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Witalec, Joseph M. Information

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Witalec, Joseph M.
P.O. Box 165017 Columbus, OH
Phone: 1.614.281.3641 (Business Phone)
Fax: 1.614.461.4198 (Business Fax)
Website: http://www.jonesday.com

SUMMARY

Current Employment Position(s)

Counsel

Lawyer Overview

Joe Witalec's practice focuses primarily on the representation of debtors, creditors, and other parties of interest in corporate restructurings, chapter 11 cases, distressed sales, commercial litigation, and other insolvency-related matters.

Joe has been actively involved in the Firm's representation of debtors, creditors, and other parties in several significant business restructurings, including the chapter 11 cases of National Century Financial Enterprises, Inc.; Laidlaw Inc.; Imperial Home Decor Group, Inc.; Loewen Group International, Inc.; The Clothestime, Inc.; Montgomery Ward Holding Corp.; and The Elder-Beerman Stores Corp.

Joe also has represented purchasers of substantial assets from bankruptcy estates, including sales in the chapter 11 cases of Mosler Inc.; NRG Energy, Inc.; Tru-Circle Aerospace Corporation; and Georgetown Steel Company, LLC. In addition, he has counseled creditors in both in- and out-of-court restructuring matters, including clients Federated Department Stores, Inc.; The Dayton Power and Light Company; and Global Access Limited.

Joe is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Columbus Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in the Southern District of Ohio.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Restructuring & Reorganization
  • Chapter 11 Debtor Representations
  • Official Unsecured Creditors' Committees
  • Secured Lender Groups
  • Bondholder Committees
  • Other Significant Creditor Representations
  • Out-of-Court Restructurings
  • Distressed Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Global Restructuring Matters
  • Restructuring-Related Lending & Finance

Representative Cases

  • In re Montgomery Ward Holding Corp., et al. - Jointly administered Case No. 97-1409 (PJW) - U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware
  • In re NRG Energy
  • AZ Automotive Corporation Restructuring
  • Chapter 11 Debtor Representation
  • Chapter 11 Debtor Representations
  • Chapter 11 Debtor Representations
  • Chapter 11 Debtor Representations
  • Chapter 11 Debtor Representations
  • Chapter 11 Debtor Representations
  • Chapter 11 Debtor Representations
  • Chapter 11 Debtor Representations
  • Distressed Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Distressed Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Distressed Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Global Restructuring Matters – Cross-Border Reorganizations
  • Global Restructuring Matters – Cross-Border Reorganizations
  • Hotel Property Loan
  • McClain Power Plant Acquisition
  • MTAC Hospitality
  • Significant Creditor Representations
  • Significant Creditor Representations

West Practice Categories

Banking & Finance Law, Bankruptcy Law, Business & Commercial Law, Business & Trade, Business Organizations, Collections & Repossessions, Collections & Repossessions, Commercial Bankruptcy, Commercial Leasing, Consumer Bankruptcy, Creditors' Rights, Debt Discharge, Foreclosures, Garnishment, International Law, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Reorganizations, Reorganizations & Restructuring, Securities Law, Workouts

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Education

  • Harvard University
Articles

Published Works

  • Protecting Technology and Intellectual Property Rights When a Debtor Infringes on Those Rights, 2000