ROBERT L. LeHANE
Partner
(212) 808-7573 (212) 808-7573
ROBERT L. LeHANE Partner
Robert LeHane represents secured and unsecured creditors, landlords, asset purchasers, vendors, intellectual property licensors, creditors’ committees, lenders and trustees in all aspects of restructuring, bankruptcy and corporate reorganization.  His experience is extensive, and includes asset sales, avoidance actions, liquidations and appeals in significant chapter 11 cases in the retail, restaurant, real estate, telecom and energy industries.  He also represents clients with private wealth, corporate formation, trust, estate and succession planning issues.  Bob enjoys solving the multidimensional and unique challenges of restructuring, bankruptcy and corporate reorganizations.  Given his longstanding experience, he is able to quickly analyze client risks, minimize exposure and create advantages and opportunities moving forward.

Ranked as a leading bankruptcy lawyer in Chambers USA, Bob is singled out by clients for “his enviable grasp of issues surrounding landlords’ rights in bankruptcy, as well as his effective courtroom style.”  As a result, Bob is frequently retained to counsel landlords with large portfolios of leases in retail bankruptcy cases across the country.  Over the past decade, Bob has taken a lead role protecting landlord rights, working with his clients to ensure debtor compliance with leases and the Bankruptcy Code in connection with debtor-in-possession financing, lease auctions and chapter 11 reorganization plans.  Bob frequently participates in the unsecured creditors’ committee process on behalf of landlord clients and has successfully defended unwanted lease assignments and claim objections, terminated leases, acquired designation rights and spearheaded unique complex joint venture retail acquisitions.

Bob has been involved in hundreds of high-profile retail bankruptcy cases valued into the billions of dollars of assets and liabilities.  A sampling of such matters includes Aeropostale, A&P I & II, Blockbuster, Borders, Buffets Restaurants I, II & III, Circuit City, Claire’s Stores Inc., dELiA’s, Eastern Outfitters, Fresh & Easy I & II, Friedman’s Jewelers, Friendly’s, Gander Mountain, Gordman’s, Haggen, hhgregg, Hancock Fabrics I & II, Linens ’n Things, Mattress Firm, Mervyn’s, Movie Gallery I & II, National Stores, Orchard Supply Hardware, Pac Sun, Radio Shack, Sears, Sharper Image, Steve & Barry’s I & II, The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., The Sports Authority, Toys “R” Us, Wet Seal I & II, Whitehall Jewelers and Wilsons Leather.
 
Representation of more than thirty Mattress Firm landlords with over 180 locations including Aston Properties, Blumenfeld Development Group, Brookfield Properties Retail Group, Gladstone Development Corp., Hines Global REIT, National Realty & Development Corp., National Retail Properties, NewMark Merrill Companies, Philips International Holding Corp., Regency Centers, Shopcore Properties, SITE Centers and Win Properties Inc. in the chapter 11 case.  Mattress Firm concluded a $3.3 billion prepackaged real estate and debt restructuring and emerged from chapter 11 fifty-two days after the case filed.

Representation of more than twenty Sears and Kmart landlords at over 120 locations including Brookfield Properties Retail Group, Gray Enterprises, Gregory Greenfield & Associates, JLL, Realty Income Corporation, Shopcore Properties and SITE Centers, in connection with the $5.2 billion chapter 11 sale of Sears and Kmart to ESL subsidiary, Transform Holdco, LLC.

Representation of more than fifteen Toys ‘R Us landlords at more than 60 locations including SITE Centers, Brookfield Properties, Benderson Development, National Retail Properties, DLC Management, Hines Global, Basser-Kaufman, Philips International and Regency Centers in connection with the chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and reorganization of Toys ‘R Us PropCo I.

Representation of the official committee of unsecured creditors in the 2018 chapter 11 reorganization of The Walking Company, with $150 million in assets and liabilities.

