David M. Powlen

David M. Powlen


Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Recognized since 1995

Wilmington, Delaware

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

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David Powlen is the managing partner of the Delaware office, and his practice ranges from negotiating and documenting transactions to addressing actual or potential litigation. David is devoted to serving as a trusted adviser in all client assignments.

Experienced in business bankruptcy, insolvency and special situations, David is regularly involved in Chapter 11 cases before the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts in Delaware and the Southern District of New York and in many other jurisdictions. He represents secured and unsecured creditors; investors; purchasers of assets; parties to leases, licenses and other agreements; defendants in actions to recover alleged preferences or other transfers; and a variety of other clients. Also, David is involved in merger, acquisition, financing and restructuring transactions and delivering opinions associated with them, and he appears in cases before the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, the Delaware Court of Chancery and the Delaware Superior Court.

David is frequently called to consult with and assist other professionals, both outside and inside the firm, in analyzing issues and executing upon a broad array of assignments. He enjoys the variety and often fast-paced nature of his work and in dealing with the challenges presented. He looks for opportunities to be an innovator and developer of desirable outcomes, in addition to being an advocate and problem solver, for clients.

David has completed multiple terms as chair of the firm’s Finance, Insolvency and Restructuring Department, has been a member of the Management Committee and the Non-Legal Affiliates Committee, and at various times has served in other administrative roles for the firm. Reflecting the scope of his practice, he is also a member of the Corporate Department, the Litigation Department and several practice groups. While residing in Indianapolis earlier in his career with the firm, David was the first attorney there who concentrated on and developed a practice in creditors’ rights and bankruptcy law. Also, he helped start the firm’s Delaware office in 2009 and has been based there since.

From 2001 through 2008, David worked full-time as a senior investment banker and financial advisor on merger and acquisition, recapitalization, reorganization, valuation and other assignments. During that time, he achieved and to the present has maintained the designation of a Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor (Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors). From his roles and experiences in those years, David brings an interdisciplinary approach to and keen aptitude for the business aspects of assignments.

David has been a speaker at programs for and author in publications by the American Bar Association, American Bankers Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors, Commercial Law League, National Business Institute, National Association of Credit Managers, Turnaround Management Association, and other professional and industry associations.

Contact & Links

Location

  • 1000 North West Street, Suite 1500
    Wilmington, DE 19801-1054

Education

  • Harvard University, A.B.
  • Harvard University Law School , J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware, Delaware State Bar Association
  • Indiana, Indiana State Bar Association
  • New York, New York State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

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