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Daniel M. Eliades
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Daniel Eliades is one of the firm’s founding members and heads its national franchise-related insolvency practice.  Mr. Eliades regularly represents franchisors in out-of-court workouts with distressed franchisees and also appears on behalf of franchisors in the bankruptcy cases of franchisees throughout the United States.  That representation includes the collection of unpaid royalties owed to the franchisor, negotiating the assumption or rejection of franchise agreements, protecting franchisors’ intellectual property interests and bankruptcy litigation.

Mr. Eliades has represented the prevailing party in a number of matters that have resulted in published opinions of bankruptcy courts.

Mr. Eliades also assists secured and unsecured creditors in debtor/creditor disputes and restructurings as well as in bankruptcy cases.  His insight into the issues facing creditors well positioned him for his service on the Board of Directors of a publicly traded financial institution.  Mr. Eliades often counsels creditor clients to attempt to resolve conflicts and, whenever possible, maintain loans or accounts as earning assets.  When a consensual resolution is not possible, Mr. Eliades possesses the bankruptcy and litigation experience necessary to pursue a creditor’s rights and remedies against collateral, the borrower and any guarantors.

Daniel Eliades additionally represents financially distressed businesses in out-of-court workouts and restructurings in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.  He has represented a wide range of retail businesses, manufacturers, timeshare developers, real estate investors, and service providers in successful reorganization efforts.

In addition to Mr. Eliades’ many admissions in state and federal jurisdictions, he is or has been admitted pro hac vice in dozens of bankruptcy courts throughout the country on behalf of some of the largest franchisors in the world. 

New Jersey courts have sought the expert counsel of Mr. Eliades.  The Superior Court of New Jersey appointed Mr. Eliades as a Special Master in an urban election dispute.  The Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey appointed Mr. Eliades to the District II B Ethics Committee, which investigates and makes recommendations concerning alleged attorney ethical grievances.

He has published numerous articles and served as a contributor in reference and practice series in the areas of bankruptcy law, franchise law, foreclosure and bankruptcy fraud.


  • Trenton State College (BA, Pi Sigma Alpha)
  • Seton Hall University Law School (JD 1990)

 Judicial Experience

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Burrell Ives Humphreys, Assignment Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County Vicinage 


  • State of New Jersey
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (voluntarily inactive)
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida


  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • International Franchise Association


Where Do We Go From Here? The Consequences Of Rejecting Contracts.“, Westlaw Journal (April 2014)

Too Hot to Cybersquat: How Franchisors Can Use the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act”, American Bar Association, Franchise Law Journal (Spring 2012)

“The Financially Distressed Franchisee – Advanced Strategies for Franchisors and Franchisees”, American Bar Association, Phoenix, Arizona (Oct. 2007)

“Small Business: Where Does it Fit in Bankruptcy?”, New Jersey State Bar Association, 2001 Bankruptcy Bench/Bar Conference

“Elusive Sovereign Defendant:  A Primer on Sovereign Immunity in Bankruptcy Proceedings under 11 U.S.C. §106”, New Jersey State Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section Newsletter (Nov. 1999)

Bankruptcy Fraud (Chapter 34), Business Crime (Matthew Bender 1999)

Partnerships, Volume 12 New Jersey Pleading and Practice Forms Series (Lawyers Cooperative Publishing 1996)

Fraudulent Conveyances, Volume 9 New Jersey Pleading and Practice Series (Lawyers Cooperative Publishing 1996)

“The Fair Foreclosure Act: A Mixed Bag for Lenders and Borrowers”, ECBF Chronicle (Dec. 1995)

“Tax Assessors Personal Liability for Biased Assessments”, Real Estate New York (Nov. 1995)

  • 2013 & 2014 Named To "The Best Lawyers in America"
  • NJ Monthly’s New Jersey Super Lawyers 2007 - 2015
  • 201 Magazine: Bergen’s Top Lawyers for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Included in New Jersey Rising Stars 2006
  • Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory with an AV Preeminent Rating
  • Served as Adjunct Professor of Bankruptcy Law at NYU School of Continuing Education
  • Master in the William H. Gindin Bankruptcy Inn of Court
  • Lectures extensively and publishes articles on bankruptcy and franchise issues