Dorsey’s Bankruptcy Practice Adds Key Talent

MINNEAPOLIS–([1])–International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP continues to expand its Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Practice with the addition of new partners Joe Acosta in the Dallas office and Samuel Kohn in the New York office. Mr. Acosta and Mr. Kohn join a group of other recent hires in the Firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring group and the larger Banking & Financial Institutions Industry Group in recent months, as the Firm expands its focus on high-demand areas.

Joe Acosta joins Dorsey as a partner in the Firm’s Dallas office. He has a broad base of bankruptcy, corporate restructuring, work-out and commercial litigation experience. As a former member of the corporate restructuring group of Jones Day and, most recently, FisherBroyles in Dallas, he has been substantially involved in some of the largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in the United States. With more than 21 years in practice, Mr. Acosta represents banks and other creditors, distressed companies, committees, trustees, landlords and others. He also has extensive experience with creditor’s rights and commercial litigation matters, having served as Texas bankruptcy counsel for various retailers and financing companies and having represented all types of commercial litigants in contractual disputes in and out of bankruptcy. He has a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and a B.A. from Emory University.

“Dorsey’s Dallas office is a market leader in financing transactions, and has a terrific team of litigators,” said Joe Acosta. “I am excited to work with that group and the entire Dorsey platform, which has extensive bankruptcy and workout expertise across the U.S.”

Samuel Kohn joins Dorsey’s New York office as a partner. Mr. Kohn has over 20 years of experience in restructuring and insolvency and practices in the area of business reorganizations, including complex Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings. In addition to his renowned expertise in municipal restructurings, Mr. Kohn represents large corporate debtors, creditors’ committees, secured lenders, distressed asset acquirers and investment funds and banks. His experience spans a broad range of industries, including financial services, health care, retail, real estate, food services, energy, telecommunications, entertainment and shipping. Mr. Kohn has a strong background in finance and accounting that gives him unique insight into the cases and transactions in which he is involved. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York and founded and managed his own accounting firm.

Mr. Kohn joins Dorsey from Norton Rose Fulbright, where he was a partner in the New York office. He has a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. from City University of New York, Queens College.

“Dorsey’s industry focus is a perfect fit with my practice, as is the Firm’s strength in the investment fund sector,” said Samuel Kohn. “I look forward to helping Dorsey strengthen its New York based restructuring practice, and assist the Firm’s outstanding client base as they navigate the current unprecedented economic environment and into the future.”

Mr. Kohn joins Dorsey from Norton Rose Fulbright, where he was a partner in the New York office. He has a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. from City University of New York, Queens College.

Dorsey’s Banking & Financial Institutions Group consists of more than 250 attorneys actively serving the banking industry. “Joe Acosta and Sam Kohn are great additions to the strength of our Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring practice,” noted Bill Stoeri, Managing Partner of Dorsey & Whitney. “As bankruptcies, restructurings and workouts become more prevalent in the current economic climate, we see a strong demand for these services in the months and years ahead. The overall growth in our banking industry group, including the previous additions of Ken Logsdon in Salt Lake City, Matt Olson in Palo Alto, and Jeff Escobar in New York, is helping us serve clients on both stimulus fund services and distressed assets solutions.”

As Dorsey announced earlier this year, Kenneth Logsdon joined the Firm’s banking practice as a partner in the Salt Lake City office. He has been intensively advising clients on CARES Act and Small Business Administration (SBA) relief matters as part of his lending transactions practice. Matt Olson joined Dorsey’s Palo Alto office as a senior associate in the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring practice. Jeff Escobar, a partner in the Firm’s New York office, is part of the real estate practice with a strong emphasis on real estate finance and project development. Two additional associates have joined Dorsey’s lending transactions practice in recent months.

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