Babette Ceccotti is a partner at Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP in New York City, a law firm specializing in the representation of labor organizations and employee benefit plans. Ms. Ceccotti divides her time between the firm's bankruptcy practice and employee benefits practice. She has represented labor organizations in numerous bankruptcy cases in a wide range of industries, including Global Aviation Holdings, Inc., United Air Lines, Dana Corporation, Delphi Corporation, Chrysler and GM, the L.A. Dodgers, and other bankruptcy cases in the auto, steel, healthcare, textile, retail, sports, media and maritime industries. She has served as outside counsel to the AFL-CIO on bankruptcy matters since 1998. She was one of three members appointed by President Clinton to the 1995-1997 National Bankruptcy Review Commission. She has been appointed to the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11.
Ms. Ceccotti is a frequent speaker and contributor to programs on labor and employee benefits interests in bankruptcy cases, including programs sponsored by ABI, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Council, the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee and the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. In 2010, she testified at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law on H.R. 4677, "The Protecting Employees and Retirees in Business Bankruptcies Act of 2010."
Recent articles: "Lost in Transformation: The Disappearance of Labor Policies in Applying Section 1113 of the Bankruptcy Code," 15 American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review 415 (Winter, 2007); "What About My Pension: Bankruptcy Invades What Was Once a Secure World," Business Law Today, Volume 16, No. 2, American Bar Association Section of Business Law (Nov./Dec. 2006); "Wake Turbulence: Litigation Over Termination of United's Pension Plans," American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter, Volume 33 (Summer 2005). She has been a contributing editor of the Employee and Union Member Guide to Labor Law, published by the National Lawyers Guild and a contributing author of the Employee Benefits Law Treatise and Supplements published by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and BNA Books.