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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

Neil J. Smith Named Partner at Mackenzie Hughes LLP

Neil J. Smith has been elected to the partnership at Mackenzie Hughes LLP. Since joining Mackenzie Hughes in 2005, Smith has been a member of the business department focusing in bankruptcy law. His practice includes the representation of businesses in bankruptcy proceedings, debt reorganizations and workouts. He also represents defendants in preferential transfer litigation and…

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Mackenzie Hughes Attorney Neil J. Smith Elected President of Central New York Bankruptcy Bar Association

Neil J. Smith has been elected president of the Central New York Bankruptcy Bar Association. Since joining Mackenzie Hughes in 2005, Smith has been a member of the business department focusing in bankruptcy law. His practice includes the representation of businesses in bankruptcy proceedings, debt reorganizations and workouts. He also represents defendants in preferential transfer…

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Blog

It’s a Trap! Four Strategies for Turning Around a Struggling Company (That Almost Never Work)

As a bankruptcy practitioner, I have seen a fair share of business failures. Unless a company’s management is particularly nearsighted (or the failure is sudden and due to external forces), towards the end management teams do usually recognize that there are problems and try to correct them.

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Five Signs that Your Company is Doomed

We have seen a lot of companies go into bankruptcy over the years, and there are some common issues with most of them. These are issues that may not necessarily show up on the balance sheet, but in my experience they are sure signs that trouble is ahead. If some of the signs on this…

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