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Jennifer focuses her practice on business law, with an emphasis on privately held and family owned businesses, commercial transactions, and creditors’ rights. She counsels clients on formation issues, succession planning, employee stock ownership plans, mergers and acquisitions, contract preparation, equipment leasing, distribution rights, licensing, and other commercial matters. Jennifer also represents creditors in insolvency and bankruptcy matters including workouts, preference and fraudulent transfer actions, the assumption of real estate leases, single purpose entity structures, the acquisition of assets from bankruptcy, and other issues facing both secured and unsecured creditors.  She also counsels clients with respect to the structure of securitized loan transactions and prepares substantive non-consolidation opinions.  Jennifer also represents indenture trustees on a variety of matters, including the transfer of mortgage servicing rights, default issues and transaction amendments.

Jennifer serves on Hinckley Allen’s Executive Committee.

Experience

Representative Bankruptcy Matters

  • Chief workout and restructuring counsel to heavy civil construction company with over $1 billion in annual revenues, and subsequent role as special counsel in company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case
  • Counsel to numerous third party plan proponents in Chapter 11 cases of equipment leasing, real estate and commercial/industrial companies culminating in confirmation of plans of reorganization
  • Counsel to landlords in national bankruptcy cases, including Circuit City, Divine Inc., Nortel Networks and Polaroid Corporation
  • Counsel to reclamation creditors in Federal Mogul and Delphi bankruptcy cases
  • Extensive experience representing purchasers in asset sales under § 363 with respect to a wide variety of assets, including commercial real estate, shopping mall leases, asphalt plant, hotels and manufacturing businesses
  • Counsel to numerous construction companies in the bankruptcy of owners, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers, addressing issues including project close-out, mechanics’ liens, settlement of claims and joint venture issues
  • Represented major financial institution in the bankruptcy of its principal contractor and addressed project close-out and mechanics’ lien issues
  • Counsel to creditor in a dispute over copyright ownership with a debtor attempting to sell assets free of the copyright interest
  • Represented holder of right of first refusal in bankruptcy of property owner
  • Successfully defended numerous preference and fraudulent transfer representing millions of dollars of exposure in bankruptcy cases throughout the United States

Representative Corporate Trust Matters

  • Counsel to two large financial institutions in prosecuting their claims against Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. (“LBHI”) in connection with defaults occurring under securitized residential mortgage loans for which the financial institutions served as trustee.  Representation included the formal mediation of claims against LBHI
  • Represented three large financial institutions in connection with the sale of over $60 billion in mortgage servicing rights from Aurora Loan Services LLC, a subsidiary of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc., to Nationstar Mortgage LLC
  • Served as counsel to two large financial institutions in connection with a resignation and appointment of a successor indenture trustee and a successor Delaware trustee on multiple Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch residential mortgage-backed securitization programs
  • Represented financial institutions in connection with the sale of numerous portfolios of mortgage servicing rights
  • Advise financial institutions with respect to default issues relating to default issues arising in securitized transactions

Credentials

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Executive Committee Member
    • Chair, Bankruptcy, Creditors' Rights & Workout
    • Partner (2009-Present)
    • Associate (2001-2008)
    • Summer Associate (2000)
  • Health Law Advocates, Inc.
    • Research Assistant (1999)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers of America® (2018-2020) Recognized for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Massachusetts (2005-2016)
  • Boston Bar Association, Law Day Honoree, Public Interest Leadership Program (2009)

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Boston YMCA, Education and Training Branch, Advisory Board Member
  • Johns Hopkins, Alumni Association; Second Decade Society, Member
  • MCLE 17th, 18th and 19th Annual New England Bankruptcy Law Conference, Co-Chair
  • New England Network of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, Co-Chair (2013-2015)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
    • Bankruptcy Committee, Co-Chair (2017-2019)
    • Co-Chair (2014-2016)
    • Young Lawyers Committee, Bankruptcy, Co-Chair (2004-2006)
    • Public Interest Leadership Program, Member (2006-2007)
  • International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Turnaround Management Association

