Catherine Beideman Heitzenrater

Catherine Beideman Heitzenrater: Attorney with Duane Morris LLP


Catherine Beideman Heitzenrater practices in the areas of bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, creditors' rights, commercial finance and secured transactions. She represents chapter 11 debtors-in-possession, chapter 11 trustees, chapter 7 trustees, liquidating trustees, creditors' committees, insurance companies and secured creditors in all aspects of a bankruptcy case. Ms. Heitzenrater has served as counsel to insurance companies providing prepetition and/or postpetition insurance coverage to debtors in complex chapter 11 cases and has represented both creditors and liquidating trustees in numerous avoidance actions. She has assisted creditors in enforcement of remedies through commercial litigation in federal and state court.

Ms. Heitzenrater also maintains an active commercial litigation practice. She represents clients in the construction and finance industries in products liability, securities fraud, appellate matters, and complex contract disputes.

Prior to rejoining Duane Morris in 2009, Ms. Heitzenrater served as law clerk for the Honorable Joel H. Slomsky of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Heitzenrater serves as a representative to the Duane Morris Recruitment and Retention Committee.

Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Ms. Heitzenrater is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association. She is a 2007 graduate of Boston College Law School, where she was managing editor for the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, and a magna cum laude graduate of Colgate University.


•Duane Morris LLP
- Associate, 2009-present; 2007-2008
•U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Law Clerk to the Hon. Joel H. Slomsky, 2008-2009


Selected Publications

•Co-author, The Liquidating Fiduciary Exception and Administrative Status, The Legal Intelligencer, August 17, 2017
•Co-author, Post-Petition Interest In A Solvent Case: What Interest Rate Controls? The Legal Intelligencer, August 18, 2016
•Co-author, Extinguishment of Liens Through a Plan of Reorganization, The Legal Intelligencer, February 17, 2016
•Co-author, 'Authority' to Terminate Financing Statements Under UCC, The Legal Intelligencer, August 7, 2015
•Co-author, Function Over Form, The Legal Intelligencer, July 20, 2012
•Co-author, Justices' 'Narrow' Decision Doesn't Bar 'Lock-Up' Restriction, The Legal Intelligencer, January 6, 2012
•Co-author, Creditors Entitled to 'Reasonable' Fees Incurred Pursuing Self Interest, The Legal Intelligencer, January 7, 2011
•Co-author, Pennsylvania Construction Law: Getting Started, Getting Covered, Getting Paid, PBI Press, 2011
•Co-author, Creditor, Counsel Liable for Not Halting Garnishment in Bankruptcy Case, The Legal Intelligencer, August 6, 2010
•Co-author, Date of Incurrence of Debt Critical to Setoff Determination, The Legal Intelligencer, March 5, 2010

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Business Reorganization
  • Financial Restructuring

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
215 979 7342  Phone
215 827 5490  Fax
University Attended:
Colgate University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2004
Law School Attended:
Boston College Law School, J.D., Managing Editor, Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, 2007
Year of First admission:
2007, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Professional Activities

•Philadelphia Bar Association

Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Represented a national bank lender as Administrative Agent, Collateral Agent, Lead Arranger, and Sole Bookrunner in an $85 million syndicated lending facility to one of the mid-Atlantic's largest contracting and construction companies and its affiliates.; Counsel to insurers in In re AMR Corporation (American Airlines), In re Hostess Brands, Inc., In re Dynegy Holdings, LLC, and In re Delphi Corp.; Counsel to Trustee in In re Ira Pressman and PJI Distribution Corp., and In re Oldco M Corporation (f/k/a Metaldyne Corporation) (liquidating trustee); Counsel to Creditors' Committee in the Chapter 11 Proceedings in In re Orleans Homebuilders, Inc.; Representing venture capital firm in securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty dispute involving shareholders, lenders and chief executive officer arising out of a $210 million acquisition of a startup environmental technology company.; Obtained a decision from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania affirming a judgment of $1.95 million, plus attorneys' fees, in favor of a leading manufacturer for the solid-wood processing industry in a third-party indemnity action against an injured party's employer arising from the settlement of a products liability case.
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