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Professional Associations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
      • Business Bankruptcy Committee
      • Commercial Finance Committee
        • Creditors’ Rights Subcommittee
        • Lender Liability Subcommittee
  • American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow
  • Bank Management Institute, State University of New York at Buffalo, Lecturer
  • Bar Association of Erie County
    • Commercial Law Committee
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Business Law Section
  • Turnaround Management Association

In The News

William J. Brown Appointed Receiver in Debt Collection Case  More

William J. Brown Comments on Rural Metro Filing for Bankruptcy  More

William J. Brown Comments on Foreclosure Proceeding Related to McGinn, Smith & Co. Case  More

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Press Releases

Fifty-One Phillips Lytle LLP Attorneys Named to the 2013 Upstate New York Super Lawyers® List  More

Phillips Lytle Ranks Number One in Buffalo for Most Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers In America® List for a Third Consecutive Year  More

William J. Brown Speaks at 10th Annual Western New York Bankruptcy Conference  More

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Speaking Engagements

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

Presenter, “A Potpourri of 2010-2011 Case Law Developments Affecting Chapter 11 Cases,” Eighth Annual Western New York Bankruptcy Conference, May 2011  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®
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2007-2008, 2010-2013
  • 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