M. Blake Cleary, a Delaware bankruptcy attorney with more than 20 years of experience, has joined Potter Anderson & Corroon as a partner and will serve as co-head of the firm’s bankruptcy practice.
Cleary represents clients in all aspects of corporate restructuring, including debtors, creditors and purchasers in the Chapter 11 reorganization process. He was recently featured in Chambers USA among listed Delaware bankruptcy practitioners, where commentators noted, “he always finds a path out of the trickiest of situations – he works tirelessly to find creative solutions.”
“Blake is a great addition to our bankruptcy team,” Kathleen Furey McDonough, chair of Potter Anderson, said. “Blake represents a unique opportunity to add a nationally known practitioner who focuses on company-side engagements at a time when key indicators point to a growth period in bankruptcy practice.”
Cleary has been ranked as a Top Bankruptcy Lawyer by The Deal for 13 years running and included in The Best Lawyers in America for bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights in Wilmington, DE for the last nine years.
“Blake’s extensive bankruptcy experience is a natural complement to our existing practice,” Jeremy Ryan, chair of the general litigation group at Potter Anderson, said. “Growing the debtor practice has been an area of focus for the firm over the past five years and adding Blake with his debtor-oriented practice was a tremendous opportunity to accelerate that development.”
Cleary is a member of several local and national professional associations, including the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Turnaround Management Association, the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors, the Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, the American Bar Association and the Delaware State Bar Association.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to serve my clients from one of the leading firms in Delaware,” Cleary said. “Potter Anderson is already known for the high quality of its lawyers and superior client service. I’m confident that adding my experience to its well-established team will enhance the firm’s expertise and create a win-win for our clients going forward.”