Dennis J. Shaffer

Dennis J. Shaffer

PARTNER
dshaffer@wtplaw.com
BALTIMORE
T: 410.347.9437
F: 410.223.4337



Mr. Shaffer is a partner in the firm's Business Reorganization & Bankruptcy Section, with extensive experience in representing debtors, creditors, creditors' committees, trustees and plan administrators in all phases of bankruptcy cases and related matters nationwide, including complex litigation and bankruptcy litigation. He is also a member of the firm's Hospitality Industry Group, lending his past professional and present legal experience to this focused industry group.

Recognitions

  • AV Peer Review Rated: Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America in practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2012 - present
 

Memberships & Activities

  • Member: Baltimore County Bar Association
  • Member: Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member: American Bar Association
  • Member: Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Member: American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Judicial Clerk:  Hon. Christian M. Kahl; Circuit Court of Maryland for Baltimore County (1998-1999)

  • Best Lawyers Designation

Business Reorganization and Bankruptcy

Mr. Shaffer has significant experience in representing debtors, trustees and plan administrators, individual creditors and creditors' committees in all aspects of Chapter 11, Chapter 7 and related proceedings, in various industries, including hospitality, energy, real estate, retail and transportation.  His experience includes advising clients with respect to out-of-court workouts, preparation for filing bankruptcy under both Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, working through the bankruptcy process as a debtor or creditor, liquidation of assets, recovery of assets, and complex litigation arising out of the bankruptcy process.

Chapter 11 Reorganizations and Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Debtors' counsel in Chapter 11 reorganization case in the District of Delaware of In re: LSP Energy Limited Partnership, et al., an energy company with an electric generation facility located in Batesville, Mississippi
  • Debtors’ counsel to tenant-owned property association in Chapter 11 case in the District of Maryland; In re: Pickwick Square Mutual Homes, Inc.
  • Counsel to Papa Johns' International, as franchisor, and certain affiliates in the Chapter 11 reorganization case in the District of Maryland of In re: PJCOMN Acquisition Corporation, a Papa Johns' franchisee
  • Debtor's lead counsel in Chapter 11 reorganization case in the District of Columbia of In re: Long Rap, Inc., a specialty retailer (Up Against the Wall and Commander Salamander) with locations in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC and California
  • Debtors' co-counsel in Chapter 11 reorganization case in Maryland of In re: National Energy & Gas Transmission, Inc. (f/k/a/ PG&E National Energy Group, Inc.), a multibillion-dollar energy company that focused on power generation and natural gas transmission in North America
  • Debtors' counsel in Chapter 11 case in Maryland of In re: MCSi, Inc., a publicly traded Debtor in reorganization of what was at the time North America's leading audio-visual integration company.
  • Debtors' co-counsel in Chapter 11 case in Maryland of In re: Sunterra Corporation, a publicly-traded debtor in reorganization of then the world's largest timeshare resort company with over $1 billion in assets and resort locations around the world
  • Debtors' co-counsel in Chapter 11 case in Maryland of In re: Railworks Corporation, a publicly traded railroad construction company with over $500 million in assets
  • Debtors' co-counsel in Chapter 11 case in Maryland of In re: Frank's Nursery & Crafts, Inc., a chain of 200 nursery and craft stores with over $400 million in annual sales
 

