“There’s something special about this organization that is unlike any other,” says Alan Brody, Greenberg Traurig, LLP (TMA New Jersey).
Brody, an attorney and member of the TMA New Jersey Chapter, has been a TMA member for over 20 years.
“It’s an amazing platform to network with others, keep current on hot topics in bankruptcy, finance, and the various issues we face in our professional space,” says Brody.
“As you know, bankruptcy involves numerous parties, all looking out for what’s best for their individual clients. The best way to resolve problems to the benefit of your client is to understand each of the other parties’ asks and needs—this way you can put the puzzle together in a manner that ultimately allows you to reach your goal,” he adds.
Brody attributes the strong relationships he’s made through TMA as a driving force of his success.
“Through TMA, I’ve forged a number of relationships that have brought me into all types of bankruptcy cases, receivership, and out-of-court workouts. When I’m referring a matter, I immediately look to my TMA family. And as a member of that family, I’ve been the beneficiary of referrals coming my way,” says Brody.
“Through TMA, I’ve created fantastic relationships so that when I walk into Court or, nowadays, get on a Zoom video conference, people know me and trust what I have to say. This can only happen if you’ve sat on educational panels together, enjoyed a meal together, or played a round of golf together at a TMA event. Let’s face it – our business is all about relationships and solving problems together.”
— Alan Brody, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Brody recently represented a large institutional lender in a bankruptcy case of one of the largest truckload carriers in the Northeast U.S. Brody cites his TMA network as a critical component in the ultimate resolution. “We needed to create an expedited path for the Committee to review liens of multiple banks that worked within the framework of a quick auction of assets. Sitting down with my fellow bankruptcy attorneys that I knew through TMA helped us come to a fair resolution that allowed the sale to proceed,” says Brody.
Giving back to TMA has been a passion of Brody’s for some time. And now, as Treasurer and a member of the Board of the New Jersey Chapter, Brody is working hard to mentor the next generation. “I’m fortunate to work with incredible people to develop events that further stimulate conversations amongst our members and help mentor our young members in the NextGen group,” says Brody.
While he loves his work, Brody is the first to admit that it is important to find balance outside of work. “I’ve had the pleasure to meet so many people over the years through TMA, several of whom I count as my personal friends with whom I enjoy spending time outside of all our hard work,” says Brody.
Brody has become close with Steve Agran of Carl Marks. In fact, Brody and his wife shared in the joy of attending Agran’s daughter’s bat mitzvah.
He’s become friends with so many TMA members, like Mo Bauer of Norris McLaughlin and Joe Schwartz of Riker Danzig. “Sometimes I’m on the same side as them; sometimes I’m not, but we always find a way to work together for the greater good of our clients,” says Brody.
When he’s not working, Brody likes to spend time with his wife and two sons, go on 50+ mile rides with his cycling buddies and play golf. “Life is about balance and doing what you love. I’m fortunate to have an amazing family and a career I truly love. TMA has helped me achieve this,” says Brody.
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