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Robert A. White Murtha Cullina LLP Of Counsel

Of Counsel

Hartford
Email: rwhite@murthalaw.com
Phone: 860-240-6031
Fax: 860-240-6150

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

Education

  • New York University School of Law
  • Tufts University

Robert A. White


Robert White has over 25 years of experience in bankruptcy, commercial litigation and workouts. His experience includes the representation of troubled companies and purchasers of distressed assets both in and out of bankruptcy. In the bankruptcy process he has assisted creditors’ committees, secured and unsecured creditors and trustees and has served as a fiduciary in a confirmed plan of liquidation. He has served clients in many industries, including health care, construction, retail, real estate, manufacturing, energy, fuel oil distribution and not-for-profit. He actively litigates claims in the bankruptcy court including preferences, fraudulent transfers and director and officer claims.

Robert’s commercial litigation practice includes creditors’ rights litigation, partnership and shareholder litigation and contract disputes in both federal and state courts. He is often called upon to represent clients in complex property tax disputes, including clients in the energy, health care, water and real estate industries.

Robert has represented clients in arbitration and mediation and served as an expert witness and mediator in a range of insolvency and commercial disputes.

Robert has been certified in business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification and has lectured on bankruptcy and insolvency topics. He is an adjunct professor of Bankruptcy Law at the Quinnipiac University School of Law. Within the Firm he provides loss prevention and ethics counsel and oversees the professional development of associates. He is currently involved in a Firm-wide project to improve the efficiency of the Firm’s delivery of legal services.

He serves on several committees of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Robert served as an assistant district attorney with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

 

Recent engagements include: 

  • Currently represent the Liquidating Custodian of AGC, Inc., a manufacturer of parts for the aerospace industry, in litigation against former directors of the company. As Counsel to the Creditors' Committee, we negotiated a return for unsecured creditors in a sale process that concluded within three weeks of our retention
  • Currently represent the Creditors’ Committee in the Derecktor Shipyards LLC case pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court in Bridgeport. We have been involved in the sale of various assets of the shipyard which has closed
  • Representation of Sigg Switzerland (USA), Inc. as a debtor in a Chapter 11. The company sold its business within 60 days of filing with the support of the Creditors’ Committee and payment of the lender in full
  • Representation of Chapter 11 Trustee in The Kasden Fuel Company, a major Connecticut fuel oil distributor
  • Representation of the Creditors’ Committee of Waterworks, Inc., a high-end retailer, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut in Bridgeport. We accomplished a sale within 60 days of the filing with a carve-out for the benefit of unsecured creditors. A plan was overwhelmingly confirmed by creditors a short time thereafter
  • Representation of a Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Trust Advisors Stable Value Plus Fund in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut in Bridgeport. The Debtor was a $265 million stable value fund that was placed in bankruptcy to prevent a run on the fund. Within four months of our appointment a joint liquidating plan of reorganization was filed with a 100% return to investors
  • Representation of the operating receiver of several skilled nursing facilities during their Chapter 11 proceedings in the Western District of New York
  • Assisted a small Connecticut not-for-profit hospital in its attemped restructuring and later represented its Chapter 7 trustee in the wind down of the hospital. The building was sold to a community group where it became a community health center
  • Defense of an officer of a nursing home against a claim by a trustee for breach of fiduciary duty
  • Representation of the sponsor of an assisted living facility in the Chapter 11 case
  • Workout of mid-market company outside of bankruptcy following an adverse jury verdict
  • Workout of several car dealerships
  • Representation of a defendant in a significant preference claim in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
  • American Bar Association, former Chair, Environmental and Mass Torts Subcommittee and member of the Chair and Vice Chair Committee of the Business Bankruptcy Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Executive Committee, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, member Health Care Committee
  • Lex Mundi Bankruptcy and International Insolvency Practice Group, Chair 2001- 2003
  • Board Certified in business bankruptcy by the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights and Insolvency 1997 - 1998 and Reorganization Law since 1997 (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)

  • Holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

  • Chosen for inclusion - Benchmark Litigation Star, Bankruptcy and Commercial Litigation (Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys)
  • Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights from 2006-2015 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

