Danielle L. Merola

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Associate

Orlando
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Overview

Danielle Merola concentrates her practice on commercial bankruptcy, financial restructuring and commercial litigation. She brings an in-depth understanding of judicial processes to her bankruptcy practice from previously serving as a law clerk at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Danielle represents debtors, creditors, trustees, committees and asset purchasers in bankruptcy cases throughout the country. During her clerkship, she was the head writer on the Procedure Manual Committee and drafted and edited district-wide procedures consistent with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, the Bankruptcy Code and local practices. This experience provides Danielle with a unique perspective on court specific rules and practices nationwide.

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Debtor Representation

  • Team member representing Entrust Energy, Inc., and its affiliates in a Chapter 11 in the Southern District of Texas.

Creditor and Committee Representation

  • Team member in representation of the Tort Claimants Committee in the Pacific Gas & Electric Company bankruptcies in California, one of the largest bankruptcy cases in U.S. history.

Litigation and Other Restructuring Experience

  • Team member representing Chapter 11 Trustee of Americore Holdings, LLC in eleven related healthcare Chapter 11 cases involving hospitals, critical access hospitals, nursing schools and residency programs in the Eastern District of Kentucky.
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Experience

Debtor Representation

  • Team member representing Entrust Energy, Inc., and its affiliates in a Chapter 11 in the Southern District of Texas.
  • Team member representing Limetree Bay Services, LLC and its affiliates in a Chapter 11 in the Southern District of Texas.

Creditor and Committee Representation

  • Team member in representation of the Tort Claimants Committee in the Pacific Gas & Electric Company bankruptcies in California, one of the largest bankruptcy cases in U.S. history.
  • Team member representing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in Chapter 11 cases of Advantage Rent-A-Car and affiliated companies in the District of Delaware.
  • Team member representing creditor holding $180 million claim in solar energy tax credit fraud in the District of Nevada.

Litigation and Other Restructuring Experience

  • Team member representing Chapter 11 Trustee of Americore Holdings, LLC in eleven related healthcare Chapter 11 cases involving hospitals, critical access hospitals, nursing schools and residency programs in the Eastern District of Kentucky.
  • Represented business and asset purchaser in connection with section 363 sale in the farming industry.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida: Employee Recognition Award for Outstanding Performance (2016 to 2018)
  • Chambers USA: Bankruptcy/Restructuring in Florida (2022)
    • Associates to Watch (2022)

Memberships

  • Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
  • Turnaround Management Association

Community

  • Leadership Orlando, Class 99

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable Karen S. Jennemann, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida: Judicial Law Clerk
  • The Honorable James D. Whittemore, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida: Judicial Intern
  • U.S. Department of Justice Elder Justice Initiative: Volunteer Intern

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
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • Florida

Education

  • J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 2015, magna cum laude; Stetson Law Review, Articles & Symposia Editor; Book Awards: Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Contracts, Complex Litigation, Real Property, Constitutional Law, Trusts & Estates, Administrative Law, Advanced Legal Research
  • B.A., University of Central Florida, 2012, cum laude