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 proceedings, with an emphasis on selling or acquiring distressed assets and assisting parties in restructurings or out-of-court workouts.
Aside from his core insolvency practice, A.J. represents clients in connection with bankruptcy litigation (including avoidance and breach of contract), and counsels clients on commercial matters. He has 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.
Represented clients in connection with bankruptcy proceedings throughout the country, including: Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., Avaya Inc., Gordmans Stores, Inc., Marsh Supermarkets (in connection with Topvalco, Inc.'s acquisition of certain assets), GT Advanced Technologies, Inc., Payless Holdings LLC, rue21, Inc., The Gymboree Corporation, GST Autoleather, Inc., Freedom Industries, Inc., JW Resources, Inc., Sebring Management FL, LLC, Aeropostale, Inc., The Sports Authority, Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (PacSun), Traffic Stores, Sears Holdings Corporation, Lectrus Corporation, and The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
Highlights & Recognitions
- 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
Memberships & Affiliations
- ABI Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, Advisory Board Member
- American Bankruptcy Institute
- American Bar Association
- Ohio State Bar Association
- Cincinnati Bar Association
Non-FBT Publications and Events
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)