Professionals

LINDA LEALI

Linda Leali, P.A. 

lleali@lealilaw.com
ph : (305) 341-0671
fax : (305) 503-7210

 Ms. Leali regularly represents debtors, unsecured creditors committees, strategic and financial investors in a wide variety of industries and market sectors, and has experience in mergers and acquisitions—having represented a number of sellers both in and out of court in transactions involving a wide range of industries. Ms. Leali also has extensive experience in negotiating complex commercial agreements for both domestic and international transactions.

Prior to forming Linda Leali, P.A., Ms. Leali was in the Miami office of White & Case LLP from 2000 to 2012 where she was a member of the firm's Global Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group. Ms. Leali's representations include WCI Communities, Inc., a leading developer of new homes and towers with approximately $2 billion in debt, in its chapter 11 cases and Recticel SA/NV, a global manufacturer of a wide range of foams and synthetic compounds, as debtor-in-possession financing lender to its wholly owned chapter 11 debtor subsidiaries.

Ms. Leali was also the lead restructuring associate in the representation of Appaloosa Management L.P., one of the largest shareholders of Delphi Corporation, in its successful bid to obtain relief directing the formation of an official equity committee in the case. Further, she was a key member of the counsel team in the successful chapter 11 reorganization of Mirant Corporation - involving more than US $10 billion in debt and considered the largest bankruptcy filing in the US in 2003 and at the time the 10th largest bankruptcy filing in US history. Ms. Leali also represented Lund International, Inc, a manufacturer of aftermarket auto parts, in its out-of-court sale of its assets.

Ms. Leali was part of the White & Case team that received the "Restructuring Team of the Year" award from International Financial Law Review in 2006.

Professional and Civic Activities

Member of the Board of Directors of Children’s Home
Society of Florida, Southeast Division

Vice-chair for Avoidance Power
subcommittee of the American Bar Association

Member of the Board of Directors of Legal
Services of Greater Miami

Member of the Board of Directors of the
Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers

Co-chair of the Friends’ Committee for the National
Association for Women Judges 2012 Annual Conference

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Co-authored Nuts and Bolts of Resolution Planning under the Dodd-Frank
Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
, February 2011, Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law

Co-authored article in Bankruptcy Law 360 titled Deepening Insolvency Claims in Disguise: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Revisits Trenwick Decision

Webinar panel titled Blood From a Stone: Hidden Value in
Distressed Assets
sponsored by the Turnaround Management Association

Business Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association Webinar panel titled More Fallout from Stern v. Marshall: Ninth Circuit v. Sixth Circuit —the holding of Bellingham Insurance (9th Cir.) allows waiver of Article III adjudication conflicting with Waldman v. Stone (6th Cir)

Education
  • University of Miami (J.D, magna cum laude, 1999)

  • University of Central Florida (B.S., Business Administration 1996)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • Florida State Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan