40+ Years of History

Forman Holt members have a rich history in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area practicing in the fields of insolvency and commercial litigation. Rooted in the late 1970’s with Rodino & Forman, Charles M. Forman has evolved iterations of the firm as Forman Holt & Eliades in the mid-1990s and Forman Holt Eliades & Youngman in the 2000s. After migrating with several members of that firm to practice under the roof of LeClairRyan in 2016, the Forman Holt firm was established in June 2017.

Managing Member Charles M. Forman has served as counsel to major national corporations, debtors in insolvency proceedings and, in 1982, was appointed as a Panel Trustee by the United States Department of Justice.

More than 40 years ago we moved into private practice with the vision of establishing a formidable commercial litigation and insolvency law firm. We succeeded.
– Charles M. Forman, Founder

Erin Kennedy obtained a solid reputation in the mid-1980s  as a commercial litigator and as counsel for trustees. In the late 1980s, Forman and Kennedy moved to Newark and connected with Michael E. Holt, who became well known for his skills in the liquidation and reorganization of complex insolvency matters.

Meanwhile, Forman’s stature as a trustee continued to grow and he received the Director’s Award for Outstanding Achievements by a Private Trustee. Along the way was a move to Bergen County, New Jersey where our client base expanded into the areas of telecommunications, manufacturing, real estate, employee benefits, health care and securities law.

Members of the firm have achieved enviable status among their peers. It is no small feat that  all members of the firm have been recognized as Super Lawyers in the Bankruptcy area in 2020 and 2021. No other firm in this region can make that claim.

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Forman Holt Named to "Best Law Firms" 2024

Forman Holt has been named to the prestigious 2024 Tier 1 Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms list for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law in New Jersey.

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Trustee Charles Forman Makes Additional Distributions to Asbestos Claimants in NSI Case

Pursuant to an order of the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, Charles M. Forman, the Chapter 7 Trustee for NSI, Inc., has issued an additional distribution of $8 million to claimants.

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Three Forman Holt Members Recognized as Best Lawyers® Award Recipients

Forman Holt is pleased to announce that all three members of the firm have been included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America ®, regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

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Charles M. Forman Recognized by Prestigious Chambers and Partners

The Forman Holt firm congratulates Charles M. Forman for his 2023 inclusion in Chambers and Partners, his ninth consecutive year receiving this honor, ranked in “Band 2” of the Bankruptcy/Restructuring category.

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All Forman Holt Members Recognized by Super Lawyers in 2023

All of the firm’s members have been named again in 2023 to the Super Lawyers list, an honor reserved for only 5% of lawyers in each state. Charles Forman, Managing Member, has been selected to the Top 100 List in 2022 and 2023.

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Forman Holt Members Confirm Ammon Labs Chapter 11 Plan

Erin Kennedy and Michael Holt confirmed the Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization for Ammon Analytical Laboratories LLC in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey on March 28, 2023.

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NJBLF Receives the William J. Brennan, Jr. Citation for Justice

The NJ Bankruptcy Lawyers Foundation, led by the Foundation’s President Charles M. Forman, received the award from Legal Services of NJ for providing emergency funds that support LSNJ’s clients through challenging times.

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Charles M. Forman Appointed to NJIT Board of Overseers

The New Jersey Institute of Technology has appointed Forman Holt attorney Charles M. Forman, an alumnus of the University, to the distinguished position on its Board of Overseers.

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Charles M. Forman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The NJ Law Journal named Charles Forman as recipient of their 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. The committee considers which individuals helped to shape the law in NJ, through their work on the bench, in-house or building a firm.

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