Overview

Marita Erbeck is an experienced member of the Finance & Restructuring group who guides all manner of key stakeholders through the bankruptcy process. Her advice is practical and business-oriented, with an emphasis on maximizing financial recovery in complex corporate reorganizations and out-of-court workouts and restructurings. While she advises clients across all industries, Marita is particularly experienced in the real estate, retail, health care, manufacturing, and banking and financial services sectors.

Marita is also an effective litigator who has achieved favorable outcomes for clients in federal and state court, and both prosecutes and defends avoidance action litigation, including preference and fraudulent transfer actions.

A particular source of pride: the New Jersey Law Journal featured Marita as one of the “Saviors of St. Mary’s” for her work on the Chapter 11 reorganization of St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic, New Jersey.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of a global owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate in bankruptcy litigation nationwide
  • Representation of Allied Technologies, L.L.C., and its affiliated debtors through its Chapter 11 liquidation
  • Representation of the Motors Liquidation Company GUC Trust
  • Representation of the Indenture Trustee for Senior Secured Notes in the Murray Energy Corporation bankruptcy
  • Representation of the Indenture Trustee for 10 industrial revenue bond issues totaling more than $1.2 billion — the largest unsecured creditor on the official unsecured creditors committee — in the American Airlines bankruptcy
  • Representation of the Creditors Committee of The LaSalle Group, Inc., and its affiliated debtors
  • Representation of the Creditors Committee and Liquidating Trusts of Advanta Corp. and its affiliated debtors
  • Representation of St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic, New Jersey, through its Chapter 11 reorganization
  • Representation of a wholesale distributor of dairy and related food products during liquidation and involuntary Chapter 7 proceedings
  • Representation of a health insurance provider in a reimbursement dispute with a class of out-of-network medical professionals
  • Representation of former board members of the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority in fiduciary duty litigation with the liquidating trustee of the estate of Hudson Health Care

Credentials

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
New York

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law
J.D. cum laude (2002)

Boston College
B.A. cum laude (1999)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • "Passaic Hospital First in New Jersey to Survive Chapter 11"
    New Jersey Law Journal, March 8, 2010

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Marita played a significant role in launching the firm’s Law2Life program, a legal enrichment and mock trial program at Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey. She also served as court-appointed counsel in a variety of matters.

Professional Associations

  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • New Jersey Fee Arbitration Committee
  • Seton Hall Law School Alumni Council
  • The New Jersey CFO Leadership Council — Steering Committee

Firm Leadership

  • Hiring Committee 
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP — Hiring Partner, Florham Park office; Firmwide Hiring Committee

Honors

  • Chambers USA — New Jersey, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, 2018-21
  • Chambers USA — New Jersey, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, "Up and Coming" Lawyer, 2015-17
  • New Jersey Law Journal — “New Leaders of the Bar,” 2017
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