Kelley Drye has been retained as counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Bender Shipbuilding & Repair. Bender Shipbuilding is the fourth maritime creditors' committee engagement awarded to the firm over the past year. A Kelley Drye team led by partner Craig A. Wolfe, who is the former head of a marine transport company and shipyard, is also representing the committees in U.S. Shipping (New York), Derecktor Shipyards (Connecticut), and Hawaii Superferry (Delaware).
On June 9, 2009, three of Bender's creditors filed an involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Alabama.On July 1, 2009, Bender consented to the bankruptcy filing and had its case converted to Chapter 11. The Committee was appointed on July 22, 2009 by the U.S. Bankruptcy Administrator for the Southern District of Alabama. On July 31, 2009, the Committee selected Kelley Drye as its bankruptcy counsel.
The Kelley Drye team on the Bender case are partner Craig A. Wolfe, associates Ben Blaustein, Sarah K. Kam and James E. Farrah, and paralegal James Hunt.