Our practice is devoted to enforcing the rights of creditors, both secured and unsecured. The firm represents premier financial institutions, non-bank lenders and trade creditors; and parties to executory contracts including landlords. We have worked in industries that include healthcare, retail and manufacturing.
We counsel lenders restructuring credit facilities, trade creditors seeking protection of their rights – both in and out of bankruptcy and receivership court – and buyers purchasing assets at bankruptcy court sales and secured party sales. We work with secured creditors to enforce their rights under their security documents, and landlords addressing rejection, assumption and assignment of leases in bankruptcy court. We represent creditors and other parties in pursuit of and defense against fraudulent transfer remedies and in defense of preferential transfers under the federal bankruptcy code.
Joe DiOrio is frequently appointed as a state court receiver, federal bankruptcy trustee or special master, where he is charged with administering debt, liquidating property and satisfying creditor obligations pursuant to federal and state law. In that capacity, Joe has operated businesses, and managed and sold real estate.
Joe DiOrio earned his Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from Boston College and his law degree, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law. He is a member of the Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Federal Bar Associations. He is admitted in the United States District Court for the Districts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
Joe was selected by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year for the category of Banking & Finance Law in 2017, Bankruptcy & Creditors-Debtors Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law for 2014, and also for the category of Bankruptcy Litigation for 2013. He has received the Martindale Hubbell rating AV, the highest rating given to attorneys attained from confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers for many years. The firm often receives first-tier rankings by Best Law Firms in three areas: Bankruptcy & Creditors-Debtors Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law, Bankruptcy Litigation, and Banking & Finance Law. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process from clients and lawyers.
He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Commercial Law League of America, the Turnaround Management Association, and the National Bankruptcy Trustee Association. Joe is a Fellow of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation. He was a longstanding board member for the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting victims of domestic violence.