When creditors are looking for experienced representation in bankruptcy matters, Joseph L. Schwartz is the lawyer many rely on for effective legal counsel. Head of the Firm's Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group, Joe concentrates in all facets of restructuring, insolvency law and complex bankruptcy and commercial litigation.  While Joe occasionally represents debtors, the bulk of his clients are secured and unsecured creditors, creditor committees, third party purchasers, unions, private equity/hedge funds, bankruptcy trustees, insurance companies, litigation trustees and indenture trustees.

Joe represents clients in a number of industries, including healthcare, real estate, manufacturing, retail, distribution and finance.  Joe performs ongoing bankruptcy work for United Capital Corp.; The Bank of New York; Wilmington Trust; Law Debenture;  JP Morgan Chase;  Wells Fargo Bank; JNESO District Counsel 1, IUOE, AFL-CIO; Somerset Tire Service; Chicago Title; Provident Bank;  U.S. Bank; and numerous other companies.

Joe frequently speaks on a variety of bankruptcy-related topics for various organizations. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association, and District Ethics Committee for Essex County, District V-C.  Thomson Reuters has included Joe on the New Jersey "Super Lawyers" list for Bankruptcy Law each year since 2006.  Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. Lawyers, has included Joe on its Best Lawyers list for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights as well as for Litigation-Bankruptcy Law since 2010.  Additionally, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business has included Joe in its Client's Guide for Bankruptcy Law since 2010, noting that clients say he “presents well in court, makes very good arguments and understands the complexities of the code." He "inspires confidence" by being "fantastically well prepared, highly determined and completely at ease on his feet in court."  Clients also call him a "talented lawyer" who "knows what he's doing, when to compromise and when to litigate," and "probably the best-prepared attorney that I have ever seen.  He really does his homework."  See Awards and Honors Methodology

No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Joe is the author of various published articles, including "Secured Creditors and Lienors," Tilton, ed., Bankruptcy Business Acquisitions (American Bankruptcy Institute 2007); "The Admissibility of Statistical Probabilities in DNA Testing for Suspect Identification in Criminal Proceedings," 24 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 868 (1991) and "The Dischargeability of Restitution Obligations Under Chapter 13," 25 Suffolk U.L. Rev. 178 (1991). The last two of these articles can be found at www.heinonline.org.

Published Cases

In re G-I Holdings, Inc., 580 B.R. 388 (Bnkr.D.N.J. January 26, 2018)

In re G-I Holdings, Inc., 2017 WL 1788656 (Bnkr.D.N.J. May 05, 2017)

In re Circle 10 Restaurant, LLC, 519 B.R. 95 (Bnkr.D.N.J. November 07, 2014)

In re Microbilt Corp., 588 Fed.Appx. 179 (Bankr. 3rd Cir. December 10, 2013)

In re NJ Affordable Homes Corp., 2013 WL 6048836 (Bnkr.D.N.J. November 08, 2013)

In re Raritan Hospitality, LLC, 2011 WL 2680906 (Bankr.D.N.J. July 08, 2011)

In re EnCap Golf Holdings, 2009 WL 9140813 (Bnkr.D.N.J. February 19, 2009)

In re Ridgemour Meyer Properties, LLC, 413 B.R. 101 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. December 12, 2008)

In re International Benefits Group, Inc., 2008 WL 5070673 (D.N.J. November 24, 2008)

In re EnCap Golf Holdings, LLC, 2008 WL 4200324 (Bankr.D.N.J. September 04, 2008)

In re Benun, 386 B.R. 59 (Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. v. Jack C. Benun) (Bankr.D.N.J. February 29, 2008)

In re M Liquidating Corp., 2007 WL 4571090 (Bankr.D.N.J. December 27, 2007)

In re International Benefits Group, Inc., 2007 WL 1875926 (D.N.J. June 28, 2007)

In re United Steel Enterprises, Inc., 2006 WL 3544583 (D.N.J. December 08, 2006)

In re International Benefits Group, Inc., 206 WL 2417297 (D.N.J. August 21, 2006)

In re Benun, 339 B.R. 115 (Bankr.D.N.J. March 10, 2006)

In re Combustion Engineering, Inc., 391 F. 3d 190 (3rd Cir. (Del.) December 02, 2004)

In re APF Co., 308 B.R. 183 (Joseph A. Pardo, Trustee v. William Gonzaba, M.D., et al.) (Bankr.D.Del. April 26, 2004)

Pardo v. Foundation Health Corp., 2004 WL 1969580 (Bankr.D.Del. January 21, 2004)

In re Muma Services, Inc., 286 B.R. 583 (Bankr.D.Del. November 27, 2002)

In re American Appliance, 272 B.R. 587 (Bankr.D.N.J. January 25, 2002)

In re APF Co., 274 B.R. 408 (Joseph A. Pardo, Trustee v. NYLCare Health Plans, Inc., et al.) (Bankr.D.Del. December 18, 2001)

In re APF Co., 2001 WL 1820788 (D.Del. August 31, 2001)

In re APF Co., 274 B.R. 634 (Bankr.D.Del. August 27, 2001)

In re APF Co., 264 B.R. 344 (Joseph A. Pardo, Trustee, et al. v. Pacificare of Texas, Inc. et al.) (Bankr.D.Del. June 27, 2001)

Pollution Control Financing Authority of Warren County v. County of Somerset, 735 A.2d 633 (N.J.Super.A.D. August 27, 1999)

Matter of Arrow Carrier Corp., 1994 WL 411780 (D.N.J. June 06, 1994)