Debra Felder

Senior Associate

Washington, D.C.

Debbie Felder, a senior associate in the Washington, D.C. office, is a member of the Restructuring Group. Debbie has extensive experience in the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency, and creditors' rights.

Debbie represents secured and unsecured creditors, investors, lenders, asset purchasers, financial institutions, preference defendants, debtors, and other parties in a wide variety of bankruptcy and restructuring matters, and in related litigation throughout the United States. 

Recent notable engagements include representing counsel to a borrower in the restructuring of a toll road, representing financial institutions and others in the global Lehman insolvency proceedings, representing a lender in the restructuring of a performing arts center, and representing a purchaser in a section 363 bankruptcy sale.

Debbie is active in pro bono matters including advising distressed clients in corporate dissolution proceedings pursuant to state statutes.  She also represents proposed guardians and adoptive parents in connection with guardianship and adoption proceedings involving abused or neglected children in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

Prior to joining Orrick, Debbie was an associate at Swidler Berlin LLP. As an undergraduate, she spent four summers as an intern in the Clerk's Office of the United States Supreme Court. During her time at the United States Supreme Court, Debbie researched and wrote a paper on the U.S. Attorneys General, which she presented to the U.S. Solicitor General.

  • Energy and Commodities:

    • Counsel to an offshore drilling company in the restructuring of approximately $4 billion in secured and unsecured debt.
    • Counsel to a corporation and individuals in the appeal of fraudulent transfer litigation in the bankruptcy of Magnesium Corporation.
    • Counsel to Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) in the bankruptcy of Mirant Corporation.


    • Lenders’ and Agent’s counsel in $6 billion debt restructuring and bankruptcy of Indiana Toll Road.
    • Counsel to the borrower in $400 million debt restructuring of Pocahontas Parkway.

     Public Finance:

    • Lender’s counsel in the restructuring of a performing arts center.
    • Lender’s counsel in the Chapter 9 bankruptcy of Jefferson County, Alabama.
    • Represent issuers, underwriters and credit enhancers on bankruptcy issues with respect to mortgage loans (residential and commercial) and tobacco settlement payments.

    Other Notable Engagements:

    • Counsel to original equipment manufacturer in Chapter 11 case of TK Holdings Inc. (Takata) in connection with global restructuring deal.  
    • Counsel to asset purchasers in acquisition of assets from section 363 bankruptcy sales.
    • Agent’s counsel in two Chapter 11 cases for owner and developer of thousands of acres of land in North Las Vegas.
    • Counsel to various secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 cases across the United States.
    • Counsel to the future claimants' representative in asbestos bankruptcy cases of W.R. Grace, Combustion Engineering, Congoleum Corporation and Garlock Sealing Technologies.