Francis J. Lawall

Francis J. Lawall

Partner

Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215.981.4481    Fax: 215.981.4750

lawallf@pepperlaw.com

"He is an excellent negotiator who has the client's best interests in mind at all times." - Chambers USA 2015

Francis J. Lawall, a partner in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP, concentrates in national bankruptcy and reorganization matters, including the representation of major oil companies in bankruptcy proceedings throughout the United States. He also has broad experience in the reorganization of companies plagued with massive toxic tort liabilities, as well as companies in the textile, automotive, clothing and construction materials industries. He has represented numerous buyers and sellers of assets in and out of bankruptcy proceedings.

Mr. Lawall has lectured and published on bankruptcy and credit  issues. In addition, he writes monthly articles on current bankruptcy issues for The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia). He regularly presents bankruptcy seminars to the National Petroleum Energy Credit Association and the International Energy Credit Association. He has also presented numerous seminars to the Philadelphia Bar Association on various topics including Representing the Asset Purchaser in Chapter 11 and to the American Bar Association, Subcommittee on Mass and Massive Torts, concerning the use of limited fund class actions as an alternative to bankruptcy. In addition, he routinely lectures to various creditor groups concerning general bankruptcy issues, including preferences, reclamation, the role of creditors’ committees and related issues.

Education

  • B.A., Economics, summa cum laude, Temple University, 1981
  • M.A., Economics, Temple University, 1982
  • J.D., Temple University School of Law, 1985, editorial board, Temple Law Review

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Practice Areas