NEW YORK (November 8, 2012) – Morrison & Foerster has named Brett Miller, a partner in the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group, managing partner of its New York office. He succeeds Charles (“Chet”) L. Kerr, a partner in the firm’s litigation department, who has led the office since 2008.
Mr. Miller has a preeminent reputation leading highly complex restructurings, including his current representation of the Honorable Louis J. Freeh, Chapter 11 Trustee for MF Global, which, with $41 billion in assets at the time of filing, is the largest bankruptcy filing of 2011 and the eighth-largest in U. S. history. Mr. Miller also recently represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the largest and most successful restructuring of a sports franchise in U.S. history. The Dodgers reorganization was confirmed by the Bankruptcy Court in April, and the baseball team was sold for a record $2 billion.
“Brett has the combination of qualities needed to lead one of our most important offices: strategic focus, enthusiasm and proven leadership ability,” said Larren Nashelsky, Chair of Morrison & Foerster. “Chet has been an extraordinarily effective leader and has been a key to the firm’s success in New York. He has worked tirelessly to attract and groom top talent even as he has maintained his extremely busy and successful trial practice. We are indebted to him. We are confident Brett will build on Chet’s success.”
“I am honored to lead our thriving New York office and energized by the confidence the firm and my partners in New York have shown in me,” said Mr. Miller. “Chet has accomplished a great deal and I am fortunate to inherit such a strong platform. I look forward to building upon the foundation laid by Chet and the New York partners.”
Mr. Miller represents clients in Chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings, bankruptcy-related acquisitions, cross-border insolvency matters, bankruptcy-related litigation and insolvency-sensitive transactions. He also serves as co-chair of the Distressed Real Estate Group, a cross-disciplinary group that includes attorneys from the Firm’s Bankruptcy & Restructuring Group, the Real Estate Group and the Litigation Department.
Mr. Miller received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his B.A. from Columbia University. He is listed as a leading lawyer for Bankruptcy & Restructuring in Chambers USA 2012 and in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers.
During Mr. Kerr’s tenure, the firm has grown its reputation as a market leader in capital markets, bankruptcy and restructuring, real estate finance, M&A, financial services, litigation, privacy, IP and technology transactions, and tax. He has also been instrumental in orchestrating the office’s relocation to the city’s newest building under construction at 250 West 55th Street. The firm expects to move to the innovative and environmentally friendly building in 2014, where Morrison & Foerster will be the anchor tenant.