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Philadelphia
PA 19103
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Corinne Brennan

Partner | Bankruptcy/Corporate Restructuring | Litigation

Biography

Cori Brennan concentrates her practice in commercial and consumer bankruptcy, reorganization, workouts, foreclosure litigation, regulatory matters related to consumer finance, and general consumer and commercial litigation.

Ms. Brennan has over a decade of experience representing secured lenders, creditors, committees, equity security holders, and trustees in all facets of commercial and consumer bankruptcy proceedings, including contested matters, adversary proceedings, and appeals. Representative matters in bankruptcy include counseling both plaintiffs and defendants in preference litigation, fraudulent transfer actions, and dischargeability challenges.

Ms. Brennan's workout practice includes representation of national and regional banking institutions, credit unions, private equity firms, and high net-worth individuals in unique out-of-court financial reorganizations that require a combination of restructuring, transactional, and litigation expertise. Her diverse state court representative matters include receiverships, assignments for the benefit of creditors, quiet title actions, and commercial and residential foreclosure proceedings. Ms. Brennan has also represented clients in both the prosecution and defense of a wide variety of commercial claims, such as complex contract disputes, business torts, confessions of judgment, and fraudulent transfer actions.

Ms. Brennan’s financial services practice also includes the regular provision of counseling to her clients on regulatory compliance and due diligence matters under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Ms. Brennan has successfully defended clients against claims and counterclaims based on alleged violations of these and other laws and frequently conducts in-house training seminars related to these topics.

Recent matters include:
 

  • Representation of a corporate creditor in defense of an adversary proceeding, wherein Ms. Brennan obtained dismissal of a six count preference and fraudulent transfer complaint, resulting in zero overall liability for her client.
  • Obtaining a favorable settlement on account of preference and fraudulent transfer claims on behalf of a Fortune 500 company.
  • Leading the successful prosecution of a highly contested multi-million dollar commercial mortgage foreclosure action through trial, which ultimately resulted in the entry of a verdict and judgment in favor of a private equity client.
  • Ms. Brennan effectively represented a lender in connection with a major check kiting operation that defrauded multiple banks of over $10 million.
  • Representation of a Fortune 500 company in a complex collections action against a guarantor, resulting in a favorable seven figure settlement.

From 2012 through 2018, Ms. Brennan was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Star by a vote of her peers. Ms. Brennan also serves on the Mediation Panel for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


Credentials

Education

Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D. (2007)

University of Rochester, B.A., cum laude (2004)


Admissions

Pennsylvania

New Jersey

Eastern District of Pennsylvania

District of New Jersey

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Middle District of Pennsylvania


Boards/Memberships

Member,  Loan Committee for the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) (March 2017)

Member,  Mediation Panel for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (July 2016)

Member, Board of Directors,  FINANTA

Member,  American Bar Association

Member,  Young Involved Philadelphia

Member,  Young Professionals Network, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

Member,  Center City Proprietors Association

Publications

Speeches and Publications

Young Professionals Risk Management Association,  Multi-generational Event , June 2017

FINANTA (Financing Aid and Technical Assistance) Workshop;  Focus of Workshop - Collection Alternatives and Creditors' Rights in Bankruptcy Proceedings , March 2016

American College of Bankruptcy and the Eastern District Bankruptcy Conference's Education Seminar  "Equitable Mootness - You Be The Judge" , November 2015

Philadelphia Property Tax Reassessment: What It Means and How to Respond," by Corinne Samler Brennan, JD, and Amanda Dougherty, JD , 2018 Pennsylvania CPA Journal, 6/4/18