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13 June 20214 minute read

Dennis O'Donnell and Ben Winger join DLA Piper's Restructuring practice

DLA Piper announced today that Dennis O'Donnell and Ben Winger have joined the firm’s Restructuring practice. O’Donnell joins as a partner based in New York, and Winger joins as a partner in Chicago.

O’Donnell focuses on corporate reorganization and bankruptcy-related litigation matters and has represented debtors, lenders, official and unofficial committees, significant creditors, equity holders, examiners and acquirors in chapter 11 cases, chapter 15 cases, loan restructurings and out-of-court workouts. He has played significant roles in some of the largest and most complex chapter 11 cases of the past 30 years, many of which have involved multi-billion dollar restructurings and precedent-setting decisions.

Winger handles all aspects of corporate restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings. He brings particular experience representing privately and publicly held companies across all industries, with recent focus on the energy, retail and transportation sectors. He has advised boards of directors, management teams, equity sponsors, ad hoc groups and buyers of distressed assets, among others, on in-court and out-of-court transactions. Having worked with a number of multinational companies, Winger also has strong cross-border, international insolvency experience.

“Dennis and Ben add considerable bench strength to our restructuring team, and their addition will bolster our ability to manage large and complex restructuring efforts,” said Richard Chesley, chair of DLA Piper’s Restructuring practice and co-US managing partner of the firm. “They are both experienced and well-regarded practitioners who will play a key role as we continue to strengthen and expand our restructuring capabilities to better serve our clients’ legal needs.”

“Dennis and Ben have been involved in a number of sophisticated and precedent-setting cases, and their guidance will be instrumental across a range of matters,” added Rachel Albanese, vice chair of the firm’s US Restructuring practice. “Clients across our national and global platform will benefit from their nuanced insights and counsel.”

O’Donnell, who joins from Milbank, received his J.D. from Cardozo Law School and his B.A. from Haverford College. Winger joins from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and his B.A. from Georgetown University.