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Consumer Bankruptcy 2015

Author(s): Rachel S. Blumenfeld, Lori Lapin Jones
Practice Area: Bankruptcy & Restructuring, Pro Bono
Published: Mar 2015
PLI Item #: 59215
CHB Spine #: 38

Rachel S. Blumenfeld, a principal in the Law Office of Rachel S. Blumenfeld, is a 2000 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, and has specialized in bankruptcy law since her graduation. After law school, Ms. Blumenfeld interned for the Honorable Robert E. Gerber, and she clerked for the Honorable Adlai S. Hardin, Jr., Bankruptcy Judges in the Southern District of New York. In 2004, Ms. Blumenfeld established her law firm in Brooklyn. That same year, The Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project honored Ms. Blumenfeld with The Christopher Slattery Young Professional Award for her pro bono services.

Ms. Blumenfeld represents business and consumer debtors, creditors, and trustees in Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy matters. Ms. Blumenfeld has appeared as an expert in bankruptcy law for dispute resolution in JAMS mediation.

Ms. Blumenfeld is on the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer’s Project. She is also a member of the Bankruptcy Committee of the Brooklyn Bar Association, The New York County Lawyer’s Association and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. Ms. Blumenfeld also serves on the panel of mediators for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Ms. Blumenfeld is the recipient of the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Frieda Niscnewitz award and other awards for her representation of indigent clients and mentoring other attorneys. She is the co-author of several articles on bankruptcy law. Ms. Blumenfeld is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy topics for the Practicing Law Institute and the New York City Bar Association.

Lori Lapin Jones has practiced in the bankruptcy field for over thirty years.  In 2005, Jones founded Lori Lapin Jones PLLC in Great Neck, New York where she focuses her practice on her roles as a bankruptcy trustee, mediator and attorney for parties in bankruptcy cases.  Prior to the formation of her firm, Jones spent seventeen years in private practice at the New York City law firms of Dewey Ballantine and Luskin, Stern & Eisler LLP where she represented parties in out-of-court restructurings and in bankruptcy cases around the country. Jones began her career as an attorney in the Manhattan District Counsel’s Office of the Internal Revenue Service following which she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Tina L. Brozman, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York.

In 2005, Jones was appointed as a panel Chapter 7 Trustee in the Eastern District of New York.  Jones has served as Chapter 11 or Chapter 7 trustee in numerous business and consumer cases including, most notably, the bankruptcy cases of Peninsula Hospital Center and Peninsula General Nursing Home, Burritoville Restaurants, Rag Shops, and General Fiber Communications, Inc.  She is also currently serving as liquidation trustee for North General Hospital. Jones is the Vice Chairwoman for the Chapter 11 Lawyers Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of New York. She also serves on the panel of mediators for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and is frequently appointed to mediate bankruptcy and commercial disputes.

Jones is a frequent presenter on bankruptcy topics for state, local and national bar associations. She co-authored a column on bankruptcy law for the New York Law Journal from 2005-2008, co-authored the book Creditors’ Committee Manual and has taught legal research and writing at New York Law School.  Jones received her LL.M. degree from New York University Law School in 1986 and her Juris Doctorate degree magna cum laude from Nova Southeastern School of Law in 1982 where she was Executive Editor of the Nova Law Review. Jones is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the district courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the United States Tax Court.

Jones is active in causes supporting individuals with special needs.  She is currently the Vice Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Organization for Autism Research (OAR), a national organization focusing on applied research and resources in the autism field and she has been a board member of OAR since 2005.  Jones is also a volunteer for Special Olympics (Long Island). She has written and lectured in the area of raising a child with special needs.