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Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

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Pauline Morgan has a wealth of experience in corporate bankruptcy matters and out-of-court restructurings. Her clients include major creditors, debtors and purchasers of distressed assets.


Pauline Morgan is a partner in Young Conaway’s bankruptcy and corporate restructuring section and is a member of the firm’s management committee. She served as chair of the firm's bankruptcy practice from 2011 to March 2019.

Ms Morgan handles a broad diversity of restructuring matters and represents the full range of participants in corporate bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings – debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, official and unofficial committees of creditors, and purchasers of distressed assets.

Ms Morgan has played an instrumental role in some of the largest, highest-profile Chapter 11 cases in the country, including Arsenal Energy Holdings, LBI Media, Diesel USA, The Bon-Ton Stores, Performance Sports Group, Takata Corporation (Chapter 15 debtor), Eastman Kodak, Ascent Resources Marcellus Holdings, Modular Space Corporation, Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Coldwater Creek, GateHouse Media, Buffets Holdings, AbitibiBowater, Energy Future Holdings Corp, Paragon Offshore PLC, Dendreon Corporation and Exide Technologies.

Colleagues and clients alike trust Ms Morgan’s advice and good judgement, and appreciate her commitment to finding a practical solution to complex problems She was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy in 2015. Ms Morgan has been recognised by The Best Lawyers of America, SuperLawyers and Who’s Who Legal as a leading restructuring and insolvency lawyer, and she is ranked in the top tier by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which noted that she is “a highly respected figure” and “one of the leading lights” in the Delaware market. Ms Morgan was also highlighted in Fortune magazine as one of the country’s “Women Leaders in the Law”.

Ms Morgan received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is admitted in Delaware, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Ms Morgan is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Turnaround Management Association, the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, and the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Federation. She also serves as a contributing author for the commercial provisions of the Colliers Forms Manual.

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