Lucas F. Hammonds is Of Counsel to the Sills Cummis & Gross Creditors’ Rights/Bankruptcy Reorganization Practice Group.  He represents debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees and other parties in complex Chapter 11, Chapter 9 and Chapter 7 cases and related proceedings.  Mr. Hammonds has represented banks, investment funds, manufacturers, telecommunications providers, real estate developers, landlords, contractors and other entities in significant bankruptcy cases and related adversary proceedings and appeals.

Representative matters include representation of the debtor in the Mammoet-Starneth LLC case; secured creditors in the Motor Coach Industries International, Inc.Marcal Paper Mills, Inc., Erickson Retirement Communities, LLC and Raritan Hospitality cases; and official committees of unsecured creditors in the Bayonne Medical CenterHudson Healthcare, Inc., Christ HospitalFairmont General Hospital, Inc., Union Hospital DistrictUltura (LA), Inc., Saint Michael’s Medical Center, Inc., Progressive Acute Care LLCGardens Regional Hospital and Medical Center, Inc., Coshocton County Memorial Hospital AssociationGainesville Hospital DistrictMorehead Memorial HospitalCurae Health, Inc., et al., Promise Healthcare Group, LLC, Astria Health, et al., Center City Healthcare, LLC d/b/a Hahnemann University Hospital, et al., Thomas Health System, Inc., Randolph Health, LRGHealthcare, MTPC, LLC, et al., Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, et al. and Watsonville Hospital Corporation, et al. cases.

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Hammonds served as an Alexander Fellow in the chambers of the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., then United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey (subsequently appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit), and was an intern with the United States Department of Justice and the Honorable Barbara R. Kapnick of the New York State Supreme Court.


  • Bankruptcy, Financial Reorganization and Creditors’ Rights

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Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

Rankings and Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in:
  • IFLR1000 United States: Guide to USA’s Leading Financial & Corporate Law Firms®* 2018-2022, "Rising Star" New Jersey Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Best Lawyers®* "Ones to Watch" 2023, Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers®* "Rising Stars" 2018, 2020-2022, Bankruptcy: Business; Creditor Debtor Rights: Business

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  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute


  • J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with distinction

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York