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"I work tirelessly to maximize the value of a case for my clients." - Eric Monzo

Eric J. Monzo

Partner

Overview

Eric J. Monzo focuses on issues relating to business restructuring and insolvency. He regularly represents a wide range of stakeholders with a focus on corporate debtors and their independent and special committee management, in addition to, commercial creditors, official and unofficial committees, indenture trustees, and lender groups.

Eric is widely recognized by clients and peers for his preeminent legal ability and creative solutions. Clients regard him as a true professional, who is fully prepared and focused on the business objectives.  

Eric handles matters relating to the restructuring and liquidation of companies in a broad range of industries with experience in healthcare, construction, energy, finance, food and beverage, technology, transportation, real estate and retail. While many of the matters pertain to matters pending in courts located in Delaware and involve issues of Delaware law, Eric also represents clients in multi-jurisdictional and international insolvency proceedings and litigation outside of Delaware.

A specific area of focus of Eric’s practice includes assisting clients regarding complex legacy liability issues in bankruptcy such as environmental, pension, union and similar types of claims.  Eric earned a certification in employee benefits through the Temple University School of Law and assists clients relating to issues of executive compensation, deferred compensation, severance, and ERISA in the context of bankruptcy.

Experience

  • Counseling official committees of unsecured creditors and equity committees
  • Counseling current and former directors, officers and advisors of debtors relating to fiduciary duties
  • Advising indenture trustees, agents, and lending groups in complex restructurings 
  • Counseling claimants in major mass tort and business tort bankruptcies and class action litigation relating to complex issues including successor liability and coordination of resolution of mass tort claims through plans of reorganization and liquidation
  • Representing financial institutions and lenders in transactions in acquisition financing, debtor-in-possession financing, mezzanine financing, leveraged and asset based financing
  • Assisting secured creditors seeking to enforce rights against debtors, including through foreclosure, liens, replevin, execution and levy
  • Advising prospective purchasers in 363 asset sales, including stalking horse purchasers in complex sale transactions and auctions
  • Advising clients in complex cross border insolvency and asset recovery issues

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Business Bankruptcy Committee - Vice Chair, Trust Indenture Subcommittee
American Bankruptcy Institute, Unsecured Trade Creditors’ Committee, Communications Manager
Commercial Financial Association
Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court
Delaware State Bar Association, Member of Bankruptcy, Environmental, eDiscovery & Technology Law Sections
Federal Bar Association
Turnaround Management Association

Recent Matters

Committees 

AmCad Holdings, LLC, Delaware Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
Axion International, Inc., Delaware Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
Borden Dairy Company, Delaware Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
Cloud Peak Energy Inc., Delaware Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
F+W Media, Inc., Delaware Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
Global Aviation Holdings, Inc., Delaware Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
Juno USA, LP, Delaware Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
Loot Crate, Inc., Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
Melinta Therapeutics, Inc., Delaware Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
M&G USA Corporation, Delaware Counsel to Construction Lien Holder Group
Restora Healthcare Holdings, LLC, Delaware Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
SportCo. Holdings, Inc., Delaware Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors
Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc., Lead Counsel to the Litigation Trustee
Vertellus Specialties Inc., Delaware Counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors

Debtors

Angel Medical Systems, Inc., Delaware Counsel to Debtor
Morris | Schneider | Wittstadt Va., PLLC, Lead Counsel to Debtors
Sugarfina Inc., Delaware Counsel to Debtors
Westlake Hospital, Lead Counsel to Debtors
Zumobi Inc., Lead Counsel to Debtor

Indenture Trustee 

Claire's Store Inc., Delaware Counsel to Trustee
Gibson Brands, Inc., Delaware Counsel to Successor Trustee
High Ridge Brands Co., Delaware Counsel to Trustee
Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., Delaware Counsel to Trustee
Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc., Delaware Counsel to Debtors
Optima Specialty Steel, Inc., Delaware Counsel to Trustee
Pernix Sleep, Inc., Delaware Counsel to Trustee
Scottish Holdings, Inc., Delaware Counsel to Trustee
UCI International, LLC, Delaware Counsel to Trustee

Directors and Officers 

John Q. Hammons Management LLC, Lead Counsel to Independent Manager
White Eagle General Partner, LLC, Lead Counsel to Independent Manager

Additional Matters

Jevic Transportation, Inc., Represented Secured Lender 
The Beverly Hills Unified School District, Lead Counsel 

Publications

Articles & Publications

News & Events

News & Events

Community

Community

Chair of the Ethics Commission for New Castle County charged with administering the New Castle County Code of Ethics which emphasizes guidance and training to public officials and employees regarding the ethical requirements established by New Castle County Council.

Children and Families First, Board of Directors, a non-profit social services agency whose branches have touched every corner of Delaware, with services that are child-centered and family-focused, forming a comprehensive continuum of quality social, educational and mental health services.  Previously, Eric was the President of the Board of Directors of Supporting Kidds, Inc., which is now a program of Children and Families First.

General Chair to the Combined Campaign for Justice, which helps funds many low-income Delawareans faced with critical challenges in their lives through the assistance of Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (CLASI), Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Inc. (DVLS) and Legal Services Corporation of Delaware, Inc.

Court appointed guardian ad litem or counsel to children in family court proceedings through Delaware’s Office of the Child Advocate.

Member of the Local Rules Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware

Recognition

Honors

Best Lawyers®, 2019-2020

Delaware Today® Top Lawyers, Business Bankruptcy, 2016 - 2018, 2019 (top vote-getter)

Delaware State Bar Association Young Lawyers Distinguished Service Award, 2018

Kathryn R. Heidt Memorial Award, ABA Section of Business Law Business Bankruptcy Committee, 2017

Delaware Super Lawyers®, Bankruptcy: Business Rising Star, 2013-2016

T 302.888.5848
F 302.504.3953

Clerkships

Law Clerk for The Honorable Mary Pat Thynge, United States Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, District of Delaware

Admissions

Delaware, 2008

Maryland, 2007

New Jersey, 2002

Pennsylvania, 2002

U.S. District Court, District of Delaware

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court, District of Maryland 

Education

Widener University Delaware Law School, J.D., with honors, 2002
Washington & Jefferson College,
B.A., Business Administration, with a concentration in finance, 1999
B.A., Psychology, 1999

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