Sharon L. Levine

Sharon L. Levine

Of Counsel

Contact Info

Phone: (973) 286-6713
Fax: (973) 286-6821

Primary Office

Newark
One Riverfront Plaza
1037 Raymond Blvd., Suite 1520
Newark, NJ 07102-5426

Sharon L. Levine

Of Counsel

Sharon L. Levine has been at the forefront of some of the largest complex bankruptcy cases in recent years, and she has earned a national reputation among clients and peers as a tenacious and accomplished bankruptcy lawyer.  Sharon is highly regarded for her litigation and negotiation skills in the practice of restructuring, debtor-creditor law restructuring and bankruptcy litigation.  Her representations include purchasers, debtors and creditors (committees and individuals), and she has tried contested and litigated matters in venues including federal bankruptcy courts in New York, Delaware, California, Hawaii, Texas, Michigan, Virginia and New Jersey, among others. 

Clients rely on Sharon's adept strategic ability to provide bankruptcy advice on "out of court" corporate reorganizations, corporate and structured finance matters, and acquiring distressed assets outside of a bankruptcy.

Sharon is a frequent lecturer on various bankruptcy topics and served as Co-Chair of the Trade Credit Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), and as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Women's Committee of the Turnaround Management Association. She also served as Co-Chair of the Labor and Benefits Issues Advisory Committee to the ABI's Commission to Study the Reform (amend or modify) of the Bankruptcy Code treatment of Pension and Retiree Medical Benefits. She is active in serving her community and is on the Advisory Board of Women's Campaign International. 

Experience

  • Represented the official unsecured creditors' committees in cases such as: Dynamic Airways, Limitless Mobile, DirectBuy, Binder Machinery, Phoenix Brands, Noranda Aluminum, Verso Paper, Horsehead Holding Corp., Standard Register, Nirvana, Inc., Linear Construction Company, Karmaloop, Crumbs, Phoenix Payment Tech, Universal Cooperatives Inc., Gridway Energy Holdings Inc., Exide Technologies, KidsPeace, Oreck, Ormet, Handy Hardware, Southern Air, Global Aviation, Blitz U.S.A., Inc., Chef Solutions, Hussey Copper, Manistique Papers, Inc., Harry & David Holdings, Inc., American Safety Razor, Pinnacle Films, Inc., Consolidated Horticulture Group, Lear Corporation, Hayes Lemmerz, ION Media, Leiner Health Products, Inc., Star Tribune, Pliant Corporation, Foamex International, Papas Telecom and Marcal Paper.  
  • Represented the DIP lender, Kimbereley, L.P., a Sandton Capital L.P. fund, in Abengoa Bioenergy. 
  • Represented the debtors in Ezra Holdings Limited, Ezra Marine Services Pte. Ltd.,and EMAS IT Solutions Pte. Ltd, Wire Company Holdings, Inc. and Wire Property Holdings, ConnectEdu Inc., Consolidated Aluminum Corporation, Coach America, American Coach Lines, Royal Tours of America, Inc., Gilbert Express, Jobson Medical Information, Meridian Behavioral Health, LLC, IFL Corp., International Fight League, Summit Global Logistics, Inc., and Creative Group, Inc. 
  • Represented individual committee members in Takata, Avaya, Patriot Coal, Alpha, Walter Energy, MF Global, Lyondell, AMR, American Airlines, American Eagle, Hawker Beechcraft, Hostess, Estes, and Bigler LP.
  • Represented a group of SERP creditors in Payless.
  • Represented a group of writers in Gawker.
  • Represents the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) in Puerto Rico's Title III proceeding and Detroit's Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
  • Served as bankruptcy counsel to Communication Workers of America in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Avaya
  • Served as bankruptcy counsel to The Global Helicopter Pilots Association in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of CHC Group
  • Served as bankruptcy counsel to the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) in the Chapter 11 bankruptcies of Patriot Coal Corp., Walter Energy, Inc., and Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.
  • Served as bankruptcy trial counsel to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and represented the IAM in the Chapter 11 cases of Northwest Airlines, Hawker Beechcraft, Hostess, United, US Airways (I and II), Hawaiian Airways, Aloha Airlines (I and II), TWA, AeroThrust Corporation, Motor Coach Industries International, Inc., and the creditors' committee and creditor trust in the Fedders bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Served as bankruptcy trial counsel to the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO in the Chapter 11 cases filed by AMR, American Airlines and American Eagle.
  • Served as special bankruptcy counsel to the IAM National Pension Fund in the Hostess case and to the American Federation of Musicians and Employers Pension Fund in the Philadelphia and certain other orchestra cases.

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Named to The Best Lawyers in America list, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law 2009 - present

Named to BTI Client Service All-Star Attorneys, 2018

Named to Who's Who Legal Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers List, 2018

Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy, 2017

Named one of "America's Leading Lawyers in Bankruptcy Law" by Chambers USA, 2008 - present

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

New York Institute of Credit - Executive of the Year Award, 2015

International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC-NJ) - Woman of the Year, 2014

Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey, Mary Philbrook Award, 2013

Named to The Best Lawyers in America list, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization, 2012 - present

Named to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list, 2005 - present

Memberships and Affiliations

New York Institute of Credit

  • Board of Directors
  • Women's Division Leadership Team

Turnaround Management Association

  • Global US Trustee Financial Advisor Fee Guidelines Task Force

New Jersey Turnaround Management Association 

  • Board of Trustees
  • Women's Committee- Co-Chair  

American Bankruptcy Institute

  • Past Co-Chair, Trade Creditor Committee

American Bankruptcy Institute's Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11

  • Co-Chair Labor and Benefits Issues Advisory Committee

State Theatre Regional Art Center at New Brunswick

  • Board of Trustees (former)

Women's Campaign International

  • Advisory Board

New Jersey State Bar Association

  • Debtor/Creditor Section

American Bar Association

  • Business Law Section

Essex County Bar Association

  • Debtor/Creditor Section

Federal Bar Association

  • New Jersey Chapter

International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)

Member, 2017 VALCOM Advisory Board

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

Sharon L. Levine has been at the forefront of some of the largest complex bankruptcy cases in recent years, and she has earned a national reputation among clients and peers as a tenacious and accomplished bankruptcy lawyer.  Sharon is highly regarded for her litigation and negotiation skills in the practice of restructuring, debtor-creditor law restructuring and bankruptcy litigation.  Her representations include purchasers, debtors and creditors (committees and individuals), and she has tried contested and litigated matters in venues including federal bankruptcy courts in New York, Delaware, California, Hawaii, Texas, Michigan, Virginia and New Jersey, among others. 

Clients rely on Sharon's adept strategic ability to provide bankruptcy advice on "out of court" corporate reorganizations, corporate and structured finance matters, and acquiring distressed assets outside of a bankruptcy.

Sharon is a frequent lecturer on various bankruptcy topics and served as Co-Chair of the Trade Credit Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), and as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Women's Committee of the Turnaround Management Association. She also served as Co-Chair of the Labor and Benefits Issues Advisory Committee to the ABI's Commission to Study the Reform (amend or modify) of the Bankruptcy Code treatment of Pension and Retiree Medical Benefits. She is active in serving her community and is on the Advisory Board of Women's Campaign International.