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Andrew Helman

Andrew Helman

Partner

Contact Info

(207) 523-8290
(207) 773-5651

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“I work closely with clients to guide them through business problems caused by insolvency and value the relationships we build.”

Biography

Andrew is a business, work-out, and restructuring attorney and works with all types of businesses, including those in the health care sector, to help them protect their assets. A large part of his work is focused on helping clients, both debtors and creditors, find solutions to problems caused by financial distress and counseling them on how to avoid those problems in the future. He also represents clients in distressed and non-distressed transactions, business litigation, and preference actions.

Andrew has been involved in some of the most significant chapter 11 cases in Maine and New Hampshire in recent years, including representation of the debtor-in-possession in the largest health care bankruptcy case in Maine’s history.  Other recent engagements have included representation of a substantial trade creditor in the consolidated chapter 11 cases of GT Advanced Technologies and GTAT Corp.; a pre- and post-bankruptcy secured lender in all phases of the chapter 11 case of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd. as well as in several related adversary proceedings and appeals; one of the primary secured lenders to a paper company in the chapter 7 cases of GNP Maine Holdings, LLC, and GNP East, Inc.; Ferraiolo Construction, Inc., as debtor-in-possession through its successful chapter 11 reorganization; and New England Building Materials, as debtor-in-possession through its successful chapter 11 reorganization. In the last 24 months, he has successfully resolved more than 60 preference claims totaling approximately $4 million in cases brought in Maine and other jurisdictions.

Andrew frequently writes articles for national insolvency publications and teaches seminars on bankruptcy and fraudulent transfer law. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015-2017 issues of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars and was one of 40 attorneys nationally to participate in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges’ 2016 NextGen Program.

While in law school, Andrew interned with Hon. Kermit V. Lipez, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, and Peter C. Fessenden, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the District of Maine. He also completed a Bernstein District Court Fellowship with Hon. Charles Dow, Maine District Court Judge.

Prior to attending law school Andrew worked in politics and journalism.  He served as an aide to two of Maine’s House Majority Leaders and was a reporter for The Providence Journal and also wrote for The Boston Globe.

Publications

Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy, Business Transactions, and Commercial Litigation

Education

  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
    • Articles Editor, Maine Law Review
    • Faculty Significant Achievement Award
    • American Bankruptcy Institute Medal for Excellence in Bankruptcy Studies
  • University of Massachusetts, B.A., cum laude

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the District of Maine
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Affiliations & Recognitions

  • Maine State Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Communications Manager of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Health Care Committee
  • Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern Maine, Member
  • Bath Democratic Committee, Vice Chairman (2010)