Elizabeth J. Austin is a member and chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the firm’s Litigation Department. Her practice consists of the representation of financial institutions, creditors’ committees, debtors and trustees in both reorganizations and liquidations and related bankruptcy court litigation.
Prior to rejoining Pullman & Comley in 2006, she was the Assistant United States Trustee for the Southern District of New York, where she oversaw all Chapter 11 proceedings filed in the district including such major cases as Refco, Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Delphi, Calpine and Dana Automotive. She argued crucial motions in major cases including the U.S. Trustee’s motions for examiners and trustees in the Refco, Delta and Adelphia cases. She also oversaw the appointment of creditors’ committees, including equity committees, in all major cases.
Prior to joining the Office of the United States Trustee, Liz was a member and chair of Pullman & Comley’s Bankruptcy Section.
In her bankruptcy litigation practice, she represented major creditors in the Chapter 11 cases of three airlines; debtors and creditors’ committees; official committees of working interest and royalty owners in numerous oil company bankruptcies; and debtors and creditors in real estate cases involving shopping centers, apartment complexes and office buildings.
In addition to her bankruptcy experience, Liz has considerable trial experience in both state and federal courts.
Liz has written on many aspects of bankruptcy law. Most recently she was a contributing author and editor to Examiners in Bankruptcy Cases: A Guide for Examiners, Courts and Practitioners, 2013-2014 Edition, published by Thomson Reuters Westlaw. Liz also wrote a case study titled “Alternatives to Bankruptcy for Insolvent Nursing Homes,” published by the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, and on matters related to bankruptcy fraudulent transfer avoidance, the bankruptcy collection process, bankruptcy ethics and the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994. She has lectured on bankruptcy law before numerous professional groups.