United States Bankruptcy Court
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004-1408
Chambers: (212) 668-5629
Courtroom Deputy: Jacqueline DePierola
Law Clerk: Lorraine Echevarria
Law Clerk: Shane Johnson
Unless otherwise ordered, matters before Judge Gropper shall be conducted in accordance with any Case Management Order entered in the case and, to the extent not inconsistent, the following practices:
Pursuant to Local Rule 5070-1, a moving party or applicant must contact Chambers to obtain a hearing date prior to filing and serving a motion, cross-motion, application or any other request for relief requiring a hearing. All scheduling requests should be directed to Jacqueline DePierola, Courtroom Deputy.
Requests for relief requiring a hearing that are filed without first obtaining a hearing date will not be acted on.
Parties may not grant extensions of time on briefing without prior consent from Chambers.
Adjournments, other than those requested at the hearing, will be granted only if agreed to by all parties or, after consent is sought and denied, as granted by the Court after a request to chambers, copied to the other side, and stating the basis for the request. The moving party must contact the Courtroom Deputy to obtain the adjournment.
Requests for adjournment should be made no later than 12 noon on the business day before the scheduled hearing; requests made after that time will be granted only where good cause exists for the untimely request.
Any adjournment made prior to the original hearing date must be noticed with the filing and service of a “Notice of Adjournment” prior to the original hearing date. A hearing will not be officially adjourned until the Notice of Adjournment is filed on the Electronic Case Filing (ECF) System.
Parties must contact Chambers prior to filing a proposed order to show cause or motion to shorten time. (See Local Rule 9077-1(a)). Counsel should be prepared to submit the following documents for the Court’s review: a copy of the underlying motion, proposed order to show cause (in Word or WordPerfect format only) and a supporting affidavit.
If the request for an order to show cause is granted, the papers must be filed on the Electronic Case Filing (ECF) system. The Court will contact the movant regarding the disposition of the requested order to show cause.
Injunctive relief will not, except in a demonstrated emergency, be granted without the party against whom relief is sought being given an opportunity to be heard.
Parties wishing to move by notice of presentment should consult Local Bankruptcy Rules 9074-1 and 2002-2 to determine what matters may be handled on presentment. These rules also describe the notice and filing requirements when presenting a motion or application by presentment. If you have a question regarding whether a matter may be heard on presentment, please contact Chambers.
Motions for relief from stay will not be considered on presentment where the debtor is not represented by counsel.
Parties do not need to contact Chambers to schedule a date and time for presentment but do need to contact the Courtroom Deputy for a hearing date in the event there is an objection.
After the applicable objection period has passed, the underlying motion and an electronic version of the proposed order in Word or WordPerfect format should be submitted to Chambers prior to the scheduled date and time for presentment. The cover must contain a representation that (i) the movant sought relief by notice of presentment and (ii) the objection period has passed and no objections were filed.
Proposed orders must be submitted with the moving papers in Word or WordPerfect format.
Proposed orders may be submitted either by mail or by email; however, submission by email is preferred.
Orders submitted by mail should contain a hard copy of the order, accompanied by a CD Rom or flash drive containing an electronic copy of the order in Word or WordPerfect format.
Orders submitted by email should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org in Word or WordPerfect format only.
Proposed orders should not be emailed to individual members of Chambers or the Clerk’s Office, unless you are instructed to do so.
In addition to the requirement above, any proposed orders submitted after the court has ruled must be submitted by email to email@example.com and contain the following information:
(a) The name, telephone number and email address of the person submitting the order.
(b) The case name and the ECF document numbers of the relevant motion papers.
(c) If the relief was granted by the Court, the cover must contain a representation that the relief was granted and the date on which it was granted.
Requests for 2004 orders may be submitted ex parte but the Court in its discretion may require notice and a hearing.
Requests for filing and maintaining information under seal may be submitted ex parte and must indicate the grounds for sealing. A party requesting sealing must submit to Chambers both a copy of (a) the relevant pleading in proposed redacted form for filing on the docket and (b) the unredacted form. The redacted version should be filed on the docket. Every proposed order requesting sealing must provide for the movant to unseal or dispose of the confidential information at the conclusion of the matter. Every proposed sealing order must provide, in substance, that it is without prejudice to the rights of any party in interest, or the UST, to seek to unseal the document or any part of it.
Requests for conferences should ordinarily be made by letter emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, together with a follow-up call to Jacqueline DePierola, Courtroom Deputy. The letter requesting the conference should ordinarily be filed on the Electronic Case Filing (ECF) System. The letter should include the reason for the conference request and must be no longer than two pages in length.
