Daniel J. Merrett

Jones Day 

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Peachtree Street Northeast 1420
Atlanta 30309 GA US

Daniel J. (Dan) Merrett has substantial experience representing clients in some of the most significant corporate and municipal restructurings over the past decade. He represents companies across a variety of industries, municipalities, secured lenders, unsecured creditors, and other significant constituencies in distressed situations, with a particular focus on debtor representations in chapter 11 and chapter 9 bankruptcy.

Dan most recently represented aftermarket automotive distributor Transtar Holding Company in its successful prepackaged chapter 11 case. Previously, he played a leading role as debtors’ counsel in the chapter 11 cases of Alpha Natural Resources, one of the country’s largest coal companies.

Dan was also an important member of the restructuring teams in the historic bankruptcies of the City of Detroit and Chrysler LLC. In addition to debtors, he represents various other parties in insolvency-related matters, including banks, bond insurers and other secured creditors, distressed asset purchasers, official committee members, avoidance action defendants, and contract and lease counterparties.

Dan has written and presented extensively on bankruptcy topics. His articles have been published in the Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal, and Pratts Journal of Bankruptcy Law, among other authorities. He serves on the board of the Georgia chapter of the March of Dimes.


  • Georgia State University (J.D. magna cum laude 2007; Managing Editor, Georgia State University Law Review); University of Leeds, England (B.A. Hons. in French & Linguistics 1995)

BAR ADMISSIONS : Georgia and solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


  • Judicial intern to: the Honorable Marvin H. Shoob,
  • U.S. District Court,
  • Northern District of Georgia (2006) and the Honorable John J. Goger,
  • Fulton County Superior Court, Georgia (2005)


  • City of Detroit’s chapter 9 plan of adjustment confirmed
  • AFA Foods retains Jones Day in chapter 11 cases
  • Chrysler sold to Fiat-led “New Chrysler” after historic court proceedings
  • Black Diamond Mining files bankruptcy
  • Dana Corporation successfully reorganizes in U.S. and U.K. in “Deal of the Year”


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Peachtree Street Northeast 1420
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