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Hon. Robert D. Drain

Hon. Robert D. Drain

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York

White Plains, NY, USA


Robert Drain is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York.

Judge Drain received his B.A. degree cum laude with honors from Yale University in 1979 and his J.D. degree in 1984 from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar for three years.

At the time of his appointment in 2002, he was a partner in the Bankruptcy Department of the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where he represented debtors, trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, official and unofficial creditors committees, and buyers of distressed businesses and distressed debt in chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings and bankruptcy-related litigation.  He also was actively involved in several transnational insolvency matters.

Judge Drain is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a member and board member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, a member of the International Insolvency Institute, and a member and board member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.  He is a past member and secretary of the Bankruptcy and Reorganization Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  He was an adjunct professor for several at St. John’s University School of Law’s LLM in Bankruptcy Program and currently is an adjunct professor at Pace University School of Law and has lectured and written on numerous bankruptcy-related topics.

Since his appointment he has presided over such chapter 11 cases as Loral, RCN, Cornerstone, Refco, Allegiance Telecom, Delphi, Coudert Brothers, Frontier Airlines, Star Tribune, Reader’s Digest, A&P, Hostess Brands, Christian Brothers, Momentive, and Roust.  He also has presided over the ancillary or plenary cases, as the case may be, of Corporacion Durango, Satellites Mexicanas, Parmalat S. p. A. and its affiliated United States debtors, Varig S.A., Yukos (II), SphinX, Galvex Steel, TBS Shipping, Excel Maritime, Nautilus and Landsbanki Islands and has served as the court-appointed mediator in a number of chapter 11 cases.

He is the author of a novel, The Great Work in the United States of America.

Hon. Robert D. Drain is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Recent Developments in Jurisdiction, Venue, Abstention, Remand, Removal, Withdrawal of the Reference, Jury Trials and Appeals (February 22, 2017) - Bankruptcy & Reorganizations 2017: Current Developments, Friday, April 28, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Current Jurisdictional and Procedural Issues – Wellness Int’l, Stern v. Marshall, Madoff, et al. - Bankruptcy & Reorganizations 2017: Current Developments, Monday, May 01, 2017
Potpourri of Current Market Developments in Chapter 7 and 11 Business Cases – Energy Future Holdings, Momentive, Radio Shack, Caesars, EDMC, ResCap, Lehmann, Madoff, et al. and Mediation - Bankruptcy & Reorganizations 2017: Current Developments, Monday, May 01, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Potpourri of Current Market Developments in Chapter 7 and 11 Business Cases – Energy Future Holdings, Momentive, Radio Shack, Caesars, EDMC, ResCap, Lehmann, Madoff, et al. and Mediation - Potpourri of Current Market Developments in Chapter 7 and 11 Business Cases – Energy Future Holdings, Momentive, Radio Shack, Caesars, EDMC, ResCap, Lehmann, Madoff, et al. and Mediation, Monday, May 01, 2017
Current Jurisdictional and Procedural Issues – Wellness Int’l, Stern v. Marshall, Madoff, et al. - Current Jurisdictional and Procedural Issues – Wellness Int’l, Stern v. Marshall, Madoff, et al., Monday, May 01, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Potpourri of Current Market Developments in Chapter 7 and 11 Business Cases – Energy Future Holdings, Momentive, Radio Shack, Caesars, EDMC, ResCap, Lehmann, Madoff, et al. and Mediation - Potpourri of Current Market Developments in Chapter 7 and 11 Business Cases – Energy Future Holdings, Momentive, Radio Shack, Caesars, EDMC, ResCap, Lehmann, Madoff, et al. and Mediation, Monday, May 01, 2017
Current Jurisdictional and Procedural Issues – Wellness Int’l, Stern v. Marshall, Madoff, et al. - Current Jurisdictional and Procedural Issues – Wellness Int’l, Stern v. Marshall, Madoff, et al., Monday, May 01, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Bankruptcy & Reorganizations 2017: Current Developments, Wednesday, May 03, 2017, New York, NY
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