People: William J. Hanlon, Partner

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William J. Hanlon

Partner

Boston
Direct: (617) 946-4995
Fax: (617) 946-4801
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William J. Hanlon is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Boston office and past co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section.  He represents secured and unsecured creditors, officers and directors, debtors, contract counterparties, and equity holders in Chapter 11 cases, adversary proceedings, commercial litigation and insolvency-related matters and he represents secured creditors in commercial and consumer finance matters, typically defending challenges to note and mortgage enforcement.  He has experience with health and welfare liabilities, securitization, financial documentation, fiduciary responsibility and complex contracts. 

Mr. Hanlon's representations include:

  • out-of-court debt restructuring,
  • protecting rights of retiree and creditor committees,
  • defense of director and officer litigation,
  • defense of consumer challenges to note and mortgage enforcement,
  • discharge and fiduciary liability litigation,
  • complex contract and license issues,
  • lease assumption and rejection,
  • all aspects of commercial real property use, sale and indebtedness,
  • enforcement of health care and insurance contracts,
  • advising companies on divesting unprofitable divisions, and
  • asset purchase and equity investment.

Mr. Hanlon’s clients include:

  • private and public companies,
  • banks, asset-based, floorplan and non-traditional lenders,
  • technology providers and servicers,
  • medical insurers and medical practices,
  • real estate lenders and developers, and
  • pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies.
     

William J. Hanlon is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Boston office and past co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section.  He represents secured and unsecured creditors, officers and directors, debtors, contract counterparties, and equity holders in Chapter 11 cases, adversary proceedings, commercial litigation and insolvency-related matters and he represents secured creditors in commercial and consumer finance matters, typically defending challenges to note and mortgage enforcement.  He has experience with health and welfare liabilities, securitization, financial documentation, fiduciary responsibility and complex contracts. 

Mr. Hanlon's representations include:

  • out-of-court debt restructuring,
  • protecting rights of retiree and creditor committees,
  • defense of director and officer litigation,
  • defense of consumer challenges to note and mortgage enforcement,
  • discharge and fiduciary liability litigation,
  • complex contract and license issues,
  • lease assumption and rejection,
  • all aspects of commercial real property use, sale and indebtedness,
  • enforcement of health care and insurance contracts,
  • advising companies on divesting unprofitable divisions, and
  • asset purchase and equity investment.

Mr. Hanlon’s clients include:

  • private and public companies,
  • banks, asset-based, floorplan and non-traditional lenders,
  • technology providers and servicers,
  • medical insurers and medical practices,
  • real estate lenders and developers, and
  • pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies.
     

Education

  • J.D., Boston College Law School
    cum laude
  • A.B., College of the Holy Cross

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • New York

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern and Sourthern Districts of New York

Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, NE Conf. Organizing Committee Member, 2000-Present
  • Boston Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section:
    Section Co-Chair, 2002-2004 - Section awarded the Supreme Judicial Court’s John Adams and John Quincy Adams Pro Bono Publico Award 2004
    Section Steering Committee, 2002-present
    Large Firm Pro Bono Committee, 2006-present
    Practice and Procedure Committee, Past Co-Chair, 2000-2002
  • Boston Bar Association Membership Committee task force, 2007
  • Turnaround Management Association, Northeast Chapter

Presentations

  • Speaker, "363 Sales and Successor Liability," American Bankruptcy Institute, 21st Annual Northeast Conference (July 2014)
  • Speaker, “Select Secured Creditor Issues,” 23rd Annual Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar Conference, Boston Bar Association, Boston, MA (May 30, 2013)
  • Chair, "Business Panel: Fraudulent Transfers," 14th Annual New England Conference, Boston, MA (November 14, 2012)
  • Speaker, “Privileges, Exceptions and Civil and Criminal Liability,” American Bankruptcy Institute, Northeast Bankruptcy Conference (July, 2008)
  • Moderator, “Employment Issues in Bankruptcy,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Bankruptcy Law Conference (2007)
  • Moderator, “Legacy Costs,” Turnaround Management Association, Northeast Chapter (January, 2006)
  • Moderator, “Shedding Legacy Liabilities,” American Bankruptcy Institute, Northeast Bankruptcy Conference (July, 2006).
  • Speaker, “Reasoned Opinions,” Boston Bar Association (October 2004).
  • Co-Chair, “Bankruptcy Court Practice 2004; 14th Annual Bankruptcy Court Bench Meets Bar Conference,” Boston Bar Association (May 2004).
  • Co-Chair, “Bankruptcy Court Practice 2003; 13th Annual Bankruptcy Court Bench Meets Bar Conference,” Boston Bar Association  (May 2003).
  • Speaker, “Current Development in Exemptions,” American Bankruptcy Institute’s Ninth Annual Northeast Bankruptcy Conference (July 2002).
  • Speaker, “Update 2000: Massachusetts Homestead Issues,” Boston Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section Roundtable (Oct. 2000).
  • Speaker, “Securitized Transactions,” American Bankruptcy Institute’s Sixth Annual Northeast Bankruptcy Conference (July 1999).
  • Speaker, “Massachusetts Homestead Issues,” Boston Bar Association’s Ninth Annual Bench Meets Bar (June 1999).

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