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Francis J. Lawall

Francis J. Lawall


Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215.981.4481    Fax: 215.981.4750

"A very skilled and tenacious lawyer. Practical, knowledgeable and well respected." – Chambers USA 2020

Francis J. Lawall, a partner in the Commercial Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP. As a business lawyer, he concentrates in national insolvency reorganization matters, including the representation of medical, energy and steel companies 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, energy, automotive, clothing and construction materials industries.

Mr. Lawall has lectured and published on bankruptcy issues. 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. In addition, he routinely lectures to various creditor groups concerning general bankruptcy issues, including preferences, reclamation, the role of creditors’ committees and related issues. He is the lead author of Debt Adjustments for Municipalities Under Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code, A Collier Monograph. He is co-author of "How to Turn Around a Corporation Plagued with Mass Toxic Torts" (Workouts & Turnarounds, The Handbook of Restructuring and Investing in Distressed Companies) and "Representing the Performance Bond Surety" (Construction Defaults: Rights, Duties and Liabilities).


  • 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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