Jeff Pawlitz is a partner in the Business Reorganization & Restructuring Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

Jeff advises sophisticated investors in distressed and opportunistic financing transactions and complex restructuring matters, including multi-jurisdictional and cross-border matters spanning numerous industries. He also has significant experience serving as lead counsel to companies in chapter 11 and out-of-court restructuring transactions. 

Jeff is a dealmaker recognized for his ability to identify and execute creative solutions in complex distressed situations. Clients praise his situational awareness and relentless pursuit to achieve their desired results.


  • “PRIMER: Chapter 11 Bankruptcy,” IFLR1000, April 24, 2019 (quoted)
  • A Practitioner’s Guide to Prepackaged Bankruptcy: A Primer, American Bankruptcy Institute (2011)
  • “The Race to the Starting Line: Developing Prepackaged and Prenegotiated Reorganization Plans to Maximize Value,” Navigating Today’s Environment, The Directors’ and Officers’ Guide to Restructuring (2010) (Authored chapter)
  • Jeff is a panelist and speaker on restructuring and distressed debt-related topics at various industry events, including the ABI New York City Bankruptcy Conference, J.P. Morgan Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference and Debtwire Distressed Mid-Market Conference.

Jeff’s significant engagements include:

  • American Tire Distributors (ATD) (administrative agent)
  • AMF Bowling (company)
  • Apex Energy (minority lender)
  • Caesar’s Entertainment (company)
  • The Dolan Company (company)
  • Drive Medical dba Drive DeVilbiss (first lien lender group)
  • Friendly’ s Ice Cream (company)
  • GSE Environmental (company)
  • hibu fka Yellowbook (company)
  • Horizon Lines (company)
  • ITR Concession Company (company)
  • J.Crew (significant secured creditor)
  • Lecta (bondholder group)
  • Ligado Networks (preferred equity group)
  • Logan’s Roadhouse (significant secured lender)
  • Natural American Foods (purchaser)
  • Nine West (crossover lender group
  • Northwest Hardwoods (secured bondholder group)
  • Optima Speciality Steel (exit facility lender)
  • Payless Holdings (first lien lender group)
  • PIRCH (company)
  • Platinum Energy Solutions (company)
  • Seadrill Partners (minority lender group)
  • Stallion Oilfield Services (company)
  • TNT Crane & Rigging (crossholder lender group)
  • Transtar (DACCO Transmission Parts) (minority lender group)
  • Tropicana Entertainment (company)
  • U.S. Concrete (company)
  • VER Technologies (sponsor)
  • Vince Camuto (first lien lender group)



Washington University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2007 University of Missouri - Columbia, B.S., 2004

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