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Vanessa P. MoodyVanessa P. Moody

(617) 574-6483
vmoody@goulstonstorrs.com
Fax: (617) 574-7561
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Boston
400 Atlantic Avenue
Boston MA
02110-3333
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Education
Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 2005

University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A., 2000
Admissions
Massachusetts

Overview

Commercial leasing, corporate bankruptcies and restructuring matters are the focus of Vanessa Moody's diverse practice. Vanessa represents clients in connection with retail and restaurant leasing matters, and drafts and negotiates complex commercial leases, including ground leases and ancillary documents such as reciprocal easement agreements and condominium documents. Vanessa also represents debtors, creditors' committees, trustees, tenants and landlords, lenders and other creditors in connection with bankruptcy cases, including bankruptcy-related litigation, and in out-of-court workouts. Vanessa's practice has also involved the representation of lenders in leveraged buy-outs, secured financings and other debt transactions. Prior to her time at Goulston & Storrs, Vanessa was Law Clerk to Chief Judge Henry J. Boroff of the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts.

Representative Experience

  • Counsel to Partners HealthCare System, Inc., as tenant and developer, in the negotiation of a complex commercial ground lease for the development of its corporate campus in the Assembly Row District of Somerville, Massachusetts, which transaction also included the negotiation of certain easement rights appurtenant to the client’s use and development of the property, and related reciprocal easement agreements and condominium documents.
  • Represents landlords in the negotiation of commercial leases with national retailers and restaurants, including anchor tenants, in lifestyle, outlet and major urban mixed-use projects throughout the United States.
  • Represents real estate developers in connection with long-term ground leases to tenants.
  • Debtor-in-possession counsel to Betsey Johnson LLC in the sale and disposition of its assets in Chapter 11 proceedings before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Debtor-in-possession counsel to Magic Brands and Fuddruckers, the owners, operators and franchisors of over 200 fast casual restaurants in the United States and Canada, in their Chapter 11 proceedings in the District of Delaware.
  • Counsel to landlords in numerous national retail and restaurant Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings, including Borders, Friendly’s, City Sports, Coldwater Creek and Linens ‘n Things.
  • Counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors and, subsequently, the liquidating trustee in the Chapter 11 case of Diomed, Inc.
  • Special real estate counsel to Hoop Retail (prior owner of the Disney Stores), as tenant, in connection with its Chapter 11 case.
  • Counsel to the lender in the successful sale of distressed debt to a real estate developer.
  • Counsel to Bank of America, as Administrative Agent, in its $800 million syndicated financing to a leading public environmental services and waste management company.
  • Counsel to various secured lenders and administrative agents in connection with secured credit facilities and leveraged buy-outs.
Professional and Community Involvement
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network (f/k/a NEWIRE)
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of Massachusetts Local Rules Advisory Committee Member
  • Boston Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation
  • Turnaround Management Association
Awards and Recognition
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers "Rising Stars," 2009-2012
Speaking Engagements
Press Releases
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publicationsArticles: Author, "The 'Earmarking Doctrine' as a Defense to the Avoidance of an Untimely Recorded Mortgage as a Preferential Transfer in the Context of a Refinancing," MCLE – 10th Annual Bankruptcy Law Conference
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Client, Betsey Johnson, Successfully Restructures
pressReleases: Chambers USA Ranks Goulston & Storrs in Multiple Practice Areas
publicationsArticles: Author, “Paid vs. Unpaid New Value Under § 547(c)(4)(B):  The Meaning of an ‘Otherwise Unavoidable Transfer,’” MCLE – 14th Annual Bankruptcy Conference
publicationsArticles: Author, "Chapter 12: Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases: An Overview of Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code in Bankruptcy Practice in Massachusetts" (1st Ed. 2014), MCLE
blogEntries: MAPIC 20th Annual International Retail Property Market Conference Impressions:  Increased Focus on the U.S.
blogEntries: Would You Like That Retail Purchase Take-Out or Delivery? The 2014 Holiday Season Saw Brick-and-Mortar Retailers and Shopping Centers Increasingly Offering Same-Day Delivery Services
blogEntries: Off-Price Retail Therapy  for Landlords: New Opportunity in the Age of Millennials
blogEntries: Are Prohibited Uses Prohibiting Opportunity?
blogEntries: The Future of Retail:  Brick and Mortar!
June 2012
Chambers USA Ranks Goulston & Storrs in Multiple Practice Areas
October 2010
Goulston & Storrs Client, Betsey Johnson, Successfully Restructures
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Publications & Mentions
March 2014
Author, "Chapter 12: Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases: An Overview of Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code in Bankruptcy Practice in Massachusetts" (1st Ed. 2014), MCLE
2012
Author, “Paid vs. Unpaid New Value Under § 547(c)(4)(B):  The Meaning of an ‘Otherwise Unavoidable Transfer,’” MCLE – 14th Annual Bankruptcy Conference
2008
Author, "The 'Earmarking Doctrine' as a Defense to the Avoidance of an Untimely Recorded Mortgage as a Preferential Transfer in the Context of a Refinancing," MCLE – 10th Annual Bankruptcy Law Conference
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