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Ivan J. Reich

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Ivan is a shareholder in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. He concentrates his practice in the area of bankruptcy and corporate reorganizations, with a strong emphasis on and background in commercial litigation. Ivan's commercial litigation background includes not only bankruptcy issues, but areas of the law including banking, lender liability, commercial landlord-tenant, securities, intellectual property, antitrust, real estate, asset protection, post and prejudgment remedies and collections, foreclosures, and both state and federal appeals.

Ivan is the immediate past president and a former recording secretary of the Commercial Law League of America, the nation's oldest and largest creditors' rights organization. He is and has been a member of the league's Board of Governors and has served as chair of the league's bankruptcy and young members sections, and as chair of its southern region.  He is also chair of the league’s presidential advisory committee, and has chaired the league's national meetings committee, and serves on the league's government affairs committees, as well as the coordinating and joint planning committee with the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. 

Recently, Ivan served as counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of Femwell Group Health, Inc. (Miami), American Financial Group of Aventura (Miami), Shores of Panama, Inc. (Panama City), Berwick Black Cattle Co. (Peoria, Illinois), Tutor Time Learning Systems, Inc. (Fort Lauderdale), and Conseco Finance Corp. (Chicago), which were part of the then third-largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Ivan has also recently represented the successful buyers in bankruptcy of the assets of publicly traded perfume manufacturer Tristar Corp. (San Antonio) and the national restaurant chain Le Petit Bistro (Atlanta) and the Florida assets of the national residential developer Tousa (Fort Lauderdale).

He worked as a staff member on the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee for former Vice President Albert Gore Jr. and on Vice President Gore’s senatorial and 1988 presidential campaigns.

Ivan has been an adjunct professor at Nova Southern University’s Sheppard Broad Law Center, where he taught bankruptcy law, and at Broward Community College, where he taught business law.

A prolific speaker, Ivan has spoken several times at the Commercial Law League of America’s annual conventions, including: 1998, Chicago Convention on “Chasing the Wind: The Search for the Ever Elusive Assets of the Sophisticated Debtor”; 2000, New York Conference on "The Triadic System: Back to the Basics"; 2001, Los Angeles Conference on “State Exemption Law”; 2001 Annual Convention on “Fraudulent Conveyances”; 2003, New York Conference on “Creditors Committees”; and 2004 Chicago Conference on “Revised Article 9 of the UCC.” In 2007, Ivan spoke in Chicago at the DePaul Business & Commercial Law Journal Symposium on Fiduciary Duties and the Slide Toward Insolvency and published a paper for the journal  on “Deepening Insolvency: A Viable Cause of Action, Rehash of Other Causes of Action or a Theory of Damages.” He has also spoken at the Vendor Compliance Federation (Fort Lauderdale, 2002) conference on charge-backs and has spoken several times before the National Business Institute on various bankruptcy and creditors' rights issues. In 2003, he authored the chapter on bankruptcy in an Austrian publication geared toward German speakers doing business in the United States.

Additionally, he is an active member of the community. In 1998, he was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the community and the local chamber of commerce by the Miramar/Pembroke Chamber of Commerce when he received both its annual Pinnacle and Chairperson’s Awards, and he was awarded the Southwest Broward Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Chairperson’s award again in both 2000 and 2001. In both 2000 and 2001, Ivan was honored by the South Florida Business Journal as one of four finalists for “Up and Comer” attorney of the year.

Ivan attended Vanderbilt University and graduated cum laude in 1985 with his bachelor's. He continued on at Vanderbilt University and received his juris doctor, with honors, in 1988. Reich continues to serve his alma mater as an alumni interviewer for Broward County for both the college and law school.

