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Curtis C. Mechling

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Partner
New York, NY, USA


Curtis C. Mechling focuses on complex commercial litigation with a specialization on bankruptcy-related matters. He has litigated commercial cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States, as well as before international tribunals.

For over twenty years, Mr. Mechling has represented individual claimants, creditors’ committees, debtors and other parties in major corporate bankruptcy proceedings, including in recent years those of Enron, Adelphia Communications, Commodore International, Harnischberger Industries, Semi-Tech, Pliant and Trump Entertainment Resorts. In addition, he has assisted foreign liquidators from the United Kingdom, Canada, the Bahamas and other countries in recovering assets in the United States by prosecuting ancillary bankruptcy proceedings. He has represented foreign governments, banks and individuals in proceedings to recover misappropriated assets located in the United States and overseas. He has also conducted investigations of alleged malfeasance by corporate officers and directors and has both prosecuted and defended claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty by insiders of insolvent corporations. He has represented a major European bank in international litigation and has served as litigation counsel for major developers and lenders in disputes relating to real estate developments in the U.S. and Europe.

Representative Matters

•Won two-week plan confirmation trial that awarded control of Trump Entertainment Resorts to the ad hoc committee of bondholders
•Obtained a highly favorable settlement for a major lender to resolve $350 million in fraudulent conveyance and preference claims in the bankruptcy of Alliance Bancorp
•Served as lead litigation counsel for liquidating trust in worldwide proceedings to recover assets of Beloit Corporation
•Successfully defended former officers and directors in state and federal court litigation arising from the bankruptcy of Semi-Tech Corporation
•Represented former outside directors in an investigation into the collapse of Akai Holdings
•Currently representing a group of major U.S. and European banks in litigation arising from the bankruptcy of Reliance Financial Services
 
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
New York, 1976  
U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; Eastern District of Michigan;
U.S. Courts of Appeals, Second, Third and D.C. Circuits; U.S. Tax Court


EDUCATION 
J.D., Columbia Law School, 1975; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar 
 A.B., Columbia University, 1972; Phi Beta Kappa 

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