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Joseph Samet
Joseph Samet
Baker & McKenzie LLP
New York

+ 1 212 891 3565
+ 1 212 310 1665

Joseph Samet is a member of the Firm's Global Recovery, Restructuring and Bankruptcy Group in the New York office. For more than three decades, Mr. Samet has represented all parties in interest in US and international workouts and restructurings, chapter 11 reorganizations, as well as bankruptcy cases. He also counsels clients on insurance and monoline related issues, structured finance, SIPC proceedings and matters related to debtor-in-possession financing, sales of assets and issues involving intellectual property and troubled assets. Mr. Samet is regularly listed among the world's leading insolvency and restructuring lawyers by the Euromoney Legal Media Group Guide.

Practice Focus

Mr. Samet represents parties in interest on potential creditors' rights/bankruptcy implications of domestic and cross-border deals, in acquisitions and distressed investments, on structured finance and corporate governance issues, as well as in pre-bankruptcy litigation. He represents all parties in interest and financially distressed corporations and partnerships across various industries — manufacturing, retail, service, airlines, energy, healthcare, real estate, e-commerce, insurance and telecommunications, among others. This work includes the prosecution and defense of preference, fraudulent conveyance, equitable subordination and substantive consolidation actions, as well as officer/director issues and related litigation. Mr. Samet has also testified as an expert witness in jury trials and in an international arbitration.

Representative Legal Matters

Mr. Samet has represented diverse parties in interest in the following chapter 11 insolvency and restructuring matters: Lehman Brothers, Madoff, Satmex, Sancor restructurings, Allegiance Telecom, Harnischfeger, ACA and SCA Monocline insurance restructurings.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • American Bar Association
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • Turnaround Management Association - Board of Directors
  • Barry Zaretsky Bankruptcy Roundtable at Brooklyn Law School - Steering Committee
  • New York State Bar Association


U.S. Supreme Court~United States (1979)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit~United States (1976)
New York~United States (1975)
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York~United States (1975)
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York~United States (1975)


Brooklyn Law School  (J.D. Honors) (1974)
Queens College, New York  (B.A. Honors) (1971)

Baker & McKenzie LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership organized under the laws of the State of Illinois (USA) and is a member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Verein organized under the laws of Switzerland.
Mr. Samet regularly chairs and teaches advanced and basic CLE seminars for various organizations, including the Practising Law Institute and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He has written extensively, including for Collier on Bankruptcy and the Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide, and is co-author of the annotated Herzog’s Bankruptcy Forms and Practice, published by West.
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