Peter S. Clark, II



  • Washington University School of Law, 1982, J.D.
  • Duke University, 1979, B.A., Public Policy Studies and Economics

Peter is the Global Head of the Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group.  Peter is ranked one of the "Nation's Top 10 Bankruptcy Lawyers" in the 2013 and 2014 editions of United States Lawyer Rankings.  He is included in the 2007-2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights.  In addition, he was selected as one of America's Leading Bankruptcy Lawyers by Chambers USA ("Peter was singled out as brilliant for really sophisticated matters") and by the Legal 500 ("Peter achieves extremely positive results in very difficult bankruptcy cases").  He holds an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the law publication's highest rating level for skill and integrity.  He is the immediate past Chair of the Loan Workouts Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Peter represents lenders, private equity funds, hedge funds, mutual funds, venture capital companies, insurance companies, indenture trustees, investors and committees of creditors in all aspects of workouts, restructurings, and reorganizations of financially distressed companies.  He typically represents bank groups or agent banks in workouts and restructurings of syndicated credits.  He appears regularly in the bankruptcy courts throughout the United States, including in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware. 

Employment History

  • 2000 - Reed Smith
    • Firmwide Co-Chair of the Financial Industry Group (2008)
    • Firmwide Head of the Commercial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Group (2004 to present)
    • Firmwide Hiring Partner (2003-2006)
  • 1982 - Duane Morris
    • Member of its Reorganization Section

Honors & Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2014-2015)
  • Recognized in Chambers USA as one of America's leading bankruptcy/restructuring lawyers (2014)

Professional Affiliations

  • Editorial Advisory Board, The Journal of Bankruptcy Law
  • Editorial Advisory Board, The Journal of Corporate Renewal
  • Advisory Board, American Bankruptcy Institute and Georgetown University Law Center, Continuing Legal Education
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • Committee on Business Bankruptcy of the American Bar Association
  • Committee on Commercial Financial Services of the American Bar Association