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David A. Murdoch

K&L Gates LLP

Pittsburgh, PA, USA


David A. Murdoch was an equity partner in the international law firm of K&L Gates LLP for 33 years and became Of Counsel to the firm in January 2012. He practices primarily to the areas of bankruptcy law and litigation, restructuring transactions, insolvency matters, Chapter 11 reorganizations and Chapter 7 liquidations. His representations have spanned numerous industries and businesses, including national banks and other financial institutions, health care organizations, energy companies, steel manufacturers, automobile suppliers, and retail entities. He has represented creditors, debtors, shareholders, equity participants and other interested parties in insolvency situations, reorganizations, restructurings, state-court proceedings and liquidations both in and out of court.

Mr. Murdoch has written, lectured, and served as a panelist on numerous bankruptcy and insolvency-related topics, including leveraged buyouts, fraudulent conveyances, preferences, reclamation claims, set off, recoupment, and critical vendors. He has published on issues relating to business workouts, director and officer liability in insolvency situations, cross-border forum shopping, third-party protections in restructurings, limited liability companies, economic change as it relates to bankruptcy legislation and policy and the Bankruptcy Code generally.

Mr. Murdoch is a member of the TriBar Opinion Committee, a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and of the American Bar Foundation, as well as a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association (Business Bankruptcy Committee), the American Bankruptcy Institute, the International Insolvency Institute, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association (PA). He is a member of his law firm’s Opinion Committee and its Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group. 

Mr. Murdoch was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America in the areas of banking and finance law, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, international trade and finance law and litigation—bankruptcy law. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in America. Mr. Murdoch graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. degree, magna cum laude in 1964 and from the Harvard Law School with an LL.B. degree in 1967. 

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