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William J. Brown Appointed Receiver for Premier Debt Acquisitions and Related Entities  More

William J. Brown Quoted in Article Regarding Disgorgement and Civil Penalties in McGinn Smith Fraud Case  More

William J. Brown Quoted in Articles Regarding McGinn Smith Fraud Case  More

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Press Releases

William J. Brown and Angela Z. Miller to Serve as Panelists at the 12th Annual Western New York Bankruptcy Conference  More

Phillips Lytle LLP Earns “Top Listed” Ranking in New York State in Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants on The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 List  More

Fifty-One Phillips Lytle LLP Attorneys Named to the 2014 Upstate New York Super Lawyers® List  More

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Speaking Engagements

Panelist, Western New York Bankruptcy Conference, Monroe County Bar Center for Education and Erie Institute of Law, May 2015  More

Speaker, “Basic Bankruptcy Law,” HSBC Bank USA, National Association Webcast Event, September 2014  More

Speaker, “The Commencement of a Chapter 11 Case from the Creditor’s Perspective,” 10th Annual Western New York Bankruptcy Conference, June 2013  More

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Publications

“Collecting Debts From Financially-Troubled Companies: Minimizing the Risk of ‘Preferential Transfer’ Litigation,” Update (Phillips Lytle Newsletter) September 2000  More

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William J. Brown
Partner, Buffalo, New York City
(716) 847-7089, (212) 508-0414
wbrown@phillipslytle.com

Mr. Brown, a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, is the Team Leader of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice. He practices in the area of bankruptcy and restructuring law including creditors’ rights, workouts, bankruptcies and reorganizations, secured transactions and asset-based financing. As part of that practice, he also advises extensively on lender liability issues, the structuring of highly leveraged financing transactions and environmental laws. Mr. Brown has been actively involved in many of the largest and most complex bankruptcies in the United States involving a wide range of businesses and industries. He has served as a panelist and lecturer at numerous national, state and local seminars for lawyers and bankers.

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Named the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Buffalo Litigation – Bankruptcy “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2007-2008, 2010-2014
  • Listed in Who’s Who In Law, Business First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal

EDUCATION

Boston College Law School, J.D., 1979
Le Moyne College, B.S., 1973

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

New York
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit