Daniel W. Sklar - Nixon Peabody LLP

Daniel W. Sklar

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1989
Phone: 603-628-4008

Daniel Sklar is a nationally known insolvency and distressed debt professional who has been actively involved in some of the largest Chapter 11 cases filed in the United States. Dan has also been responsible for documenting some of the biggest loans made in northern New England.

What do you focus on?

Approximately one-half of my practice focuses on distressed debt restructuring and asset sales or liquidations. Most of that time is spent dealing with formal Chapter 11s in courts around the country. I also do a fair amount of informal (outside of Chapter 11) debt restructurings and going concern sales of distressed businesses.

In addition, about one-third of my time is spent on documenting various types of loans for both the lenders and the borrowers. I represent about a dozen different banks and lenders who generally use me when the loan has unique provisions and/or collateral.

The balance of my time is occupied with general corporate governance and transactional work. I am regular counsel to about 25 middle-market companies and I am responsible for handling or supervising their ordinary course business issues.

University of PennsylvaniaBA 1975Boston College Law SchoolJ.D. 1978Boston UniversityLL.M 1982
Manchester Bar AssociationAmerican Bar AssociationNew Hampshire Bar AssociationAmerican Bankruptcy InstituteAmerican College of Bankruptcy

Client Comments

"Several years ago, I sold my business to a national chain in a lease/purchase situation. The chain subsequently filed for bankruptcy protection. Therefore, I found myself in a very precarious situation. That's when I engaged the services of Dan Sklar of Nixon Peabody. Dan is very personable and easy to work with. He is also very, very intelligent and, therefore, he quickly grasps complex situations. Nothing seems to rattle him when the pressure is intense. He stays calm and professional as he expertly negotiates with the other party. Thanks to Dan, I came out of a dire situation in great shape. I am now in a better financial position than I was in when I originally sold my business. "

-William Gilmore
Gilmore Farragut, LLC

"I have used Dan Sklar for 12 years. He is very clear in giving advice. His statements are well researched and very business practical. His assessment of a situation is backed up by years of experience and verified by others before he makes a decision. His business judgment is very sound. I have used him in some very difficult times and his counsel was right on the money. Dan understands the business, as well as the personal, side of the law; he is a deal maker, if there is a fair or practical opportunity to make one. He will not delay and will consider all options before making a decision. He understands the financial, as well as the business, part of being a lawyer."

-Ronald Boyarsky
Precision Technology Inc.

"In 1995, in anticipation of a major customer's bankruptcy, I went in search of the best bankruptcy lawyer in New Hampshire. I hit the jackpot when I found Dan Sklar. He expertly and creatively guided us through that long and complicated case, and has counseled us in other bankruptcy situations of varying complexity ever since. During the last two years, he has guided our aircraft leasing companies through two simultaneous airline bankruptcies. Dan not only knows the rules, procedures, and strategies applicable to the various parties to a bankruptcy case, but he has a gift for providing clear and insightful explanations of the issues and options. His practical attitude and his experience in non-bankruptcy business transactions and complex financings inform his judgment in helping us work our way through difficult bankruptcy situations. Dan's ability to establish cooperative relationships with other parties' counsel in these complicated cases has redounded to our benefit time and again. In addition (upon request), Dan has recommended counsel from other practice areas within his firm who have unfailingly provided excellent advice and service. Dan is very accessible and responsive - a model outside legal advisor. "

-Mark Pugliese
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Saab Holdings U.S., Inc.

Office Location

900 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101-2031
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2013 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Bankruptcy of the Manchester Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law of the Manchester Metro Area
Daniel W. Sklar has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!Daniel W. Sklar has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Chapter 12, Commercial, Committee Representation, Creditor Committees, Creditors' Rights, Debtors' Rights, Foreclosures, Lender Liability, Liquidations, Litigation, Workouts and Restructurings)
Litigation - Bankruptcy
Project Finance Law

Other Information

Gender: Male