"Very business-focused, great for clients and efficient." – Chambers USA 2019
Francis J. Lawall, a partner in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP, concentrates in national bankruptcy matters, workout and litigation, including the representation of major steel, energy, utility and chemical companies as well as creditors’ committees 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, and has represented examiners as well as trustees.
In addition to his undergraduate degree in economics, Mr. Lawall earned a 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.