Joseph C. Barsalona II

Associate

302.651.7542
302.498.7542 (fax)
barsalona@rlf.com

Joseph Barsalona focuses his practice on in-court and out-of-court restructurings, distressed asset sales, and bankruptcy litigation.  He has experience representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, contract counterparties, independent directors, and other parties-in-interest.  Joseph also concentrates on the preparation and issuance of substantive non-consolidation opinions.

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  • ExGen Texas Power, LLC, et al. (Case No. 17-12377) (BLS) – Counsel to debtors
  • Homer City Generation, L.P. (Case No. 17-10086) (MFW) – Counsel to debtor
  • Energy Future Holdings Corp., et al. (Case No. 14-10979) (CSS) – Co-counsel to debtors
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Joseph Barsalona focuses his practice on in-court and out-of-court restructurings, distressed asset sales, and bankruptcy litigation.  He has experience representing debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, contract counterparties, independent directors, and other parties-in-interest.  Joseph also concentrates on the preparation and issuance of substantive non-consolidation opinions.

In law school, Joseph was the chief managing editor of the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution. He also participated in the Ruby R. Vale Interschool Moot Court Competition at Widener Law, in which his team finished second overall. Joseph received the CALI Award for Excellence in three courses, and he studied on scholarship at the Oxford University Law Programme at St. Anne’s College in the summer of 2010.

Experience

  • ExGen Texas Power, LLC, et al. (Case No. 17-12377) (BLS) – Counsel to debtors
  • Aerogroup International, Inc., et al. (Case No. 17-11962) (KJC) – Co-counsel to subordinated noteholder and sponsor
  • Prospector Offshore Drilling S.à r.l., et al. (Case No. 17-11572) (CSS) – Co-counsel to the debtors
  • Homer City Generation, L.P. (Case No. 17-10086) (MFW) – Counsel to debtor
  • Chaparral Energy, Inc., et al. (Case No. 16-11144) (LSS) – Co-counsel to debtors
  • Constellation Enterprises LLC, et al. (Case No. 16-11213) (CSS) – Co-counsel to debtors
  • Paragon Offshore plc, et al. (Case No. 16-10386) (CSS) – Co-counsel to debtors
  • AF-Southeast, LLC, et al. (Case No. 16-11008) (KG) – Co-counsel to DIP lender and stalking horse purchaser
  • Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation, et al. (Case No. 15-12533) (KG) – Co-counsel to ad hoc group of secured lenders
  • FBI Wind Down, Inc. (f/k/a Furniture Brands International, Inc.), et al. (Case No. 13-12329) (CSS) – Counsel to defendant in preference action
  • Energy Future Holdings Corp., et al. (Case No. 14-10979) (CSS) – Co-counsel to debtors
  • Frederick’s of Hollywood, Inc., et al. (Case No. 15-10836) (KG) – Co-counsel to debtors
  • Colt Holding Company LLC, et al. (Case No. 15-11296) (LSS) – Co-counsel to debtors
  • F-Squared Investment Management, LLC, et al. (Case No. 15-11469) (LSS) – Counsel to debtors
  • Citadel Energy Holdings, LLC, et al. (Case No. 15-11322) (KJC) – Counsel to largest creditor in the case
  • Golden County Foods, Inc., et al. (Case No. 15-11062) (KG) – Co-counsel to debtors 
  • Variant Holding Company, LLC (Case No. 14-12021) (BLS) – Co-counsel to secured creditor
  • PSL – North America LLC, et al. (Case No. 14-11477) (LSS) – Counsel to debtors
  • Suntech America, Inc., et al. (Case No. 15-10054) (CSS) – Counsel to debtors

Publications

  • "Testimony by Proffer in Bankruptcy Court," ABA, December 3, 2014
  • “The Fall of DOMA and the Code: State Domestic-Relations Laws May Determine Whether a Debtor Wins or Loses,” ABI Journal, September 2013
  • "More Muni’s More Problems: Increased Regulation of the Municipal Bond Market And Its Potential Effects on Municipal Bankruptcies and the U.S. Economy,” The National Law Review, May 2012
  • “Litigation Supply Should Not Exceed Shareholder ADR Demand: How Proper Use of the Demand Requirement in Derivative Suits Can Decrease Corporate Litigation,” Oregon Law Review, 2012
  • Recent Development, “AT&T Mobility LLC v. Vincent Concepcion et ux.,” Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, 2012