Bar Memberships

  • Massachusetts, 2002
  • Rhode Island, 2002
  • United States District Court, Massachusetts, 2002
  • United States District Court, Rhode Island, 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “Surviving Mergers & Acquisitions, An In-House Perspective,” Boston Bar Association, 11/15/16
  • Panelist, “Building Women’s Success in your Organization,” Women in Construction Conference, 10/20/16
  • Moderator, “Secured Claims: Determination of Secured Status, Make-Whole Provisions, Yield Maintenance and Credit-Bidding,” American Bankruptcy Institute Northeast Conference, 7/10/15
  • Panelist – ‘Secured Claims,” MCLE 16th Annual New England Bankruptcy Law Conference 2014, 11/5/14
  • Moderator – “Deal Documents: The Transactional Side of a 363 Sale”, American Bankruptcy Institute Northeast Conference, 7/11/13
  • Panelist – “Effects of Bankruptcy Filing on Commercial Leases,” Real Estate Bar Association Foundation (REBA), 2013 Spring Conference, 5/6/13

News & Insight

Publication

Commercial Landlord Can't Evict Chapter 11 Debtor

November 29, 2018

Jennifer V. Doran provides her insight regarding a recent court decision that determined a commercial landlord in Boston could not set aside the bankruptcy stay in a tenant's Chapter 11 case in order to pursue summary process eviction.

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Next deadline for the fate of Sears in Concord is coming fast

October 20, 2018

Jennifer V. Doran provides her insight to the Concord Monitor regarding the retailer's fate in Concord after its bankruptcy filing. How long can the Sears in the Steeplegate Mall delay their decision?

Publication

Debtor can't be bound by noncompete

August 30, 2018

Jennifer V. Doran is quoted in this article in Massachusetts Lawyer's Weekly regarding a recent Chapter 7 bankruptcy case involving a dentist. Read more here.

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Judge Enforces Pre-Petition Waiver of Bankruptcy Rights

April 26, 2018

Partner Jennifer Doran comments on recent case, In Re: A. Hirsch Realty, LLC, in which a judge decided to enforce pre-petition bankruptcy waivers for a secured creditor as part of the debtor's agreement in an earlier Chapter 11 reorganization.

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Revised SunEdison D&O Allocation Pact Gets Judge's OK

October 3, 2017

Hinckley Allen attorneys Jennifer V. Doran and Kevin O'Connor are involved in the ex-SunEdison Exec's case. For Law360 members, read more about the developments of this case through the link provided.

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SunEdison Directed To Patch Up D&O Allocation Agreement

September 28, 2017

SunEdison Inc. and its affiliated solar yieldcos must amend a pending agreement to allocate directors and officers insurance benefits to settle shareholder suits, a New York bankruptcy judge said Thursday, imploring them to add language that resolves the c…

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Ex-SunEdison Execs Get OK For $17M In Investor Deals

September 15, 2017

Hinckley Allen attorneys Jennifer V. Doran and Kevin O'Connor are involved in the ex-SunEdison Exec's case. For Law360 members, read more about the case through the link provided.

Publication

Weighing the Benefits of Terminating a Lease Before Bankruptcy

March 1, 2017

Prominent retailers, including Sports Authority and Eastern Mountain Sports, filed for bankruptcy in 2016. Other retailers likely will follow in 2017.  This article examines the benefits a landlord may realize by terminating a lease before a tenant files …

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Managing Subcontractor Bankruptcies

October 28, 2009

The current economic conditions have had a particular impact on the construction industry. Private sector project owners have had difficulty obtaining financing, as public projects are placed on hold due to the decline in tax revenues. These economic dif…

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Managing Subcontractor Bankruptcies

September 9, 2009

The current economic conditions have a particular impact on the construction industry, as private sector project owners have difficulty obtaining financing and public projects are placed on hold due to the decline in tax revenues. These economic difficulti…

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Planning for Bankruptcy: If the Owner Fails, Will You Succeed?

July 29, 2009

With the decline in the real estate market and the difficulty in obtaining funding from banks or other lending sources, more contractors may face the default or bankruptcy of a project owner. General contractors, subcontractors, and others in the construct…

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Planning for Bankruptcy: If the Owner Fails, Will You Succeed?

