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Attorney Biography:

Henry M. Karwowski concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, and debtor/creditor rights.

Mr. Karwowski is the author of New Jersey Bankruptcy Rules Annotated, a comprehensive guide to the rules governing bankruptcy practice and procedure in New Jersey.  The book has been reviewed in the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal and New Jersey Lawyer Magazine. According to the Journal, it is “the best bankruptcy rules book in the country.”

From 2002 to 2010, Mr. Karwowski served as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law, at which he taught Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights; Business Associations; and Legal Writing.  In 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, he was nominated for the annual Adjunct Professor of the Year Award.

In August 2009, Mr. Karwowski was named among The New Jersey Law Journal‘s “40 Under 40.”

Further, Mr. Karwowski has served as a lecturer at the New Jersey Judicial College and the New Jersey State Bar Association Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference and for the New Jersey Institute For Continuing Legal Education.

Mr. Karwowski is frequent contributor to periodicals such as the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, New Jersey Lawyer, and the New Jersey Law Journal.  In addition, he is a Contributing Author of the New Jersey Bankruptcy Manual (2nd Edition, 2006, ICLE).

From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Karwowski served as Chairman of the Local Rules Subcommittee of the Lawyers Advisory Committee to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey.

In 2003, Mr. Karwowski successfully argued the matter of In re Bernea Smith before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The panel included former Third Circuit and current Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

In 1998-99, Mr. Karwowski served as a law clerk for the Honorable Rosemary Gambardella, Chief Judge, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey. In 1997, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Rosemary Gambardella, the Honorable William F. Tuohey, and the Honorable Novalyn Winfield in the same court.

Education:

Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, J.D., 1996

Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, B.A., 1993
Henry Rutgers Scholar
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Admitted:

New Jersey, 1996
New York, 1997
United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 2000
United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 2000
United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2000
United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2002

Publications:

“Is Rule 8002(a) a Jurisdictional Requirement? Or a Waivable Claim-Processing Rule?”, 2013 Bankruptcy Law Supplement, New Jersey Law Journal

“Does the Doctrine of Federalization Apply in Bankruptcy Court?”, July 2012, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal

“Sanctions in Bankruptcy: A Brief Overview,” 2012 Bankruptcy Law Supplement, New Jersey Law Journal

“Can a Bankruptcy Court Grant a Stay Pending an Appeal from a District Court or B.A.P. to a Court of Appeals?”, May 2011, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal

“Fifteen Ways to Beat a Bankruptcy Appeal, Without Addressing the Merits,” 2011 Bankruptcy Law Supplement, New Jersey Law Journal

“Can the Invalidation of Ipso Facto Clauses Apply to Prepetition Termination?”, March 2010, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal

“The 2009 Bankruptcy Rule Amendments: A Brief Summary,” 2010 Bankruptcy Law Supplement, New Jersey Law Journal

“Informal Proofs of Claim – A Brief Overview,” 2009 Bankruptcy Law Supplement, New Jersey Law Journal

“What Is the Bar Date for Rejection Damage Claims?”, March 2008, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal

“Bearing the Sins of the Father – in Bankruptcy,” 2008 Bankruptcy Law Supplement, New Jersey Law Journal

“401(k) Termination Fees and Expenses: Must the Bankruptcy Estate Foot the Bill?”, March 2007, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal

“Forfeited Earnest Money Deposits – Subject to a Mortgagee’s Security Interest?”, December/January 2006, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal

“Matrimonial Issues in Bankruptcy,” June 2005, New Jersey Lawyer

“Retention Issues in Bankruptcy,” 2005 Bankruptcy Law Supplement, New Jersey Law Journal

“Marshaling Against Guarantors: Not a Fool’s Errand?”, December/January 2005, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal

“When a State Law Statute of Limitations Lapses During a Bankruptcy Case – What a Plaintiff Should Know,” 2004 Bankruptcy Law Supplement, New Jersey Law Journal

“Removal of District Court Actions to Bankruptcy Court May Be Improper,” December/January 2004, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal

“Third Circuit: Tuition Debt is Dischargeable,” May/June 2003, Essex County Bar Foundation Chronicle

“Section 362(h): Use It or Lose it?”, 2003 Bankruptcy Law Supplement, New Jersey Law Journal

“An Issue That Has Confounded Courts: Do Insiders Have Standing To File an Involuntary Petition in Small Cases?”, December/January 2003, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal

“Assignment of Rents: A Brief Overview,” August 2002, NJSBA Bankruptcy Law Section Newsletter

“Discharging Student Loan Debt: Mission Impossible?”, February/March 2002, Essex County Bar Foundation Chronicle

“A Split That Affects All Attorneys,” 2002 Bankruptcy Law Supplement, New Jersey Law Journal

“The Dischargeability of Sales Taxes,” July 2001, The Bankruptcy Strategist

“The Most Important Issue of All – Getting Paid,” 2001 Bankruptcy Law Supplement, New Jersey Law Journal

“Tribute: Judge William F. Tuohey,” November 2000, Essex County Bar Foundation Chronicle

“The Section 546(a) Statute of Limitations: It May Start Running Sooner Than You Think in Chapter 7 Cases,” August 2000, NJSBA Bankruptcy Law Section Newsletter

 

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Henry M. Karwowski | Partner

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Commercial Litigation, Corporate Restructuring, Bankruptcy, and Debtor/Creditor Rights