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Ross J. Switkes

Of Counsel
Meet Ross

Mr. Switkes is of counsel with the firm and a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Workout group. Mr. Switkes focuses his practice on bankruptcy, debtor/creditor rights, corporate restructuring, and commercial litigation. He has significant experience appearing in federal and state courts on behalf of a variety of clients, including, Chapter 7, 11, and 12 trustees, debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, committees, purchasers of assets and stalking horse bidders, officers and directors, non-debtor spouses, landlords, defendants in avoidance actions, insurance companies, distressed companies, and municipalities.

Mr. Switkes is active in the legal community, having held multiple leadership roles in local bar associations and industry groups both currently and over the past decade. Among other leadership positions, he currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey, a committee that has served as a two-way conduit between the bankruptcy bar and the Board of Bankruptcy Judges for approximately 25 years. Mr. Switkes also served two terms as a Trustee of the Mercer County Bar Association and is currently Co-Chair of the Association’s Bankruptcy, Budget, and Golf Committees.

Mr. Switkes frequently writes and speaks on a variety of bankruptcy topics and addresses how bankruptcy proceedings can impact a variety of constituents, including businesses and individuals. He has written articles that appeared in the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal and American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal, among others. Mr. Switkes has served as a speaker on educational panels conducted by the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, International Council of Shopping Centers, Mercer County Bar Association, and Essex County Bar Association.

Mr. Switkes was selected for inclusion in the 2022 list of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law. In 2018, Mr. Switkes was named in the New Jersey Law Journal Professional Excellence Awards as a “New Leader of the Bar” and was also recognized by the Mercer County Bar Association as “Young Lawyer of the Year.” He has been recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in the area of Bankruptcy: Business from 2017 to 2020.

Education

J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 2010

B.A., Ramapo College of New Jersey, 2007
cum laude

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
District of Columbia
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Lawyers Advisory Committee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey

  • Vice-Chair
  • Chair, Newsletter Subcommittee
  • Chapter 11 Subcommittee

Mercer County Bar Association

  • Co-Chair, Bankruptcy, Budget, and Golf Committees

Turnaround Management Association

  • NextGen Committee, NJ Chapter

American Bankruptcy Institute

New York State Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

Speaking Engagements
  • “General Practitioners Guide to Bankruptcy, Contested Matters, and Adversary Proceedings,” Mercer County Bar Association, October 2020
  • “Keeping it in the Family – Intersection of Bankruptcy and Divorce,” Mercer County Bar Association, October 2019
  • “Small Business and Individual Chapter 11 Cases in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey,” Mercer County Bar Association and IWIRC, March 2019
  • “Real Estate Issues in Bankruptcy Cases,” Mercer County Bar Association, October 2018
  • “Stay InFORMed: Local Forms and Best Practices for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey,” Mercer County Bar Association and IWIRC, February 2018
  • “Bankruptcy Basics,” Mercer County Bar Association, November 2015-2017
  • “Leasing Issues,” International Council of Shopping Centers PA/NJ/DE Conference, September 2017
  • “Bankruptcy and Taxes: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know and a Few Things You Didn’t,” Mercer County Bar Association and IWIRC, October 2016
  • “New Local Rules of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey,” Mercer County Bar Association and IWIRC, October 2015
  • “Effects of Bankruptcy on Real Estate Matters,” Mercer County Bar Association, June 2015
  • “New Jersey Landlord/Tenant Practice,” Essex County Bar Association, January 2013
Publications
  • “A Discussion with Judge Rosemary Gambardella,” The Absolute Priority, March 2019
  • “Interview with Judge Michael B. Kaplan,” The Absolute Priority, December 2017
  • “Interview with Jim Waldron,” The Absolute Priority, March 2017
  • “A Discussion with Judge Vincent F. Papalia,” The Absolute Priority, October 2016
  • “Recovering Under § 549,” American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal, Spring 2016
  • “A Discussion with Chief Judge Ferguson,” The Absolute Priority, March 2016
  • “A Discussion with Judge Andrew B. Altenburg,” The Absolute Priority, October 2015
  • “Practicing Bankruptcy Law in New Jersey, a Young Lawyer’s View,” Mercer County Lawyer, June-July 2015
  • “Chapter 7 Monopoly: To Pass Go, Trustee Must Pay ‘Meaningful’ Toll to Unsecured Creditors,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, January 2015