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Thomas Moers Mayer


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 currently represents official creditors’ committees in Patriot Coal, WP Steel and Hostess. He also advises the Dutch Trustees of Lehman Brothers Treasury Co. B.V., the single largest creditor in the Lehman case with a claim of $34 billion and over 100,000 creditors of its own, on American law in connection with continuing Dutch bankruptcy proceedings.

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.

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. Mr. Mayer is also a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, an honorary association of approximately 660 leading senior insolvency professionals. 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.

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
Chief Judge J. Edward Lumbard,  U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1981 - 1982
    -The Association of the Bar of the City of New York


    -Adjunct Professor, Cardozo Law School (1998)