Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP announced today that Stacy A. Lutkus, former lead Law Clerk for the Lehman bankruptcy, has joined the firm as a Senior Attorney in the Corporate Restructuring Practice Group.

“We are delighted to have a lawyer of Stacy’s invaluable experience join us,” said Kristin K. Going, chair of the Corporate Restructuring Practice at Drinker Biddle. “Stacy’s first-hand knowledge of the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, wherein she helped guide the court through unchartered territory, will be of tremendous value to our lawyers and clients.”

Stacy joins the firm from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, where the Lehman bankruptcy was filed and presided over by the Honorable James M. Peck. After Judge Peck’s retirement, Stacy remained at the court to manage Judge Peck’s former case load, serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Shelley C. Chapman, the Honorable James L. Garrity, Jr., and the Honorable Robert E. Grossman.  Prior to this, Stacy worked as an attorney at two AmLaw100 firms and as a law clerk to the late Honorable James F. McClure, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Stacy has experience in all aspects of both in and out-of-court complex reorganization matters. She has advised clients in preparing chapter 11 matters for filing and negotiating restructuring transactions, including distressed asset sales/purchases, debtor-in-possession financing and exit financing. She has experience representing debtors, hedge funds and bank lenders in the financial services, real estate, telecommunications, entertainment, travel and gaming industries. In addition, Stacy’s background in government work has allowed her to develop a deep understanding of United States tax and anti-money laundering statutes.

Stacy earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2002 and her B.S., magna cum laude, from Drexel University in 1997.  She will reside in the firm’s Albany, N.Y., office.

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