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Paul J. Hammer

Paul J. Hammer

Practice areas:

Bankruptcy & Debt, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

About Me

I am the Financial Reorganization/Bankruptcy Practice Director at Estrella, LLC, one of Puerto Rico's premier law firms. With several years of experience handling complex legal issues including, Chapter 11, 12, and 13 reorganizations and Chapter 7 liquidations (debtor, creditor, and interested parties), troubled debt restructuring and interim financial management consulting, insurance coverage, contractual disputes, general liability and federal R.I.C.O, I am highly specialized in the Reorganization/Bankruptcy forum while also maintaining successful business consulting and litigation practices.


Prior to joining the firm, I acquired significant clerking experience during tenors with United States District Court – Eastern District of Louisiana and United States Bankruptcy Court – District of Puerto Rico.   I also worked for several years at a prominent law firm in New Orleans during which time he litigated dozens of complex commercial litigation cases.  My early practice was highlighted by an appellate brief in the landmark Hurricane Katrina case Campbell v. Stone Insurance on the issue of flood insurance procurement.


 

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Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 25%
    9 years, 500 cases
  2. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 25%
    9 years, 500 cases
  3. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: 25%
    9 years, 75 cases
  4. Bankruptcy & Debt: 25%

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Kenneth C. Suria

    I endorse Paul because of his expertise in the field of bankruptcy. He is thorough and is always putting the clients' needs first. It is a learning experience to watch him work in this field.

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    Kenneth Suria Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Estrella, LLC

150 Tetuan Street
San Juan, PR, 00902

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 201405/24/2015
PRActive Attorney201003/04/2015
LAInactive200606/04/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Bankruptcy Law CertificationPuerto Rico Supreme Court2010
Bonomo & LaNasa ScholarLoyola University New Orleans College of Law2006
Gillis Long Law Center PracticionerLoyola University New Orleans College of Law2006
Loyola Maritime Law Journal, Staff MemberLoyola University New Orleans College of Law2006
Summa Cum LaudeLoyola University New Orleans College of Law2006
Thomas Tang Moot Court National Team OralistLoyola University New Orleans College of Law2005
A.P. Tureaud Full Merit ScholarshipLoyola University New Orleans College of Law2003
B.I. Moody School of Business, Outstanding Graduate FinalistUniversity of Louisiana, Lafayette2002
Magna Cum LaudeUniversity of Louisiana, Lafayette2002

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Bankruptcy/Reorganization Practice DirectorEstrella, LLC2012 - Present
Certified Continuing Legal Education LecturerJLMA Learning Center2010 - 2015
Judicial Law ClerkUnited States Bankruptcy Court, District of Puerto Rico2009 - 2010
Of CounselUngarino & Eckert, LLC2006 - 2008
Judicial Law ClerkUnited States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana2005 - 2006

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of TexasMember2014 - Present
Puerto Rico Bankruptcy BarMember2010 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Puerto Rico chapter)Member2010 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Louisiana State Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Beta Gama Signa Business Honor SocietyLifetime Member2002 - Present
Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (AIRA)MemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Nidal Smaili v. PC Puerto Rico, 12-1973 (D.P.R. 2012).Secured $257,000.00 in damages for overdue rent, loss of income, and equipment damages, plus all attorney’s fees and costs, after only one day of trial.
In Re: La Lechonera de Latin, 12-01291 (Bankr. D. P.R. 2013).Successfully litigated the lifting of the Bankruptcy Automatic Stay in favor of a major Old San Juan restaurant, protecting its interests in valuable collateral from depreciation.
In Re: Berwind Country Club Corp., 13-04108 (Bankr. D. P.R. 2013).Successfully brokered sale of historic, multi-million dollar commercial golf course through Chapter 11 reorganization process.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Caribbean Law and BusinessStrategic Purchase of Distressed Assets in Bankruptcy2015
Caribbean Law and BusinessRenewable Energy - Puerto Rico's New Frontier2015
Caribbean Law and BusinessNew Bill Entails Debt Reorganization Process for Puerto Rican Public Corportations2014
Caribbean Law and BusinessStrategic Purchase of Distressed Assets in Bankruptcy2014
World Bank and International Finance CorporationDoing Business Insolvency Report2014
University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional LawUnconscious Classicism: Entity Equality for Sole Proprietorships2009
University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional LawThe Katrina Fund: Repairing Breaches in Gulf Coast Insurance Levees2006

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University New Orleans College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of Louisiana, LafayetteManagement/AccountingBS - Bachelor of Science2002

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Continung Legal Education SeminarRights of Creditors in Bankruptcy Proceedings2014
Continuing Legal Education SeminarEthical Obligations of Bankruptcy Professionals2013
Continuing Legal Education SeminarRights of Debtors in Bankruptcy Proceedings2012
Continuing Legal Education SeminarFiling a Chapter 7 Petition in Bankruptcy2011
Continuing Legal Education SeminarFiling a Chapter 11 Petition in Bankruptcy2010