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Thomas Moers Mayer


Co-chair, Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy

Phone: 212.715.9169 Fax: 212.715.8000 New York

Thomas Moers Mayer is co-chair of Kramer Levin’s 45-attorney Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Department.

Mr. Mayer has represented Official Committees of Unsecured Creditors in some of the largest cases in history, including General Motors, Chrysler, Capmark, Smurfit-Stone and Dana Corporation. Mr. Mayer has also played major roles in the largest municipal insolvencies, representing holders of $900 million in secured sewer warrants of Jefferson County, Alabama in that County's chapter 9 case and $1 billion in Certificates of Participation in the Detroit chapter 9. Mr. Mayer leads the Kramer Levin team focused on heavily indebted Puerto Rico and its instrumentalities.  He currently assists Amy Caton in her representation of $2.4 billion of secured bonds issued by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

Mr. Mayer has also represented investors in financially distressed companies. His transactions include the 1991 acquisition of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation and the 2006 hostile takeover of WCI Steel Corporation, both through chapter 11 plans supported by the United Steelworkers of America. He is the leading scholar on trading claims and taking control of corporations in chapter 11, having authored or co-authored (with Chaim J. Fortgang) five published articles and the Collier Bankruptcy Manual chapter on the topic.

Chief Justice John Roberts of the United States Supreme Court appointed Mr. Mayer to the United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules for a three-year term starting October 1, 2014. Mr. Mayer is a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, a non-partisan organization of approximately 60 leading lawyers, law professors and bankruptcy judges which provides bankruptcy advice to Congress. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, an honorary association of approximately 800 leading senior insolvency professionals.

J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1981
  • Editor, Harvard Law Review, 1980-1981
A.B., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Dartmouth College, 1977
New York, 1982
Honorable J. Edward Lumbard,  U.S.C.A., 2nd Circuit, 1981 - 1982
    -Benchmark Litigation (2014-2016)
    -The Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2015
    -Chambers USA (2004-2015)
    -Chambers Global, 2007-2015
    -AM Law Litigation Daily "Litigator of the Week" (July 9, 2015)
    -Legal 500 US, 2009-2014
    -New York Super Lawyers, 2006-2015
    -Adjunct Professor, Cardozo Law School (1998)
    -The Association of the Bar of the City of New York