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Karen A. Giannelli

Gibbons P.C.

Newark, NJ, USA


Karen A. Giannelli is a director of the firm of Gibbons P.C., and serves as chair of the Financial Restructuring and Creditors' Rights Department. She is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and past Chair of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is a member of the Board of the Turnaround Management Association's New Jersey chapter, and is a past president and chairperson of that chapter. Ms. Giannelli has written on debtor-creditor issues and secured transactions and has lectured at educational programs sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, Law Education Institute, Glasser LegalWorks Seminars, Aspen Law & Business Seminars, Prentice Hall Law & Business Seminars, New Jersey State Bar Association, Essex County Bar Association, and New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, among others. She has represented each of the significant constituencies in insolvency proceedings, including debtors-in-possession, trustees and secured and unsecured creditors. Ms. Giannelli has been involved in several cases of import to the development of bankruptcy law in the Third Circuit, including In re Marvel Entertainment Group, 32 Bankr. Ct. Dec. 102 (D. Del. 1998), rev'd, 140 F. 3d 463 (3d Cir. 1998); Bittner v. Borne Chemical Co., Inc., 691 F.2d 143 (3rd Cir. 1982); Matter of Triangle Laboratories, Inc., 663 F. 2d 564 (3rd Cir. 1981); In re American Family Enterprises, 256 B.R. 377 (D.N.J. 2000); Matter of Route 37 Business Park Associates, 156 B.R. 640 (D.N.J. 1992); and In re Elsinore Shore Associates, 91 B.R. 238 (Bankr. D.N.J. 1988). Ms. Giannelli has been featured in New Jersey Monthly among the top 50 women lawyers and the top 100 lawyers in New Jersey and in the New Jersey Law Journal as a prominent leader among women and minority attorneys in the State of New Jersey. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law and in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, and The International Who's Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers..

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