Who We Are

Joseph E. Sarachek 
Founding Principal

Tel: 646-517-5420 ex.101 


Joseph E. Sarachek is the Managing Partner of The Sarachek Firm. Joe is one of the foremost authorities in the trading of privately held distressed debt. Mr. Sarachek is a renowned attorney and investment professional. He first published on trading in claims almost 30 years ago and is an Adjunct Professor at The Leonard Stern School of Business at New York University teaching classes on bankruptcy investing.  He has lectured extensively at Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, Cornell University, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Turnaround Management Association.   Prior to forming Triax Capital Advisors, an investment advisory firm specializing in bankruptcies, Joe worked for Balfour Investors, an investment firm focused on bankruptcies and turnarounds and  prior to Balfour, he was a partner at the law firm of McDermott  Will & Emery.  Joe has a J.D. from New York Law School and a B.S. from Cornell University. Joe won the Turnaround of Year award for his work as Bankruptcy Trustee of Agriprocessors, Inc. and recently won a Turnaround award from the M&A Advisor for Financials Turnaround of the Year.  Mr. Sarachek has been involved in hundreds of bankruptcy cases throughout his career and uniquely situated to recover assets for his clients.

Denise Fava
Executive Administrative Assistant

Tel: 646-517-5420 ex.104


Jonathan Miller

Of Counsel


Tel: 646-517-5420 ex.102


Jonathan Miller is a bankruptcy attorney with over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, including complex investments for seniors and retirees.  He received his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law and his B.A. from Trinity College.

Denise Fava has over 20 years experience working in Executive Administrative roles in the commercial real estate, non-profit and software development industries.  Denise is enthusiastic, has exceptional interpersonal skills and thrives in working in a fast past environment.

She is passionate about causes and has worked with many non-profit organizations, including, Save the Children and buildOn.  This passion led her to start her own business where she did consulting and event planning for non-profit organizations.  

Jarred Herzberg is an analyst at The Sarachek Law FIrm. Jarred is a Certified Public Accountant with exceptional analytical skills having worked as a manager at KPMG and BDO performing financial audits and advisory services. He provided services for some of Canadas largest companies such as Rogers, BDO, Celestica and provided extensive services for the Nortel Canada bankruptcy. Jarred has a business degree with a specialization in finance and accounting from the University of Western Ontario.

Jarred Herzberg

Tel: 646-517-5420 ex.103


Zachary E. Mazur
Of Counsel

Zachary E. Mazur is an international attorney specializing in insolvency, bankruptcy, and special situations.   He brings a creativity to asset recovery that has proved crucial to our clients as they explore legal theories that lead to profitable monetization of impaired claims.  Prior to working at Sarachek Law Firm, Zachary was a successful investor and entrepreneur, with a focus on claims in property foreclosures.   He graduated from Yale College cum laude, earned his Bacharel in law at Mackenzie Rio Law School in Rio de Janeiro, then completed his LLM magna cum laude from Fordham Law School where he was recipient of the William Michael Treanor Award.   He is admitted to practice in New York and Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese.

Tel: 646-517-5420 ex.106


Barry Mikelberg

Barrett Mikelberg has over 10 years experience in Bankruptcy Opportunities and Special Investments. He has been on the forefront of major cases including Bernard L Madoff, MF Global, American Airlines, Stanford International Bank, Eastman Kodak, and hundreds of others. He is graduate of Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.  With extensive experience in Investment Banking he adds a unique asset to our group of finding value in cases where clients are looking to recover funds.     


Top Clients Include: Export Development Canada, GE Credit, Sony Pictures, Pilot Flying J, Conagra, Fuji Film, Sungard Data, TXU, Airgas, Johnson Controls, Petrobras, Hydrite, Euroclear Bank and many others

Tel: 646-517-5420 ex. 105


Xiaoqi Zhang 张肖其
Summer/Fall Intern

Xiaoqi is a second-year J.D. student at Fordham University School of Law, where he is a staff editor of Fordham Environmental Law Journal. Xiaoqi is interested in bankruptcy law and international commercial law and he is fluent in Mandarin and English.  Prior to joining the Sarachek Law Firm, Xiaoqi was a legal assistant at Beijing Chongguang Law Firm where he assisted legal works in multi-language transactions involving cross-border M&A and restructuring.  He received his M.A. from Fordham University and his B.S. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, both in philosophy.

Tel: 646-517-5420 ex. 407


Anchalee Kelakos 
Vice President Business Development

Tel: 646-517-5420 ex.408 


Anchalee has over 20 years experience working in the bankruptcy and insolvency industries.  She worked with Kelakos Advisors and various start-up companies in marketing and business development.  

Earlier in her career, Anchalee worked for a fiber optic network telecommunications company in Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  She started a subsidiary in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was director of operations providing support to the technical staff and overseeing fiber optic network projects in Malaysia and in the region.  

An avid golfer, Anchalee got a hole-in-one the first year she took up golf.  She received her B.A. in International Affairs from Northeastern University. 

Chief Business Development Officer

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