June 8, 2009

With the decline in the real estate market and the difficulty in obtaining funding from banks or other lending sources, more contractors may face the default or bankruptcy of a project owner. General contractors, subcontractors and others in the constructi…

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New Filing Requirements for Limited Partnerships Formed or Registered in Massachusetts

December 16, 2008

In 2008, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted various changes to procedures governing limited partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs). The statutory changes apply both to Massachusetts limited partnerships and LLCs as well as to foreign li…

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Joint Venture Issues for the Construction Industry

April 2, 2007

Topics discussed are: Why Choose A Joint Venture? How May a Joint Venture be Structured? The JV Agreement, Management, Personnel Issues, Contributions of Capital and Resources, Profits and Losses, Default, Dispute Resolution and Bank Accounts.

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Firm News

56 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2020

August 15, 2019

Only one lawyer in each specialty in each region is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®. Since its first publication in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers compi…

Firm News

51 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2019

August 15, 2018

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers® has recognized 51 attorneys in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, including seven “Lawyers of the Year.” Only one lawyer in each specialty in each region is honored as a “La…

Firm News

52 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers of America

August 18, 2017

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Firm News

Hinckley Allen Attorneys Named 2016 “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers

November 3, 2016

Super Lawyers recently selected the 2016 Rising Stars in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, recognizing 8 Hinckley Allen attorneys.Rebecca F. Briggs practices in all areas of litigation with a concentration on complex commercial litigation, gover…

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Case Study

Counsel for Unique Mixed-Use Development

Rock Row is an experiential mixed-use development thoughtfully designed to fuse the newest building innovations and open green-spaces with its iconic natural features. Through careful planning, Rock Row combines healthy urban living, destination retail, mo…

Case Study

VistaJet Group Places Largest Single Transaction in the History of Business Aviation

VistaJet, the world's luxury aviation company, has placed a firm order for 56 new Bombardier Global aircraft, with 86 further options. With a list price value of more than $7.8 billion, this is the single largest transaction placed with any aircraft manufa…

Events

Past Event

Women in Construction: Ways to Crack the Glass Ceiling

April 17, 2019

Jennifer V. Doran will participate in The Women in Construction Stewardship Series panel "Speak Up! Ways to Crack the Glass Ceiling." Jen will discuss the lessons she's learned as a female attorney, and the skills necessary for success. Learn more here.Wom…

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Rising Through the Ranks in the Corporate and Construction Industries

February 27, 2019

Jennifer V. Doran will be speaking on a panel, "Rising through the ranks in a male-dominated industry," to share her perspective on how women can advance professionally within the corporate and construction industries. Topics will include career growth, m…

Past Event

Boston Bar Association's 27th Annual Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar Conference

May 18, 2017

Hinckley Allen Partner Jennifer V. Doran will be speaking at the Boston Bar Association's (BBA) 27th Annual Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar Conference. The conference is designed for bankruptcy and the Federal Bankruptcy Court Judges to meet and exchange insigh…

Past Event

Surviving Mergers & Acquisitions, An In-House Perspective

November 15, 2016

Hinckley Allen Partner Jennifer V.Surviving Mergers & Acquisitions, An In-House Perspective" with the Boston Bar Association.

Past Event

Building Women’s Success in your Organization

October 20, 2016

Hinckley Allen Partner Jennifer V. Doran spoke at the Women in Construction's panel "Building Women’s Success in your Organization."

Past Event

Secured Claims: Determination of Secured Status, Make-Whole Provisions, Yield Maintenance and Credit-Bidding

July 10, 2015

Hinckley Allen Partner Jennifer V. Doran moderated the panel "Secured Claims: Determination of Secured Status, Make-Whole Provisions, Yield Maintenance and Credit-Bidding" at the American Bankruptcy Institute Northeast Conference.

Past Event

MCLE 16th Annual New England Bankruptcy Law Conference

November 5, 2014

Hinckley Allen Partner Jennifer V. Doran spoke about secured claims at the MCLE 16th Annual New England Bankruptcy Law Conference, 2014.

Past Event

American Bankruptcy Institute Northeast Conference

July 11, 2013

Unlike most 363 sale programs, this program will not involve the aspects of the sale that are the focus of court proceedings, but will take an in-depth look at the transaction documents that get the deal done. The primary document discussed with be the APA…

Past Event

Real Estate Bar Association - 2013 Spring Conference

May 6, 2013

Jennifer V. Doran; Michael J.Don’t let the bankruptcy of your commercial landlord or commercial tenant take you by surprise. Join REBA’s panel of bankruptcy and leasing experts as they guide you through the thicket of current bankruptcy case law and di…

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