Warren A. Usatine is co-managing shareholder of Cole Schotz as well as a co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Department and a member in the Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Department. His practice covers all aspects of complex commercial litigation and restructuring matters in both the state and federal courts. He has extensive experience in chancery litigation matters, as well as representation of Chapter 11 debtors and creditors’ committees in bankruptcy courts.
A Member of the firm since 2002, Warren has played a prominent role in representing an array of litigation and restructuring clients in complex, commercial matters, including:
Warren has been selected for inclusion in the “America’s Leading Lawyers in Bankruptcy” list by Chambers USA for the past seven consecutive years in which "clients praise him for his 'very good street sense,” noting that he is ‘driven and a pleasure to deal with.’ Chambers has described Warren as a "very smart lawyer" who is "absolutely fantastic in the courtroom" and notes that sources say he is “an excellent trial lawyer and strategist with excellent insight into winning arguments.” Most recently, client feedback for Chambers USA 2017 notes Warren as a “fantastic bankruptcy litigator who is very practical and down-to-earth but can also handle the most novel and complex legal issues.” He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the prestigious Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation (2007-2021), Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2010-2021), Litigation-Bankruptcy (2011-2021), and was named on the Lawyer of the Year list for 2022, 2018, and 2015. He was also selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars in Bankruptcy Law. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Award Methodology.
Warren has lectured on various aspects of bankruptcy law as part of New Jersey's Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He also has served as a panelist in the annual William H. Gindin Bankruptcy Bench Bar Conference.
In 2019, Warren was awarded the Hugh M. Leonard award by the NJ Bankruptcy Lawyers Foundation & Federal Bankruptcy Bar Association of NJ for his long-standing commitment to helping improve the bankruptcy community. Martindale-Hubbell awarded Warren an AV preeminent peer rating, selecting him as one of the "2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy" for his professionalism and the quality of his legal work. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Award Methodology.
Warren earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 1995
University of Virginia, B.A., 1992
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