Francis C. Morrissey

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Braintree, MA

Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos, LLP
 | 35 Braintree Hill Office Park, Suite 404
Braintree, MA 02184
Phone: 781-353-5500
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Business
Attorney Profile

A partner at Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos, LLP, in Braintree, Massachusetts, Francis C. Morrissey concentrates his practice on commercial litigation matters pertaining to insolvency, divestitures, financial fraud, creditors' rights and corporate reorganization and liquidation. In addition, Mr. Morrissey is thoroughly acquainted with the intricacies of the bankruptcy process, and his wide-ranging knowledge and analytical capacity have enabled buyers and sellers alike to maximize the protections bankruptcy offers through Chapter 11 reorganization, receiverships and other divestitures. Among his diverse clientele are borrowers, distressed investors, financial institutions, and secured and unsecured creditors.

Mr. Morrissey's exemplary record of accomplishments stretches back nearly two decades and aptly showcases his versatility. In addition to representing buyers and sellers of distressed companies in all phases of restructuring, buyouts, bankruptcy and acquisition, he has been instrumental in resolving disputes involving a multitude of bankruptcy matters as a counselor. He is qualified by multiple courts, including the Massachusetts Superior Court, to receive cases filed in four counties as well as a multijurisdictional portfolio involving several mixed-use properties. He has also appeared as an expert witness in cases before state superior courts.

Outside of his practice, Mr. Morrissey serves as an arbitrator for the state bar association's Legal Fee Arbitration Board, a referee for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Commissioner of Insurance and a member of the Archdiocese of Boston's Legal Affairs Committee. In addition to these positions, he has conducted more than two dozen MCLE seminars and workshops at conferences and symposia for state and regional organizations. He also lectures on bankruptcy and other financial law matters at both the New England School of Law and Boston University School of Law.

Mr. Morrissey obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and pursued additional studies at the New England School for Financial Studies, Babson College. He obtained his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1994, graduating with honors and as a Paul J. Liacos Distinguished Scholar.

 

About Francis Morrissey

Admitted: 1994, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: http://www.mwzllp.com/mwzllp-frank-morrissey

Honors/Awards:

  • G. Joseph Tauro Scholar, Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA, 1994
  • Paul J. Liacos Distinguished Scholar, Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA, 1994
  • Cum Laude, Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA, 1994
  • Selected as One of The Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts, Law and Politics Journal, 2010
  • Selected as One of The Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts, Law and Politics Journal, 2009
  • Selected as One of The Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts, Law and Politics Journal, 2008
  • Pro Bono Counsel of the Year for Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP, Boston, MA, 2008
  • Fellow, Massachusetts Bar Foundation, 2008 - Present
  • Arbitrator on Legal Fee Arbitration Board, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston, MA, 2004 - Present

