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Natasha Songonuga

Natasha Songonuga

Director, Financial Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights

Ms. Songonuga has extensive experience in business reorganization and restructuring matters, working across the full spectrum of chapter 11 cases, as well as counseling creditors in assignments for the benefit of creditors state court insolvency proceedings. She represents debtors; creditors, including global and national manufacturer environmental creditors who are so-called potentially responsible parties; chapter 11 and chapter 7 trustees appointed under the Bankruptcy Code; landlords; bidders at bankruptcy sales; and trustees appointed pursuant to the Securities Investor Protection Act. She was one of 20 attorneys selected to the 2013 Delaware Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, appearing in the Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights category. In representing the chapter 11 trustee for DBSI, Inc. and its affiliates, which consist of a conglomerate of real estate entities with listed assets valued at over $2.65 billion at the time of their bankruptcy filing in November 2008, she was instrumental in the plan process, which resulted in the confirmation of a joint chapter 11 plan of liquidation.

Ms. Songonuga handles a wide range of other matters, including managing the claims objection and reconciliation process for thousands of claims; drafting, negotiating, and objecting to plans of reorganization and liquidation; section 363 sales; stay relief motions; and handling related litigation. She has also authored and co-authored many articles on bankruptcy-related subjects.

In addition to her bankruptcy practice, Ms. Songonuga handles matters locally for the firm’s products liability clients involved in asbestos litigation and has represented landlords in FDIC receiverships of banks arising from the recent subprime debacle.

Areas of Focus

Debtor/Trustee Representation

Ms. Songonuga focuses her practice on representing financially troubled corporate entities and trustees in both chapter 11 and chapter 7 bankruptcy cases. Her trustee representations include the chapter 11 trustee in the DBSI Inc. bankruptcy, which involves a conglomerate of real estate entities, with listed assets valued at over $2.65 billion at the time of their bankruptcy filing in November 2008, that perpetrated a massive scheme of corporate looting and financial fraud on more than 12,000 investors. Currently, Ms. Songonuga’s representations include the trustee who is liquidating assets pursuant to the confirmed chapter 11 plan of DBSI Inc. and its affiliates, as well as the former chapter 11 trustee who now serves as both Estate Litigation and Private Actions Trustee. She also represents debtor United Gilsonite Laboratories in its chapter 11 asbestos-related case pending in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Representation of Creditors

Ms. Songonuga represents secured and unsecured creditors in large bankruptcy cases, including environmental PRP creditors in the Maxus Energy Corporation and Tierra Solutions chapter 11 bankruptcy cases; landlords in the Allied Van Lines, Fremont General, and Lehman Brothers chapter 11 bankruptcies, and creditors in the chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of Conex Holdings, LLC, Tropicana Entertainment, LLC, and VICORP Restaurants, Inc. In those cases, Ms. Songonuga has asserted claims on behalf of creditor clients and defended those clients in various claim objections and/or preference and fraudulent transfer actions.

Bankruptcy and Insolvency Litigation

Ms. Songonuga has substantial experience in bankruptcy and insolvency-related litigation, including prosecution and defense of preferential and fraudulent transfer avoidance actions and fiduciary duty claims, preparation of discovery requests and responses, disputes involving the assumption and rejection of leases and contracts, and assistance in depositions, frequently working with members of the firm’s Commercial & Criminal Litigation Department. She also has extensive experience defending avoidance action defendants in state court assignments for the benefit of creditors proceedings.

Credentials

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., cum laude)

  • Seton Hall Law Review

Rutgers University (B.S.)

Professional Admissions

State of Delaware

State of New Jersey

State of New York

District of Columbia

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

United States District Court for the District of Delaware

Professional Activities

Delaware State Bar Association
Member, Bankruptcy Law Section
Executive Committee, Multicultural Lawyers & Judges Section, 2010-present
New Lawyers Section

American Bar Foundation
Fellow

American Bar Association
Vice-Chair, Executory Contracts Subcommittee of the Business Bankruptcy Committee

District of Columbia Bar Association

Delaware Bankruptcy Inn of Court, 2011-present

Delaware Diverse Law Partners

Essex County Debtor/Creditor Committee, 2007-2009
Co-Chair

International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
Events Committee

Legal Employment

Legal intern to the Honorable Aida Waserstein, Family Court, Wilmington, Delaware, 2009

Legal intern, Covenant House New Jersey Youth Advocacy Center, Newark, New Jersey