Mr. Zapata has over 20 years experience in bankruptcy law and bankruptcy related litigation, representing debtors and creditors in all aspects of Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 cases, creditors in Chapter 15 bankruptcies and trustees in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases. He has served as lead counsel to numerous post-confirmation trusts. His practice includes representations of trustees, debtors-in-possession, official creditors committees, secured lenders, post-confirmation fiduciaries, landlords and other parties in complex proceedings. Prior to becoming an attorney, Joe served as an intern for the Honorable William H. Gindin, Chief Bankruptcy Judge, District of New Jersey and teacher’s assistant for the Honorable Stuart M. Bernstein, Chief Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of New York. In 2007 and 2008, Mr. Zapata was selected as a New Jersey Rising Star* by New Jersey Monthly Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine.
Mr. Zapata has served as lead counsel to the creditors’ committees in the Foxtons, Inc., and Allstate Excavating Inc. bankruptcy cases, and counsel to the debtors in the successful reorganization of DDOH Family Partners, et al. and KidsPeace Corporation. In addition, Mr. Zapata was lead counsel responsible for receivership and receivership-related litigation in the matter of SEC v. Antar, resulting in $10,000,000 being recovered for disbursement to defrauded investors; as well as primary counsel to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority in the bankruptcy cases of WorldCom, Adelphia, 360Networks, Global Crossing and Metromedia.
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