Jane Rue Wittstein

Jane Rue Wittstein has 27 years of experience litigating at the trial and appellate levels in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts across the country. In bankruptcy litigation and appeals, Jane has represented debtors, reorganized debtors, lender groups, creditors, and unsecured creditors' committees in numerous adversary proceedings and contested matters, including pension terminations, revocation actions, DIP financing proceedings, preference actions, claims objections, fraudulent conveyance proceedings, turnover actions, and plan objections.

Jane has litigated in various chapter 11 cases in New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Texas, and Florida, including Lehman Brothers Holdings, Thornburg Mortgage, Harry & David Holdings, Davis Petroleum Corporation, Old Carco Liquidation Trust (successor-in-interest to Old Carco LLC, f/k/a Chrysler LLC), Interep National Radio Sales, FLYi, Meridian Automotive Systems, Musicland, TWA, and Drexel Burnham Lambert. In 2011, Jane obtained Delaware bankruptcy court approval of the distress termination of Harry & David's pension plan over the PBGC's objection after a two-day bench trial. From 2006 to 2011, Jane successfully defended Evercore Capital Partners and Davis Petroleum Corporation in various litigations and appeals up to the Fifth Circuit challenging the acquisition of Davis Petroleum through a prepackaged bankruptcy sale. Jane has also litigated various aspects of bankruptcy jurisdiction, including removal to bankruptcy court and withdrawal of the reference for noncore matters.

Jane's nonbankruptcy experience is extensive, including more than a decade of product liability litigation (pharmaceutical, automotive, and toxic tort), contract disputes, securities litigation, and commercial arbitration. She currently serves on the National Council of the Ohio State University College of Law.

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Areas of Practice 1) Business Restructuring & Reorganization, 2) Business and Tort Litigation (USA), 3) Product Liability Litigation and 4) Distressed Company Litigation
Law School The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Education Miami University (B.A., 1982)
Bar Member / Association New York; California; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, Southern District of Ohio, and Central District of California; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, and Fifth Circuits;
Most recent firm Jones Day
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