Morris S. Bauer has represented debtors, creditor committees, banks and other secured creditors, trade creditors, and landlords in Chapter 11 proceedings and is a New Jersey bankruptcy mediator. Businesses he has represented in Chapter 11 proceedings include a multistate nonprofit behavioral and mental healthcare facility, a regional supermarket chain, a national distributor of electronics, residential developers and income-producing property owners, construction contractors and small businesses. Mr. Bauer has also been appointed by the court as a Chapter 11 trustee, a liquidating trustee, an assignee for the benefit of creditors and a bankruptcy mediator.
In addition to his bankruptcy practice, he has represented banks, equipment lessors and one of the nation’s largest utility providers in commercial foreclosure and commercial collection matters. Mr. Bauer has been an instructor for the New Jersey Skills and Methods Course and the New Jersey Bankruptcy Inn of Court, and a panelist for the annual New Jersey Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and local bar associations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is vice chairman of the Washington Township, Morris County Zoning Board of Adjustment.
Mr. Bauer is a 1988 graduate of Hofstra School of Law and a 1985 graduate of Dickinson College.
Areas of Practice
- Bankruptcy Law
- Creditors’ Rights
- Chapter 11
- Bankruptcy Mediation
Represented the Debtors in a complex 7-year real estate chapter 11 case that entailed negotiated resolutions with a municipality, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and a large secured creditor culminating in a successful contested confirmation hearing. (See In re: SB Building Associates Limited Partnership, 621 B.R. 330 (2020) United States Bankruptcy Court, D. New Jersey.)
Represented Debtor in complex 8-year single asset real estate chapter 11 case, which included complex insurance litigation, negotiations of property remediation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and resulted in significant settlement with insurance carriers and the NJDEP as well as entry into a property sale agreement.
Represent creditor in the chapter 11 cases of American Center for Civil Justice and affiliate, non-profit entities assisting in providing legal services to terrorist victims.
Local Counsel to JP Morgan in the chapter 11 case of Modell’s Sporting Goods, a sporting goods retailer. Case is known for using Section 305 to suspend the chapter 11 case for a period of time during the pandemic until shopping malls were permitted to reopen.
Represent Debtors in chapter 11 liquidation, which included negotiating resolution of on-going complex litigation with significant creditor, negotiation with landlord, confirming chapter 11 plan of liquidation and pursuing collection adversary proceeding against supplier.
- New Jersey
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 1988
- Dickinson College, B.S., 1985
- Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2021-present
- Norris McLaughlin PA
- Partner, 2007-2021
- Ravin Greenberg PA
- Partner, 1996-2007
- Associate, 1990-1996
- Arthur Anderson & Co.
- Staff Accountant, 1988-1990
Turnaround Management Association
- American Bankruptcy Institute
- Mediation Committee; News Letter Editor
- Morris County Bar Association
- Co-Chair, Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights Section
American Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Northampton County Bar Association
New Jersey Bankruptcy Lawyers Advisory Committee
- Association of Federal Bar of New Jersey
- Bankruptcy Section
Civic and Charitable Activities
- Homeless Solutions, Inc.
- Corporate Advisory Board
Teams for Kids Foundation, Inc.
Washington Township Board of Adjustments
Honors and Awards
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2023
Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2021-2023
Listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers
- AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
“2021 Outlook,” Turnarounds & Workouts, January 2021
“Year in Review,” Turnarounds & Workouts, December 2020
“Third Circuit Again Strictly Applies the Plain Language in Denying Lender’s Credit Bid Rights in Philadelphia Newspapers, LLC,” ACC Focus on New Jersey Chapter, July 2010
“A Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Group Hits Its Stride,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, December 2007
“Real Estate Tax Appeals Section 505 Supercedes State Statute of Limitations and Compelled Payment Prohibitions,” New Jersey State Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section Newsletter, April 1996
Quoted, “New Year Means Coping with List of Overdue Bills,” NJBiz, January 11, 2010
Selected Speaking Engagements
- Speaker, Duane Morris LLP Annual Fall Finance and Restructuring Seminar, October 6, 2022
- Moderator, "Involuntary Bankruptcy – Procedure, Issues, and Trying the Case," NJICLE 2022 Bankruptcy and Restructuring Forum, November 3, 2022
- Presenter, Duane Morris LLP Annual Fall Finance and Restructuring Seminar, Webinar, October 20, 2021
“Ins and Outs of Confirming a Chapter 11 Plan: How to Confirm a Chapter 11 Plan Whether Individual, Complex, Small Business or Subchapter V,” Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, Webinar, April 23, 2021
“Surviving COVID-19: Now and Beyond:” New Jersey Turnaround Management Association and New Jersey Business & Industry Association, Webinar, May 6, 2020
“Small Business and Individual Chapter 11 Cases in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey,” NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention, Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 17, 2019
“Lien and Mean: Whose Asset Is It Anyway?” Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference, Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Atlantic City, New Jersey, April 4-5, 2019
“Small Business and Individual Chapter 11 Cases in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey,” K&L Gates, Newark, New Jersey, March 13, 2019
“Bankruptcy Topics for the Non-Bankruptcy Practitioner,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Allentown, Pennsylvania, June 13, 2018
“Bankruptcy Topics for the Non-Bankruptcy Practitioner,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, May 7, 2018
“The Effect of Bankruptcy On Your Case: What Every Lawyer Should Know,” MCBA, June 21, 2016
Moderator, “Revel’s Rippling Effect,” ACG NJ Joint Meeting with TMA NJ, Iselin, New Jersey, April 21, 2015
Somerset County Bar Foundation CLE Day, Bridgewater Manor, Bridgewater, New Jersey, May 11, 2011
Panelist, Ninth Annual Hon. William H. Gindin Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference, April 13, 2007, Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, June 16, 2009
“Bankruptcy ABCs for Healthy Companies: What You Need to Know When Your Customer or Supplier Goes Bankrupty!” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, March 27, 2009
“Strategies to Minimize Damage from Madoff & Other Recent Investment Scandals,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, March 26, 2009
“Corporate Bankruptcy 101 and Select Bankruptcy Issues,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, March 24, 2009
“Corporate Bankruptcy 101,” New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association, Bridgewater, New Jersey, October 21, 2008
“Sale of Assets,” Tenth Annual Hon. William H. Gindin Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference, East Brunswick, New Jersey, May 2, 2008