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    • Hofstra University School of Law (J.D., 1991), Member, Hofstra Law Review and the recipient of the Deborah Sloyer Trial Advocacy Award

    • Trinity College (B.S., 1988)

Practice Groups

Kirk L. Brett


Mr. Brett is Chair of the Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights and Business Reorganizations Practice Group and a member of the Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group


On a nationwide basis, Mr. Brett routinely advises parties in commercial bankruptcy and other distress situations, including secured and other creditors, DIP lenders, landlords, and contract counterparties.  Mr. Brett also advises prospective purchasers of distressed businesses, leases, debt and other assets. Further, Mr. Brett has represented chapter 11 debtors and creditors’ committees in large and complex bankruptcy cases.  Consequently, Mr. Brett has been actively involved in some of the country’s most significant bankruptcy cases.


Mr. Brett has investigated and litigated issues of lender liability, fraud and a host of other distress or insolvency-related issues through trial and appeal.  Mr. Brett has also litigated commercial breach of contract, fiduciary duty, intellectual property, licensing, professional liability, and corporate governance disputes in a variety of federal and state courts.


Mr. Brett’s skills and background have been in particular demand in connection with distressed real estate.  In that regard, Mr. Brett’s expertise is invaluable in advising the Firm’s clients on the risks of dealing with companies that are at risk of future bankruptcy and, of course, guiding the Firm’s clients in their dealings with bankrupt entities.  Mr. Brett has also led the representation of Firm clients in prosecuting and resolving litigation and pre-litigation disputes pertaining to distressed properties.  Mr. Brett has also represented Firm clients in conducting mezzanine loan and real property foreclosures.


Prior to joining the Firm in 2001, Mr. Brett practiced at Schulte Roth & Zabel, Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine, and Rosenman & Colin (now known as Katten Muchin Rosenman).

Mr. Brett is admitted to practice in New York. 


  • New York State Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

  • American Bankruptcy Institute


  • Super Lawyers: New York Metro: 2009-2016

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