Representation of GGP, Inc. in connection with the 2016 award-winning joint venture acquisition of Aéropostale for over $250 million, together with Simon Property Group, Hilco/Gordon Brothers and Authentic Brands Group.

Representation of the official committee of unsecured creditors in the chapter 11 case of dELiA’s, Inc. (pending in New York), with $150 million in assets and liabilities.

Representation of RadioShack landlords Basser-Kaufman, Blumenfeld Development Group, DDR Corp., Delco Development Co. of Hicksville, Equity One, Forest City Enterprises, General Growth, Gregory Greenfield & Associates, Jones Lang LaSalle, NewMarket I, Philips International Holding, Regency Centers, Rojo Associates, Rouse Properties, Weingarten Realty Investors and Woodbridge Plaza in the chapter 11 case of RadioShack (pending in Delaware), with over $2.5 billion in assets and liabilities.

Representation of The Sports Authority landlords DDR Corp., Equity One, GGP Limited Partnership, Regency Centers Corp., Rouse Properties, Realty Income Corp., 455 Broadway, LLC, Donna M. Lauro Living Trust, Centerco Manchester, LLC, Inc., Garden Commercial Properties, Inc., The Irvine Company, Jones Lang LaSalle, National Realty Development Corp., National Retail Properties, Newmark Merrill, Inc. and Winwalk Realty, LLC in the chapter 11 case of Sports Authority (pending in Delaware and filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2016) valued at $2 billion in assets and liabilities.

Bob was selected for inclusion in 2015-2018 as a leading practitioner in the Bankruptcy/Restructuring area by Chambers USA.  A description of the selection methodology can be found at www.chambersandpartners.com/methodology.

He was selected in 2018-2019 for inclusion in the Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law area as one of The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.).  A description of the selection methodology can be found at www.bestlawyers.com/about/MethodologyBasic.aspx.

Bob was selected for inclusion in the 2012-2018 New York Super Lawyers lists, issued by Thomson Reuters.  A description of the selection methodology can be found at www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html.

No aspect of these advertisements have been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
 
International Council of Shopping Centers

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Council
 

About

Robert LeHane represents secured and unsecured creditors, landlords, asset purchasers, vendors, intellectual property licensors, creditors’ committees, lenders and trustees in all aspects of restructuring, bankruptcy and corporate reorganization.  His experience is extensive, and includes asset sales, avoidance actions, liquidations and appeals in significant chapter 11 cases in the retail, restaurant, real estate, telecom and energy industries.  He also represents clients with private wealth, corporate formation, trust, estate and succession planning issues.  Bob enjoys solving the multidimensional and unique challenges of restructuring, bankruptcy and corporate reorganizations.  Given his longstanding experience, he is able to quickly analyze client risks, minimize exposure and create advantages and opportunities moving forward.

Ranked as a leading bankruptcy lawyer in Chambers USA, Bob is singled out by clients for “his enviable grasp of issues surrounding landlords’ rights in bankruptcy, as well as his effective courtroom style.”  As a result, Bob is frequently retained to counsel landlords with large portfolios of leases in retail bankruptcy cases across the country.  Over the past decade, Bob has taken a lead role protecting landlord rights, working with his clients to ensure debtor compliance with leases and the Bankruptcy Code in connection with debtor-in-possession financing, lease auctions and chapter 11 reorganization plans.  Bob frequently participates in the unsecured creditors’ committee process on behalf of landlord clients and has successfully defended unwanted lease assignments and claim objections, terminated leases, acquired designation rights and spearheaded unique complex joint venture retail acquisitions.

Bob has been involved in hundreds of high-profile retail bankruptcy cases valued into the billions of dollars of assets and liabilities.  A sampling of such matters includes Aeropostale, A&P I & II, Blockbuster, Borders, Buffets Restaurants I, II & III, Circuit City, Claire’s Stores Inc., dELiA’s, Eastern Outfitters, Fresh & Easy I & II, Friedman’s Jewelers, Friendly’s, Gander Mountain, Gordman’s, Haggen, hhgregg, Hancock Fabrics I & II, Linens ’n Things, Mattress Firm, Mervyn’s, Movie Gallery I & II, National Stores, Orchard Supply Hardware, Pac Sun, Radio Shack, Sears, Sharper Image, Steve & Barry’s I & II, The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., The Sports Authority, Toys “R” Us, Wet Seal I & II, Whitehall Jewelers and Wilsons Leather.
 

