Michael D. Silberfarb
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Michael Silberfarb concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts. He has vast experience advising Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and individuals with respect to all aspects of litigation.
Mr. Silberfarb focuses largely on representing clients in the automobile, energy, banking, fashion and real estate industries.
In addition, Mr. Silberfarb has litigated numerous matters involving distressed or bankrupt companies. He has acted as lead litigation counsel on several contested matters and adversary proceedings in federal bankruptcy cases. Among other things, Mr. Silberfarb has litigated disputes arising out of confirmation hearings, inter-creditor disputes, and matters brought pursuant to sections 363, 1113, and 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code.
- Led representation of a major bank with respect to the analysis of the bankruptcy eligibility of complex financial products.
- Represented a large foreign textile producer in connection with multi-million dollar avoidance action in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
- Represented a major New York real estate developer in a dispute with his former partner.
- Represented a major Canadian petroleum company in connection with various customer disputes.
- Represented a hedge fund in its defense against a lawsuit seeking to recover over $100 million damages arising out of the hedge fund’s investment in a fraudulent investment scheme.
- Acted as one of the lead litigators representing Hostess Brands, Inc. in its 2012 bankruptcy proceedings that led to the sale of Hostess’s assets for nearly $1 billion.
- Successfully defended, as second chair trial counsel, a hedge fund trader against an $11 million action brought by its former employer in the Southern District of New York.
- Acted as lead counsel to credit reporting company in Second Circuit appeal.
- Represented a distressed monoline insurer in an action to sell a significant portion of its assets over the objection of one its largest creditors.
- Represented the debtors in numerous contested matters and adversary proceedings in Chrysler’s 2009 bankruptcy cases.
- Successfully defended client in arbitration involving potential liability from airplane part manufacturing defects.
- Represented Spansion Japan with respect to bankruptcy claims against its parent that resulted in a $100 million payment to Spansion Japan.
- Represented four separate debtors in actions to modify retiree benefits pursuant to section 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code.
- Represented numerous parties in actions arising out of defaults on ISDA contracts.
- Represented Metaldyne Corp. with respect to the sale of its assets pursuant to section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code.
COMMUNITY SERVICE & AFFILIATIONS
Mr. Silberfarb has an active pro bono practice. In 2012, he helped a Gambian journalist and youth activist secure asylum in the United States after he was threatened for publicly criticizing the Gambian government.
While in law school, Mr. Silberfarb was a legal intern in the United States Attorneys’ Office, Criminal Division. In college, he interned in the financial crimes division of the United States Secret Service.
2014–2017, “Pennsylvania Rising Star” in Business Litigation, listed in Super Lawyers®
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