Ronald S. Gellert

Member

Education

J.D., Rutgers University School of Law (1997)
B.A., Rutgers College, with high honors (1993)

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

About

Ronald Gellert is an experienced commercial attorney with a broad background of matters in most, if not all, of the Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey courts, including the Delaware Chancery Court. Ron has a particular specialty in debtor/creditor matters, including the large chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in Delaware as well as out of court restructurings and receiverships. In addition, Ron is active in many chapter 11 bankruptcy cases pending throughout the nation. In 2013 Ron was appointed by Delaware Secretary of Finance Thomas Cook as the first Independent Reviewer under the revised Delaware Escheat Statute to hear and decide escheat appeals.

Prior to private practice he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judith H. Wizmur and the Honorable Gloria M. Burns of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey. Prior to forming GSB&B, Ron served as Member-In-Charge of the Wilmington office of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott.

Contact

1201 N. Orange Street, Suite 300
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Direct Dial: 302-425-5806
Fax: 302-425-5814
Email: [email protected]
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Representative Matters

Bankruptcy:

Chapter 11 debtors, including several large cases in Wilmington, DE and other debtor entities in several other jurisdictions including lead debtors counsel in Njoy Inc., Pipeline Micro, Nubiscio and Aphton Corporation (a publicly traded pharmaceutical company)

  • Creditors’ committees including lead counsel for the creditors’ committee in Crucible Materials Corporation (specialty metals), and co-counsel in Philadelphia Newspapers LLC and Constar
  • Appointed as Litigation Trustee of Crucible Materials Corporation
  • Insurers in all facets of bankruptcy related issues
  • Out of court workouts from both debtor and creditor side
  • Trade creditors/vendors
  • Current and former officers and directors of debtor entities
  • Commercial real estate owners/landlords
  • Equity security committees
  • Liquidating trustees
  • Prepetition and DIP lenders
  • Purchasers of assets
  • Municipalities
  • Telecommunications and utility companies
  • Innovative and cost-effective representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in many (1,000+) preference and other avoidance actions

Litigation:

  • Director and Officer disputes
  • Corporate record requests
  • Collections
  • Medicaid and Administrative appeals
  • Environmental actions
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Landlord and tenant disputes
  • Construction law
  • Labor and employment
  • International transactions

Professional Affiliations

  • Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, Executive Board Member and Chair of Programming 
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, former Chairperson, Member of Steering Committee, Former Treasurer and Chair of the Education Committee
  • American Legal Institute, Commerical/UCC/Bankruptcy Law Advisory Panel

Community Involvement

  • Little League Baseball Coach/Board Member
  • Youth Soccer Coach
  • Flag Football Coach

Special Recognition

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers-Rising Stars
  • Legal 500

Presentations

60 Cases In 60 Minutes, Moderator and Speaker, Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, Annual Forum, January 2014.

Structural Dismissals - Pennsylvania Bar Institute, October 2016

Pitch Perfect - A Creditor Committes Story, Delaware American Bankruptcy Inn of Court, February 2016

60 Cases in 60 Minutes Part II - Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference Annual Forum, January 2016

Gimme Some Credit – Post Fisker Credit Bidding, American Law Institute, June 2014

Joint Program with Dallas Fort Worth Bankruptcy Inn of Court, February 2014

Interview with the Judge, Moderator, Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, Annual Forum, January 2014.

Great Debates – Mandatory Imposition of Chapter 11 Trustees, Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, Great Debates, November 2012

“Off the Mark - 7th Circuit Rejects Debtors Efforts to Sever Trademark License”, ALI-ABA CLE Teleseminar, Moderator and Panelist, August 2012

“The Bankrupt Music Man”, Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference Spring Program, April 2012

“Dear Judge…Respectfully Anonymous,” Judges Panel Moderator, Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference Annual Program, January 2012

“Bankruptcy Asset Sales, Advantages & Process,” video highlights, BNA Bankruptcy Law Resource Center, January 2012

“Civility Matters,” presenter, Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, January 2012.

“Intersection of State Law and Bankruptcy,” panelist, PBI 16th Annual Bankruptcy Institute, October 2011

“So You Want to Be An Estate Professional,” presenter Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, April 2011

“Bankruptcy Asset Sales – How to Buy the Diamond in the Rough,” presented at the Duquesne University and Eckert Seamans’ sponsored Continuing Legal Education program, August 2008.

“The Straight and Narrow – Ethics Issues,” panelist at the American Bankruptcy Institute Mid-Atlantic Conference, August 2008

“Focus on Bankruptcy Law and Practice,” panelist, Philadelphia Bar Association’s Practicing Business Law Series for Law Students, April 2010

“Results May Vary When Plain Meaning Collides with Customary Bankruptcy Practices,” presented at the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference Annual Meeting, January 2011

“Comparisons of International Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law,” panelist, Lex Mundi North American Conference, February 2008

“Ethics of Debtor and Committee Representation,” Program Chair, Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, January 2008

“If You Can’t Do the Time … Bankruptcy Crimes and Fraud,” panelist at the American Bankruptcy Institute Mid-Atlantic Conference, August 2006

“Is an LLC right for you?” panelist NBI Seminars, May 2006

Frequent speaker on bankruptcy and insurance topics

Publications

“Intersection of Intellectual Property and Bankruptcy”, American Law Institute, August 2012

“Your Credit Is No Good Here: Impact of the Third Circuit’s Philadelphia Newspapers Decision on Credit Bidding at Bankruptcy Auction Sales,” co-authored with Brya M. Keilson, BNA’s Bankruptcy Law Reporter, May 2010

“Bankruptcy asset sales: Who doesn’t like a bargain?” Eckert Seamans’ Legal Update, November 2009

“Section 363 Sales: Who Doesn’t Like a Bargain?” Law 360, June 2009

“The Untold Story of the Bankruptcy Courts,” Business Law Today, March 2008

“Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Law 2008 - Flexible Practices & Future Trends,” Aspatore Thought Leadership Series

“IP May be a Tonic for Distressed Companies,” Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, October 2007

“Dana Hits a Roadblock – Why Post BAPCPA Laws May Impose Stricter KERP Standards,” Thompson West Publications, 2006