Steven Notinger, Notinger Law

Recognized as a Lawyer of the Year in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

We selected nine Lawyers of the Year for portraits and asked them to share a favorite quotation and to tell us why they love what they do. These profiles appeared along with Woodward/White’s annual Best Lawyers in America list, as published in our November issue.

“If you are going through hell, keep going.”
— Winston Churchill

Why do you love what you do? “The greatest enjoyment in what I do is to see a company (or individual) — that was struggling, and that has lost direction — resolve issues either in or out of bankruptcy, and emerge as a stronger entity, saving jobs, equity and its future. Many times [representatives of a] company or individuals come to see me, and they are overwhelmed, or are pursued on multiple fronts by various creditors, and I can help prioritize what needs to be done so a company or individual can focus on its core needs to survive, or shut down in an orderly fashion if it cannot be saved. Bankruptcy is not a remedy for creditor problems, but a tool (of many tools) to consider when in financial distress. It must be looked at as a process to get from A to B — it is not a solution itself. The business or individual must have a plan to survive. Many debtors file to get the benefit of the automatic suspension of collection efforts and a discharge, but that is not enough. You must have a plan to survive as a business or an individual. Those that have a plan going into bankruptcy are usually the most successful. That is why, if bankruptcy is looked at as a tool and not an answer, the creditor is likely to have the greatest chance of success.”


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Notinger Law
71 Spitbrook Rd.

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