Wendy Cramer Townsend

Counsel

Orlando
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Overview

As a bankruptcy litigator, Wendy Cramer Townsend serves as counsel for chapter 7 and 11 trustees, creditors and defendants in both bankruptcy and state court fraudulent transfer and preference avoidance actions. She also represents parties in commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes and collection matters.

Select Experience

  • Member of the BakerHostetler team representing Irving H. Picard, the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC and the consolidated estate of Bernard L. Madoff in connection with Madoff's Ponzi scheme.
  • Served as co-counsel in the representation of an individual judgment creditor in a fraudulent transfer suit that was filed in Orange County, Florida, and removed to Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division. The matter was settled in favor of the individual judgment creditor after an intensive discovery uncovered several million dollars in fraudulent transfers.
  • Served as co-counsel in the representation of multiparty individual and corporate defendants in an actual and constructive fraudulent transfer suit that was pending in bankruptcy court. Participated in the preparation and negotiation of a settlement agreement that provided for a bar order that precludes third parties from suing defendants for matters related to litigation outside of bankruptcy court.
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Experience

  • Member of the BakerHostetler team representing Irving H. Picard, the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC and the consolidated estate of Bernard L. Madoff in connection with Madoff's Ponzi scheme.
  • Served as co-counsel in the representation of an individual judgment creditor in a fraudulent transfer suit that was filed in Orange County, Florida, and removed to Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division. The matter was settled in favor of the individual judgment creditor after an intensive discovery uncovered several million dollars in fraudulent transfers.
  • Served as co-counsel in the representation of multiparty individual and corporate defendants in an actual and constructive fraudulent transfer suit that was pending in bankruptcy court. Participated in the preparation and negotiation of a settlement agreement that provided for a bar order that precludes third parties from suing defendants for matters related to litigation outside of bankruptcy court.
  • Served as a team member to ATLC, Ltd., one of the largest unsecured creditors in the In re Eastman Kodak bankruptcy. 
  • Served as co-counsel representing a chapter 11 trustee in more than 100 actual and constructive fraudulent transfer adversary proceedings in a Ponzi scheme. Obtained a favorable ruling in a test case against a financial advisor who sold securities to good faith investors and successfully settled more than 50 cases. Evergreen Security, Ltd.
  • Served as co-counsel for the creditor in a bankruptcy case in which the court permitted the creditor to bring a fraudulent transfer adversary proceeding pursuant to 11 USC 548 against initial subsequent transferees. Successfully settled the matter in favor of the creditor. 

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Recognized Practitioner: Bankruptcy in Florida (2014, 2015)
  • Florida Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2010)

Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Florida Bar: Business Law Section
  • Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association

Community

  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Alumni Club: Member
  • Rosen Jewish Community Center Board of Directors: Member

Admissions

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

Education

  • J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2001, cum laude
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996