Creditors’ Committee Representations and Creditors’ Rights & Preference Defense

  • Counsel to member of Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in Chapter 11 case in the Southern District of New York of In re: Terrestar Corporation, et al., a cellular phone services provider that owns certain broad-band spectrum and a satellite
  • Counsel to member of Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in Chapter 11 case pending in the Southern District of New York of In re: Getty Petroleum Marketing, Inc.
  • Counsel to member of Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in Chapter 11 case pending in the District of Delaware of In re: Ritz Camera & Image, LLC, et al.
  • Counsel to Papa Johns' International and certain affiliates, as franchisor, in the Chapter 11 reorganization case in the District of Maryland of In re: PJCOMN Acquisition Corporation, a Papa Johns' franchisee
  • Counsel to Papa Johns’ International and certain affiliates as franchisor in the Chapter 11 reorganization case on In re: PJ Elite in the Central District of California, a Papa Johns’ franchisee
  • Counsel to unsecured creditor with multi-million dollar claims in the Chapter 11 case in the Southern District of New York of In re: Lehman Brothers Holding, Inc., et al.
  • Committee Counsel in Chapter 11 case of In re: The Imperial Home Decor Group, Inc., at the time the world's largest wallpaper manufacturing company with over $500 million in annual sales
  • Committee Counsel in Chapter 11 case of In re: EZ-Serve Convenience Stores, involving the liquidation of convenience store chain of over 600 locations in South Eastern United States
  • Counsel to secured creditor in Chapter 11 case of In re: FPD, LLC, involving the reorganization of debtor and sale of various real estate holdings
  • Counsel to preference defendant in In re: Desa Holdings Corp. bankruptcy case in the District of Delaware
  • Counsel to preference defendant in In re: 360 Networks (USA) Inc. bankruptcy case in the Southern District of New York
  • Counsel to unsecured creditor in In re: Connect2Wireless case in the Eastern District of California
  • Counsel to unsecured creditors in In re: East West Resort Development case in the District of Delaware
 

Bankruptcy Trustee Representation

  • Counsel to Chapter 7 trustee in bankruptcy case of In re: Convention Planning Services in the Middle District of Florida
  • Chairman of Trust Advisory Board established in bankruptcy case of In re: Terrestar Corporation et al. in the Southern District of New York
  • Counsel to Plan Administrator of estate of various debtors in the In re: National Energy & Gas Transmissions, Inc. (f/k/a/ PG&E National Energy Group, Inc.) bankruptcy cases, assisting the Plan Administrator with complex claims and preference litigation and negotiation
  • Counsel to Trustee for litigation trust in In re: Air Cargo, Inc., an airline service company, prosecuting various avoidance actions and assisting in the making of distributions to several hundred creditors
  • Counsel to Chapter 7 Trustee in the case of In re: Coleman Craten LLC/In re Monica Lynn Coleman, involving the investigation of fraud claims and liquidation of estates of stock brokerage firm and its principal. Result: Multimillion Dollar settlement received from third party brokerage
 

Special Counsel Services

  • Counsel to Plan Administrator of estates of various debtors in the In re: National Energy & Gas Transmission, Inc. (f/k/a/ PG&E National Energy Group, Inc.) bankruptcy cases, assisting the Plan Administrator with the liquidation of all remaining assets of the estates, litigating complex claims resolutions, prosecuting numerous avoidance actions and negotiating resolutions to various complex contested matters and adversary proceedings
  • Counsel to Trustee of Creditors Reserve Trust in the In re: CVEO Corporation f/k/a Converse Inc. case to investigate and prosecute hundreds of preference and fraudulent conveyance claims
  • Counsel to Trustee for litigation trust in In re: Air Cargo, Inc., an airline service company, prosecuting various avoidance actions and assisting in the making of distributions to several hundred creditors
 

Complex Bankruptcy and Business Litigation

  • Debtors' counsel in Chapter 11 reorganization case in the District of Delaware of In re: LSP Energy Limited Partnership, et al., an energy company with an electric generation facility located in Batesville, Mississippi
  • Debtors' co-counsel in Chapter 11 reorganization case in Maryland of In re: National Energy & Gas Transmissions, Inc. (f/k/a/ PG&E National Energy Group, Inc.), a multibillion-dollar energy company that focused on power generation and natural gas transmission in North America
  • Counsel to Plan Administrator of estates of various debtors in the In re: National Energy & Gas Transmissions, Inc. (f/k/a/ PG&E National Energy Group, Inc.) bankruptcy case, assisting the Plan Administrator with the liquidation of all remaining assets of the estates, litigating complex claims resolutions, prosecuting numerous avoidance actions and negotiating resolutions to various complex contested matters and adversary proceedings
  • Debtors' co-counsel in Chapter 11 case in Maryland of In re: Sunterra Corporation, a publicly-traded Debtor in reorganization of then the world's largest timeshare resort company with over $1 billion in assets and resort locations around the world
  • Debtors' co-counsel in Chapter 11 case in Maryland of In re: Railworks Corporation, a publicly traded railroad construction company with over $500 million in assets
  • Debtors' co-counsel in Chapter 11 case in Maryland of In re: Frank's Nursery & Crafts, Inc., a chain of 200 nursery and craft stores with over $400 million in annual sales
  • Counsel to secured creditor in lien priority dispute in Chapter 7 case in the District of Columbia
 

