Comprehensive Counsel for Creditors and Lending Institutions

Serving Western Pennsylvania for nearly a century

Members of Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky’s Banking, Creditors’ Rights and Insolvency Group are some of the state’s top bankruptcy and reorganization lawyers, representing both creditors and lenders in bankruptcy, workouts, foreclosures, and all other creditors’ rights litigation proceedings. Since 1919, we have used our extensive background in business, banking, and real estate in tandem with our knowledge of the Uniform Commercial Code and the United States Bankruptcy Code to develop successful strategies that are unique to each of our clients.

We represent creditors and financial institutions in:

  • Commercial collections
  • Bankruptcy, reorganization, and workouts
  • Lien establishment, enforcement, and disputes
  • Replevins
  • Reclamation orders
  • Supplier and distributor disputes
  • Residential and commercial foreclosures
  • Lender liability defense
  • Franchisor/franchisee disputes
  • Commercial lending
  • Asset sales
  • Receiverships
  • Banking and financial institution litigation

Attorneys Christopher Azzara and Joseph Lawrence are two of only nine attorneys in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who are Board Certified in Creditors’ Rights Law by the American Board of Certification. At SMGG, we handle all aspects of proceedings under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, the Uniform Commercial Code, and in state and federal court proceedings that involve various types of credit relationships. We are the go-to firm for complex bankruptcy litigation matters.

Who we represent

The experienced team of attorneys at SMGG has assisted large and small businesses and individuals such as:

  • Regional and local banks
  • Secured and unsecured creditors
  • Financial and trade creditors
  • Distressed companies
  • Landlords
  • Investors
  • Business owners
  • Creditor committees
  • Indenture trustees
  • Bankruptcy trustees
  • Asset and business acquirers
  • Equity holders

Enforcing the rights of secured and unsecured creditors—both inside and outside the bankruptcy arena—is the cornerstone of the Creditors’ Rights and Insolvency group. We are often retained as special litigation counsel on various complex bankruptcy matters, and regularly counsel and represent secured and unsecured creditors in all aspects of state and federal court litigation.

Protecting creditors’ rights

Our Banking, Creditors’ Rights and Insolvency Group attorneys have built a strong reputation for providing preventative counsel and pursuing claims for their creditor clients. We begin with a thorough review of our clients’ contracts and amendments, modifications, consents, and waivers to ensure that we understand our clients’ needs and concerns and formulate a plan to address any problems they may face. We focus our energies on out-of-court solutions whenever possible. If terms cannot be met, we put the full force of our litigation experience to work for our clients while developing a plan for collection both pre- and post-judgment.

At Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, client satisfaction is our priority

Throughout Western Pennsylvania, our name is synonymous with quality. We work hard to maintain our stellar reputation by putting our clients’ needs first. For more information, please contact Christopher J. Azzara at (412) 281-5423 or cazzara@smgglaw.com.