Roger P. Poorman
Roger P. Poorman focuses his practice primarily on protecting and advancing the interests of creditors in bankruptcy, insolvency, workout, and related litigation matters. Prior to joining McGrath McCall, P.C., Roger customarily represented borrowers, debtors, debtors-in-possession, and Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy trustees, thereby giving him a rare insight into “all sides” of the bankruptcy, insolvency, and workout arenas.
Mr. Poorman is admitted to practice before all courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Roger has been a presenter at several continuing legal education seminars and is a member of the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations, as well as the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA). Roger is also active in the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Mr. Poorman has been victorious in numerous cases of significance. Some of these include In re Monroeville Hospice Center, Inc., (Case No. 13-20192, Bankr. W.D. Pa. 2013), wherein the Court approved the first “structured dismissal” of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case in the Western District of Pennsylvania, as well as: In re Shubh Hotels Pittsburgh, LLC, 476 B.R. 181 (Bankr. W.D. Pa. 2012) (Court denied asserted claim in excess of $15 million at summary judgment stage on basis that claim was equity, not debt); In re Bosack, 454 B.R. 625 (Bankr. W.D. Pa. 2011) (Court held that certain sales commissions were not exempt under Pennsylvania law, such that the same could be distributed to creditors); In re Free, 466 B.R. 48 (Bankr. W.D. Pa. 2012) (Court rejected debtor’s “no harm, no foul” argument in imposing sanctions against debtor for willful violation of Court Orders); and In re Stone Barn Manhattan LLC, 398 B.R. 359 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2008) (Court adopted landlord-friendly position that “stub rent” was not an entirely pre-petition obligation, and instead must be pro-rated into pre-petition and post-petition claims).
Mr. Poorman is a 2007 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law (cum laude) and a 2004 graduate of Lebanon Valley College (cum laude). During his college days, Roger was the quarterback and captain of the football team and received the prestigious John Zola award, which is awarded for “outstanding qualities of desire, attitude, sportsmanship and initiative.” He is a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and now resides in Pittsburgh.