If a telephonic conference is granted, parties should submit a conference call-in number and passcode to Chambers.
Unless ordered otherwise, briefs and motions with embedded argument and citations shall be submitted in text searchable format and include a table of contents, headings, and a table of authorities.
Unless ordered otherwise, moving and responsive briefs shall ordinarily be no more than 40 pages in length, and reply briefs no more than 20 pages, in each case exclusive of the table of contents and table of authorities.
Parties must provide a hard copy of every pleading, with exhibits, to chambers at the time of service.
Parties wishing to schedule hearings on “first day” motions in Chapter 11 cases should contact Chambers on the date of filing to discuss scheduling of the hearing. Two copies of first day motions should be provided to chambers in advance of the hearing. The best notice practical must ordinarily be provided to the Debtor’s 20 largest unsecured creditors and principal secured creditors. The Court will not ordinarily schedule a hearing on “First Day” motions until the second day of the case, at the earliest.
It is expected that Debtor’s counsel will have consulted with the United States Trustee in advance regarding all relief to be requested at the First Day Hearing.
Parties in adversary proceedings should be prepared at the first pretrial conference to agree to a joint pretrial scheduling order. A form pretrial scheduling order may be found here: Case Management_Scheduling Order Template.
Written direct examinations or proffers may be used for evidentiary hearings and trials at the direction of the Court, or at the request of the parties unless the Court orders otherwise.
Unless otherwise directed by the Court, the parties shall exchange pre-marked exhibits no less than fourteen days before trial.
Unless otherwise directed, parties are required to submit to the Court a joint pretrial order at least seven days before the trial date unless the Court orders otherwise. A form joint pretrial order may be found here: Joint Pretrial Conference Order_Template.
Motions in limine ordinarily must be filed at least fourteen days before trial, with responses due seven days before trial.
Pursuant to Local Rule 7007-1(b), discovery motions may not be filed until the parties have (a) conferred among themselves to resolve the dispute and (b) participated in a conference with the Court. Parties should contact Chambers to schedule a conference, which may be telephonic.
Prior to any request for a conference on a discovery issue, the party requesting the conference is required to make a good faith effort to resolve the dispute with opposing counsel consistent with Local Rule 7007-1(a).
Unless the Court provides otherwise, parties wishing to participate in a hearing telephonically must register with CourtCall. Attorneys seeking to participate must be admitted to the Court or admitted pro hac vice. (See Local Rule 2090-1).
Information on how to register with CourtCall can be found here.
Parties that wish to “listen in” on a hearing are not required to receive consent from Chambers prior to registering with CourtCall, nor to be admitted to the court or to be admitted pro hac vice.
Parties that wish to make a “live” telephonic appearance in order to speak or make argument are required to receive permission from Chambers prior to registering with CourtCall. Such “live” telephonic appearances are normally discouraged where counsel intends to make substantive argument. Parties seeking permission to participate telephonically must call Chambers at least two business days prior to the hearing, and should be prepared to provide the following information: Name of party that the attorney is representing, the motion on which the attorney intends to argue, and the reason that a telephonic appearance is necessary.
Counsel and pro se parties are not permitted to participate telephonically for any hearings of an evidentiary nature, including the examination of witnesses or the submission of evidence.
Questions on all other issues should be directed to Chambers, either to the Courtroom Deputy or the law clerk assigned to the case. However, counsel are urged to limit all communications with chambers to matters that cannot be resolved without such direct communication.
Judge Gropper's Opinions
Allan L. Gropper was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York on October 4, 2000.
Judge Gropper graduated from Yale College, cum laude, in 1965 and from 1965-1966 was a Fulbright Tutor in English at Christ Church College, Kanpur, India. He graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1969 and became an attorney in the Civil Appeals Unit of the New York City Legal Aid Society. In 1972 Judge Gropper joined the law firm of White & Case, becoming a partner in 1978. He was for many years head of the firm’s bankruptcy and reorganization practice group and was active in many of the nation’s largest Chapter 11 cases, including Manville Corporation, Texaco, LTV Corporation, Federated Department Stores/Allied Stores Corp, Maxwell Communications Corp., MGM, United States Lines, Pan American World Airways, and Waterman Steamship Corp.
Judge Gropper was also active in international insolvencies and restructurings and was located in the White & Case Hong Kong office during the year 1999-2000. He has lectured in several foreign countries on insolvency matters and is a co-editor of a two-volume text entitled International Insolvency published in 2000. He is adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School and teaches a course in International Insolvency Law.
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