Francis J. Lawall

Francis J. Lawall


Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215.981.4481    Fax: 215.981.4750

"Truly an amazing attorney - hands-on, pragmatic, simplifies communication, solves problems and has a high understanding of business." – Chambers USA 2018

Francis J. Lawall, a partner in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP, concentrates in national bankruptcy matters and workouts, including the representation of Debtors, Creditors Committees, Trustees and Examiners.   He also has broad experience in complex bankruptcy litigation matters involving class actions, claims resolution, healthcare and massive toxic tort liabilities.

In addition to his undergraduate degree in economics, Mr. Lawall earned an master’s degree in economics and finance, which has proven vital in assisting clients in understanding and solving complex financial  problems. Mr. Lawall has lectured and published extensively on restructuring and credit issues. In addition, he writes monthly articles on current bankruptcy topics for The Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia). He regularly presents educational seminars to the National Petroleum Energy Credit Association and the International Energy Credit Association. He has also presented numerous programs 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 litigation issues.


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

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

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