Jay Bender represents debtors, banks, secured creditors, indenture trustees, and purchasers of distressed assets in complex Chapter 11 and Chapter 9 bankruptcy cases, in state and federal court receivership proceedings, and in out-of-court workouts, reorganizations, restructurings, and liquidations. He served as chair of Bradley’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Distressed Investing Practice Group from 2008 through 2017. Over his twenty years of bankruptcy practice, Jay has represented debtors in industries as diverse as health care, construction, energy, telecommunications, utilities, wholesale, manufacturing, commercial real estate, oil and gas, and mining.
Jay has extensive experience representing debtors, creditors, and other parties in chapter 9 bankruptcy cases involving distressed municipalities. Among his representative matters are the Jefferson County (Alabama) chapter 9 case, in which he represented the county in its successful restructuring of over $5.0 billion in debt; the West Jefferson Amusement and Public Park Authority bankruptcy proceeding, in which he served as lead bankruptcy counsel in what was then the largest chapter 9 case in Alabama history; and the Natchez Regional Medical Center chapter 9 bankruptcy, in which he represented a publicly traded health care company in its acquisition of an operating hospital pursuant to a confirmed chapter 9 plan of adjustment. Jay is a coauthor of Representing Creditors in Chapter 9 Municipal Bankruptcies (Aspatore 2014).
Jay is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, and is recognized in Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America for his bankruptcy and restructuring practice.