Aug 18, 2022
Recognized for finding practical and sensible solutions in high-stakes, complex financial restructuring and insolvency matters, Harris Winsberg develops creative approaches to help clients evaluate and meet their business objectives. Harris helps clients solve the complex problems that arise in bankruptcy and out-of-court restructurings.
He works with his clients to explore the range of options available to them and develop and execute a practical plan of action. Harris brings a results-oriented strategy to representing clients from a wide array of industries, including health care, real estate, retail, diamond and jewelry, food and beverage, energy, media, hospitality, transportation, and ﬁnancial services.
Harris represents public and private companies, ﬁnancial institutions, private credit funds, boards of directors, creditors, and other parties in all aspects of corporate restructurings, including workouts, bankruptcies, corporate governance matters, distressed asset sales and insolvency-related litigation. He also has experience developing and structuring ﬁnance transactions, including asset-based loans.
- Representing a private credit fund in workouts and litigation involving distressed loans in an array of industries, including specialty finance, media, and real estate.
- Represented a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider in connection with the bankruptcy filing of an investor owned utility company.
- Represented the U.S. subsidiary of a foreign bank in connection with the Chapter 11 bankruptcy ﬁling of an international diamond and jewelry company.
- Represented a public company that specializes in traveling exhibitions, including those with Titanic artifacts, in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
- Advised a U.K.-based online fashion retailer acting as a stalking-horse purchaser in connection with the acquisition of a U.S.-based retailer through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy sale process.
- Represented a 376-bed nonproﬁt hospital system in an out-of-court restructuring and asset sale.
- Represented the former owners of cable television systems in connection with fraudulent transfer and aiding and abetting claims brought by a liquidation trust arising out of the $1.1 billion sale of the cable television systems.
- Represented a car haul company and its aﬃliates in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases
- Atlanta Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Year in Review, Annual Speaker.
- The 90th Annual National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Hot Spots in a Cold Bankruptcy World: Health Care and Energy Restructurings, 2016.
- Co-author, “To Disgorge or Not: 11 U.S.C. § 726(b) and Disgorgement of Interim Fee Awards,” Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, April 2020.
- Co-author, “To Intervene or Not: Does Section 1109(b) Grant a Creditors’ Committee an Unconditional Right to Intervene in an Adversary Proceeding,” Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, 2018.
- Co-author, “Good Faith for Value Defenses: Understanding the Use of Good Faith and Value Concepts in Fraudulent Transfer Cases,” Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, 2017.
- Co-author, “A Survey on Prejudgment Interest Awards in Preference and Fraudulent Conveyance Avoidance Actions,” Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, 2015.
- Co-author, “Unlocking Value: Can a Trustee Sell Avoidance Claims Grounded in Sections 544(b), 547 or 548 of the Bankruptcy Code?,” Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, 2013.
- Author, “When Does Term Equal Time: A Look at Whether a Landlord Can Use Rent Charged Over the Term of the Lease to Calculate its Damage Claim,” Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, 2012.
- Co-author, “Collier’s Compensation, Employment and Appointment of Trustees and Professionals in Bankruptcy Cases.”
- Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditor Rights
- Commercial Finance
- Lender Finance
- Financial Services
- University of Florida Levin College of Law (J.D., with honors)
- University of Florida (B.A., with honors)
- American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow
- Best Lawyers in America®: "Lawyer of the Year" in Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2023)
- Best Lawyers in America®: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, Litigation - Bankruptcy (2023)
- Chambers USA: Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Georgia (2005-2023)
- “Turnaround Atlas Award”: Cross-Border Special Situation M&A Deal of the Year (transactions under $50 million), for representation of Boohoo, a U.K.-based online fashion retailer, in its $20 million acquisition of Nasty Gal, a Los Angeles-based retailer, through a bankruptcy sale process.
- “Turnaround M&A Atlas Award”: Special Situation M&A Deal of the Year (value $25 million to $100 million), for representation of Pate-Dawson Co., a 131-year-old family-owned restaurant distribution company, headquartered in Goldsboro, North Carolina, in its sale to an aﬃliate of Cheney Bros. Inc.
- Director, Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute
- Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice
- Master of the Bench, W. Homer Drake Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court
- Advisory Board Member, Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal
- Past Chair, Bankruptcy Section, Georgia Bar
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
- Supreme Court of Georgia
- The Honorable Karen S. Jennemann, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division