Andrew M. Thaler, Esq., is founding partner of the Westbury N.Y. law practice Thaler Law Firm PLLC. He has been a Panel Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee in the Eastern District of New York since 1990.
Mr. Thaler graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Albany in 1979. He attended Buffalo Law School and received his law degree in 1983. Mr. Thaler was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1984 and is admitted to practice in the Courts of the State of New York, United States District Court for the Eastern District and Southern District Court of New York.
Mr. Thaler has handled Bankruptcy and Insolvency matters since his admission to the Bar. He has represented both Creditors and Debtors in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 cases, and all aspects of bankruptcy including fraudulent conveyance and preference litigation, motions to vacate the automatic stay, objections to discharge, negotiations, claims objections and related contested matters. He is currently a member of various legal organizations, including the Nassau County Bar Association (Bankruptcy Committee Chair 1990-1992) (Nassau Academy of Law Dean 2001-2002) (Board of Directors 2002-2005); New York City Bar Association (Committee on Bankruptcy & Corporate Reorganization (2011-2015); Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court (President 2010-2011); National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Nassau Lawyers Association of Long Island, Inc., American Bankruptcy Institute, Association of Boutique Law Firms, Inc. and Attorney Roundtable (past Treasurer and current Program Committee Member).
He has lectured on bankruptcy matters for numerous organizations including but not limited to The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (Nassau Chapter); First American Title Insurance Company of New York; St. John's University Metropolitan College Tax Institute; the Nassau Academy of Law; Sterling Educational Services, Interchange Credit Association; Lorman Education Services; Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court; and National Business Institute on Bankruptcy related topics. He has written articles and appeared on multiple occasions as a cable television and radio talk show guest on bankruptcy matters. Mr. Thaler has served on the Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of New York Chapter 11 Lawyers' Advisory Committee (since 2018) and the Local Rules Committee (since 2016).
Mr. Thaler authored a chapter within Examiners in Bankruptcy Cases: A Guide for Examiners, Courts and Practitioners (2014) published by Thomson Reuters in conjunction with The Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
Mr Thaler serves as a Neutral/Mediator and has been appointed to the Mediation Register - US Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District (2004- present); the Mediation Panel - Commercial Division of Nassau County Supreme Court (2003-present) and The Mediation and Arbitration Panels of the Nassau County Bar Association for (mediation and arbitration). Mr. Thaler also serves as an Arbitrator under the New York State Part 137 Attorneys Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program (ADR). He is a current member of and served as Chair of the Nassau County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (2009- 2010).
Mr. Thaler helped organize and continues to serve on the Pro Bono Panel at the Nassau County Bar Association. Mr. Thaler was awarded the Honor of Pro Bono Attorney of the year in 1991 by the Nassau County Bar Association. In May 2002 he was recognized by the Nassau County Bar Association for Pro Bono Service to the Community through the Volunteer Lawyers Project. He was a Co-Recipient of Nassau Suffolk Law Services Partner=s In Justice Award (2003) for pro bono work. In 2010 he served on a committee that assisted the Honorable Alan S. Trust, United States Bankruptcy Court Judge E.D.N.Y. in developing a Pro Bono Mediation Pilot Program.
He has served as a member of numerous additional Nassau County Bar Association Committees including Real Estate and Development (2002 -present), Grievance (2002 - present) and Nominating Committees (2005-2006). He has also served as a member of the Nassau County Bar Association's Finance, By-Laws, Long Range Planning, and Pro Bono Committees.
Mr. Thaler has been assigned Martindale Hubbell=s highest AAV@ rating. In 2010 he was named one of Long Island=s ATop Legal Eagles@ by Pulse Magazine. Mr. Thaler has been named to the New York -Metro ASuper Lawyers@ list as one of the top attorneys in New York for each year since 2012 in Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected for ASuper Lawyers@.