Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
Joy Monahan is an attorney at Edwards Wildman. Joy counsels clients in a wide variety of restructuring and insolvency matters. She works with company representatives, financial advisors and investment bankers on a regular basis throughout the restructuring or bankruptcy process. Joy has experience preparing motions, adversary proceedings and claim objections, negotiating trade and pricing agreements, drafting and negotiating Chapter 11 plans of reorganization and settlements, and contesting matters before various bankruptcy, district and circuit courts. Prior to going into private practice, Joy worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Currently serving as general bankruptcy counsel for one of the most famous global entertainment brands, including advising the client in its dual role as the largest unsecured creditor and chair of the unsecured creditors’ committee in the 4Kids chapter 11 reorganization.
- Currently representing a chapter 11 liquidating trustee in connection with the liquidation of assets, including but not limited to the sale of minority shareholder interests, and resolution of claims.
- Currently representing various secured creditors in bankruptcy matters nationwide, including securing adequate protection of lenders’ cash collateral and settlement of claims in chapter 11 proceedings.
- Currently serving as general bankruptcy counsel for several insurance companies and a third-party administrator on the creditors’ side in various bankruptcy matters nationwide.
- Currently serving as general bankruptcy counsel for a real estate developer, owner and manager of shopping centers and special centers located throughout the United States.
- Represented Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 128 Receiver for Olsen’s Mill, Inc. in connection with the Receiver’s claims in the Renew Energy bankruptcy case.
- Represented one of the largest residential and commercial real estate developers in Chicago’s Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods in all aspects of its pending chapter 11 case. Negotiated settlements with eight out of ten secured lenders as part of the reorganization process. Negotiated asset purchase agreement with stalking horse bidder and conducted successful auction and sales process of one of the debtor’s major assets through a section 363 sale.
- Represented debtor investment entity in a single-asset real estate bankruptcy case and negotiated successful resolution with secured lender to close case.
- Represented Golfview Developmental Center, an intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled, in its successful chapter 11 reorganization.
- Represented a development-stage enterprise that designed and developed an integrated mobile satellite and terrestrial services network to deliver wireless satellite communications services to mass-market consumers in its ongoing chapter 11 cases. The client was seeking to restructure approximately $800 million in outstanding liabilities in its prearranged chapter 11 cases.
- Represented one of the largest privately-owned casino operations in the United States. The client and its non-debtor affiliates operates 11 casinos in five states with approximately 540,000 square feet of gaming space and more than 8,300 hotel rooms, and employ more than 11,000 individuals.
- Represented a leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of high quality, differentiated food solutions and its affiliates in their chapter 11 cases in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
- Represented an international tier 1 automotive supplier and forty-one of its domestic and Canadian subsidiaries in connection with their highly consensual and successful Chapter 11 reorganization cases in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
- Represented an international chemical supply corporation in connection with day-to-day bankruptcy case management, resolving all non-asbestos claims and settled asbestos claims filed prior to the Debtors’ emergence from bankruptcy, preparing and negotiating its Chapter 11 plan of reorganization, and participate in asbestos-related estimation proceedings in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
Recent Speaking Engagements and Publications
- Co-Author, "Dewey & Leboeuf Partner Contribution Settlement Agreements Seek to Avoid the Long And Winding Road of Law Firm Bankruptcies," The Bankruptcy Strategist, an ALM Publication, Vol. 30, No. 2, December 2012.
- Co-author, "Chapter 8: Fraud and Abuse," American Bankruptcy Institute Health Care Insolvency Manual, Third Edition, August 2012.
- Author, "Creating Diverse and Inclusive Cultures," For The Defense Magazine, October 2011.
- Moderator, "The Nuts and Bolts of Single Asset Real Estate," Chicago IWIRC Network Educational Event, June 16, 2011.
- Speaker, “Pruning and Weeding: Hot Diversity Topics with Cultural Competence,” Fourth Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession, Louisiana State Bar Association, New Orleans, March 2011.
- Co-Author, "Redemption Song," The Deal, July 2010.
- Speaker, "Are You A Professional Or Are You Just Ordinary? Ways To Be Retained In A Chapter 11 Proceeding," Economic CLE: The Hard Times Are Here, Louisiana State Bar Association, New Orleans, December 2009.
- Co-Author, "BAPCPA Commercial Landscape: An Overview of Certain Intended Versus Actual Outcomes." Presented at the William J. O'Neill Great Lakes Regional Bankruptcy Institute, May 2006.
- Author, "Asian-Americans and Bar Diversity Efforts," Louisiana Bar Journal, Vol. 53, No. 2, August/September 2005.
- Co-Author, "Avoid Tripping Over the 'Broken Bench' – What to Do When You Encounter Bankruptcy Issues in Your Practice." Presented at the Louisiana State Bar Association Seminar, "Destination Disney, Multi-Topic CLE," Buena Vista, Florida, February, 2005.
- Contributing Author, "Chapter 11 Without All the 000's: Downsizing the Mega Case to Make It Work in the Real World of the Everyday Practitioner." Presented at the Louisiana State Bar Association Seminar, "Lessons Learned: How to Succeed in Every Bankruptcy Case," New Orleans, Louisiana, September 2004.
Before Edwards Wildman
Prior to joining private practice, Joy served as a judicial law clerk for Chief Judge Charles Grisbaum, State of Louisiana, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal and later for U.S. Magistrate (now District) Judge Lance M. Africk, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Joy is a very active alumna of Georgetown University. Joy has served on the Board of Governors for the Georgetown University Alumni Association since 2005 and was appointed to the Board of Hoyas Unlimited in 2012. Joy is a recipient of the 2012 Georgetown University Alumni Association William Gaston Alumni Award and the recipient of the 2004 Regional Clubs Volunteer of the Year Award. Joy also served as President of the Georgetown Club of New Orleans from 1998 - 2006.