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Douglas T. Tabachnik

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Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Freehold, NJ

Law Offices of Douglas T. Tabachnik, P.C.
Woodhull House, 63 West Main Street, Suite C
Freehold, NJ 07728
Phone: 732-780-2760
Fax: 732-780-2761
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022
Licensed in New Jersey Since: 1990
Practice Areas: Bankruptcy: Business, Business Litigation


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Attorney Profile

Douglas T. Tabachnik is among only a handful of attorneys to be certified as a Specialist in Business Bankruptcy Law in either New Jersey or New York by the American Board of Certification, a non-profit organization that is jointly sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America, and duly accredited by the American Bar Association. He is the immediate past Co-Chair (13 years) of the Creditors rights and Bankruptcy Litigation Committee of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association. He ia also a long-standing member of the Executive Committee of that section, helping to shape policies promoted by the New York State Bar Association of statewide and national importance. 

He has been in private practice in New York since 1981 and in New Jersey since 1990. Mr. Tabachnik is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute as well as a number of other organizations dealing with business and individual bankruptcy. He has represented the Official Receiver of the State of Israel in the matter Official Receiver of the State of Israel v. Nakash, as well as U.S. Bank and Morgan Stanley as creditors in cases. His notable debtor cases include representation of the debtors in the cases of In re Smart World Technologies (an early dot com case) and In re Duncraggen, and 87-10 51st Avenue Owner's Corp. (involving cooperative apartment buildings). He has appears and represented clients in all walks of bankruptcy and litigation matters, including 18 cases in which he has made new law with decisions of first impression by bankruptcy and federal judges in New York and New Jersey, including the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Tabachnik has been rated AV by Martindale Hubbell since 2001, the oldest peer based rating service in the US, since 2000.  See his full bio at his website at

“We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.” 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Bankruptcy: Business
  • 20%Business Litigation
Focus Areas

Bankruptcy Law


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About Douglas T. Tabachnik

First Admitted: 1981, New York

Professional Webpage:


  • Included in the New Jersey Super Lawyers list each year since 2008
  • Rated AV every year since 2000, by Martindale Hubbell and included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers published by Martindale-Hubbell 2001 through 2013., Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell
  • One of 16 attorneys selected from the State to receive this highly prestigious award commemorating pro bono services rendered to indigent clients., Equal Justice Medal, Legal Services of New Jersey, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity

  • New York State ( Immediate past Chair, Bankruptcy Litigation Committee, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section); Committee on Bankruptcy Law, Business Law Section) and New Jersey State (Member, Bankruptcy Section; Legislative Coordinator—) Bar Associations; New York County Lawyers Association (Member, Committee on Corporation Law, 1983—; Committee on Bankruptcy Law, 1990—); American Bankruptcy Institute (Member, Commercial Fraud Task Force, Committee on Bankruptcy Litigation); New Jersey Bankruptcy Lawyers Foundation (Trustee, 2004—); New York Institute of Credit; Turnaround Management Association.

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified by the American Board of Certification in business bankruptcy law

Representative Clients

  • Morgan Stanley, D.W., Boiling Springs Savings Bank, David Kahan, P.A., as Collateral Agent for certain secured creditors, Preferred Mechanical , Inc., 87-10 51 Avenue Owners' Corp., various tort claimants in In re Johns Manville, various tort claimants in In re: Alper, Drybranch Sport Design, Inc., 


  • In re Scandia Seafood (New York) Inc. , 2017 Bankr. LEX 1298 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2017); Schwartz v. Boom Batta Inc., 137 A.D. 3d 512 (N.Y.A.D. 1st Dept. 2016); In re Crumbs Bake Shop, Inc., 522 B.R. 766 (Bankr. D.N.J., 2014); Johns-Manville Corp. v. Chubb Indem. Ins. Co. (In re Johns-Manville Corp.), 517 F.3d 52 (2d Cir 2008); The Asbestos Personal Injury Plainitffs v. Traveler's Indemnity Company, et al. (In re Johns-Manville Corporation), 476 F3d. 118 (2d Cir 2007); In re Dana Corporation, 2008 U.S. Dist Lexis 71430 (S.D.N.Y. 2008); Youngman v. Bursztyn, (In re Bursztyn), 366 B.R. 353 (Bankr. D.N.J. 2007); In re Dana Corp. 344 B.R. 35 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2006); Gibbs v. Marine Midland Bank, N.A. (In re Gibbs), 2000 U.S. App. LEXIS 23769 (2d Cir. 2000); In re Gibbs, 230 B.R. 471 (Bankr. D.Ct., 1999); Cassirer v. Herskowitz (In re Schick, et al), 234 B.R. 237 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 1999); Condren v. Harrison (In re Borison), 226 B.R.779 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 1998); In re Strober, 136 B.R. 614 (Bankr. E.D.N.Y. 1992).

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Chaired a panel on bankrutpcy Litigation for the 2006 Spring Meeting of the Commecial and Federal Litigation Section, New York State Bar Association
  • Chaired a panel on bankruptcy litigation for the Bankruptcy Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association., Program Chair, New Jersey State Bar Association, 2007
  • Speaker, Representing Your Client in Federal Court, National Business Institute , 2013

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Trustee of the New Jersey Bankrutpcy Lawyers' Foundation

Educational Background

  • George Washington University, B.A. with Special Honors in Political Science, 1977
  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D.; Syracuse University Whitman School of Management, M.B.A., 1980

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Successfully defended involuntary bankruptcy filing in Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Court against Scandia Seafood Assignee, 2017
  • Represented 130 Texas tax jurisdictions in the Sears bankruptcy case pending in the Southern District of New York, 2019

Industry Groups

  • Asset Based Financing
  • Banking
  • Construction
  • Importing; Secured Lending
  • Manufacturing
  • Restaurant Receivables Financing and Acquisition
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Office Location for Douglas T. Tabachnik

Woodhull House
63 West Main Street, Suite C
Freehold, NJ 07728

Phone: 732-780-2760

Fax: 732-780-2761

Last Updated: 6/10/2022

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