Craig Goldblatt is an experienced bankruptcy litigator, with a focus on complex bankruptcy disputes and bankruptcy appeals. The core of his practice has been protecting the interests of secured creditors, financial institutions and insurance companies in bankruptcy-related disputes, though he has also represented leading technology, transportation and communications industry clients in bankruptcy matters. Mr. Goldblatt joined the firm in 1994.
Mr. Goldblatt represents parties in all stages of bankruptcy proceedings. The core of his practice involves bankruptcy and insolvency related trial-level matters and appeals—particularly the representation of financial institutions and other commercial creditors in bankruptcy litigation.
He has argued three bankruptcy cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, and one before the en banc Third Circuit. He has testified before a congressional committee on issues of bankruptcy law and policy.
He has also developed a particular expertise on consumer bankruptcy matters, representing several major mortgage servicers, holders of credit card and other unsecured debt, and bankruptcy trustees in a variety of regulatory investigations, bankruptcy disputes and appeals.
Outside of his bankruptcy practice, Mr. Goldblatt participated in WilmerHale’s representation of the University of Michigan, from the district court to the Supreme Court, in Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 US 306 (2003).
The Supreme Court’s decision in that case held that institutions of higher education may consider race as a factor in admissions decisions. He has also represented an array of pro bono clients in civil rights, criminal and constitutional litigation.
Mr. Goldblatt is a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference and is the chair of the ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee’s Subcommittee on Bankruptcy Litigation. He previously served as Chair of the Subcommittees on Bankruptcy Appeals and on Environmental and Mass Tort Claims.
He is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, and chairs the College’s Fourth Circuit Education Committee. He has taught as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a regular speaker at ABA, ABI and other conferences on bankruptcy matters. Mr. Goldblatt also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
- Representing the petitioning creditors in the involuntary bankruptcy case filed against the Houston Regional Sports Network and related litigation and appeals.
- Representing a leading debt buyer in an investigation and litigation by the Office of the US Trustee arising out of its proof-of-claim filing practices.
- Representing a leading financial institution in matters relating to the servicing of mortgage loans for borrowers in bankruptcy.
- Representing a chapter 13 trustee in the Supreme Court regarding the disposition of undisbursed funds upon conversion of the bankruptcy case to chapter 7.
- Representing Alcatel-Lucent, on appeal from a judgment in favor of a bankruptcy trustee for more than $335 million, arising out of the Winstar bankruptcy, on theories of preferential transfer, breach of contract and equitable subordination.
- Involvement in the firm’s representation of debtors in complex and high-profile bankruptcy matters, including PSINet, Iridium, US Office Products and Kmart.
- JD, University of Chicago Law School, 1993
- BA, Georgetown University, 1990
- District of Columbia
- United States Supreme Court
- The Hon. David H. Souter, US Supreme Court, 1995 – 1996
- The Hon. Richard D. Cudahy, US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1993 – 1994
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