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In times of crisis, companies and their stakeholders rely on Brent Weisenberg to identify and execute innovative and efficient solutions to solve critical business problems. Brent regularly advises businesses and their constituencies during periods of financial challenge and in other special situations, where he assists clients in negotiating and implementing complex commercial transactions, acquiring and disposing of distressed assets, and prosecuting and defending complex commercial litigation.
Brent has particular experience counseling official and unofficial committees across a wide array of industries, including retail, real estate, construction, hospitality, telecommunications, manufacturing, and technology. Brent has recently served as counsel to official creditors’ committees in such widely known bankruptcies as Nogin, Tuesday Morning Corporation, NBG Home, Century 21 Department Stores, General Nutrition Centers and Modell's Sporting Goods. Brent is also currently representing the Ad Hoc Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Zulily, Inc., which commenced an assignment for the benefit of creditors in December 2023.
Prior to joining Lowenstein Sandler, Brent also served as counsel to official creditors’ committees in Big M (dba Mandee, Annie Sez, and Afaze), Ritz Camera I and II, Signature Styles (dba Spiegel, Newport News, and ShapeFx), Orchard Brands, Steve & Barry’s, The Sharper Image, Princeton Ski Shops, Montgomery Ward, CompUSA, and Footstar.
Building on Lowenstein’s extensive experience representing committees comprised of victims in mass tort bankruptcies, Brent has become a trusted advisor to sexual abuse survivors across the country. Brent is counsel to official committees representing the interests of survivors in the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Oakland (California), and the Franciscan Friars of California bankruptcy cases.
In the Camden diocese case, Lowenstein helped the Committee negotiate a settlement which will see the Camden diocese pay survivors $87.5 million—the second-largest cash payment by any Catholic diocese in bankruptcy to date—plus assign all of its rights to insurance policy proceeds to a trust created to benefit survivors. The settlement concludes a long fight to secure restitution and accountability for survivors who filed lawsuits against the diocese and its parishes under the landmark New Jersey legislation that radically reformed the state’s civil statute of limitations for survivors of sexual assault.
Brent serves as an advisor to CHILD USA, the leading national nonprofit think tank fighting to protect children from future abuse and neglect and bring justice to survivors. Brent has quickly become a thought leader in this field and has spoken across the country on the many issues raised in diocesan bankruptcies.
Brent has been a member of the board of directors for several nonprofits, including Commonpoint Queens, one of the borough’s largest social service agencies. As a director for the agency, Brent helped to further its mission with pragmatic problem-solving skills and by building consensus among diverse stakeholders.