Nancy A. Valentine, a partner in Ice Miller’s Cleveland office, has a diverse litigation and transactional practice serving Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, privately held companies and individuals. She routinely represents buyers and sellers of middle market businesses in complex transactions. She represents secured creditors, equipment lessors, landlords, and debtors, in bankruptcy and in federal court and state court litigation proceedings, as well as civil litigation, such as receiverships and collection matters. 
 
Nancy has extensive experience with agricultural lending. In addition, she has handled complex, multi-issue real estate transactions involving industrial farms; lifestyle, shopping mall, and strip centers; hotels; multifamily residential properties; and water parks. 
 
Nancy has frequently managed teams of attorneys on large matters, such as a $100M distressed loan package which required refinancing, restructuring, sales, federal district court litigation, and the coordination of simultaneous bankruptcy cases.
 
Nancy is an active member of the Cleveland business and civic communities. She currently serves as National Vice Chair of IWIRC, the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation and will assume the position of Chair of this international organization in October 2016. Nancy is also involved in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and served as Chair of the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section. 
 
Nancy is listed in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, the 2013-17 editions of Ohio Super Lawyers, including recognition as one of the Top 50 Women in Ohio in 2014 and 2017;Top 50 lawyers in Cleveland in 2017; top 23 women lawyers in Cleveland in 2017; and top 100 lawyers in Ohio in 2017. She was also listed in the 2010-16 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the category of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Laws, as well as being listed as “Lawyer of the Year” in the category of Bankruptcy in the 2014 edition. She is also AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest available rating for legal ability and professional ethics.
 
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Represented a public company and creditor in the Loehmann's bankruptcy using complex UCC experience as in previous engagements in the retail space for creditor. [Client is DSW]
  • AgStar Financial Services, FLCA and AgStar Financial Services, PCA. Plaintiffs in several Federal Court foreclosures and receiverships in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and Northern District of Indiana and Secured Lenders in various bankruptcy proceedings in Ohio and Indiana, including In re Arts Dairy LLC, Case No. 09-32386, In re Springfield Dairy LLC, Case No. 10−35426 and In re Van Ham Dairy, L.L.C., In re Van Ham Dairy Leasing, LLC, Case Nos. 10-33231 and 10-36120, and In re Van Alphen Dairy, LLC, Case No. 11-14256 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio representing AgStar, the secured lender to multiple dairy farm operations of approximately eighty million dollars in credits.
  • Representing Receivers in multiple matters including Northern Trust Bank, FSB v. Bolognue Holdings, Inc., Case No.  CV-2011-07-3843, Summit County Common Pleas Court, Ohio (supplier), 2115-2121 Ontario Building, LLC v. Dolores Anter, Case No.  CV-11-752119, Cuyahoga County Common Please Court, Ohio (commercial real estate), Lake Park Tower OH LLC v. Lake Park Towers, LLC, Case No.  CV-12-789829, Cuyahoga County Common Please Court, Ohio (residential apartment complex), Advantage Renovations, Inc. v. Maui Sands Resort Co., LLC, Case No. 2008 CV 0894, Erie County Common Pleas Court, Ohio ( indoor waterpark resort facility), Coastline Ohio, LLC v. Extended Family Concepts, Inc., Case No. 2010 CV 00917, Stark County Common Pleas Court, Ohio (Adult Care Facility).
  • Wachovia Bank, National Association v. Bridgewater Falls I, LLC, et al., Case No. CV 2008 021056, Butler County Common Pleas Court, State Court Foreclosure and Receivership Action – The primary debtors own a multimillion dollar shopping center complex. Representing the secured lender requires understanding of complex real estate and leasing issues.
  • 111 Debt Acquisition LLC v. Six Ventures, Ltd., et al., Case No. 2:08-cv-768, U.S. Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and In re Six Ventures, Ltd., Case No. 08-58468, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio – Federal Court Foreclosure and Receivership Action and Secured Creditor representation in U.S. Bankruptcy Court – The primary debtor owns mulitmillion dollar multifamily apartment complexes. Representing the secured lender requires understanding of complex real estate issues as well as complex bankruptcy issues related to real estate based debtors.
  • Wachovia Bank, National Association v. Bridgewater Falls I, LLC, et al., Case No. CV 2008 021056, Butler County Common Pleas Court, State Court Foreclosure and Receivership Action – The primary debtors own a multimillion dollar shopping center complex. Representing the secured lender requires understanding of complex real estate and leasing issues.
  • Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. v. United Petroleum Marketing, LLC, Case No. 2007 CV 02056, Stark County Common Pleas Court, State Court Foreclosure and Receivership Action – The primary debtor owned multiple gas and convenience store operations in four Ohio counties. Representing the lead secured creditor in the state court proceedings that require significant understanding of such operations, including the regulatory considerations;
  • In re North Coast Oil, Inc., et al., Case No. 05-81397 (Jointly Administered), U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Akron) – Debtor owned multiple gas and convenience store operations in fourteen Ohio counties. Represented the lead secured creditor in the bankruptcy proceedings and in the prior state court proceedings (Broadway Bank v. Thomas Abdallah, et al., Case No. CV 05 570120) that required significant understanding of such operations, including the regulatory considerations.
  • In re Forgitron, LLC, et al., Case No. 08-117621, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Northern District of Ohio – Counsel to official Committee of Unsecured Creditors.
  • Appointed by the United States Trustee to serve as the Chapter 11 Trustee for Villa Marie Estates, Inc. in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
  • Acting as Debtors’ counsel in In re Hi-Rise Recycling Companies, Inc., in which the debtor completed the sale of its assets in six weeks after filing, and confirmed a liquidating plan of reorganization.
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