  • James W. Cooper Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation

Overview

Robert White has over 25 years of experience in bankruptcy, commercial litigation and workouts. His experience includes the representation of troubled companies and purchasers of distressed assets both in and out of bankruptcy. In the bankruptcy process he has assisted creditors’ committees, secured and unsecured creditors and trustees and has served as a fiduciary in a confirmed plan of liquidation. He has served clients in many industries, including health care, construction, retail, real estate, manufacturing, energy, fuel oil distribution and not-for-profit. He actively litigates claims in the bankruptcy court including preferences, fraudulent transfers and director and officer claims.

Robert’s commercial litigation practice includes creditors’ rights litigation, partnership and shareholder litigation and contract disputes in both federal and state courts. He is often called upon to represent clients in complex property tax disputes, including clients in the energy, health care, water and real estate industries.

Robert has represented clients in arbitration and mediation and served as an expert witness and mediator in a range of insolvency and commercial disputes.

Robert has been certified in business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification and has lectured on bankruptcy and insolvency topics. He is an adjunct professor of Bankruptcy Law at the Quinnipiac University School of Law. Within the Firm he provides loss prevention and ethics counsel and oversees the professional development of associates. He is currently involved in a Firm-wide project to improve the efficiency of the Firm’s delivery of legal services.

He serves on several committees of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Robert served as an assistant district attorney with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

 

Recent engagements include: 

  • Currently represent the Liquidating Custodian of AGC, Inc., a manufacturer of parts for the aerospace industry, in litigation against former directors of the company. As Counsel to the Creditors' Committee, we negotiated a return for unsecured creditors in a sale process that concluded within three weeks of our retention
  • Currently represent the Creditors’ Committee in the Derecktor Shipyards LLC case pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court in Bridgeport. We have been involved in the sale of various assets of the shipyard which has closed
  • Representation of Sigg Switzerland (USA), Inc. as a debtor in a Chapter 11. The company sold its business within 60 days of filing with the support of the Creditors’ Committee and payment of the lender in full
  • Representation of Chapter 11 Trustee in The Kasden Fuel Company, a major Connecticut fuel oil distributor
  • Representation of the Creditors’ Committee of Waterworks, Inc., a high-end retailer, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut in Bridgeport. We accomplished a sale within 60 days of the filing with a carve-out for the benefit of unsecured creditors. A plan was overwhelmingly confirmed by creditors a short time thereafter
  • Representation of a Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Trust Advisors Stable Value Plus Fund in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut in Bridgeport. The Debtor was a $265 million stable value fund that was placed in bankruptcy to prevent a run on the fund. Within four months of our appointment a joint liquidating plan of reorganization was filed with a 100% return to investors
  • Representation of the operating receiver of several skilled nursing facilities during their Chapter 11 proceedings in the Western District of New York
  • Assisted a small Connecticut not-for-profit hospital in its attemped restructuring and later represented its Chapter 7 trustee in the wind down of the hospital. The building was sold to a community group where it became a community health center
  • Defense of an officer of a nursing home against a claim by a trustee for breach of fiduciary duty
  • Representation of the sponsor of an assisted living facility in the Chapter 11 case
  • Workout of mid-market company outside of bankruptcy following an adverse jury verdict
  • Workout of several car dealerships
  • Representation of a defendant in a significant preference claim in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
Memberships
  • American Bar Association, former Chair, Environmental and Mass Torts Subcommittee and member of the Chair and Vice Chair Committee of the Business Bankruptcy Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Executive Committee, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, member Health Care Committee
  • Lex Mundi Bankruptcy and International Insolvency Practice Group, Chair 2001- 2003
Recognition
  • Board Certified in business bankruptcy by the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights and Insolvency 1997 - 1998 and Reorganization Law since 1997 (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)

  • Holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

  • Chosen for inclusion - Benchmark Litigation Star, Bankruptcy and Commercial Litigation (Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys)
  • Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights from 2006-2015 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

  • James W. Cooper Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation

Bar & Court Admissions
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
Education
  • New York University School of Law
  • Tufts University
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