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Jill Bienstock is a member of Cole Schotz's Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Department. She focuses her practice on a variety of areas including creditors’ rights, avoidance actions and reorganizations for both individuals and corporate entities. She has represented Fortune 500 companies, various debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, landlords, equipment lessors, restaurants, hedge funds and banks, creditors’ committees and liquidating trustees, both in and out of bankruptcy court. Jill sits on the board of the Bankruptcy Section for the New Jersey State Bar Association. Jill’s work has been recognized most recently in her selection as a “Rising Star” by New Jersey Super Lawyers from 2015 to 2019 and New York Metro Area Super Lawyers from 2015 to 2019. Jill was also recognized as a "Top Lawyer" for 2019 for Bergen County, NJ, in the field of bankruptcy and workouts by Bergen Magazine. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Award Methodology.

Prior to joining Cole Schotz, Jill was a judicial intern for the Hon. Ronald J. Hedges, a magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and a summer associate for the firm. Prior to attending law school, Jill worked for a publicly traded company in their in-house legal department supporting and managing their U.S. and out of country boards of directors, Section 16 pre-clearances and corporate governance initiatives, as well as the integration and training for new technology.

Jill earned her J.D., cum laude, from New York Law School and her B.A. from Lafayette College, magna cum laude, where she was a member of the National Honor Societies for Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Delta Pi and Pi Sigma Alpha. Jill is admitted to practice in the States of New York and New Jersey, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Jill has participated in the representation of the following cases handled by the Cole Schotz Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Department:

Trustees and Other Court Appointed Parties

  • Liquidating Trustee of University General Hospital System, Inc., et al
  • Plan Administrator for Classic Communities Corporation
  • Plan Administrator for Tri-State Trucking Company
  • Liquidating Trustee for the SageCrest Liquidating Trust, Chapter 11
  • Conflicts counsel to the Unsecured Creditor Agent, Orleans Homebuilders, Chapter 11
  • Liquidating Trustee for the B. Moss Clothing Company Liquidating Trust, Chapter 11
  • Court-appointed rent receiver for the landlord of the H&H Bagel manufacturing facility in the Chapter 11 cases of 35 Real Estate Limited Partnership and Garden Operation Realty Limited Partnership
  • Liquidating Trustee of the Liquidating Trust U/A/W PT-1 Communications, appeal to Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Local counsel to Foreign Representative Plaza Management, Overseas, S.A. in Chapter 15 case of Grand Prix Associates
  • Liquidating Trustee for the Kara Homes, Inc. Liquidation Trust and The Kara at Mt. Arlington I, LLC Liquidation Trust, Chapter 11

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors

  • Think Finance, LLC
  • Classic Communities Inc.
  • Conflicts counsel in the Patriot Coal Corporation cases
  • The Brown Publishing Company cases
  • Local counsel in the Al Liebers Golf Equipment d/b/a The World of Golf case

Sample Creditor Representations

  • Numerous defendants in defending preference complaints and fraudulent conveyance actions in a variety of jurisdictions
  • Protecting creditors’ contractual rights and claims
  • Numerous Hedge Funds and Banks in various Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases
  • Numerous Equipment lessors in numerous Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases
  • Numerous landlords in their tenant-debtor Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases

Chapter 11 Debtors

  • Warrior Golf, LLC, et al.
  • Oxford Building Services
  • Cooperative Communications
  • Adamar of New Jersey (a/k/a Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City)
  • Manchester Mall
  • Tarragon Corporation
  • Marcal Paper Mills
  • Barzel Industries

Professional Activities

  • Membership Relations Director for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI)’s Emerging Industries and Technology Committee
  • Officer-Secretary for the New Jersey State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section’s board
  • Co-Chair of the ABA Business Bankruptcy Section’s webinar subcommittee
  • IWIRC- Active Member of the New Jersey and New York Networks (International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation)
  • Member of American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member of New Jersey State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
  • Co-Chair of Social Programming, IWIRC—NY Board (August 2012 to January 2015) (International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation)


New York Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2008

Lafayette College, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Delta Pi, Pi Sigma Alpha, 2002

Bar & Court Admissions

New Jersey, 2008New York, 2009U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2008U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2010U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2010United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2012

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