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Education
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A. (cum laude, 1985)
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D. (with honors, 1988)
    • Associate Managing Editor of the Law Review
    • Moot Court Board
    • Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society
Admissions
  • U.S. District Courts, Northern, Southern and Middle of  Florida
  • Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Tax  Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
    • Florida Bar Journal, Editorial Board
    • Business Litigation Committee, Member
    • Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, July 1, 2010-June 30, 2013
  • Dade County Bar
  • Broward County Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Commercial Law League of America
    • Immediate Past President
    • President, 2012-2013
    • Attorney Board Member, 2010-2011
    • Southern Region Chair
    • Board of Governors
      • Bankruptcy Section, Chair-Elect
      • Young Members Section, Immediate Past Chair
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Chair
    • Commercial Litigation Section; Board of Directors
  • Adjunct Professor of Bankruptcy Law at Nova Southeastern University Law School
  • Adjunct Professor of Business Law at Broward Community College
Awards & Recognitions
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2008-2014
  • Florida Trend, "Legal Elite," 2010
Civic
  • Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce, Immediate Past Chair; Chair; Chair-Elect; Vice Chairman; Board of Directors; Chairman of the Government Affairs, Trustees and Bylaws Committees; Legal Counsel
  • Town of Davie
    • Police Pension Board, Member
    • Water Advisory Board, Member
  • Broward Alliance, Board of Directors
  • Broward County Democratic, Executive Committee
  • Toastmasters International
  • Jewish Federation of Broward
    • Annual Campaign Dinner, Chair
  • B'nai Brith Youth Organization
    • Adult Advisory Board and Leadership Action Network, Chair
  • Kensington at Chapel Trail Homeowners Association, Vice President
  • Estates of Stirling Lakes Homeowners Association, Board
  • David Posnack Hebrew Day School, Board of Directors, Legal Counsel and Chair of Security Committee
  • City of Pembroke Pines Economic Development Board
  • National Conference of Community and Justice
  • Leadership Broward, Graduate
  • Miramar/Pembroke Chamber of Commerce
    • Leadership Program, Graduate
    • Political Training Institute, Graduate
Reported Cases
  • Prezioso v. Cameron, 559 So.2d 423 (Fla. 4th DCA 1990)
  • Tufo v. Oxford Resources Corp., 603 So.2d 112 (Fla. 4th DCA 1992)
  • Bentor Industries Corp. v. Crown USA, Inc., 616 So.2d 589 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1993)
  • In re Doctors' Hosp. of Tampa, Ltd., 183 B.R. 312 (Bankr.M.D.Fla. 1995)
  • Gimelstob Realty, Inc. v. Sechrest Co., Inc., 676 So.2d 83 (Fla. 4th DCA 1996)
  • McDonald's Corpv. Bukele, 960 F.Supp. 1311 (N.D.Ill. 1997)
  • Puzzitiello v. Concord Asset Group, Inc., 694 So.2d 157 (Fla. 4th DCA 1997)
  • PPI, Inc. v. Department of Business and Professional Regulation, 698 So.2d 306 (Fla. 3rd DCA 1997)
  • Tsiperfal v. Ohio Sav. Securities, Inc., 756 So.2d 1087 (Fla. 4th DCA  2000)
  • Callaway Land & Cattle Co., Inc. v. Banyon Lakes C.  Corp., 831 So.2d 204 (Fla. 4th DCA 2002)
  • Moran v. Schurger, 849 So.2d 1184 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2003)
  • In re Ramon, 2004 WL 2713052 (Bankr.S.D.Fla. 2004)
  • Guerra v. Ramon, 2005 WL 2465606 (S.D.Fla. 2005)
  • In re Ramon, 2006 WL 1975999 (11th Cir. Fla. 2006)
  • In re Balboa Street Beach Club, Inc., 319 B.R. 736 (Bankr.S.D.Fla. 2005)
  • In re Steffens, 342 B.R. 851 (Bankr.M.D.Fla. 2005)
  • In re Jensen, 333 B.R. 906 (Bankr.M.D.Fla. 2005)
  • In re Steve A. Clapper & Associates of Fla., 339 B.R. 789 (M.D.Fla  2006)
  • In re Chira, 343 B.R. 361 (Bankr.S.D.Fla. 2006)
  • In re Chira, 367 B.R. 888 (S.D.Fla. 2007)
  • In re Chira, 378 B.R. 698 (S.D.Fla. 2007)
  • In re Chira, 567 F.3d 1307 (C.A.11 (Fla.) 2009)
  • In re Ameri P.O.S. Inc., 355 B.R. 876 (Bkrtcy.S.D.Fla. 2006)
  • In re Enron Corp., 379 B.R. 425 (S.D.N.Y. 2007)
  • In re Hawkins, 377 B.R. 761 (Bkrtcy.S.D.Fla.,2007)
  • In re Berwick Black Cattle Co., 394 B.R. 448 (Bkrtcy.C.D.Ill. 2008)
  • United Enterprise Fund, LP v. Modern Business Associates, Inc. Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2008 WL 4790537 (M.D.Fla. 2008)
  • Koslow v. Sanders, 4 So.3d 37 (Fla.App. 2 Dist. 2009)
  • In re US Capital Holdings, LLC, 2013 WL 5297352 (Bank. S. D. Fla. 2013) 
Presentations & Seminars
  •  "Creditors' Committees: Opportunities & Pitfalls," 79th Annual Chicago/Spring Meeting and 115th National Convention of the Commercial Law League of America , Chicago, Illinois, April 17, 2009.
Articles & Publications
  • "Making the case for bankruptcy venue reform," The Florida Bar Out-of-State Division, State-to-State Newsletter, Spring 2013
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