Pay Me Once, Pay Me Twice: Shapiro v. Henson’s Impact on a Debtor’s Fresh Start After Bankruptcy, 83 U. Cin. L. Rev. 625 (2014)

A New Take on an Old Foe: Percentage Fees in Unconfirmed Chapter 13 Bankruptcies, National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees Quarterly (Fall 2015)

Filing Time-Barred Claims in Bankruptcy Subjects Creditors to FDCPA Sanctions in the Eleventh Circuit (and Maybe the Seventh), U. Cin. L. Rev. (January 2015)

Protecting Attorneys and Jeopardizing Creditors: In re Thelen LLP and Rejection of the “Unfinished Business Rule”, U. Cin. L. Rev. (November 2014)

Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out: Smith v. Robbins (In re IFS Financial Corporation), U. Cin. L. Rev. (October 2014)

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