Ariadne Santiago Montare represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation, with a primary focus on bankruptcy-related litigation representing both debtors and creditors of distressed entities. She has substantial experience protecting the rights of major constituencies in complex commercial bankruptcies, and is known for assisting clients in navigating through challenging issues so they can maximize their recoveries. Ms. Montare is known to be an aggressive litigator who is able to take control of litigation involving multiple parties to force a business resolution.

Ms. Montare practiced in New York City for a number of years before joining AZA in 2005. She started her career at the international law firm of White & Case, where she represented Sterling Optical, which owned or franchised 228 vision centers, in its bankruptcy proceedings by litigating against numerous creditors. She also has represented a significant lender group in litigation against a major real estate investment corporation in the Chapter 11 proceedings of a large REIT. Ms. Montare also successfully defended Trans World Airlines in litigation brought by investor and creditor Carl Icahn, involving claims of antitrust law violations, trademark violations, and improprieties regarding aircraft maintenance. She also has represented a Chapter 7 Trustee in the prosecution of recovery actions in the Chapter 7 liquidation of a prominent New York law firm. Ms. Montare’s bankruptcy litigation experience is enhanced by many years litigating complex commercial cases, involving, among other things, securities laws, intellectual property, employment law, and issues related to cross-border litigation.

After several years litigating for AZA in Houston, Ms. Montare has now gone back to her roots and is heading up AZA’s East Coast presence, and is within a short commute of the bankruptcy courts in New York and Delaware. Ms. Montare welcomes the opportunity to counsel companies of all sizes regarding creditors’ rights, insolvency, fraudulent transfers, and secured transactions.

EDUCATION

  • University of Virginia (B.A. Drama, 1987)
  • Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1994)

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Thomas A. Higgins, United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (2001-2003)
  • Winner, 1st Annual Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot, Vienna, Austria (1994)
  • Harlan Fisk Stone Scholar
  • Certificate in Comparative Law from the Parker Institute of Foreign and Comparative Law, Columbia School of Law

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of New York
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association, Sections on Business Law (Business Bankruptcy Committee), Litigation (Bankruptcy and Insolvency Litigation Committee, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee), and International Law (Women’s Interest Network)
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

REPORTED CASES

  • Global Discount Travel Services, LLC v. Trans World Airlines, Inc.,960 F. Supp. 701 (S.D.N.Y. 1997)

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