Felicia Gerber Perlman - McDermott Will & Emery


Felicia Gerber Perlman focuses her practice on complex business reorganizations, debt restructurings and insolvency matters. She is the Global Head of the Firm’s Business Restructuring Practice Group. Felicia advises debtors, creditors, lenders, investors, sellers, purchasers and other parties-in-interest in all stages of restructuring transactions, from Chapter 11 reorganizations to out-of-court negotiations, workouts and acquisitions. She frequently presents on bankruptcy topics and is featured in several notable publications.


  • Represented Quorum Health Corporation in its pre-packaged Chapter 11 cases involving the restructuring of approximately $1.5 billion of funded debt. The successful restructuring took place during the Covid-19 pandemic and ultimately resulted in the successful deleveraging of Quorum’s balance sheet by approximately $500 million. This work was awarded the Pre-Pack Restructuring of the Year – Large Markets recognition as part of Global M&A Network’s 13th Annual Turnaround Atlas Awards
  • Represented Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. in its prepackaged Chapter 11 reorganization in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York*
  • Represented Dendreon Corporation in its Chapter 11 reorganization in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware*

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  • The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy, 2008-2024
  • Chambers USA, Band 2 in Bankruptcy/Restructuring, 2009-2024
  • Legal 500 US, Recommended, Restructuring (including bankruptcy), Corporate, 2021-2024
  • Thomson Reuters, Stand-out Lawyer – independently rated lawyers, 2023-2024
  • Global Restructuring Review GRR 100, Recommended, 2023

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  • Board of Directors of Chicago Sinfonietta, member of the executive committee
  • Women in Law Empowerment Forum, member
  • Chicago Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms, member


Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, JD, 1992
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, BSE, 1989
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, BA, 1989

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois