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Derek C. Abbott


Tel: (302) 351-9357
Fax: (302) 425-4664

Derek C. Abbott is a member of Morris Nichols’ Business Reorganization and Restructuring Group — regarded by the Daily Bankruptcy Review as among the nation’s most prolific. Most recently, the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announced that Derek has been elected to ABI’s Board of Directors. An ABI member since 1998 Derek has been a speaker, a member of ABI’s Business Reorganization Committee and assisted in the planning of various conferences and educational panels. He will serve a term of three years on the 60-member ABI Board of Directors. He represents Fortune 1000, local, international and other organizations as lead or Delaware counsel in bankruptcy proceedings and litigation on behalf of debtors, creditors, official and ad hoc committees and transactional case constituents.  Derek works regularly with outside and inside counsel, turnaround professionals, crisis management firms, investment and non-investment bank professionals, and DIP and exit financing lenders.  His recent client representations include Nortel Networks, Overseas Shipholding Group, Delta Petroleum, Johnson Controls, AT&T, FKF Madison Group Owner, LLC, Lillian Vernon Corporation, Hancock Fabrics, Hollinger, Inc. and Nobex Corporation.
Derek is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, receiving a B.S. in 1987.  He has made the honor, leadership, and discipline that are the hallmarks of that institution the cornerstones of his professional career. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Caleb R. Layton III Service Award, given by the judges of the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Delaware to an attorney who personifies the qualities of a federal practitioner: legal acumen, professional decorum, and public service.  Derek’s Delaware community activities are frequent and diverse; from assisting the Delaware Legal Services Community with its fundraising activities to serving as legal counsel for a variety of indigent clients through Delaware Volunteer Legal Services.  He chairs Morris Nichols’ pro bono committee and sits on the firm’s recruiting committees.
An active member of the Bankruptcy Section, and Chapter 11 Committee, of the Delaware State Bar Association, Derek is also a member of the American Bar Association, Turnaround Management Association. He frequently presents before these and other business and professional audiences. His client and peer recommendations are numerous and have resulted in his recognition by Chambers USA: Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, and his selection for inclusion in Delaware Super Lawyers.
Derek received his J.D., with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1995, where he served as Staff Member, 1993-1994, and Publication Editor, 1994-1995, for the North Carolina Law Review

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