Kathryn A. (Katie) Coleman, a partner in Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s New York office, co-chairs the Corporate Reorganization & Bankruptcy practice and sits on the firm’s Executive Committee. Katie has handled a wide range of chapter 11 representations and other high-stakes insolvency-related matters in her more than 35 years in practice, including chapter 11 restructurings for US and non-US companies, cross-border insolvency matters, out-of-court restructurings, acquisitions and investments, and dealing with “bet-the-company” litigation claims including trade secret and RICO cases and nationwide DOJ investigations. Her clients include chapter 11 debtors, special committees of boards of directors, DIP lenders, equity sponsors, traditional and nontraditional secured lenders, unsecured creditors (both official committees and significant creditors for their own account), and financial and strategic buyers.
Ms. Coleman is a trusted advisor to the inner management circles of her clients, with substantial experience in advising management and boards of directors on corporate governance, fiduciary duty and D&O insurance matters.
Ms. Coleman has advised clients on, and litigated at the trial and appellate levels, the significant legal issues inherent in modern restructuring and financial practice, including contested plan confirmations, prepackaged plans, credit bidding, exclusivity, debtor-in-possession financings, valuation, adequate protection, the ability to collaterally attack orders of the bankruptcy court and cash collateral usage. She has substantial experience litigating venue, remand, removal and stay issues, and has represented recovery trustees dealing with a myriad of post-confirmation issues and litigation.
Ms. Coleman is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy (ACB) and serves on the Board of the ACB’s charitable foundation. She also serves on the ACB’s Education Committee. She has served the maximum two terms on the Board of Directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute, co-chairs its annual Complex Financial Restructuring Program, and sits on the Advisory Boards for the annual VALCON and New York City educational programs. She frequently speaks on bankruptcy law and distressed investing, participating in programs sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, the American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association, AIRA, the M&A Advisor, the New York City Bar Association, California Continuing Education of the Bar and the American Bar Association. She serves on the Steering Committee of the NYC Bankruptcy Assistance Project.
Ms. Coleman is ranked by Chambers USA as a leading restructuring lawyer. She has twice been named to Lawdragon's list of 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers. She was recognized in 2019 by Crain’s New York Business’ Notable Women in Law List for her comprehensive knowledge of insolvency law. She was named a 2018 Bankruptcy MVP by Law360 and as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times. Ms. Coleman was also designated a leading lawyer in bankruptcy in The Best Lawyers in America, and her experience in cross-border insolvency was noted in the IFLR 500 and in PLC’s Cross-Border Restructuring and Insolvency Handbook.
Ms. Coleman graduated magna cum laude from Pomona College. She earned her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law (U.C. Berkeley), where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. She served as Senior Articles Editor of the California Law Review.
Ms. Coleman clerked for the Honorable C. Martin Pence, U.S. District Judge for the District of Hawaii.