Andrew V. Layden

Associate

Orlando
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One impressed client reports: "I'd put [Andrew] up there with almost anyone I've ever worked with. He is intelligent and hugely efficient."

— Chambers USA 2017

Overview

Andrew Layden is a board certified business bankruptcy attorney who concentrates his practice in commercial bankruptcy, troubled loan workouts, financial restructuring and commercial litigation. He represents financially distressed businesses in court supervised and out-of-court restructurings in such industries as energy, hospitality, healthcare and real estate. He also advises official committees, secured creditors and distressed asset purchasers in bankruptcy, insolvency and section 363 asset sales.   

In 2016, Andrew was appointed as the Orlando representative for the Middle District of Florida Local Rules Lawyers' Advisory Committee. He has served on the board of directors of the Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association since 2014. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar. Prior to joining the firm, Andrew served as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Caryl E. Delano, Bankruptcy Judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida.

Select Experience

  • Represented multiple publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production companies in connection with their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. In re American Eagle Energy Corporation; In re Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations, LLC.

  • Represented nine related companies operating investment funds primarily investing in real estate, websites, and oil and gas projects in connection with their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. In re Pelican Real Estate, LLC.

  • Represented individual Chapter 11 debtor in successfully negotiating and confirming a Chapter 11 plan which contemplated the sale of multiple restaurant franchises and related assets. In re Cosentino.

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Experience

  • Represented multiple publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production companies in connection with their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. In re American Eagle Energy Corporation; In re Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations, LLC.

  • Represented nine related companies operating investment funds primarily investing in real estate, websites, and oil and gas projects in connection with their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. In re Pelican Real Estate, LLC.

  • Represented individual Chapter 11 debtor in successfully negotiating and confirming a Chapter 11 plan which contemplated the sale of multiple restaurant franchises and related assets. In re Cosentino.

  • Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of a manufacturer of Bitcoin mining computers and related hardware. In re HashFast Technologies LLC.

  • Represented multiple reorganized Chapter 11 debtors and obtained a bankruptcy court order permanently preventing a group of plaintiffs from pursuing the reorganized debtors for significant contribution claims under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). In re Solitron Devices, Inc. 510 B.R. 890 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 2014).

  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in multiple related lawsuits defending against claims of fraudulent transfer, successor liability and unfair trade practices.

  • Represented multiple business and asset purchasers in connection with section 363 sales in the entertainment, technology and healthcare industries.

  • Represented one of the largest unsecured creditors in the bankruptcy case of In re Eastman Kodak.

  • Represented a group of midstream energy transportation companies in connection with their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. In re Dakota Plains Holdings, Inc.

  • Represented multiple companies operating landfills and offering recycling services in connection with their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. In re Orange County Environmental, LLC.

  • Represented the assignee in the successful assignment for the benefit of creditors proceeding of Lake Mary Logistics, Inc., a postal contractor.

  • Represented unsecured creditors in the successful prosecution of a motion to convert an individual Chapter 11 bankruptcy case to Chapter 7.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Bankruptcy/Restructuring in Florida (2017)
  • American Board of Certification: Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law (At the time he obtained board certification, Andrew was the youngest board certified bankruptcy lawyer in the nation.)
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida: Local Rules Lawyers’ Advisory Committee
    • Orlando Representative (2016 to 2019)
  • 89th Annual  National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges: Next Generation Program (One of 40 lawyers in the nation selected to participate) (2015)
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite "Up and Comer," Bankruptcy and Workout (2015, 2016, 2017)

Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • The Florida Bar: Business Law Section 
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee (2016, 2017)
    • Deposition Boot Camp Seminar: Co-Chair (2017)
  • Central Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association 
    • Board of Directors (2014 to 2016, 2017 to 2019)
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association: Orlando Chapter

Community

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida: Volunteer (2014 to 2017)
  • Leadership Orlando, Class 89 (2015)

Pro Bono

  • Volunteers for the Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Pro Se Clinic, offering information and guidance to individuals who choose to represent themselves in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Prior Positions

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Caryl E. Delano of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida (2010 to 2011)
  • Judicial Extern to the Honorable Maurice Paul of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida (2009)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida

Education

  • J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2010; cum laude; Articles Editor, Florida Law Review; Book Awards: Tort Litigation, Law & Economics, Employment Law
  • B.S., Finance, Applied Economics, Florida State University, 2007, cum laude