Lisa M. Schweitzer

Partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Lisa M. Schweitzer

Lisa M. Schweitzer

Partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

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Lisa M. Schweitzer is a partner based in the New York office.

Ms. Schweitzer’s practice focuses on financial restructuring, bankruptcy, insolvency and commercial litigation. Ms. Schweitzer has extensive experience advising corporate debtors, individual creditors and strategic investors in both U.S. Chapter 11 proceedings and restructurings in other jurisdictions in North America, Europe and Asia. Ms. Schweitzer also has represented several companies seeking to acquire distressed assets in bankruptcy proceedings.

Ms. Schweitzer has advised clients in some of the most high-profile bankruptcy matters in North America. She is currently lead U.S. restructuring counsel to Nortel Networks Inc. and affiliates in their U.S. Chapter 11 proceedings. She recently represented Barclays Capital on its acquisition of Lehman Brothers’ North American investment banking and capital markets assets, and a $450 million debtor-in-possession financing facility provided to Lehman. Ms. Schweitzer also played a major role in connection with the bankruptcies of Adelphia Communications, Refco, Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines. Additionally, she has counseled various clients with respect to the subprime crisis, including representing a major financial institution in managing its exposure and resolving claims against various mortgage originators.

Ms. Schweitzer was honored in 2012 as a “Dealmaker of the Year” and in 2011 as a “Dealmaker in the Spotlight” by The American Lawyer. She is recognized as a leading bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S., IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers. Institutional Investor News named Ms. Schweitzer a “Rising Star of Bankruptcy/Restructuring Law and Workouts,” a distinction given to superior workout professionals expected to shape the future of the bankruptcy, restructuring and turnaround field. She was also distinguished as an “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer” by Turnarounds & Workouts. In 2011, Law360 named her a "Most Valuable Practitioner" for bankruptcy.

As a recognized leader in the field, Ms. Schweitzer speaks on a variety of bankruptcy and restructuring topics at conferences, including those organized by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, the American Bar Association, INSOL International, the American Bankruptcy Institute, Navigant and Practising Law Institute, and has been inducted into the American College of Bankruptcy. She also frequently writes articles on bankruptcy issues for publications, including The Journal of Bankruptcy Law, Law360, The Wall Street Lawyer, The M&A Lawyer and The New York Law Journal, and she is co-author of a bankruptcy blog published by Westlaw News & Insight, covering trends and developments in the bankruptcy arena.

Ms. Schweitzer joined the firm in 1996 and became a partner in 2006. She received a J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from New York University School of Law in 1996, where she was an editor of the Law Review, and an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. From 2001 to 2003, Ms. Schweitzer served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judith S. Kaye, Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals. Ms. Schweitzer currently serves on the board of directors of MFY Legal Services, Inc., a non-profit corporation delivering civil legal services to low-income residents of Manhattan.

Ms. Schweitzer is a member of the Bar in New York and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, as well as several other federal jurisdictions.

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Lisa M. Schweitzer
Partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Education
J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
Class of 1996

Founded in 1835, New York University School of Law has a record of academic excellence and national scholarly influence. One of the first law schools to admit women, it has been long committed to welcoming students of diverse backgrounds, people who had been discriminated against by many other institutions. Located on the University's campus in Greenwich Village, NYU Law has been a leader, and continues to be, in areas such as law and business, clinical education, public service, interdisciplinary colloquia and global studies.

B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1991

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Penn considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

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Editor
Prior

The New York University Law Review was founded in 1924, and is a generalist journal publishing legal scholarship in all areas, including legal theory and policy, environmental law, legal history, international law, and more. Each year, it publishes issues in April, May, June, October, November, and December. These six issues contain cutting-edge legal scholarship written by professors, judges, and legal practitioners, as well as Notes written by members of the Law Review. In November 2012, the Law Review launched the New York University Law Review Online, an online supplement to the print version of the Law Review.

Career History
Partner
1996 - Current

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is an international law firm that provides legal services to clients. The company serves multinational corporations, international financial institutions, sovereign governments and their agencies, and domestic corporations and financial institutions. The company was founded in 1946 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

Clerk
2001 - 2003

The Court of Appeals, New York State's highest court, is composed of a Chief Judge and six Associate Judges, each appointed to a 14-year term. New York's highest appellate court was established to articulate statewide principles of law in the context of deciding particular lawsuits. The Court thus generally focuses on broad issues of law as distinguished from individual factual disputes. There is no jurisdictional limitation based upon the amount of money at stake in a case or the status or rank of the parties.

Political Donations
$500
2012

Senator from New York

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Awards & Honors
2012
The American Lawyer - Dealmaker of the Year
2011
The American Lawyer - Dealmaker in the Spotlight
1996
Admitted to the New Jersey Bar
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