Experience

Representation of more than thirty Mattress Firm landlords with over 180 locations including Aston Properties, Blumenfeld Development Group, Brookfield Properties Retail Group, Gladstone Development Corp., Hines Global REIT, National Realty & Development Corp., National Retail Properties, NewMark Merrill Companies, Philips International Holding Corp., Regency Centers, Shopcore Properties, SITE Centers and Win Properties Inc. in the chapter 11 case.  Mattress Firm concluded a $3.3 billion prepackaged real estate and debt restructuring and emerged from chapter 11 fifty-two days after the case filed.

Representation of more than twenty Sears and Kmart landlords at over 120 locations including Brookfield Properties Retail Group, Gray Enterprises, Gregory Greenfield & Associates, JLL, Realty Income Corporation, Shopcore Properties and SITE Centers, in connection with the $5.2 billion chapter 11 sale of Sears and Kmart to ESL subsidiary, Transform Holdco, LLC.

Representation of more than fifteen Toys ‘R Us landlords at more than 60 locations including SITE Centers, Brookfield Properties, Benderson Development, National Retail Properties, DLC Management, Hines Global, Basser-Kaufman, Philips International and Regency Centers in connection with the chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and reorganization of Toys ‘R Us PropCo I.

Representation of the official committee of unsecured creditors in the 2018 chapter 11 reorganization of The Walking Company, with $150 million in assets and liabilities.

Representation of GGP, Inc. in connection with the 2016 award-winning joint venture acquisition of Aéropostale for over $250 million, together with Simon Property Group, Hilco/Gordon Brothers and Authentic Brands Group.

Representation of the official committee of unsecured creditors in the chapter 11 case of dELiA’s, Inc. (pending in New York), with $150 million in assets and liabilities.

Representation of RadioShack landlords Basser-Kaufman, Blumenfeld Development Group, DDR Corp., Delco Development Co. of Hicksville, Equity One, Forest City Enterprises, General Growth, Gregory Greenfield & Associates, Jones Lang LaSalle, NewMarket I, Philips International Holding, Regency Centers, Rojo Associates, Rouse Properties, Weingarten Realty Investors and Woodbridge Plaza in the chapter 11 case of RadioShack (pending in Delaware), with over $2.5 billion in assets and liabilities.

Representation of The Sports Authority landlords DDR Corp., Equity One, GGP Limited Partnership, Regency Centers Corp., Rouse Properties, Realty Income Corp., 455 Broadway, LLC, Donna M. Lauro Living Trust, Centerco Manchester, LLC, Inc., Garden Commercial Properties, Inc., The Irvine Company, Jones Lang LaSalle, National Realty Development Corp., National Retail Properties, Newmark Merrill, Inc. and Winwalk Realty, LLC in the chapter 11 case of Sports Authority (pending in Delaware and filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2016) valued at $2 billion in assets and liabilities.

Honors

Bob was selected for inclusion in 2015-2018 as a leading practitioner in the Bankruptcy/Restructuring area by Chambers USA.  A description of the selection methodology can be found at www.chambersandpartners.com/methodology.

He was selected in 2018-2019 for inclusion in the Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law area as one of The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.).  A description of the selection methodology can be found at www.bestlawyers.com/about/MethodologyBasic.aspx.

Bob was selected for inclusion in the 2012-2018 New York Super Lawyers lists, issued by Thomson Reuters.  A description of the selection methodology can be found at www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html.

No aspect of these advertisements have been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
 

Memberships

International Council of Shopping Centers

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Council
 
Speaking Engagements