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Harvard Law School, JD, magna cum laude, 1988

Yale University, BA, summa cum laude, 1984

Adam J. Ruttenberg

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Adam is a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy Group.  His practice focuses on bankruptcy litigation and business reorganization, and he represents debtors, creditors and bankruptcy trustees.  Adam applies his breadth of experience along with his knowledge of law to benefit his clients.  He majored in mathematics in college and worked in an actuarial program at John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company prior to attending law school.  Also Adam’s past experience at the FDIC has allowed him to see firsthand how the “other side” thinks.  He uses this insight to plan the best strategy for his clients.

Adam was admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1989, following a judicial clerkship in New Haven, CT with Judge Jose A. Cabranes, then of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.  He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Prior to joining Posternak, Adam was a Partner at Looney & Grossman.

Representative Experience

  • Represented Chapter 7 trustee of individual with multiple partial interests in real estate, arranging for all interests to be sold in multiple transactions and unsecured creditors to receive significant dividend.
  • Represented creditor defendant in preference action by trustee and negotiated very favorable settlement.
  • Represented chain of retail clothing stores in successful Chapter 11 reorganization.
  • Represented creditor of individuals in actions challenging their Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharges.
  • Represented failing hospital in closing and in negotiating with bank to successfully avoid bankruptcy.


Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court, Attorney Advisory Committee for the Local Rules, Member
MCLE Business and Commercial Law Curriculum, Advisory Committee, Member
Boston Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Co-Chair, 2014-2016, and Strategic Planning Committee, Member
Recipient of the Boston Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section Special Achievement Award, 2011


Adam is the editor of “Bankruptcy Practice in Massachusetts”, a comprehensive and practical guide to Massachusetts bankruptcy practice, published by MCLE in March 2014.  He is also the author of “The Totality of What Circumstances? How Courts Determine Whether Granting Bankruptcy Relief Would Be an Abuse,” 2009 NORTON ANN. SURV. OF BANKR. LAW PART II§ 4, June 2009.

Adam was named Massachusetts Super Lawyer in 2015 and 2017. 

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