Steven S. Newburgh chairs the McLaughlin & Stern Bankruptcy & Restructuring group, consisting of several attorneys and paralegals from both the New York and Florida offices of the firm.
Mr. Newburgh most recently served as lead counsel in the Great Eastern Energy chapter 11 proceedings in Delaware where he engineered the sale of renewable energy credits for more than $9 million dollars in a bifurcated bankruptcy sale. Mr. Newburgh was also responsible for securing the return of millions of dollars in letters of credit and other sureties to the debtor's primary secured creditor, Macquarie Energy, by working with various state regulatory agencies, ISO's and other third parties and by otherwise ensuring regulatory compliance during the wholesale energy supplier's wind-down.
Mr. Newburgh has also appeared in many complex and notable chapter 11 proceedings, primarily in the Southern District of New York and the District of Delaware, on a pro hac vice basis. He has also appeared on behalf of numerous secured and unsecured creditors in the U.S. Eastern and Southern Districts of California, the Northern District of Texas, Southern District of Ohio, the District of Colorado, where he is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, and, of course, the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. Mr. Newburgh has also represented various Class Action representatives in U.S. Bankruptcy Courts in the United States.
Mr. Newburgh's Florida-based bankruptcy work is primarily in representation of various chapter 7 Trustees in the U.S. Southern District of Florida and in representation of chapter 11 corporate debtors in all U.S. Districts in the State of Florida.
In the tradition of McLaughlin & Stern attorneys for more than a century, Mr. Newburgh devotes a great deal of time and energy to pro bono causes and is currently serving his third 3-year term as an elected Director of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida.
Mr. Newburgh also serves on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court's Pro Bono Standing Committee and was appointed by Chief Judge Laurel M. Isicoff to serve as the Committee's Lay-Chair. Through his many leadership roles Mr. Newburgh is responsible for conceptualization and implementation of many of the pro bono initiatives in the U.S. Southern District of Florida. Mr. Newburgh also serves on the Southern District of Florida's Local Bankruptcy Rules Advisory Committee and is active in ongoing revisions to the Southern District of Florida's Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.
Mr. Newburgh is an avid lecturer and writer; he lectures monthly in the courtrooms of the West Palm Beach Division as part of the District's pro se assistance programs and coordinates the needs of qualified pro bono applicants with volunteer bankruptcy attorneys. Mr. Newburgh regularly conducts Continuing Legal Education ("CLE") courses in bankruptcy and restructuring law to ensure bankruptcy lawyers are able to meet their CLE requirements for admission to practice before the bankruptcy courts and to provide bankruptcy litigators and practitioners updates in this ever-evolving practice area. Mr. Newburgh recently served as Faculty at the Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges, extending education in bankruptcy law and procedure to the state circuit court judges who often encounter issues arising out of a pending bankruptcy proceeding. Mr. Newburgh is currently working on a Bankruptcy Handbook for Circuit Court Judges for publication by the Florida Supreme Court's Publishing Office. The Handbook is intended as an aid to Florida State Circuit Court judges when encountering issues under Title 11 of the United States Code (the "Bankruptcy Code").
In 2018, Mr. Newburgh received the first Chief Judge's Pro Bono Award in the Southern District of Florida.