Valerie A. Hamilton is Of Counsel to the Firm’s Creditors’ Rights/Bankruptcy Reorganization Practice Group. For more than 20 years, Ms. Hamilton has represented Chapters 7 and 11 trustees, Chapter 11 debtors and creditor committees, and secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy cases and workout matters. She frequently represents buyers in the acquisition of assets from a bankruptcy estate. She also has significant experience in litigating complex matters in state and federal courts, including fraudulent transfer and preference actions, non-dischargeability suits, DIP financing and use of cash collateral, Chapter 11 plan negotiation, and enforcement of creditors’ rights under the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act and state receivership laws. Ms. Hamilton also represents creditors in the collection of debts, including post-judgment collection and enforcement actions in state and federal courts.
Ms. Hamilton served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Rosemary Gambardella, former Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey, and the Honorable Joseph H. Rodriguez, Senior District Judge of the United States District Court, District of New Jersey.
Ms. Hamilton currently serves as
Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section. In 2014, the United States Bankruptcy Court
selected Ms. Hamilton to serve as a panelist on the New Jersey Registry of
Mediators. She is a former member of the
Lawyers’ Advisory Committee to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the
District of New Jersey, where she served as Chairperson of its Chapter 11 Sub-Committee.
Ms. Hamilton is a contributor to the New Jersey Bankruptcy Manual, Second Edition, and has lectured on bankruptcy topics for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and others. She is called upon frequently to be a speaker or seminar panelist on topics of interest to the bankruptcy bar.
Ms. Hamilton is active in charitable organizations, including the March of Dimes. Ms. Hamilton helped to establish a local March of Dimes NICU Family Support program, which assists families of premature babies. She also serves on the Planning Committee of her local church.