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Neil J. Smith

Partner

Neil joined Mackenzie Hughes in 2005 and is a partner at the firm.  He focuses on bankruptcy law as a member of the Business Department.

  • Represents businesses in bankruptcy proceedings, assists businesses with debt reorganization and workouts and also represents defendants in preferential transfer litigation
  • Represents lenders and creditors in collection and foreclosure actions throughout New York State
  • Provides clients guidance on the regulatory, lending, operational, and governance issues of banks and credit unions
  • Has extensive experience in commercial and residential eviction litigation

Current:

  • Vice-President of the Central New York Bluegrass Association
  • Ex-officio member of the Board of the Central New York Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Volunteer Lawyer for Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc.
  • Member of American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member of American Bar Association
  • Member of New York State Bar Association
  • Member of Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member of the DeWitt Fish and Game Club

 

Prior:

  • President of the Central New York Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • St. Thomas More Scholarship, St. John’s University
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, St. John’s University
  • Juris Doctorate, St. John’s University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Science, Syracuse University, Summa Cum Laude
  • New York State Supreme Court
  • Northern District of New York District Court
  • Northern District of New York Bankruptcy Court
  • Western District of New York District Court
  • Western District of New York Bankruptcy Court
  • Southern District of New York District Court
  • Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Court
  • Eastern District of New York District Court

News

Using CARES Act Funds As Financing For a Small Business Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

One of the problems that prevents small businesses from using Chapter 11 bankruptcy more widely is the lack of affordable financing to fund operations while a Chapter 11 case is pending. Called Debtor in Possession (“DIP”) financing, financing for deeply distressed small companies that are experiencing an interruption in cash flow can be prohibitively expensive…

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Small Business Bankruptcy Provisions in the Proposed “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act”

At the time of this writing, the Senate has now passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) and the bill now awaits final approval by the House of Representatives and the President to be enacted into law. In addition to the well-publicized provisions providing direct financial relief to individuals and making…

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Four Quick Tips For Small Businesses During the Corona Virus Epidemic

So you’ve followed all the CDC guidelines, obeyed the orders issued by Governor Cuomo, and heeded the advice of my colleague Chris Jones with the same fanatical devotion as a samurai obeying his master.  (https://www.mackenziehughes.com/blog/new-york-provides-for-additional-paid-sick-leave-and-other-benefits-for-employees-under-covid-19-quarantine-order/). But most companies in the US are heavily indebted, and almost all companies’ cash flow will be reduced to a…

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Using CARES Act Funds As Financing For a Small Business Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

One of the problems that prevents small businesses from using Chapter 11 bankruptcy more widely is the lack of affordable financing to fund operations while a Chapter 11 case is pending. Called Debtor in Possession (“DIP”) financing, financing for deeply distressed small companies that are experiencing an interruption in cash flow can be prohibitively expensive…

Read more

Small Business Bankruptcy Provisions in the Proposed “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act”

At the time of this writing, the Senate has now passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) and the bill now awaits final approval by the House of Representatives and the President to be enacted into law. In addition to the well-publicized provisions providing direct financial relief to individuals and making…

Read more

Four Quick Tips For Small Businesses During the Corona Virus Epidemic

So you’ve followed all the CDC guidelines, obeyed the orders issued by Governor Cuomo, and heeded the advice of my colleague Chris Jones with the same fanatical devotion as a samurai obeying his master.  (https://www.mackenziehughes.com/blog/new-york-provides-for-additional-paid-sick-leave-and-other-benefits-for-employees-under-covid-19-quarantine-order/). But most companies in the US are heavily indebted, and almost all companies’ cash flow will be reduced to a…

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