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Jay M. Sakalo Named Rising Star by Law360

Press Release
April 2, 2010

Miami, FL Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP announces that Jay M. Sakalo, Partner and Practice Group Leader in the Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group, was recently selected by Law360 as one of 10 "Rising Stars" in the bankruptcy practice area, nationwide.

Mr. Sakalo was recognized by the publication for his experience in securing critical deals in some of the largest and highest profile cases filed in the country, earning him the coveted spot on the Law360 listing. Handling all facets of bankruptcy reorganizations and bankruptcy litigation, Mr. Sakalo has served as counsel to numerous debtors, creditors committees and purchasers of assets in complex Chapter 11 cases. His work includes the representation of official committees in the W.R. Grace, U.S. Gypsum and Federal-Mogul Chapter 11 bankruptcies and the debtors in the Heilig-Meyers and Tradewinds Airlines Chapter 11 bankruptcies. Most recently, Mr. Sakalo represented Fontainebleau Las Vegas Holdings, LLC in its highly publicized Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Mr. Sakalo is the youngest practice group leader at the Firm and has been recognized for his accomplishments in bankruptcy matters in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Florida Trend's Legal Elite, and South Florida Legal Guide (Top Lawyers in South Florida). When asked about his current accomplishments in the bankruptcy practice area, Mr. Sakalo said he plans to continue to expand his footprint in the south Florida legal community and sees himself, "mushrooming from where [his] career is here."

Scott Baena, Partner in and Chair of the Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group also commends Mr. Sakalo on his work ethic, stating: [Jay] is a huge resource for us when we are involved in complex matters where there are lots of documents and history, Baena said. He's able to manage information unlike anybody I've ever met, and he truly uses that to his advantage.

Law360, a newswire publication for business attorneys, is widely recognized as the only news source that covers the entire spectrum of practice areas in the legal community. The publication's "Rising Stars" recognition required nominees be the top legal talent under 40 in their respective practice areas.

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Jay M. Sakalo

Jay M. Sakalo

Partner, Business Finance & Restructuring and Corporate Practice Group Leader
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