Debra A. Dandeneau

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Debra A. Dandeneau is chair of Baker McKenzie's Global Restructuring and Insolvency Group. Her practice focuses on business reorganizations and debtor and creditors’ rights.

Debra has been ranked by The Best Lawyers in America 2011-2022 in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Litigation-Bankruptcy. She has also been recognized by Legal 500 US for Municipal Bankruptcy and Super Lawyers 2006-2021 for Bankruptcy. Super Lawyers also named Debra among the Top Women Attorneys for Bankruptcy Business in New York 2017.

Debra regularly speaks on restructuring issues and is frequently quoted in the media. She has been featured on Debtwire Radio's podcast, The Inside Track.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Debra's debtor representations include Aleris International, Armstrong World Industries, Brothers Gourmet Coffee, Daffy's, Eagle-Picher Industries, Formica Corporation, LandSource Communities Development (Newhall Land & Farming), Magellan Health Services, Maidenform Corporation, Okeelanta Power Corporation, Petite Concepts, Sun Healthcare Group, and Takata Corporation.

  • She also has represented creditors and other parties in a number of high-profile bankruptcy cases, including in the chapter 11 cases of Westinghouse, Catalina Marketing, TerraVia, and Caesars Entertainment, the MF Global cases, the Stockton and San Bernardino chapter 9 cases, the Homer City prepackaged chapter 11 case, and the Archdiocese of Portland and the Diocese of Spokane chapter 11 cases.

Professional Honors

  • Listed, Lawdragon 500 Leading US Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers, 2020 and 2022 
  • "Best Lawyer" in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2011-2022
  • "Lawyer of the Year" in Litigation - Bankruptcy, New York City, Best Lawyers in America, 2022
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Global Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers, 2020
  • "Top Women" for Bankruptcy: Business in New York, Super Lawyers, 2017
  • "Super Lawyer" in Bankruptcy, Super Lawyers, 2006-2021
  • Pro Bono Publico Award,The Legal Aid Society, 2008
  • Recommended Lawyer in Municipal Bankruptcy in the US, Legal 500 US, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York Bar - Member
  • Florida Bar - Member
  • California Bar - Member


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida~United States
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida~United States
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan~United States
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York~United States
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York~United States
  • Florida~United States
  • New York~United States
  • California~United States


  • Columbia Law School, United States (J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) (1986)
  • University of Miami (A.B., Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) (1983)