Samuel P. Hershey represents clients in state and federal court litigation, with a focus on bankruptcy litigation.
Sam's bankruptcy-related engagements include work on behalf of debtors and creditors in proceedings under chapter 11 and chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code, as well as Puerto Rico's ongoing restructuring under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act. His most recent debtor representations include the chapter 11 proceedings of ModSpace, Inversiones Alsacia and Overseas Shipholding Group, as well as the chapter 15 proceeding of Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás S.A. Sam also has substantial experience representing various creditor constituencies, most recently in connection with the bankruptcies of Reward Science and Technology (Chapter 15), Trident Holding Co. (Chapter 11), Nine West Holdings (Chapter 11), Emergent Capital (Chapter 11) and Oi Brasil Telecom (Chapter 15). Of these, Sam helped lead the trial teams in the Nine West and Oi bankruptcies, in each case securing major victories for his clients. Sam also represents creditors in connection with the Puerto Rico bankruptcy, recently leading a First Circuit brief that resulted in reversal of a district court order that had rendered his clients' $3 billion of notes unsecured, and the subsequent Supreme Court brief that resulted in denial of certiorari.
Sam also maintains an active pro bono practice. He recently led a team that vacated a wrongful murder conviction and is currently representing his exonerated client in a civil suit against New York City and State. Sam serves as chairman of Ideas Beyond Borders, a non-profit organization that makes and distributes free, Arabic-language translations of books, articles and videos on topics such as women's rights, scientific advancements and democratic values. Sam has also worked in and out of court to end the practice of female genital mutilation.
Sam has litigated extensively in the bankruptcy courts of New York and Delaware, and in courts across the country. He is admitted to practice in New York and before the Second and Sixth Circuits.