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David G. Heiman (Dave)


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  • University of Cincinnati (J.D. 1970; Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Law Review; B.A. 1967)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

David Heiman has advised clients in business bankruptcy/restructuring for more than 35 years. Having founded Jones Day's bankruptcy practice in 1984, he has played a key role in many large business bankruptcy and out-of-court business restructurings in the United States. His practice includes representations of debtors, lenders, creditors, and distressed assets purchasers.

David most recently led the City of Detroit chapter 9 case, the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Other representative chapter 11 and out-of-court debtor representations include: Allied Stores/Federated Department Stores (also as acquirer of R.H. Macy), Alpha Natural Resources, NII Holdings, Boscov's Department Stores, Burlington Industries, Cardinal Industries, Child World, Chrysler LLC, Imperial Home Decor Group, Kendavis Industries, LTV Steel, Oglebay Norton, Pillowtex, RadioShack,Tribune Companies, USG, and White Motor. David also represented lenders in the Carmike Cinemas, Olympia & York, and Phar-Mor restructurings and creditors in the Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation; Home Place; and Paragon Trade Brands restructurings. He has advised acquirors of distressed assets, including American Greetings and WL Ross & Co., in the American Home Mortgage, Bethlehem Steel, Collins & Aikman, and Horizon National Resources matters.

David is past chair of the American College of Bankruptcy, currently co-chairs the Governance Advisory Board of the ABI Study on Chapter 11, and led bar-related, community, and charitable groups. He was named a leading lawyer in bankruptcy/restructuring in virtually all the relevant ranking publications. He was one of The American Lawyer's 2015 Dealmakers of the Year and received Law360's 2014 MVP Award for Business Restructuring/Reorganization.

Honors & Distinctions

  • American College of Bankruptcy (past director, president, and chair)

    Chambers USA ("Star" above Band 1)

    Turnarounds & Workouts "Outstanding Restructuring Lawyers"

    K&A Restructuring Register: America's Top 100

    Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America

    Best Lawyers in America (25-plus years, since inception)

    BTI Client Service All-Star

    2010 University of Cincinnati Alumni Master Award
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