Montgomery McCracken Names Three Attorneys to Firm Partnership

March 5, 2018

Montgomery McCracken is pleased to announce that it has named attorneys Robert E. O’Connor, Julie F. Schechter and Davis Lee Wright to the firm’s partnership. O’Connor and Schechter, who are located in the firm’s New York office, were previously associates. Wright, who is located in the firm’s Wilmington office, was of counsel.

“These three individuals have played a tremendous role in their respective areas of practice and demonstrated a deep commitment to our clients’ success,” said Montgomery McCracken chairman Louis A. Petroni. “Their hard work is greatly valued and we look forward to their help in shaping the future of the firm.”

Robert E. O’Connor is a general litigator and a member of the firm’s Maritime and Transportation practice group. He represents insurers, owners and operators of vessels, and marine fuel suppliers among others. O’Connor also specializes in environmental matters relating to oil pollution and coral damage under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, emissions regulations under MARPOL, and criminal investigations under the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. In addition, he has significant experience handling claims arising from major marine casualties such as collisions, allisions, and fires under the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act and the Shipowners’ Limitation of Liability Act. Recently, O’Connor was lead counsel to one of the world’s largest marine fuel suppliers in connection with its bankruptcy proceedings and related litigation.

Julie F. Schechter is a transactional attorney with broad real estate experience. She has advised and represented co-op/condo boards in all areas of concern. Schechter has drafted and reviewed proprietary leases, by-laws and house rules, and assisted boards in enforcing such documents. She has also reviewed trusts and advised Cooperative Boards whether to permit the trusts to own cooperative shares. In her practice, she has developed innovative approaches to deriving income from common area spaces and resolved disputes regarding construction defects and defaults by sponsors and other unit owners. Schechter has negotiated with architects, engineers, contractors and vendors providing goods and services to the coop/condo associations. She has also represented sellers, purchasers, borrowers and financial institutions in various real estate and loan transactions, and both landlords and tenants in commercial and residential leasing transactions.

Davis Lee Wright is a member of the firm’s Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy and Maritime and Transportation practice groups with experience in corporate restructurings and maritime bankruptcies. He has represented secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, committee members, trustees and debtors in numerous proceedings under Chapter 7, 11, and 15 of the Bankruptcy Code. In addition, he has represented public and private companies in all aspects of their restructuring efforts, including out-of-court work-outs, “prepackaged” bankruptcies, and traditional reorganizations. He routinely counsels clients on the potential impact another entity’s insolvency or bankruptcy may have on business relationships, prospective and existing contracts and agreements, and bankruptcy-specific litigation. Recently, Wright was lead counsel to one of the world’s largest marine fuel suppliers in connection with its bankruptcy proceedings and related litigation, and represented several clients in other maritime-related bankruptcies pending throughout the country.

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