Nicole Grimal Helmstetter

Partner
Brief info
Nicole Grimal Helmstetter concentrates her practice in the area of general bankruptcy, restructuring, dispute resolution and insolvency matters. She routinely represents chapter 7 trustees in the liquidation of local businesses and consumer affairs. Nicole has successfully obtained confirmation of plans of reorganization for several local small businesses, including schools and real estate related companies, and has obtained bankruptcy discharges for high net worth individuals and local business owners. Additionally, Nicole represents creditors’ committees, secured and unsecured creditors, purchasers of assets, lenders and interested parties in chapter 11, chapter 7, chapter 12, and chapter 13 bankruptcy and out-of-court proceedings.
REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
  • Served as counsel for a Behavioral Analysis Center in a small business chapter 11 reorganization
  • Representation of real estate based secured creditors and lenders in BK Court
  • Representation of BioNitrogen Holdings Corp. in a chapter 11 protection matter
  • Representation of national clinical research organization in its chapter 11 filing
  • Counsel to several private school debtors in successful chapter 11 reorganizations
  • Representation of chapter 7 trustee in the liquidation of construction company, filed over 30 adversary proceedings and produced large returns for creditors
  • Representation of chapter 7 trustee in the liquidation of an operating real estate company. Coordinated and held competitive auction for the sale of the company’s real estate listings and produced large returns for creditors
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
  • Pro Bono Bankruptcy Award, Dade Legal Aid, 2016
  • Greatest Overall Excellence in Advocacy Award, Florida International University College of Law, 2010
  • Most Outstanding Contribution to the Board of Advocates Award, Florida International University College of Law, 2010
  • CALI Excellence – Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic, Florida International University College of Law, 2010
  • Former Vice President of Negotiations Team, Florida International University College of Law, 2010
  • ABA National Negotiation Finals Competition, 2009, Finalist
  • ABA Southeast Regional Negotiation Competition, 2008, 1st Place
  • University of Oklahoma Indian American Law Review Writing Competition, Finalist
PUBLICATIONS
  • “If the Shoe Fits: Antitrust and Bankruptcy Reorganization”, Dade County Bar Association Journal, January 2013
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
  • Member, Florida Lawyers Network, Coral Gables Chapter
  • Member, Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Member, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida, Miami Brown Bag Chairperson 2011-2012, and 2012-2013
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida, Pro-Se Clinic Chairperson, 2010-2011
  • Member, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
  • Member, Florida Bar Business Law Section
  • Dade Legal Aid Fellows’ Leadership Academy, Inaugural Class
  • Pro bono representation of Spanish speaking persons who do not otherwise have the financial resources to afford an attorney
EDUCATION
  • J.D., Florida International University College of Law
  • B.A., cum laude, Florida International University
ADMITTED TO
  • Florida Bar
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
PRIOR AFFILIATIONS
  • Ehrenstein Charbonneau Calderin
  • Former United States Department of Justice Office of the United States Trustee Intern
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
  • Panelist, Primerus Webinar Series: Case Law Updates on Rapidly Evolving Jurisprudence of the Small Business Restructuring Act, 2020

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