Widener Law welcomes new professor of business bankruptcy
Public Relations - Published: August 4, 2014
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Bruce Grohsgal

Widener University School of Law welcomes a new member to its Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law faculty, whose work will stimulate and coordinate debate of issues in business bankruptcy law.

Long-time Wilmington, Del. and former Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones attorney Bruce Grohsgal has joined the faculty as the Helen S. Balick Visiting Professor in Business Bankruptcy Law. He will teach bankruptcy and secured transactions classes this fall.

The newly created position honors retired U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Helen S. Balick, who played a pivotal role in the national development of business bankruptcy proceedings. She stepped down in 1999 after 25 years on the bench. She initially served as the Delaware bankruptcy court’s lone judge, and she presided over thousands of cases, including multi-billion-dollar bankruptcies involving airline industries and energy companies. Today the Delaware court, one of the preeminent bankruptcy courts in the United States, has six judges.

“I am honored to hold this position, founded in her name,” Grohsgal said. “Judge Balick was a great judge whose dynamic and intelligent approach to resolving bankruptcy cases set a high standard. Her procedural innovations maximized positive outcomes for all parties, and have been widely followed by courts in other jurisdictions.”

Grohsgal comes to the law school from the Wilmington, Del. office of the highly regarded boutique bankruptcy firm Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones, where he was a partner and practiced since the founding of that office in early 2000.

“Bruce is a seasoned practitioner who will draw on his practical skills to enhance the academic experience for our students. That, coupled with his enthusiasm for teaching, will make for an engaging classroom experience. Our students have a great deal to look forward to this fall,” said Erin Daly, interim dean of Widener Law Delaware.

In addition to teaching, Grohsgal will work to strengthen Widener Law Delaware’s presence in the Wilmington bankruptcy practice. He will coordinate symposia on the topic and pursue externship and other opportunities for students in the legal community.

“I am excited to have been given the job of building the bankruptcy program at Widener Law Delaware,” Grohsgal said. “I want and hope to make a difference – by writing, by teaching and by working with students and the bench and bar outside the classroom. There are great opportunities ahead.”

Ruby R. Vale Professor of Corporate and Business Law Lawrence A. Hamermesh, who directs Widener’s Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law, said Grohsgal’s appointment is the culmination of a long effort to create a faculty position devoted to teaching and scholarship in the field of business bankruptcy law. His work will strengthen the institute, which already is known for its command of corporate governance, business organizations, contracts, corporate finance and securities regulation law.

“We are excited about the potential for synergies with the strong established business bankruptcy practice that has developed in the state of Delaware, originally under the leadership of Judge Balick,” Hamermesh said.

Grohsgal, a graduate of Brandeis University and Columbia Law School, lives in Merion, Pa. with his wife, Joan Weinryb. They have three children.

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