Expertise

Areas of Expertise

Complex Bankruptcy Litigation

Mr. Geller has litigated a wide variety of bankruptcy matters, including actions to avoid and recover fraudulent conveyances and preferential transfers, actions for breach of fiduciary duties, contested cash collateral motions, stay relief motions, motions to dismiss and/or convert, motions to appoint Chapter 11 trustees, and contested confirmation hearings. Mr. Geller has a particular expertise in cases involving complex valuation issues and valuation experts.

Corporate Chapter 11 Reorganizations

Unlike many firms that specialize in representing one type of party in Chapter 11 cases, Mr. Geller has been exposed to all sides of the equation, representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors committees, Chapter 11 trustees, and liquidating trustees in cases of regional and national significance.

Bankruptcy and Commercial Mediation

As litigation has become more complex and expensive over the past 10-20 years (in part due to the ever-expanding scope of electronic discovery), Mr. Geller perceived a growing need for mediators having bankruptcy expertise. To meet that need, Mr. Geller completed the American Bankruptcy Institute/St. John’s University 40-hour bankruptcy mediation  training program in December 2013. Now, in addition to representing parties in mediations, Mr. Geller is positioned to serve as a neutral mediator and to assist parties in resolving their disputes in a more economical setting.  In September 2016, Mr. Geller mediated a complex not-for-profit hospital bankruptcy case involving a $30+ million adversary proceeding, a contested plan confirmation, and multiple appeals.  All of the disputes were resolved and the Debtor is proceeding toward confirmation of a consensual plan.

Commercial Litigation

In addition to his bankruptcy-specific litigation, Mr. Geller has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts. The claims have run the gamut from breach of contract claims, to breach of fiduciary duty claims, to lender liability claims, to compelled corporate dissolution claims, to tax accounting claims.

Out-of-Court Workouts

Mr. Geller has represented both borrowers and lenders in dozens of out-of-court workouts over his 30+-year career.


Representative Cases

  • Debtors
    • In re Commercial Financial Services, Inc. (N.D. Okla.)
    • In re Direct Air, Inc. (N.D. Ill.)
    • In re IMW Atlas, Inc. (W.D. Ky.)
    • In re GAC Storage Copley Place, LLC, et al. (N.D. Ill.)
  • Creditors Committees
    • In re Great Northern Paper, Inc. (D. Me.)
    • In re Lincoln Paper and Tissue, LLC (D. Me.)
    • In re Belknap, Inc. (W.D. Ky.)
    • In re Telesphere Communications, Inc. (N.D. Ill.)
    • In re HFH, Inc. (W.D. Ky.)
    • In re Rehab Designs of America Corp. (W.D. Ky.)
  • Chapter 11/Liquidating Trustees
    • In re Commercial Financial Services, Inc. (N.D. Okla.)
    • In re Chicago, Missouri & Western Railway Company (N.D. Ill.)
    • In re Wire Cloth Products, Inc. (N.D. Ill.)
  • Key Constituents/Litigants
    • In re Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd. (D. Me.)
    • In re Fairpoint Communications, Inc. (S.D.N.Y.)
    • In re LandAmerica 1031 Exchange Services, Inc. (E.D. Va.)
    • In re Pegasus Satellite Television, Inc. (D. Me.)
    • In re Horizon Natural Resources, Inc. (E.D. Ky.)
    • In re M.W. Sewall, Inc. (D. Me.)
    • In re Black Diamond Mining Co., LLC (E.D. Ky.)
    • In re Linens ‘N Things, Inc. (D. Del.)
    • In re Eastern Pulp & Paper Corp. (D. Me)

Representative Clients

  • Verso Corporation
  • The Bank of Maine
  • Development Specialists, Inc.
  • Clayton Investment Co.
  • Montalvo Corp.
  • Shaker Advertising Agency