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David L. Lawton
Senior Counsel
P: +1.860.256.8544
F: +1.860.760.6814

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David Lawton is a member of the firm's Financial Restructuring team. Mr. Lawton's practice focuses on the representation of hedge funds, institutional investors, fund managers and other lenders and equity groups in complex workouts, insolvency proceedings, and litigation in U.S. and international corporate restructurings with particular emphasis on Australian workouts. Mr. Lawton has worked in a variety of sectors. His industry highlights include tribal gaming, agribusiness, real estate, and mining. Mr. Lawton has also assisted corporate clients with mergers and acquisitions, private offerings, private equity transactions, entity formation and general Connecticut and Delaware corporate law and strategy.

David has represented noteholder and bondholder groups in U.S. and international restructurings, including Centro Properties (Australia), Elders Limited (Australia), Australian Educational Trust, BlueScope Steel (Australia), Midwest Vanadium (Australia), Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (Foxwoods), and Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. David has represented French investment banks in U.S. bankruptcies and monoline reorganizations (Lehman Brothers and CIFG). David has also assisted in bankruptcy litigation in matters such as TOUSA, Inc.

Publications and Speeches

Panelist for “Energy Bankruptcies – A Conversation with Akin Gump and Bracewell” at Cowen and Company Energy & Natural Resources Conference, New York, NY – December 2016.

Co-author, "The Applicability of US Intellectual Property Provisions in a Chapter 15 Filing by Canadian Debtors," INSOL International ENL, September 2016.

Co-author, "Preparing Associates for the Courtroom," Connecticut Law Tribune, August 31, 2016.

Author, "Chapter 15 Themes - A Retrospective on Recent U.S. Cross Border Insolvency Decisions," INSOL International ENL, March 2016.

Co-author, "Losing Momentive: A Roadmap to Higher Cramdown Interest Rates," Harvard Business Law Review, June 15, 2015.

Co-author, "Australian Indemnities from the Perspective of US Noteholders," INSOL International ENL, June 2015.

Co-author, "The Momentive Decision: Payment of Non-Consenting Chapter 11 Secured Claims Over Time," ExpertGuides, August 2015.

Co-author, "Trading while Insolvent Liability and Forbearance and Restructuring Agreements in Australia," Financier Worldwide, March 2015.

Co-author, "Cross-Border Insolvency II, A Guide to Recognition and Enforcement (USA)," INSOL International, October 2012

"Ipso Facto Clauses: Not Always Unenforceable in Bankruptcy," Strafford, September 2013


J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, 2006
License ès Lettres, Universite Paul-Valery, Montpellier III, 2000
B.A., cum laude, with distinction, Point Loma Nazarene University, 1996

Bar Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court Connecticut
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


INSOL International
American College of Investment Counsel
Grace Academy, Board Member


Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate Guide, Rising Star, Financial Restructuring, 2016-2017
Connecticut Journal of International Law, Editor-in-Chief
Joseph A. Glick Award, International Law
M. Estes Haney Award, Religion and Philosophy
Hartford Business Journal 40 Under Forty, 2012