Leadership

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Executive Board of Bankruptcy Litigation Committee, Communications Manager
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member, Business Reorganization and Asset Sales Committees

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 2012
  • B.A., International Politics & Economics, Theatre Arts, cum laude, Middlebury College, 2007

Admitted to Practice

  • Delaware, 2015
  • United States District Court, District of Delaware, 2015
  • New York, 2013
  • New Jersey, 2012

Clerkships

  • Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Robert N. Opel, II, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2012-2014
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Charles M. Caldwell, Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 2011

Practices

  • Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring

Experience

  • ExGen Texas Power, LLC, et al. (Case No. 17-12377) (BLS) – Counsel to debtors
  • Aerogroup International, Inc., et al. (Case No. 17-11962) (KJC) – Co-counsel to subordinated noteholder and sponsor
  • Prospector Offshore Drilling S.à r.l., et al. (Case No. 17-11572) (CSS) – Co-counsel to the debtors
  • Homer City Generation, L.P. (Case No. 17-10086) (MFW) – Counsel to debtor
  • Chaparral Energy, Inc., et al. (Case No. 16-11144) (LSS) – Co-counsel to debtors
  • Constellation Enterprises LLC, et al. (Case No. 16-11213) (CSS) – Co-counsel to debtors
  • Paragon Offshore plc, et al. (Case No. 16-10386) (CSS) – Co-counsel to debtors
  • AF-Southeast, LLC, et al. (Case No. 16-11008) (KG) – Co-counsel to DIP lender and stalking horse purchaser
  • Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation, et al. (Case No. 15-12533) (KG) – Co-counsel to ad hoc group of secured lenders
  • FBI Wind Down, Inc. (f/k/a Furniture Brands International, Inc.), et al. (Case No. 13-12329) (CSS) – Counsel to defendant in preference action
  • Energy Future Holdings Corp., et al. (Case No. 14-10979) (CSS) – Co-counsel to debtors
  • Frederick’s of Hollywood, Inc., et al. (Case No. 15-10836) (KG) – Co-counsel to debtors
  • Colt Holding Company LLC, et al. (Case No. 15-11296) (LSS) – Co-counsel to debtors
  • F-Squared Investment Management, LLC, et al. (Case No. 15-11469) (LSS) – Counsel to debtors
  • Citadel Energy Holdings, LLC, et al. (Case No. 15-11322) (KJC) – Counsel to largest creditor in the case
  • Golden County Foods, Inc., et al. (Case No. 15-11062) (KG) – Co-counsel to debtors 
  • Variant Holding Company, LLC (Case No. 14-12021) (BLS) – Co-counsel to secured creditor
  • PSL – North America LLC, et al. (Case No. 14-11477) (LSS) – Counsel to debtors
  • Suntech America, Inc., et al. (Case No. 15-10054) (CSS) – Counsel to debtors

Clerkships

  • Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Robert N. Opel, II, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2012-2014
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Charles M. Caldwell, Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 2011

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 2012
  • B.A., International Politics & Economics, Theatre Arts, cum laude, Middlebury College, 2007

Publications

  • "Testimony by Proffer in Bankruptcy Court," ABA, December 3, 2014
  • “The Fall of DOMA and the Code: State Domestic-Relations Laws May Determine Whether a Debtor Wins or Loses,” ABI Journal, September 2013
  • "More Muni’s More Problems: Increased Regulation of the Municipal Bond Market And Its Potential Effects on Municipal Bankruptcies and the U.S. Economy,” The National Law Review, May 2012
  • “Litigation Supply Should Not Exceed Shareholder ADR Demand: How Proper Use of the Demand Requirement in Derivative Suits Can Decrease Corporate Litigation,” Oregon Law Review, 2012
  • Recent Development, “AT&T Mobility LLC v. Vincent Concepcion et ux.,” Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, 2012

Leadership

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Executive Board of Bankruptcy Litigation Committee, Communications Manager
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member, Business Reorganization and Asset Sales Committees