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Member of the Panel of Professionals approved by the Massachusetts Superior Court to serve as receivers in cases filed in Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Worcester counties.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute, Alexandria, VA, Advisory Board to Caribbean Insolvency Symposium, 2006 - Present
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute, Alexandria, VA, Advisory Board to the Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, 2006 - Present
  • Co-Chairman, American Bankruptcy Institute, Alexandria, VA, 16th Annual Northeast Bankruptcy Conference
  • Delegate-at-Large, House of Delegates, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston, MA, 2006 - 2007
  • Delegate-at-Large, House of Delegates, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston, MA, 2008 - Present
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston, MA, Amicus Brief Committee, 2006 - Present
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston, MA, Business Law Section Council, 2006 - Present
  • Co-Chair, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston, MA, Bankruptcy Practice Group, 2004 - Present
  • Co-Chair, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston, MA, Business Law Section Council, 2009 - Present
  • Member, Board of Bar Overseers, Boston, MA, Hearing Committee, 2006 - Present
  • Member, Boston University School of Law Alumni Association, Executive Committee
  • Supreme Judicial Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Legal Affairs Committee of the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Boston, 2008 - Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Collection Law for Lenders and Credit Extenders, Lorman Education Services, Boston, Massachusetts, September 17, 2004
  • The Pre-Paying Buyer's Illusory Property Interest in Undelivered Goods, New York Consolidated Law Service, §2-502 (LexisNexis), 2005
  • Stoppage-An Unsecured Seller's Last Best Chance to Get Paid, New York Consolidated Law Service, §2-705 (LexisNexis), 2005
  • Reclamation-An Imperfect Substitute for Collateral, New York Consolidated Law Service, § 2-702 (LexisNexis), 2005
  • Significant Changes in Chapter 11, American Bankruptcy Institute's 12th Annual Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute, Brewster Massachusetts, July 14-17, 2005
  • Techniques and Strategies for Effective Legal Writing, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston, Massachusetts, August 11, 2005
  • The Preemptive Effect of the Bankruptcy Code on State Law-Lessons from Sherwood Partners, Inc. Assignee for the Benefit of Creditors v. Lycos, Inc., Boston Bar Association, Boston, Massachusetts, October 18, 2005
  • Strategies for Effective Legal Writing, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston, Massachusetts, February 16, 2006
  • Central Virginia Community College v. Katz: Reflections and Prognostications, Massachusetts Bar Association Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, March 24, 2006
  • Kicking Over the Chessboard—Everything a Civil Litigator Needs to Know When Another Party Files for Bankruptcy, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Boston, Massachusetts, April 24, 2006
  • The New Bankruptcy Code Amendments: A More Even Playing Field For Preference Defendants, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Boston, Massachusetts, April 26, 2006
  • Hedge Fund Failures: Two Cheers for Liquidation in Bankruptcy, American Bankruptcy Institute's 13th Annual Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, Newport, Rhode Island, July 13 – 16, 2006
  • Upcoming Changes in ECF and Other Practical Tips from the Clerk's Office, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston, Massachusetts, September 19, 2006
  • Strategies for Effective Legal Writing, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston, Massachusetts, September 26, 2006
  • Hedge Fund Failures: Myths, Realities and Challenges, American Bankruptcy Institute Caribbean Insolvency Symposium, San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 9, 2007
  • Credit Concerns for Older Americans, Senior Humanities Program, Massasoit Community College, Brockton, Massachusetts, February 26, 2007
  • Recent Developments in Debtor/Creditor Law, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Boston, Massachusetts, January 2008
  • A Trustee in Bankruptcy is Not an Innocent Successor – A Defense of a "Pointless Technicality," American Bankruptcy Institute's Caribbean Insolvency Symposium, Hollywood, Florida, January 17-18, 2008
  • Strategies for Investing in Distressed Businesses in Bankruptcy, Wharton Restructuring Conference, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 22, 2008
  • Anatomy of a Distressed Business, American College of Bankruptcy, Boston College Law School, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts April 18, 2008
  • Post-BAPCPA Strategies for Trade Creditors, Boston Bar Association, Boston, Massachusetts, October 21, 2008
  • Trade Deficit – Challenges to Claims Trading in Bankruptcy, American College of Investment Counsel, New York, New York, October 24, 2008
  • The Perfect Storm – Judicial, Regulatory and Statutory Responses to the Current Foreclosure Crisis in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Bar Association's Sixth Annual In-House Counsel Conference: Doing Business in Troubled Times, Newton, Massachusetts, December 10, 2008
  • Symposium for Commercial Law Judges from the Russian Federation on Russian and American Consumer Bankruptcy Systems, Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, December 11, 2008
  • Workshop on Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights for Business Lawyers, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston, Massachusetts, January 20, 2009
  • Cram Down - A Powerful Medicine To Be Sure, But Will it Cure The Disease in the Housing Market, Boston University School of Law Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, Perspectives on the Financial Crisis Program, John Adams Hearing Room, Massachusetts State House, Boston, Massachusetts, March 11, 2009
  • Current Trends in 363 Sales, Massachusetts Bar Association's Latest in the Law Conference, Braintree, Massachusetts, May 13, 2009
  • Representing Builders, Design Professionals, and Developers in Troubled Times - The Lender's Perspective, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Boston, Massachusetts, June 26, 2009
  • Practical Strategies for Unsecured Creditors to Maximize Recoveries in Bankruptcy, Massachusetts Bar Association's Seventh Annual In-House Counsel Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, December 9, 2010
  • Trying Your "1st" (or Next) Bankruptcy Case, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Boston, Massachusetts, December 17, 2009
  • Be Careful What You Wish For—Liquidation of CMBS Loans in Federal Receiverships, Sixth Annual Caribbean Insolvency symposium, Boca Raton, Florida, February 12, 2010
  • Reports of the Death of Bankruptcy are Greatly Exaggerated—The Impact of General Growth Properties on CMBS Workouts and Liquidations, Massachusetts Bar Association's 2010 Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts March 11, 2010
  • The Madoff Mess One Year Later, Massachusetts Continuing Education, Boston, Massachusetts, March 31, 2010
  • An Old Tool for a New Job; The Use of Federal Receiverships to Liquidate Commercial Real Estate, Real Estate Finance Association, Boston, Massachusetts, May 4, 2010
  • Lecturer in Law, New England Law/Boston, Boston, MA, 2010 - Present
  • Lecturer in Law at the Law School for 2004-2005 academic year, Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA. Taught first year law students legal writing, research and appellate advocacy
  • Lecturer in Law at the Morin Center's Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law since 2008, Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA. Currently teaching Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights in the LLM Program.

