J. Robert Seder

J. Robert Seder

Of Counsel
Location:
Worcester, Massachusetts
Phone:
508-757-7721 (x109 )
Fax:
508-798-1863
E-mail:

J. Robert Seder is Of Counsel at Seder & Chandler practicing in the Banking and Finance, Real Estate and Business Law, areas.  Robert's practice focuses commercial loan transactions, workouts, and related issues, including bilateral and syndicated asset-based and commercial real estate loans; private securities offerings and debt and equity capitalizations; joint ventures; mergers and acquisitions; and other corporate transactions arising out of the day-to-day operations of his business clients.  He serves as counsel to a number of business organizations, state and federally-chartered credit unions and banks in connection with both internal corporate and transactional-based matters.

Mr. Seder has represented both secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, and he is often engaged by his lending clients in complex work-outs and financial restructurings, and in other matters involving bringing troubled credit relationships back to performing status. 

Mr. Seder assists both commercial lenders and borrowers in structuring, negotiating and documenting a wide variety of both small- and large-scale credit facilities and loans, including those involving complex, multi-tranche credit facilities; commercial real estate and construction loans; asset-based loan facilities; accounts receivable financings and specialized healthcare receivable financings; and inventory and equipment-based facilities. 

Mr. Seder frequently lectures on matters of Bankruptcy Law and Asset Based Lending.  He has served on numerous boards including the Worcester Human Rights Commission; Legal Aid Society; Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts; Executive Committee, Jewish Healthcare Center; Greater Worcester Community Foundation; Worcester Municipal Research Bureau; Executive Committee, Worcester Business Development Corporation and the Bankruptcy Literacy Program.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a large, publicly-traded national energy company in a series of multi-million dollar transactions involving acquisitions of other energy companies east of the Mississippi River. The transactions were successfully negotiated and consummated by these Seder & Chandler partners often under time-sensitive conditions.
  • Represented a regional lender in connection with an extension of an $25MM+ construction loan of credit facility for the financing of constructing a multi-unit apartment complex.
  • Represented the independent director of a Hong Kong subsidiary of a Ch. 11 Debtor in connection with intercompany claims in the negotiation of an intercompany agreement. Lengthy negotiations were successfully conducted in New York City, with multiple counsel, over a six (6) week period.
  • Represented numerous domestic and foreign lenders in connection with extensions of various lines of credit, term and commercial real estate mortgage loan facilities in excess of $5B, in the aggregate.

Areas of Practice

  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy & Creditor's Rights
  • Business & Corporate
  • Private Client Services
  • Real Estate & Land Use
  • Taxation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1964
  • New York, 1965
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1970
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1967
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1967
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1966

Education

  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 1964
  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
    • B.A. - 1961
    • Major: English Literature

Representative Clients

  • Fidelity Co-op Bank (Banking)
  • Peoples United Bank (Banking)
  • Clinton Savings Bank (Banking)
  • Osterman Associated Companies (Propane Gas Distribution)
  • Data Guide Cable Corporation (Manufacturing)

Classes/Seminars

  • Lecturer, Bankruptcy Law and Asset Based Lending, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy, 2004 - Present
  • SuperLawyers® (Business & Corproate), 2005 - 2019
  • Peer Review Distinguished™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Lawyers - Corporate Lawyer of the Year, Worcester Massachusetts
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Lawyers (Corporate Law) (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law), 1989 - 2020

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Jewish Healthcare Center, President, 2004 - 2007
  • Jewish Healthcare Center, Executive Committee, 2000 - Present
  • Legal Aid Society, President, 1972 - 1975
  • Worcester Business Development Corporation, Chairman, 2011 - 2013
  • Worcester Regional Research Bureau (1989-Present Director)
  • Worcester Business Development Corporation, Vice Chairman, 2009 - 2010
  • Worcester Regional Research Bureau , Clerk, 1982 - 1984
  • Massachusetts; U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • New York; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • Worcester Human Rights Commission, Chairman, 1973 - 1977

Past Employment Positions

  • Seligson & Morris (New York, NY), Associate, 1965 - 1967

Pro Bono Activities

  • Participant in Bankruptcy Literacy Program, 2009