Pillsbury Litigator David Crichlow Named 2011 Private Practitioner of the Year
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David A. Crichlow
PILLSBURY LITIGATOR DAVID CRICHLOW NAMED 2011 PRIVATE PRACTITIONER OF THE YEAR
recognized by Metropolitan Black Bar Association of New York City
New York-Pillsbury litigator David A. Crichlow, Managing Partner of the firm's New York office, has been selected as the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA)'s Private Practitioner of the Year.
will be honored at a black-tie dinner on May 19th at the MBBA's 27th Anniversary Awards Gala.
Each year, the MBBA
honors in-house counsel, law firm counsel, judges and legal civil servants who have achieved significant success in the legal profession or made an outstanding contribution to the justice system or Bar.
Crichlow is the only partner from a law firm to be recognized in 2011.
"We congratulate David
on this very prestigious honor.
This year's MBBA Awards Gala theme focuses on leadership, which requires not only decisiveness and a charismatic personality, unique gifts that David
possesses, but a true commitment to a purpose larger than oneself.
I see David perform that commitment every day both in how he works with clients to resolve complex disputes and all that he gives to our New York office and Pillsbury as a whole," said Pillsbury Firm Chair Jim Rishwain.
advises clients on all aspects of trial and appellate practice in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies and arbitration tribunals, related to complex commercial disputes.
Experience includes contract, commercial fraud, securities, banking, and class-action litigation, as well as internal corporate investigations.
many achievements over the past 12 months, Crichlow co-lead the legal team representing the equity committee in the Tronox, Inc.
For two years, Crichlow
challenged various proposed plans of reorganization that provided no recovery to Tronox's
Two weeks before the contested plan confirmation hearing, Crichlow's Tronox
litigation team secured and spearheaded a 10-hour mediation session before Federal Bankruptcy Judge Drain, and secured a global settlement among all constituencies, which resulted in a meaningful recovery for the equity holders and a plan of reorganization that was ultimately confirmed by the Bankruptcy court.
During the confirmation hearing, the Judge commended Pillsbury for their fight to protect shareholders' interests, and singled out Crichlow
Ultimately, the team realized roughly $30 million in value for Tronox shareholders, and helped the company save an additional $25 million by presenting a competing rights-offering backstop party.
As a result of this success, the Pillsbury team was recently named a finalist for the 2011 Turnaround Atlas Awards, which. honors outstanding performances from the distressed M&A, restructuring, reorganizations and turnaround communities.
is also currently defending a Boise corporation
in a bet-the-company putative class action suit arising from a $47 million bond offering issued by a real estate development company that was allegedly engaged in a Ponzi scheme, and has represented clients engaged in controversies involving billions of dollars.
Crichlow received his B.A. from Hofstra University, his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1989, and joined Pillsbury as an associate the following year, eventually being elevated to partner in 2000.
He has served as Managing Partner of the New York office since 2006.
A proud husband and father of two, Crichlow is a member of the boards of The Legal Aid Society of New York, and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
"I greatly admire the work that MBBA
does to help encourage African-Americans and other minority attorneys to assume leadership roles in improving and advancing the justice system and legal profession in New York and throughout the United States," said Crichlow