Representative Clients:

  • Olde Center Ventures, Inc. v. Dinapoli, Middlesex Superior Court, Civil Action No. 08-0268F(retained to testify as to the reasonableness of a secured creditor's attorneys' fees incurred in connection with a Chapter 11 case.)
  • Eagles v. McCabe, Essex Superior Court, Civil Action No. 07-00293D (retained to testify about an attorney's duty of fidelity and care in connection with his client's investment in a speculative real estate venture.)
  • Jensen v. Neilson, 2002 WL 32817517, C.D. Cal., Jan. 15, 2002, (whether bankruptcy court could approve terms of a settlement of fraudulent transfer litigation arising from a leverage buyout based on declarations filed under seal); Shoppers World Community Center, L.P. v. Bradlees Stores, Inc., et al., 2001 WL 1112308 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 20, 2001)(whether terms of a court-approved stipulation barring assignment of debtor's leasehold were enforceable in the debtor's bankruptcy case)
  • In re Reading Broadcasting, Inc., 2008 WL 1828821, Bankr. E.D. Pa., March 12, 2008, (whether §1144 of the Bankruptcy Code precludes a motion under Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9023 to vacate confirmation order on grounds other than fraud)
  • In re Reading Broadcasting, Inc., 2008 WL 3540212, E.D. Pa., August 8, 2008, (dismissing appeal of a sale order by competing bidder and largest unsecured creditor in the case on equitable mootness grounds)
  • New Bedford Capacitor, Inc. v. Sexton Can Company, Inc., 301 B.R. 375, Bankr. D. Mass., 2003( whether allegedly preferential transfer is a separate claim or transaction for purposes of Fed. R. Bankr. P. 7015 and §546 of the Bankruptcy Code)
  • Ticketplanet.com v. TPAC, LLC, et al., 313 B.R. 46, Bankr. S.D.N.Y., 2004 (awarding summary judgment on claims of fraud, conversion, veil piercing and fraud on the court)
  • Reported Cases: Sherwood Partners, Inc. v. Lycos, 394 F. 3d 1198 (9th Cir.) (case of first impression holding that California's longstanding preference statute was preempted by enactment of the federal Bankruptcy Code), cert. denied, 126 S.Ct. 397, 2005

Educational Background:

  • University of Massachusetts, B.A. in Political Science, 1987
  • Massachusetts School For Financial Studies Babson College, Wellesley, MA, 1990 - 1991

Industry Groups

  • Financial Institutions
  • Hedge Funds
  • Private Equity
Office Location for Francis C. Morrissey

35 Braintree Hill Office Park
Suite 404
Braintree, MA 02184

Phone: 781-353-5500

 

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Last Updated: 5/24/2018

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