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Garry M. Graber

Partner; Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Commercial Litigation Practice Leader
  • New York
  • Florida
  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern District of Florida

B.A., magna cum laude, University at Buffalo, State University of New York 

J.D., SUNY Buffalo Law School

Garry has more than 35 years of experience practicing bankruptcy, corporate restructuring, creditors' rights, financial services, commercial and corporate litigation, and general business law. He represents distressed business entities, their secured and unsecured creditors and their shareholders and principals inside and outside of bankruptcy, as well as creditors' committees, equity committees, trustees, examiners, and purchasers in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings across the United States and in cross-border matters, primarily with Canada. He has also handled complex loan workout transactions, lender liability, director and officer liability, bank fraud, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and mortgage foreclosures, and other commercial  and real estate litigation.

Garry or one of his colleagues plays a major role in virtually every large Chapter 11 case filed in Upstate New York and many filed in the Southern District of New York and Delaware. He has played substantial roles in numerous regional and national cases, including: 

  • In re Victor Insulators
  • In re General Motors
  • In re Daimler Chrysler
  • In re Lehman Brothers
  • In re Proliance International
  • In re Circuit City Stores
  • In re Fiddlers Green Manor Nursing Home
  • In re TXP
  • In re Studio Arena Theatre
  • In re Holiday Harbor
  • In re Hayes Lemmerz International
  • In re Building Materials
  • In re American LaFrance
  • In re Promedicus Health Group
  • In re Sababa Group
  • In re Amherst Orthopedic Associates
  • In re Lenatures
  • In re South Point Energy Center
  • In re Brylin Hospitals
  • In re Northeast Biofuels
  • In re Solutia
  • In re Al Tech Steel
  • In re Adelphia
  • In re Ames
  • In re ANC Rental
  • In re BSC Development BUF(the Statler Towers)
  • In re Beat Publications
  • In re Bennett Funding
  • In re Bethlehem Steel
  • In re Bry Lin Hospital Legacy Nursing Homes
  • In re Buffalo Color
  • In re Buffalo Sabres
  • In re Bush Industries
  • In re Carpenter
  • In re CNB International
  • In re Colad
  • In re Corson Manufacturing
  • In re Crouse Hospital
  • In re Dow Corning
  • In re Eastman Kodak Company
  • In re Enron
  • In re Euro-United
  • In re Exodus
  • In re Federal Mogul
  • In re Grand Union
  • In re Hamlin Terrace
  • In re Laidlaw
  • In re Leaseway
  • In re LTV
  • In re Lyon Capital
  • In re Nanodata Computer
  • In re Northwestern Steel and Wire
  • In re Odds & Ends
  • In re Osage
  • In re P. J. Schmidt
  • In re Pinnacle Airlines
  • In re Premier Cruise Lines
  • In re Prime Capital
  • In re Prudential Associates
  • In re The Rama Group
  • In re Select Tree Farms
  • In re Sunbeam
  • In re The Upson Company
  • In re Valeo
  • In re Victory Markets
  • In re W&F Manufacturing

In addition, Garry has served since 1991 as an adjunct professor at SUNY Buffalo Law School, where he teaches a course on Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Honors

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America, 2016 - 2017
  • SUNY Buffalo Law School Ken Joyce Excellence in Teaching Award, 2015
  • Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's Legal Elite of Western New York, 2014
  • Best Lawyers' Buffalo Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2012
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed, Top 50 Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2012 and 2013 
  • Listed, Buffalo Business First's Who's Who in Law (Bankruptcy)
  • Buffalo Law Review Award for Distinguished Service to SUNY Buffalo Law School, 2011
  • University at Buffalo Law Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award, 2006
  • New York State Bar Association President's Pro Bono Certificate of Merit

News

Presentations

Publications

Professional Associations

  • Co-chair, New York State Bar Association Real Property Section Bankruptcy and Workout Committee
  • SUNY Buffalo Law School Dean's Advisory Committee
  • Ontario Bar Association Insolvency Section Executive Committee
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • The Florida Bar
  • New York State Bar Association International Section Executive Committee
  • Former president, Upstate New York Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association
  • Former president, Bar Association of Erie County
  • Former advisory board member, American Bankruptcy Institute Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Former chair, New York State Bar Association Section on Business Law Bankruptcy Committee
  • Former president, SUNY Buffalo Law School Alumni Association

Community & Pro Bono

  • MusicalFare Theatre board of directors
  • Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled, or Disadvantaged of Western New York board of directors
  • Erie County Bar Foundation board of directors
  • Former board member, YMCA of Greater Buffalo 
  • Former board member, Young Audiences of Western New York
  • Former trustee, Cardinal O'Hara High School
  • Former president, Bar Association of Erie County's Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc., which provides volunteer civil legal services to economically disadvantaged individuals