Team Members

EMIL A. KLEINHAUS, Esq.

View firm bio Emil A. Kleinhaus is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he focuses on litigation and advisory work relating to bankruptcy, insolvency and creditors’ rights.  His areas of expertise include chapter 11 reorganizations, fraudulent transfer and fiduciary claims, and disputes under credit agreements and indentures. Emil has been involved in … Continued

STEPHEN D. LERNER, Esq.

View firm bio Stephen D. Lerner is global chair of the Squire Patton Boggs Restructuring & Insolvency Practice Group.   Having practiced for 35 years, Stephen has an extensive national and cross-border restructuring practice in which he represents debtors, committees of unsecured creditors, secured and unsecured creditors, equity interest holders and acquirers of troubled businesses in … Continued

HON. REBECCA CONNELLY

The Honorable Rebecca B. Connelly is the Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Virginia.  She was the first female appointed to the bankruptcy bench in Virginia.  Before joining the bench, Judge Connelly was the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee and Chapter 12 Trustee for the Western District of Virginia.  Prior to that, … Continued

HON. JOHN E. HOFFMAN

John E. Hoffman, Jr. was appointed as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Ohio in 2000. Prior to his appointment, Judge Hoffman was a partner in the Columbus office of Arter & Hadden LLP, where he practiced primarily in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial litigation, focusing on the representation of Chapter 11 debtors and … Continued

RONIT J. BERKOVICH, ESQ.

Ronit J. Berkovich is a partner in Weil’s Business Finance & Restructuring Department and is based in New York. Ms. Berkovich represents debtors, creditors, lenders, investors, and acquirers of assets in all aspects of distressed situations. She has served as debtors’ counsel in several of the largest and most significant chapter 11 cases in history, … Continued

SUSHEEL KIRPALANI, Esq.

Susheel Kirpalani is a partner and Chairperson of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group. Susheel’s notable representations include: serving as the Court-appointed Examiner and Mediator in Dynegy, representing the statutory creditors’ committees in RadioShack, SemGroup and Sentinel, serving as conflicts counsel to estate fiduciaries in Lehman Brothers, NII International, NewPage, Idearc, Washington Mutual, and Solutia, representing boards of directors, such as that … Continued

CATHERINE STEEGE

EDUCATION Northwestern University, B.S.J. (1978) DePaul University, J.D. (1982) PROFESSIONAL CAREER Catherine Steege is a partner in the firm of Jenner & Block LLP in the Chicago office, where she is co-chair of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring group. Ms. Steege’s practice covers all aspects of financial restructuring and related litigation, with an emphasis on representation … Continued

HON. CRAIG GOLDBLATT

Judge Goldblatt was appointed to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court bench in 2021. Craig Goldblatt is an experienced bankruptcy litigator, with a focus on complex bankruptcy disputes and bankruptcy appeals. The core of his practice has been protecting the interests of secured creditors, financial institutions and insurance companies in bankruptcy-related disputes, though he has also represented … Continued