Joe, a director of the Firm, practices in the Insolvency & Creditor Rights Section. He focuses on representing parties in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and out of court work outs. He focuses on assisting companies in financial distress find solutions to their problems. His skills have been on display in courtrooms, boardrooms and conference rooms through out the country.
Joe is a sought out insolvency advisor in many industries, including health care, real estate and retail. His clients have included individuals merely seeking to get the claim justly allowed, to successfully reorganizing in Chapter 11 a privately held company facing allegations of multi-million dollar regulatory violations. Joe’s legal skills have been testing in roles as counsel for the Chapter 7 Trustee for over 200 Steak & Ale and Bennigan’s restaurants and his legal representation of the creditors committee and post confirmation creditor trust for FirstPlus Financial, Inc. In addition, Joe is a skilled litigator having tried a number of cases to verdict in bankruptcy and state court over his years of practice.
He has been recognized both nationally and regionally for his legal abilities. He has been included in Best Lawyers in America© since 2012, and selected for the Texas Super Lawyers list since 2009. He has also been recognized in Chambers USA Guide for his experience in Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2012-2016) and has been named a Best Lawyer in Dallas in Bankruptcy & Workout by D Magazine (2014-2015).
- Chapter 11 counsel for dental practice management service with 33 locations in its successful sale of operations and regulatory settlement.
- Bankruptcy counsel for senior lender in connection with $100 million in hospital loans.
- Lead counsel for Chapter 7 Trustee in Steak & Ale/Bennigan’s restaurants filing.
- Company counsel for regional hospital in connection with its successful sale of its operation in Chapter 11 proceedings.
- Counsel for creditors’ committee in reusable energy company’s Chapter 11 proceedings.
- Lead counsel for publicly traded nutritional supplement company in its successful Chapter;11 restructuring.
- Lead counsel for creditors’ committee in 14 assisted living/nursing home cases.
- Bankruptcy counsel for Texas-based distressed loan servicer in Chapter 11 proceedings throughout Texas.
- Lead counsel for creditors’ committee in environmental reclamation industry.
- Lead counsel for specialty apparel manufacturer in out of court restructuring.
- Trial counsel for various liquidating trusts, analyzing and prosecuting several hundred preference claims.
- Counsel for creditors’ committee of a national HLTV lender. Continued post-confirmation as lead counsel for liquidating trustee.
- Counsel for various landlord entities in national “big box” retail cases.
- Lead counsel on national or regional basis for companies in healthcare, telecommunications, and automotive aftermarket industries on creditors’ rights and bankruptcy matters.
- Numerous representations in connection with exemption planning, discharge issues, avoidance actions and other matters arising out of interaction of divorce and bankruptcy proceedings
“Joseph Friedman is highly intelligent, solutions-oriented, and has terrific client service.”
- Co-authored, “Cut the Middle Man: Court Prohibits Use of Client for Indirect Solicitations,” American Bankruptcy Institute Unsecured Trade Creditors Newsletter (Vol. 9, No.2, May 2011)
- Co-authored, “Defending Preferences and Preserving Data in an ESI World,” American Bankruptcy Institute Trade Creditors Committee Newsletter (Vol. 9, No. 1, Feb. 2011).
- “When Domestic Relations Matters Become an Issue in Bankruptcy,” Legal Assistants Division Advanced Bankruptcy Seminar (1995)
- “Recent Changes to the Bankruptcy Code Impacting Family Law,” 2
- State Bar Section Report – Family Law (1994)
- “Debtor’s Desperation for Cash vs. Bank’s Demand for Collateral,” 47; Con.Fin.Law; Q.Rep. 156 (1993)
- “Administrative Freeze: Creditor’s Overreaching or Prudent Banking,” 24;UCC; L.J. 228 (1992)
- Co-authored, “ERISA, Bankruptcy and Texas Exemptions,” 15;Texas Banking Law Institute (1992)
- “Lender Exposure Under Section; 547 and 550: Are Outsiders Really Insiders?,” 44 Sw .L.J. 985 (1990).
- Grigsby v. Carmel, 238;B.R. 758 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 1999)
- Whipple v. Fulton, 236;B.R. 626 (Bankr. E.D. Tex. 1999)
- In re Base Holdings, LLC 487 B.R. 727 (Bankr. N.D. Tex. 2012); 2013 WL 357607 (N.D. Tex. Jan. 30, 2013); 2014 WL 895403 (N.D. Tex. March 5, 2014)
- “Gone Broke: Issues in Bankruptcy,” 37th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas (August 2011).
- “Financial Crisis: Selected Issues in Bankruptcy,” Advanced Family Law Course, Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas (2010)
- “Family Law Isn’t Just the Family Code: Understanding How Other Codes Apply to Family Law Bankruptcy Code” Advanced Family Law Course, Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas, (2009)
- “Bankruptcy Reform for the Family Law Lawyer: New Code, New Day,” 31st Annual Advanced Family Law Course (2005)
- “Bankruptcy: A Federal Bull in a State Court China Shop,” AAML/AICPA National Conference on Divorce (2004)
- “Bankruptcy: Why Do You Care?,” State Bar of Texas 29th Annual Advanced Family Law Course (2003)
- “Dealing with Debt: Bankruptcy and Beyond,” University of Texas School of Law Family Law on the Front Lines (2003)
- “When the Wolf Is at the Door: Pending Insolvency and Its Effect on Divorce,” State Bar of Texas 27th Annual Advanced Family Law Course (2001)
- “Bankruptcy and Family Law,” University of Texas School of Law Family Law on the Front Lines (2001)
- “Bankruptcy and Family Law,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course (2000)
- “Sex, Lies and Liabilities: Bankruptcy and Family Law,” State Bar of Texas, 23rd Annual Advanced Family Law Course (1998)
- “Show Me the Money: Bankruptcy and Family Law,” College of Advanced Judicial Studies (1997)
- “Bankruptcy and Family Law: New Statutes and Old Dangers,” Marriage Dissolution Institute (1996)
- Dallas Bar Association
- American Bankruptcy Institute
- Trade Creditor Newsletter Editor (2010)
- Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation