Laura Davis Jones

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Biography

Laura Davis Jones is a name partner, a member of the firm's managing committee, and the managing partner of the firm's Delaware office. She gained national recognition as debtor's counsel in the Continental Airlines bankruptcy case, and has represented numerous debtors, creditors' committees, bank groups, acquirers, and other significant constituencies in chapter 11 cases and workout proceedings. She lectures at national bankruptcy and litigation seminars, and has authored numerous articles. Ms. Jones was named Deal Maker of the Year by The American Lawyer and has been profiled on additional occasions in The American Lawyer.

Ms. Jones has been named continuously by her peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America and as one of the Best Lawyers in Delaware, and was selected as one of the top ten lawyers in Delaware by Delaware Super Lawyers. She is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a Chambers USA “Star Individual,” the highest honor a lawyer can receive. Ms. Jones has been recognized in the K&A Restructuring Register and the Law Dragon 500 since their inception, has been named repeatedly to the International Who's Who of Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, and holds an AV Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. In 2018, she received the prestigious Women Leadership award at Global M&A Network's Turnaround Atlas Awards, which honors the achievements of influential women leaders in the restructuring and turnaround communities. In 2018, Ms. Jones was listed by Who's Who Legal among Thought Leaders - Restructuring & Insolvency. She started her career as a judicial law clerk in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Ms. Jones is admitted to practice in Delaware and the District of Columbia.

Recent debtor clients include M & G USA Corporation, True Religion, American Apparel, Emerald Oil, Deb Stores, Cache Inc., Magnum Hunter Resources, Delivery Agent, Revstone Industries, Exide Technologies, EveryWare Global, AFA Investment and SS Body Armor, Inc . Recent creditor representations include the creditors' committees of TK Holdings (Takata Americas), LCI Holding Company ( LifeCare ) and NE Opco, and co-counsel to the second lien notes indenture trustee of Energy Future Holdings Corporation .

Clerkships

•Law clerk, Judge Helen Balick (Bankr. D. Del.)

News

•PSZJ Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers in America
August 15, 2018
•Laura Davis Jones Receives Prestigious Women Leadership Award at the 10th Annual Turnaround Atlas Awards
July 19, 2018
•Prestigious Chambers Guides Again Rank PSZJ Among the Best Law Firms
May 7, 2018
•Thirty-Five PSZJ Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America
August 15, 2017
•Prestigious Chambers Guides Again Rank PSZJ Among the Best Law Firms
June 8, 2017
•Nineteen PSZJ Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America
August 2016
•Seventeen PSZJ Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America
August 17, 2015
•Authoritative Chambers Guides Again Rank PSZJ Among the Best
May 19, 2015
•Thirteen PSZJ Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America
August 2014
•Three PSZJ Attorneys Named Delaware Super Lawyers
Philadelphia Magazine, June 2014
•Q&A With Pachulski Stang's Laura Davis Jones
Bankruptcy Law 360, May 8, 2013
•PSZJ Selected as Committee Counsel in LifeCare Holdings Chapter 11 Case
December 2012
•Prince Sports Confirms Reorganization Plan; Shifts From Manufacturing Business to Licensing Operation
August 2012
•Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones Wins Award: 2012 Middle Market Turnaround of the Year

•Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones Wins Award: Media & Entertainment Turnaround of the Year
June 26, 2012
•Pachulski Stang Represents Evergreen Solar in Chapter 11 Case
October 2011
•Pachulski Stang Wins Corporate Turnaround Deal of the Year Award
June 2011
•Successful Retail Liquidation: Plan Confirmed in Filene's Basement Chapter 11 Case
January 26, 2010
•Pachulski Ranked Among Top Bankruptcy Firms by Chambers
June 12, 2009
•PSZJ Attorneys Among Best Lawyers in America
2008

Publicaiton

•Navigating Corporate Bankruptcy in the Electronic Age
Bankruptcy Law 360, January 15, 2015
•Numerous articles for national and regional seminars
•Coauthor with Erin Gray, Recent Developments in Avoidance Actions, in Best of ABI 2012: The Year in Business Bankruptcy (ABI)
•Contributing author, Bankruptcy Business Acquisitions (LexMed 1998)

Events

•Hot Topics in Valuation
Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors 35th Annual Bankruptcy & Restructuring Conference
Boston, June 7, 2019
•Litigation in Bankruptcy: How to Avoid It If You Can and Win It If You Can't
2019 American College of Bankruptcy First Circuit Boston College Law School Bankruptcy Symposium
Boston, March 22, 2019
•Cross-Border Collisions
INSOL International Annual Regional Conference in the Americas
New York, April 29, 2018
•Cross-Border Collisions
American Bankruptcy Institute International Committee
New York, April 29, 2018
•Final Debtor-in-Possession Financing and Bidding Procedures
Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Bankruptcy Trial Practice Seminar
Wilmington DE, October 30, 2017
•2016 and 2017 Supreme Court Review
American Bankruptcy Institute sessions at the National Conference of Bankrupty Judges
Las Vegas, NV, October 10, 2017
•Hot Topics in Advanced Restructuring
American Bankruptcy Institute Delaware Views From the Bench
Wilmington DE, September 13, 2017
•Plan Conversions of Debt to Equity: The Means, the Math, the Risks, and the Upsides
24th Annual American Bankruptcy Institute Northeastern Conference
Newport RI, July 21, 2017
•Rainmaking and Networking
2017 TMA Now Summit
Chicago, May 16, 2017
•The New Consumer: Going Beyond the Balance Sheet to Address Core Business Challenges
TMA Distressed Investing Conference
Las Vegas, February 2, 2017
•Rapid Fire: Strategies for a Quick Reorganization
2016 American Bankruptcy Institute Winter Leadership Program
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, December 2, 2016
•Jurisdictional Issues in Crossborder Fraud
American Bankruptcy Institute Crossborder Insolvency Program
New York, November 14, 2016
•How’d She Do That?!
Delaware State Bar Association
June 16, 2016
•International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring
IWIRC Delaware Network
May 25, 2016
•Opportunity Amidst Crisis-Buying Distressed Assets, Claims and Securities for Fun & Profit
Restructuring, Insolvency & Troubled Companies 2016
Webinar, March 4, 2016
•Help, My Small Business Is in Trouble
Restructuring, Insolvency & Troubled Companies 2016
February 5, 2016
•Best Practices in Bankruptcy Law
Supreme Court of Delaware Pre-Admission Conference
Wilmington DE, November 13, 2015
•Leases in Business Cases, Large and Small: Asset or Liability
Twentieth Annual Bankruptcy Conference
Cooperstown NY, October 23, 2015
•Retention/Compensation Roundtable
89th Annual National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
Miami Beach, September 29, 2015
•Ethics: You’re Outta There! Avoiding Disqualification Landmines
American Bankruptcy Institute 11th Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop
Hershey PA, August 7, 2015
•Complex Financial Litigation 2015
Financial Poise webinar
July 7, 2015
•Utilizing and Preparing Valuation Experts in Bankruptcy Litigation
Turnaround Management Association webinar
June 30, 2015
•Valuation Fights in Bankruptcy
Complex Financial Litigation 2015
Financial Poise webinar, June 10, 2015
•Bankruptcy Judges' Roundtable: Discussion of Issues Affecting Our Industry
Turnaround Management Association 13th Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Symposium
Atlantic City NJ, June 10, 2015
•Bankruptcy for Fun and Profit: Claims Trading and 363 Sales
Restructuring, Insolvency, and Distressed Investing 2015
Financial Poise webinar, March 25, 2015
•Basics of Bankruptcy Litigation for the Nonbankruptcy Litigator
March 11, 2015
•Creditor Boot Camp
Restructuring, Insolvency, and Distressed Investing 2015
Financial Poise webinar, February 25, 2015
•How to Buy Distressed Businesses/Assets Outside of Bankruptcy
Restructuring, Insolvency, and Distressed Investing 2015
Financial Poise webinar, February 11, 2015
•Everything the GC Should Know About Chapter 11
Restructuring, Insolvency, and Distressed Investing 2015
Financial Poise Webinar, January 28, 2015
•Substantive Best Practices: Bankruptcy Law
Delaware State Court Pre-Admission Conference
Wilmington, November 7, 2014
•Hot Topics and Trends in Restructuring
Powering Forward: Mapping the Future (12th Annual TMA Mid-Atlantic Regional Symposium)
June 12, 2014
•Bankruptcy for Fun and Profit: Claims Trading and 363 Sales
Webinar, June 10, 2014
•Basics of Bankruptcy Litigation for the Nonbankruptcy Litigator
Webinar, June 3, 2014
•Creditor Boot Camp
Restructuring, Insolvency & Distressed Investing 2014
Webinar, May 27, 2014
•How to Buy Distressed Businesses/Assets Outside of Bankruptcy
Restructuring, Insolvency & Distressed Investing 2014
Webinar, May 20, 2014
•Everything the GC Should Know About Chapter 11
Restructuring, Insolvency & Distressed Investing 2014
Webinar, May 12, 2014
•Strategic Alternatives for Distressed Businesses
Restructuring, Insolvency & Distressed Investing 2014
Webinar, April 22, 2014
•The Jay Alix Protocol Revisited: What Is It, How and When Has It Been/Is It Applied, Should It Be Applied Rigidly or Loosely, and Does a Viable Alternative Exist? Tips for Lawyers and Financial Professionals in Dealing With the Protocol
ABI Winter Leadership Conference
December 7, 2013
•Chapter 11 Professional Issues: Proper Disclosure and Retention and Addressing the New Rules of the Road on Compensation
87th Annual National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
Atlanta, November 1, 2013
•You’re Outta Here! Venue Issues After Patriot Coal
American Bankruptcy Institute Ninth Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop
Hershey PA, August 9, 2013
•Opportunities in Distressed Healthcare
Seventh Annual Kellogg Turnaround Management Conference
April 25, 2013
•Bankruptcy for Fun and Profit: Claims Trading and 363 Sales
Restructuring, Insolvency, & Distressed Investing 2013
March 28, 2013
•Basics of Bankruptcy Litigation for the Nonbankruptcy Litigator
Restructuring, Insolvency & Distressed Investing 2013
March 21, 2013
•Views From the Bench 2012: Avoidance Actions
American Bankruptcy Institute
Washington DC, October 5, 2012
•Meeting the Challenges of Cross-Border Insolvencies & Restructurings: Examining Trends and Streamlining Procedures
Canadian Institute's 12th Annual Forum on Insolvency & Restructuring Law
Toronto ON, October 2, 2012
•Bad Boys Ain't What They Used to Be: Surprises for CMBS Guarantors and Other Developments in Real Estate Restructurings
2012 Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar
Cincinnati, August 17, 2012
•The Civil War: Inter-Creditor Issues in Chapter 11
2012 Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar
Cincinnati, August 16, 2012
•Industry Roundtable Discussion - Media
10th Anniversary TMA Mid-Atlantic Regional Symposium
Atlantic City, June 14, 2012
•Series LLCs in Bankruptcy: A Frank Discussion
Fiduciary Duties at the Intersection of Federal Bankruptcy and State Corporate Law
Wilmington DE, April 16, 2012
•Hot Topics in Confirmation
West LegalEdcenter broadcast of American Bankruptcy Institute program
West LegalEdcenter, Spring 2012
•How to Buy a Distressed Business
Restructuring, Insolvency & Distressed Investing for 2012
March 21, 2012
•A Civilized, Diplomatic Discussion About Venue: Pending Venue Legislation & Its Possible Impact
Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum
San Francisco, March 1, 2012
•Confirmation Issues
ABI's Delaware Bankruptcy Views From the Bench
Wilmington, November 21, 2011
•Meeting at the Crossroads: What Business Lawyers Need to Know About the Intersection of Finance, Real Estate, and Bankruptcy Law
ABA Spring Meeting
April 14, 2011
•Important Cross-Border Developments Impacting Your Canadian Practice
Canadian Institute's 11th Annual Forum on Advanced Commercial Insolvency & Restructuring
January 19, 2011
•Strategic Alternatives for Distressed Businesses Workshop
Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the Turnaround Managment Association
Chicago, May 11, 2010
•Ethical Issues in Corporate Governance in Restructuring and Bankruptcy
TMA 2009 Annual Convention
Phoenix, October 9, 2009
•Reorganizations, Going-Concern Sales and Liquidations in the Current Capital Markets
Potential Treatment of Creditors’ Claims, Valuation and Feasibility Issues, and Other Considerations Affecting a Debtor’s Strategic Alternatives
National Harbor MD, April 3, 2009
•The Widening Gap and Its Impact on Venue Selection
Circuit Splits
Tucson AZ, December 6, 2008

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Bankruptcy Chapter 11
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Commercial Workouts
  • International Insolvency
  • Out of Court Debt Restructuring

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
302.778.6401  Phone
www.pszjlaw.com
University Attended:
University of Delaware, B.S.B.A., magna cum laude, 1983; Delta Theta Phi, Officer, 1984-1985
Law School Attended:
Dickinson School of Law, J.D., Alpha Mu Alpha; Beta Gamma Sigma, 1986
Year of First Admission:
1986
Admission:
1986, Delaware; 1989, District of Columbia
Memberships:

Professional Affiliations

•fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
•Founding Chair and Member, Board of ABI Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop
•Board Member, Georgetown/ABI Views from the Bench
•Board Member, VALCON
•Member, Committee for the 2017 TMA Distressed Investing Conference
•Member, Delaware State Bar Association Bankruptcy Subcommittee
•American Bar Association Business Bankruptcy Committee Subcommittee on Chapter 11 Bankruptcies
•Member, American Bar Association Business Bankruptcy Committee Subcommittee on Bankruptcy Rules

Birth Information:
Wilmington, Delaware, March 14, 1961
Reported Cases:
Representations: Chapter 11 debtors in M & G USA Corporation, True Religion, American Apparel, Emerald Oil, Deb Stores, Cache Inc., Magnum Hunter Resources, Delivery Agent, Revstone Industries, Exide Technologies, EveryWare Global, AFA Investment and SS Body Armor, Inc ., Champion Homes; Aegis Mortgage; Filene's Basement; Mesa Air Group; EZ Lube; Mortgage Lenders Network; Latham International; Visteon Corporation; Intermet Corporation; Focal Communications; Superior TeleCom; Redback Networks; ACandS; Trans World Airlines; W.R. Grace & Company; American Tissue; Federal Mogul; Harnischfeger Industries; Fleming Companies; Zenith Electronics; Inacom Communications; RBX Corporation; Creditors' committees in TK Holdings (Takata Americas), LCI Holding Company ( LifeCare ), NE Opco, Palm Harbor Homes, Trico Marine Services, Premier International (Six Flags), Smurfit-Stone Container, Landsource Communities Development, Magna Entertainment, Waterlink, Key3Media, Finova Group, Exodus Communications, Duke and Long Distributing Company; Purina Mills; Counsel to second-lien notes indenture trustee of Energy Future Holdings Corporation
ISLN:
906101276

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Wilmington, Delaware

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