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Steven N. Berger has focused his career on resolution of complex business disputes through effective representation of clients in bankruptcy or other reorganization proceedings, loan workouts, litigation and business transactions. He co-founded the firm in 1999 after gaining experience as an associate and partner at two of Arizona’s largest law firms. He has extensive experience in representing parties involved with troubled loans or troubled businesses, and has represented lenders, lessors, business owners, investors, asset purchasers, creditor committees and other parties in bankruptcy and reorganization cases. Steve has more than 30 years’ experience in representing clients throughout Arizona, is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Arizona, and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a long-time Arizona resident and business owner, providing him with added perspective in his work on Arizona based issues.

CLIENTS

Lenders, banks, borrowers, real estate brokers/developers, landlords, investors, owners of closely-held businesses, and owners of troubled businesses.

INDUSTRIES

Advertising and media
Asset based lenders
Commercial lenders
Equipment leasing
Factoring
Franchising
Hard money lenders
Healthcare
Hospitality and restaurants
Insurance
Non-profits
Printing and publishing
Private education and preschools
Property management
Restructuring
Retail and shopping center owners

PROFESSIONAL

  • Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Conference (2010- Present)
  • State Bar of Arizona Bankruptcy Section Chair/Member
  • State Bar of Arizona CLE Committee Chair/Member
  • University of Arizona Rogers College of Law - Board of Visitors (1995 - Present)
  • Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court – Charter member & V.P. (2010-2012)
  • BNA Bankruptcy Law Reporter, Member - Advisory Board
  • American Bankruptcy Institute - Member
  • Turnaround Management Association - Member
  • ABA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section - Member
  • Law Clerk for Hon. Thomas Tang, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1984-1985)

RECOGNITION

  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy, 2013-Present
  • Southwest Super-Lawyers®, 2007-2011
  • Southwest Super-Lawyers®, Best 50 Arizona Lawyers, 2011
  • The Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2003-2004
  • AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell®
  • Certified in Business Bankruptcy by American Board of Certification

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Representation of the State of Arizona in its takeover, wind-down, and transition to a new provider of the entity responsible for management of the mental health care system for Maricopa County.
  • Successful restructuring through Chapter 11 of a telecommunications related business in which the shareholders were previously deadlocked and the business's very survival had been jeopardized.
  • Successful negotiation and implementation for a lender client of a multi-million dollar loan to a farming operation during the borrower's Chapter 11 case.
  • Representation of a creditors' committee in the Chapter 11 case of a primary school and nursery school holding company, resulting in the successful sale and spin-off of schools as going concerns, and the prosecution of actions against corporate insiders.
  • Representation of a bankruptcy trustee in the successful negotiation of a transition plan among multiple parties including the City of Phoenix, secured lenders, resident groups, and creditors regarding the closing and liquidation of a senior housing project.

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Bankruptcy Law and Procedure, a Guide for the Paralegal,” Co-Author

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Equality Arizona – Human Rights Individual Award 2011
  • Friends of the Phoenix Library
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • American Jewish Committee
  • Community AIDS Council
  • Arizona AIDS Project
  • Maricopa Community College Foundation, “Out & Up” LGBT Scholarship Fund
  • Lambda Legal

Location

  • 2800 North Central Avenue, Suite 1200
    Phoenix, AZ 85004

Education

  • The University of Arizona , J.D. with highest distinction, graduated 1984
  • Arizona State University, B.A. Finance, graduated 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, State Bar of Arizona

Court Admissions

  • Admitted to all Federal and State Courts in AZ

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Bankruptcy, Phoenix (2022)
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Phoenix (2020)
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Phoenix (2018)
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Phoenix (2016)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy

Awards:

  • Southwest Super-Lawyers®, 2007-2011
  • Southwest Super-Lawyers®, Best 50 Arizona Lawyers, 2011
  • The Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2003-2004
  • AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell®
  • Certified in Business Bankruptcy by American Board of Certification
  • Inducted to American College of Bankruptcy 2013
  • Phoenix Magazine, Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona, 2015 – 2016

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