Mr. Barefoot is a partner based in the New York office.
Mr. Barefoot's practice focuses on corporate restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy, and related litigation matters.
Mr. Barefoot is currently serving as debtors' counsel to Overseas Shipholding Group and its affiliates, whose Chapter 11 proceedings are the third largest filings of the year by asset value. Mr. Barefoot is also acting as U.S. debtors’ counsel to Nortel Networks in the litigation of numerous claims related to Nortel’s bankruptcy, including claims with respect to the allocation of over $7 billion of proceeds from the sale of Nortel assets in bankruptcy. He recently represented Truvo Group in winning confirmation of its plan of reorganization, which enabled the cross-border restructuring of approximately €1.5 billion of debt. Mr. Barefoot also represented Barclays in its purchase of Lehman's North American investment banking assets, and continues to serve as counsel to various clients in resolving over $1 billion in outstanding derivative claims against the Lehman entities, both before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and in related European insolvency proceedings.
Mr. Barefoot joined the firm in 2004 and became a partner in 2013. He received a J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School in 2004 and an undergraduate degree with honors from Cornell University in 2001. In 2005, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rosemary Barkett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is also active in the firm's pro bono practice.
Mr. Barefoot is a member of the Bar in New York, and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits. His native language is English and he is proficient in Italian.