Industry Leaders

We are proud to recognize award recipients, who have demonstrated leadership within our industry.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a professional whose many years of service to the bankruptcy community has demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism, leadership and integrity.

Richard D. Trenk | McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC, Member

For over 30 years, Richard has been a pillar of the New Jersey bankruptcy community. He has represented all constituencies in complex reorganizations and other bankruptcy matters. He has successfully litigated hundreds of cases in the state and federal court and lectured on numerous bankruptcy and litigation topics. Richard has given back to the bar and community in significant and meaningful ways through his work as a leader of the Essex County Bar Association, a founder of the Bankruptcy Inn of Court, President of Advocates for Children of New Jersey and the Community Health Law Project, as well as his work with numerous other community and charitable organizations.

Hugh Leonard Award

Hugh M. Leonard was an icon in the New Jersey bankruptcy bar. He devoted himself to constantly improving the practice of bankruptcy law. In honor of his legacy this award is presented annually to a person who has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to helping improve the bankruptcy community.

Warren A. Usatine | Cole Schotz P.C., Partner

Warren’s practice covers all aspects of restructuring proceedings as well as complex commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts. He has extensive experience representing debtors and creditors’ committees in Chapter 11 proceedings and other parties-in-interest in bankruptcy litigation matters across the country. He is Co-Chair of the Cole Schotz Litigation Department and a member in the Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Department. Warren is a Trustee of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey and a member of the Advisory Board of the New Jersey Bankruptcy Lawyers Foundation.

Volunteer Award

The Volunteer Award recognizes a professional whose leadership and hard work has demonstrated a devotion to the missions of the Foundation and of the Association.

Sean Raquet | Bederson LLP, Partner

Sean has extensive experience in forensic accounting and working with clients in industries such as healthcare, retail, restaurants, professional services, not for profit, manufacturing and lending institutions. He served as crisis manager in the EZ Mailing Services, et., al bankruptcy case which earned the firm a number of awards in 2017, including one from The M&A advisor as Chapter 11 Reorganization (Over $25MM to $100MM) of the Year.

Future Leader

The Future Leader Award recognizes a young professional who exemplifies the principles of both organizations with their commitment to excellence, leadership and service to the bankruptcy community.

Carrie J. Boyle | Boyle & Valenti Law, P.C., Partner

Carrie is experienced in matters concerning bankruptcy chapter 7, chapter 11 and chapter 13. She has helped numerous people save their homes, manage their debt, and get a fresh start towards a new financial future. Additionally, she has successfully reorganized companies both in bankruptcy and outside of bankruptcy. Carrie is an active member of the Bankruptcy Court Lawyers Advisory Committee and a member of the Steering Committee for the Rutgers Law School Pro Bono Bankruptcy Project.