Rudolph J. Di Massa, Jr.
Partner

Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
USA

Duane Morris LLP
1540 Broadway
New York, NY 10036-4086
USA

Phone: +1 215 979 1506
Fax: +1 215 689 2138
Email: DiMassa@duanemorris.com

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Rudolph J. Di Massa, Jr., chair of the firm's Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring Group, concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and creditors' rights.

He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American Bar Association and its Business Law Section, the Commercial Law League of America, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2006-2013 editions, as one of the top bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers in the country.

A 1981 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a graduate summa cum laude of Lehigh University, where he became a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mr. Di Massa currently represents various secured and unsecured lenders in bankruptcy cases pending in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Southern District of New York, as well as a number of European companies doing business in the United States.

Areas of Practice

  • Insolvency Law
  • Chapter 11 and Commercial Reorganization
  • Bankruptcy Law

Representative Matters

  • Advised a Vietnam War Veteran, a pro bono client through the Military Assistance Project, in navigating various financial concerns brought about by medical issues.
  • Obtained landmark ruling from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of commercial real estate landlord: court held that a debtor-tenant's "assumption" of lease agreement in bankruptcy case constituted an "affirmance" or "ratification" of the contract under state law that precluded debtor-tenant's continued prosecution of its claim for rescission of an amendment to the lease agreement.
  • Represented a turnaround consultant in an adversary action for seven-figure claims for malpractice and fraudulent transfer brought by debtors A.S.K. Plastics, Inc., Jamison Plastic Corp. and 9800 Ashton Road. Obtained dismissal of case for a nominal payment. In re A.S.K. Plastics, Inc. (Bankr. E.D.Pa.).
  • Represented the Italian trustee of a bankrupt U.S. software company with cases pending in Italy and the U.S.
  • Represented Klausen Finanz, A.G., a Swiss finance company, in connection with the collection of secured indebtedness and negotiation of the purchase and sale of the borrower's assets.
  • Represented North Philadelphia Financial Partnership, a community lending institution formed for the purpose of lending funds to start-up businesses in North Philadelphia, in a foreclosure action against a property owner and suits with various creditors.
  • Represented BT Holdings NY, Inc., an affiliate of Deutsche Bank, in the chapter 11 case of Front Line Capital Group, an office and conference space operator. In re Frontline Capital Group (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.).
  • Represented various Fortune 500 defendants in an action brought in the Pennsylvania state courts by the liquidator in the Reliance Group Holdings, Inc. liquidation proceedings. The liquidator sought to recover as preferences payments made to the defendants under a credit insurance policy with Reliance. Obtained summary judgment decision from the Commonwealth Court. After argument to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Commonwealth Court decision was affirmed.
  • Represented BMW Financial Services in connection with acquisition, construction and real estate loans made to dealerships throughout the United States and revolving automotive floor plan and lease line documents.
  • Represented UniCredit Bank, Italy’s largest bank, in the collection of secured indebtedness and eventual sale of loan documents in connection with a large manufacturer in New Mexico.
  • Represented various hotel owners in Pennsylvania and Maryland involved in refinancing/restructuring of indebtedness.
  • Represented a residential real estate developer in connection with the restructuring of an $85 million credit facility.
  • Represent Italian investors with judgments of $150 million against the government of Argentina.

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1981

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Chairman, Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring Practice Group, 2001-present
    - Partner, 1989-present
    - Associate, 1981-1988

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association - Business Law Section
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
    - Board Member
    - Former Co-Chair, Mid-Atlantic Conference
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
    - Business Law Section
  • Eastern District of PA Bankruptcy Conference
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • Justinian Society

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Best Lawyers for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2012, 2014
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, the Client's Guide, 2006-2013 editions
  • Listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2004-2013
  • Listed in Avenue magazine's Legal Elite, 2010
  • Listed in Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2010
  • Listed in Continental Who's Who Registry of National Business Leaders, 2006 edition
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Board Memberships

  • Advisory Board, Hudson United Bank

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Pro Bono Attorney, Support Center for Child Advocates, Philadelphia, PA
  • Member of Board of Directors, Filitalia
  • Volunteer Attorney, St. Thomas More Society
  • Volunteer Attorney, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Former Chairman, United Way Campaign Committee,
    Duane Morris LLP

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • "Commercial Lending Requirements and Loan Documentation in Pennsylvania," Lorman Education Services, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 23-24, 2001; October 23-24, 2002; October 23, 2003; October 28, 2004
  • "Officer and Director Liability," Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Officer and Director Liability Seminar, Milford, Pennsylvania, August 30, 2010
  • Universita degli Studi di Urbino, September 27-28, 2002, American Bankruptcy Overview