Dennis J. O'Grady is Of Counsel and the former Chair of Riker Danzig's Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Group. His practice primarily involves bankruptcy and commercial litigation matters specializing in the representation of creditors and debtors in business reorganization cases under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. Mr. O’Grady has been involved in a number of major bankruptcy cases such as Frontier Communications, Inc., Murray Energy Corp., Bayonne Medical Center, Hudson Healthcare, Inc. (“Hoboken University Medical Center”), Capmark Financial Corp., Majestic Casinos, Inc., Las Vegas Monorail, Encap Golf Holdings, Inc., and G-I Holdings, Inc. (f/k/a GAF Corporation).
Riker Danzig’s Bankruptcy Group is regularly recognized by a number of outside sources, including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, for our substantial experience and creativity along with our long-standing reputation that boasts effectiveness, communication, success and value. Mr. O’Grady is described by sources as “phenomenal. He has good negotiation skills, identifies issues very quickly and sees the big picture." Clients note Mr. O’Grady’s “keen sense of when to litigate, and when to settle,” as well as his “vast amount of experience and expertise in the bankruptcy arena.” The Guide also states “if you are filing for bankruptcy protection in the Third Circuit, you can't do better than Dennis O'Grady.” The Guide says Mr. O’Grady “knows bankruptcy law inside and out,” and is “technically sound, with a strong understanding of the law.” Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. lawyers, has included Mr. O'Grady on its "Best Lawyers" list for Bankruptcy and Creditors-Debtors Rights and Bankruptcy Litigation since 2006, naming him "Lawyer of the Year" for Bankruptcy Litigation in the Newark region for 2022, 2018 and 2016. He has also been named “Lawyer of the Year” for Bankruptcy and Reorganization Law in the Newark region in 2014 and 2013, an honor given annually to a single attorney in each practice area in each region. Thomson Reuters also has consistently included him on New Jersey's "Super Lawyers" list for Bankruptcy Law since the inception of its rating system in 2005. See Awards and Honors Methodology.
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Mr. O’Grady is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy and commercial law issues and has been an adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers University Law School.
Mr. O'Grady is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy Lawyers, as well as a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Business and Bankruptcy Section of the American Bar Association, the Business Reorganization Subcommittee of the American Bar Association, and Indenture Trustee Section, the Creditors' Rights Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the Health Care Insolvency Subcommittee of the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is also a former Director of the American Board of Professional Certification, as well as a former member of its faculty subcommittee, and is a former Director of the New Jersey Turnaround Management Association as well as a member of its Advisory Board.