Richard D. Trenk concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, debtor/creditor rights, municipal law, public contracting, insurance defense, and government affairs.
For over 30 years, Mr. Trenk has litigated hundreds of bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy cases to successful conclusions. He strategizes all issues to achieve the most economic and efficient outcome while vigorously representing the interests of his clients. Specifically, Mr. Trenk has recently tried to conclusion bid litigation involving over $100 million. He has handled Chapter 11 real estate cases involving over $500 million in value.
In 1982, following his admission to the bar of the State of New Jersey, Mr. Trenk clerked for the Honorable Julius A. Feinberg, Judge of the Superior Court, Essex County. From 1986 through 1990, he was an associate, and from 1990 to 1997, a partner, with Ravin, Sarasohn, Cook, Baumgarten, Fisch & Rosen, P.C.
Mr. Trenk is a former President of the Essex County Bar Association, one of the largest legal professional organizations in the State of New Jersey. Also, he has actively served in numerous leadership positions with the New Jersey State Bar Association and American Bar Association.
Mr. Trenk is a co-founder of the Bankruptcy Inn of Court for the District of New Jersey.
Mr. Trenk has lectured for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), Association of Trial Lawyers of America, New Jersey Chapter (ATLA), Rutgers University School of Public Administration, the New Jersey Judicial College, the New Jersey State Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section, the Essex County Bar Association, Bergen Community College, and the National Association of Women Judges. He has served also as an expert witness in bankruptcy-related matters.
Mr. Trenk has devoted many years of service to non-profit organizations, including the March of Dimes, Advocates for Children of New Jersey, Community Health Law Project, Legal Services Foundation of Essex County, Discovery Charter School, Community Food Bank, and Habitat for Humanity. Also, Mr. Trenk serves as a Professional Advisor to the Board of Directors of New Jersey Shares, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to assisting New Jersey middle and fixed income households experiencing difficulty paying for utility services.
Mr. Trenk has served as the Township Attorney for the Township of West Orange since 1998 and as special counsel for numerous municipalities.
Mr. Trenk is a contributing author of Environmental Obligations in Bankruptcy, published by Thomson Reuters.
From 2005 through 2015, Mr. Trenk was named a “New Jersey Super Lawyer” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine.
In 2014 and 2015, Richard D. Trenk was selected by The Best Lawyers in America as one of the “Best Lawyers” in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Municipal Law.
In October 2012, Richard D. Trenk was selected by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell as a “Top Rated Lawyer” in the area of Commercial Bankruptcy Creditor-Debtor Rights.
Western New England College School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts, J.D., 1982
American University, Washington, District of Columbia, B.A., 1979
New Jersey, 1982
United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 1982
United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1985
United States Supreme Court, 1987