Loan Workouts and Financial Restructuring

  • Counsel to bio-tech company with government contracts in out of court restructuring of various debt
  • Counsel to golf course and bed & breakfast owner with various parcels of real estate on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in an out-of-court restructuring of various secured and unsecured debt
  • Counsel to nightclub and real estate owner in the District of Columbia in an out-of-court restructuring of various secured and unsecured debt
 

Pre-Bankruptcy Planning

  • As counsel to the debtor, assisted the debtor in preparing for and filing numerous small, large and mega Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, including the following:
    • In re LSP Energy Limited Partnership, et al., District of Delaware
    • In re Dan River, Inc., District of Delaware
    • In re Pickwick Square Mutual Homes, Inc., District of Maryland
    • In re Long Rap, Inc., District of Columbia
    • In re National Energy & Gas Transmission,  Inc. (f/k/a/ PG&E National Energy Group, Inc.), District of Maryland
    • In re MCSi, Inc., District of Maryland
    • In re Sunterra Corporation, District of Maryland
    • In re Railworks Corporation, et al. District of Maryland
    • In re Frank's Nursery & Crafts, Inc., District of Maryland
    • In re Baltimore Emergency Services, II (Phyamerica), District of Maryland
 

Hospitality, Hotel and Restaurant

  • Mr. Shaffer is a former chef and restaurant manager with over 15 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. He offers the unique perspective as counsel of having actually stood in the client's shoes
  • Counsel to Papa Johns' International and certain affiliates, as franchisor, in the Chapter 11 reorganization case in the District of Maryland of In re: PJCOMN Acquisition Corporation, a Papa Johns' franchisee
  • Counsel to Papa Johns’ International and certain affiliates as franchisor in the Chapter 11 reorganization case on In re: PJ Elite in the Central District of California, a Papa Johns’ franchisee
  • Debtors' Co-Counsel in Chapter 11 case in Maryland of In re: Sunterra Corporation, a publicly-traded Debtor in reorganization of then the world's largest timeshare resort company with over $1 billion in assets and resort locations around the world
  • Over 15 years’ experience in the hospitality industry as a chef and manager of various restaurants and restaurant groups
PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS

Speaker: "Arbitration in Bankruptcy: Enforceability of Arbitration Provisions in Bankruptcy Cases," Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association, February 27, 2019

Co-Author: "Problems in the Code: The 'Substantial Contribution' Test for Indenture Trustees," ABI Journal, February 2019

Lecturer on various bankruptcy issues- Building in Tough Times: Strategies for Today's Uncertain Real Estate and Construction Market (November, 2008)

ARTICLES

Problems in the Code

The attached article first appeared in The ABI Journal, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 2, February 2019, and is reprinted with permission from the American Bankruptcy Institute.

International Secured Transactions and Insolvency

The attached article first appeared in The International Lawyer, vol. 43, no.2, Summer 2009, and is reprinted by permission of the American Bar Association. Neither the article nor any portion thereof may be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means, or downloaded or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system, without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.


NEWS

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57 lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 (copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington offices. Client comments are posted on the U.S. News & Best Lawyers web site.

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In addition, two lawyers were selected as “Lawyer of the Year” for their particular areas of practice.


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In addition, eight lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” for their particular areas of practice. 


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In addition, nine lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” in their jurisdictions and areas of practice.


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Sixty lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.).

This represents an increase of seven over last year.  The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices.

In addition, five lawyers were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” in their jurisdictions and areas of practice.


WTP Elevates Seven Attorneys to Partners

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP (WTP) is delighted to announce that Robert S. Collins, Michael C. Gartner, Kevin G. Hroblak, Jennifer S. Jackman, Jennifer Ryan Lazenby, Dennis J. Shaffer, and J. Daniel Vorsteg have been made partners.