William E. Curtin
Bill Curtin is a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice in the Office of the United States Trustee for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Curtin oversees some of the largest Chapter 11 cases in the Eastern District, conducts trials, presides over statutory meetings of creditors and regularly litigates issues in Chapter 11cases.
In Chapter 7 cases, Mr. Curtin supervises several panel trustees and routinely litigates motions to dismiss and objections to discharge. He also regularly pursues bankruptcy petition preparers who violate the Bankruptcy Code and pursues actions against abusive creditors.
In addition, Mr. Curtin is designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York and assists in the prosecution of bankruptcy fraud cases.
Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Curtin was an attorney in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. He began his career as a legal adviser at the United States Combined Arms Center and then spent three years as a defense counsel with the United States Army Trial Defense Service.
Working primarily at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and in Mosul, Iraq, Mr. Curtin conducted numerous jury and bench trials to verdict. He has tried cases before military juries and judges in eight states and three countries, representing clients charged with offenses including murder, rape, assault, drug distribution and larceny.
In 2004 and 2005, Mr. Curtin was the officer-in-charge of the Trial Defense Service's office in Northern Iraq based in Mosul. In that capacity he was responsible for the provision of legal defense services to roughly twenty-five percent of Army soldiers serving in Iraq.
Bill was awarded commendations for his military service including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
Wayne D. Holly, Esq.
Wayne D. Holly has been practicing law in the fields of bankruptcy fraud and bankruptcy crimes for 11 years.
In bankruptcy cases, Mr. Holly has represented creditors' committees, trustees, corporate chapter 11 debtors, individual and institutional, secured and unsecured, creditors and individuals in cases filed under chapter 7 and chapter 13 of the bankruptcy code.
In criminal cases, Mr. Holly has represented defendants in the pre and post indictment defense of bankruptcy criminal charges and has consulted with defense counsel in numerous other cases of alleged bankruptcy fraud and abuse. Mr. Holly has also served as a consultant in the investigation, preparation, drafting and submission of bankruptcy criminal referrals.
Mr. Holly's practice is now exclusively limited to civil and criminal bankruptcy fraud matters. He currently monitors every known bankruptcy criminal case pending in the United States and reports on many of those cases in this blog. Mr. Holly is the author of the only comprehensive treatise on bankruptcy fraud in existence. His book, “Bankruptcy Crimes Law and Procedure” was published by LRP Publications in 2006 and remains the most in-depth and authoritative publication on bankruptcy crimes in publication.
Recently, Mr. Holly developed and now publishes, “The Bankruptcy Fraud Reporter,” which is the only monthly publication in existence devoted to news, analysis and features on bankruptcy fraud.
Mr. Holly is available as an attorney or consultant to individual and corporate clients, including debtors, creditors, trustees and attorneys.
Charles A. Ross
Whether he is representing an individual at trial or advising a company on how best to negotiate the dangerous shoals of an investigation, Chuck Ross is sought out for his skill, expertise, and dedication to achieving the best results for his clients. He has successfully represented a wide variety of individuals and companies in both criminal and administrative matters - from stockbrokers, investment advisers, hedge fund managers, and compliance officers to noted entertainers and athletes.
In the corporate arena, Chuck has represented a major national insurance company in connection with allegations of contingent commission practices, conducted an investigation into unfair competition and competitor kickbacks in behalf of a national medical laboratory, and advised a hedge fund in connection with a grand jury investigation involving mortgage and construction fraud. He has represented numerous individual business professionals, including chief executives, accounting officers, and others involved in criminal fraud investigations and prosecutions. He has defended criminal matters in behalf of physicians, physician's assistants, and medical and hospital administrators in health care fraud cases, including an international pharmaceuticals company executive being investigated for off-label marketing of medication.
Chuck is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, and the Federal Bar Council. He served as vice chair of the Judiciary Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and frequently lectures on topics involving white collar defense and criminal trial skills and strategy. He has consulted on criminal justice issues for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and CNBC and Court TV.
Prior to founding Charles A. Ross & Associates, Chuck was chair of the White Collar Criminal Defense Group at Herrick, Feinstein, and a name partner at the boutique criminal defense firm Brafman & Ross (now Brafman & Associates). As Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Southern District office of the Legal Aid Society's Federal Unit from 1988 to 1991, Chuck conducted numerous jury trials to verdict. Before that, he was a trial attorney for the Criminal Defense Division of Legal Aid in the South Bronx. He is a cum laude graduate of New York Law School.
Todd E. Duffy
For nearly two decades attorney Todd Duffy has helped individuals and businesses work through financial difficulties to get their affairs back on track. Leveraging many approaches including the protections offered by the bankruptcy process - he restores order to situations that may seem out of control. With extensive experience on both debtor and creditor sides of the equation, Mr. Duffy has a uniquely strategic perspective and an ability to maneuver skillfully and quickly, both of which are essential to businesses and people facing restructuring. The goal is always to help clients get the outcomes they want, from continuing in business to retaining valued personal property to recovering monies owed. To this end, Mr. Duffy devotes an unusual amount of personal attention to each client, and also serves as a valued resource for other professionals.
Mr. Duffy's focus on bankruptcy and restructuring issues began at a prestigious Philadelphia law firm. Later, Mr. Duffy served as law clerk to the Honorable Stephen D. Gerling, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of New York. He is a veteran of several major New York firms, including Greenberg Traurig LLP and Rosenman & Colin (now Katten, Muchin Rosenman LLP). In 2005 he co-founded Duffy & Atkins LLP.
Bruce l. Weiner
Bruce Weiner is a 1977 graduate of the Washington University School of Law, where he was a member of the law review. Mr. Weiner taught legal research and writing at the Wayne State University School of Law and has been a member of Rosenberg, Musso & Weiner, LLP since 1994. Rosenberg, Musso & Weiner, LLP and its predecessor firms have maintained law offices in downtown Brooklyn for more than 60 years. The firm concentrates its practice on bankruptcy law, representing debtors, creditors, committees and trustees.
Experience and Familiarity with Bankruptcy Law:
Mr. Weiner has represented debtors, committees, creditors and trustees in bankruptcy court for more than twenty (20) years. Mr. Weiner has extensive experience litigating adversary proceedings and contested motions in the Bankruptcy Court. Recently, Mr. Weiner won two significant cases in the Second Circuit, In re Baumblit, 2001 WL 880872 and In re Fischer, 53 Fed.Appx. 129, 2002 WL 31505620. The decision in the Fischer case resulted in the trustee recovering property worth in excess of $5 million. The Baumblit case was one of the most legally significant recent decisions concerning a creditor violating the automatic stay by referring a bad check for criminal prosecution. Mr. Weiner has published articles on bankruptcy law and has lectured at law schools and bar associations.
Mr. Weiner has represented litigants in many mediations, almost all of which resulted in resolution of the dispute and has negotiated settlements of numerous complex matters.