Denis F. Cronin ’72 has been president and chief executive officer of Royalnest Corp. since 2005. Royalnest Corp. owns and develops commercial and residential real estate in New York and North Carolina. Denis was also a founding partner of Cronin & Vris, LLP, a boutique bankruptcy firm in New York, which merged into Vinson & Elkins in 2007. Denis was a partner in the New York office of Vinson & Elkins, former co-chair of the firm’s Restructuring and Reorganization Practice Group, and a member of the firm’s management committee. Before starting Cronin & Vris, he worked for 21 years at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, including sixteen years as partner and six years as administrative managing partner (1981-1987). Denis’ principal areas of focus are corporate restructurings, workouts, chapter 11 reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate and commercial law, and mediation. He has been appointed by bankruptcy courts and litigants as a mediator in many large commercial disputes.
Denis has been recognized as a highly regarded “Senior Stateman” by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for business in bankruptcy/restructuring law. Denis has also been named as one of the Best Lawyers in America for more than 25 years and for many years as one of the “Best Lawyers in New York” by New York Magazine. He was also named many times a “New York Super Lawyers” in surveys by Law & Politics. Denis has served as chair of Fordham Law’s Dean’s Planning Council (2005-2016), trustee for 28 years and president of the Fordham Law Alumni Association (2002-2004), chair of the Law School’s 90th Anniversary Celebration, and vice-chair of the Law School’s $100 Million Capital Campaign. He has been recognized for his extensive leadership and service on behalf of Fordham Law School with the Medal of Achievement from the Fordham Law Alumni Association and the Leonard F. Manning Achievement Awards from the Fordham Law Review. Denis has been a leader in philanthropic and nonprofit efforts, including serving as chair of the Board of Trustees of Colgate University from 2011-2015 and also as trustee from 1999-2008. Denis served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Buckley Country Day School (1988-2003), including as chair (1996-2000). Denis graduated from Colgate University, which he attended on scholarship and served as captain of the varsity basketball team. He is also a graduate of Fordham Law School.