Areas of Practice
- New York
- United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
- United States District Court, Southern District of New York
- J.D., St. John’s University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2008
- B.A., University of Delaware, magna cum laude, 2005
Elizabeth M. Aboulafia
Elizabeth Aboulafia is a partner in the firm’s Banking department, practicing in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights as well as Construction Litigation. Ms. Aboulafia represents corporations as debtors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in the bankruptcy courts of New York and New Jersey in a wide range of industries with a focus on the construction industry. Ms. Aboulafia also represents financial institutions on matters relating to the enforcement of rights of secured lenders in bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings, as well as unsecured creditors and other parties in interest in Chapter 11 reorganizations, liquidations, and asset sales. In addition, Ms. Aboulafia has developed a specialty of providing legal opinions in connection with a wide variety of commercial real estate and structure finance transactions.
Ms. Aboulafia has extensive experience representing construction contractors pursue recovery of claims against public agencies in the bankruptcy courts as well as the state courts in the State of New York. She is also experienced in a variety of construction law issues outside of bankruptcy on behalf of general contractors and subcontractors, including contract compliance, M/WBE certification and claims preparation, negotiation and resolution.
Ms. Aboulafia’s construction bankruptcy practice includes assisting in representing a concrete contractor obtain a multi-million dollar recovery in the bankruptcy court through mediation of a damages claim arising out of a public construction contract with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She also has experience assisting in representing a heavy construction company in multi-million dollar claims litigation in the bankruptcy court arising out of a public construction contract with the State of New York. Outside of bankruptcy, she has assisted a heavy civil contractor in an out-of-court restructuring through forming a partnership with another construction firm.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Aboulafia gained significant experience representing Chapter 11 debtors in a wide range of industries including gaming, hospitality, foreign electronics manufacturing and telecommunications, as well as representing creditors’ committees in the Chapter 11 cases of an ethanol producer and a paper manufacturing company. Ms. Aboulafia also has experience representing senior secured lenders and consortiums of bond holders in Chapter 11 cases.
Professional & Community Activities
- Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
- Member, New York State Bar Association, Business Law Section
- Member, Professional Women in Construction, New York Chapter
- Nassau County Bar Association – Bankruptcy and Construction Committees
Honors & Awards
- Selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars List, New York Metro Region (2015 - 2017) by the Super Lawyer legal rating service issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at: http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html. No aspect of this award has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
News & Speaking Engagements
- August 18, 2017Long Island Business News
- Elizabeth Aboulafia Quoted in American City and County Magazine on the Future of Prevailing Wage LawsAugust 3, 2017
- Elizabeth Aboulafia Published in New York Law Journal on Protecting Payment Rights in a Construction BankruptcyJune 12, 2017
- Cullen and Dykman Successfully Confirms Chapter 11 Plan for Construction Contractor Based on $12 Million Dollar Settlement with the Port AuthorityJanuary 6, 2017
- Elizabeth Aboulafia, Hayley Dryer, and Elizabeth Usinger Honored as Long Island Outstanding Women in LawApril 4, 2016
- April 28, 2015
- Cullen and Dykman Obtains $15.358 Million Settlement from the State of New York for GII Industries, Inc. f/k/a Grace Industries, Inc.March 6, 2013