A creative, strategic, and results-oriented practitioner, Angela has more than two decades of experience representing financial institutions and a variety of corporate clients in all aspects of financial restructuring.
Angela is the leader of the Banking and Financial Services Practice Group, leader of the Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Team, and a multi-term active member of Phillips Lytle’s Governing Committee.
Angela’s practice encompasses representing financial institutions and companies, particularly in the areas of bankruptcy and restructuring, creditors’ rights and commercial finance. In her bankruptcy practice, she represents creditors, debtors and other interested parties in commercial bankruptcy matters and related litigation. In her creditors’ rights practice, she represents creditors in enforcement and litigation of U.C.C. Article 9 remedies, and loan sales. In her transactional practice, Angela assists her clients in documenting workouts and restructuring commercial, real estate and other lending transactions.
Buffalo Business First, Power 200 Women List, 2023
Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2014-2016
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
Named the Best Lawyers® Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Buffalo, 2020, 2023
Medical Society of the County of Erie, Certificate of Recognition, 2015
Education & Admissions
State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 1998
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management, M.B.A., 1990
State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., 1988
Admitted to Practice
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern 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
Obtained dismissal of an automobile dealer’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding due to mismanagement of assets and violations of court orders concerning the use of cash collateral.
Obtained injunctive relief, over a Chapter 7 debtor’s objection, preventing the debtor from litigating a personal injury action as a result of his failure to schedule the action as an asset in his bankruptcy case.
Obtained dismissal of an $18 million preference proceeding in a high profile chemical company Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.
Defended a lender through appeal to the Second Circuit and obtained summary judgment in a $34 million fraudulent conveyance proceeding.
Serves as national coordinating counsel to equipment lessor and lender with respect to the client’s lease and lending matters in bankruptcy and out-of-court workout transactions, involving manufacturing, health care, transportation, energy, and other industries.
Defended a lender in a $100 million fraudulent conveyance proceeding involving a Ponzi scheme, which settled after mediation without the disgorgement of any payments.
Represented a receiver in connection with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Trade Commission enforcement actions.
Lead debtor counsel in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of affiliated log home manufacturers.
Lead debtor counsel in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of branded footwear corporation.
Lead debtor counsel in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of an environmental consulting firm.
Lead debtor counsel in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of a dairy farm.
Counsel for affiliated nursing homes in the negotiation and successful composition of creditor claims, closure of the facility and placement of residents in new facilities.
Counsel for a secured lender in the workout of a bond financing of a not-for-profit hospital.
Represented the receiver of multiple radio stations across Central New York in obtaining the immediate dismissal of Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases commenced by the radio stations, and selling the radio stations and their property for the benefit of their secured lender.
Represented an electronics company in state court and obtained dismissal, on appeal, of a cause of action acquired by a buyer of a Chapter 11 debtor’s assets free and clear of claims and defenses.
Represented the lender of a $1.5 million debtor-in-possession secured revolving credit facility.
Represented a secured lender in the sale of a portfolio of time share interests.
Represented the buyer of a nursing home and related facilities in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.
Represented the buyer of a manufacturing facility in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.
Represented a floor plan financier in the U.C.C. Article 9 sale of its automobile inventory.
Represented a secured lender in the sale of the assets of a school bus company.
Represented a commodity services provider in the dismissal of an avoidance action.
Represented a defendant in a proceeding litigating the right to setoff competing claims in dueling bankruptcies.