Firm named in 2018 “Best Law Firms” Stamford Metro area for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law by U.S. News® - Best Lawyers.

James Berman, Jed Horwitt, Matthew Beatman, Stephen Kindseth and Eric Henzy listed in “The Best Lawyers in America©” 2018.

James Berman named “Lawyer of the Year” 2018 for Litigation-Bankruptcy by Best Lawyers®.

Stephen Kindseth named Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” 2018 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

Eric Henzy named Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” 2018 for Litigation-Bankruptcy.

Alan H. W. Shiff

Alan H. W. Shiff, a retired United States Bankruptcy Judge, is a member of the Firm, serving as an arbitrator and mediator in a wide variety of bankruptcy and commercial matters.

Judge Shiff served as a United States Bankruptcy Judge from 1981 until 2015. He served as Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Connecticut from 1996 to 2003. During his time on the bench, Judge Shiff presided over a wide variety of complex bankruptcy and commercial disputes, and conducted trials in hundreds of matters. He was the recipient of The Honorable Robert C. Zampano Award for Excellence in Mediation in 2002.

He has served on the Forms Task Force and on the Bankruptcy Judges Advisory Committee of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (1991-1996). He also served on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Second Circuit (1996-2000) and was elected to serve as Second Circuit Governor of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (1995-1998).

Judge Shiff was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut School for Boys and the Connecticut Planning Committee on Criminal Administration. He also served as Chairman of the Council of the Connecticut Department of Children and Youth Services, and Special Counsel to the Connecticut General Assembly Joint Committee on Energy and Public Utilities.

Professional Affiliations

    • Connecticut Bar Association
    • Berkeley College Yale University, Associate Fellow (2001 - present)


    • Connecticut
    • United States District Court, District of Connecticut


    • University of Virginia School of Law (LL.B.)
    • Yale University (B.A.)

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