Deborah A. Reperowitz

Co-Chair Bankruptcy, Workouts & Creditors’ Rights

Deborah A Reperowitz


Deborah Reperowitz is a nationally recognized bankruptcy and commercial litigation attorney, mediator and co-chair of the firm’s bankruptcy, workouts & creditors’ rights group. A former partner at “Biglaw” firms and senior vice president, chief litigation counsel at CIT Group, and general counsel to a financial advisor, Debbie uses her experience as in-house and law firm counsel to provide clients with pragmatic, business-minded advice and representation in all aspects of bankruptcy, business restructuring and commercial litigation matters. She has represented clients in the financial services, healthcare, insurance, real estate, telecommunications, airline and general manufacturing sectors.

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Representative Matters

Debbie’s experience includes:

  • representing a senior living facility and a skilled nursing facility in their chapter 11 cases
  • selected to serve as the mediator in more than 50 disputes arising in the Madoff liquidations
  • selected to serve as the mediator in numerous disputes arising in the Lehman bankruptcy case
  • representing a national bank as a participant in a facility and stand-alone lender in a marine transportation company’s bankruptcy case 
  • defending clients in putative class actions, qui tam actions and government inquiries and investigations involving alleged violations of various state and federal laws, including False Claims Acts and the Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • defending clients against allegations of malfeasance, such as fraud, theft of trade secrets and wiretapping
  • representing the Japanese government in obtaining the post-petition manufacture and delivery of a satellite from bankrupt Loral Space and Communications Ltd.
  • filing a successful (i) objection to Enron’s DIP financing application; (ii) request for appointment of an examiner; and (ii) request for extrication of Enron N.A. from the Enron global cash management system, resulting in the appointment of an examiner and ultimately, a greater distribution for Enron N.A. creditors
  • serving as national bankruptcy counsel to Worldcom Inc. prior to its own bankruptcy case
  • representing an aerospace company in its acquisition of a Chapter 11 debtor for $27 million
  • representing equipment lenders and lessors in numerous out-of-court restructures and bankruptcy cases, including Norvergence Inc.
  • representing an international bank as indenture trustee in numerous cases, including representing the bank on creditors’ committee
  • representing regional banks in numerous matters, including lender liability and “fueling the fraud” cases
  • representing a private equity firm in numerous investments in distressed companies
  • representing landlords in bankruptcy cases, including retail cases
  • representing a manufacturing company in successful out-of-court restructures
  • representing an insurance company in defeating bankruptcy trustee’s attempt to compel insurer to renew policies
  • representing two large restaurant franchisors in several franchisees’ bankruptcies
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Bar Admissions
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law
  • B.S., New York University

  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Turnaround Management Association, New York Chapter
  • Member, Executive Committee, Global Board of Trustees, Turnaround Management Association
  • Member, Dispute Resolution Section, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, ADR in Courts Committee, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Banking & Financial Services Committee, CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “We’re All In This Together – Let’s Mediate,” Turnaround Management Association Webinar, 2020
  • Moderator, “Innovative Financing and DIP Substitutes,” Turnaround Management Association Distressed Investing Conference, 2020
  • Panelist, “Mush Mush! How Far Can Husky Carry the Concept of Nondischargeable Fraud?” American Bankruptcy Institute’s Winter Leadership Conference
  • Panelist, “Lender v Lender,” American Bankruptcy Institute’s 25th Annual Winter Leadership Conference
  • Panelist, “Bankruptcy Reform – First Six Months: What is Working, What is Not?” Turnaround Management Association’s Spring Conference
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  • New York Super Lawyers
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