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Claudia is a prominent and nationally recognized restructuring and bankruptcy lawyer, having practiced in this area for more than 35 years. Her practice encompasses representing companies experiencing financial challenges and crisis as well as leading creditors and members of boards of directors of companies in distress situations. She is known as a tireless, tenacious and effective advocate for her clients but also for her practical approach to solving problems and achieving consensus among disparate factions. Among the types of clients she has represented are committees of creditors, often comprised of members with disparate goals and conflicting positions. She is viewed by peers and clients as being smart, straightforward, candid, energetic, trustworthy, respectful of others’ views, a good listener and practical in her approach to disputes.


  • George Washington University Law School, 1980, J.D.
  • Trinity College, 1977, B.A., high honors, Phi Beta Kappa

  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American College of Bankruptcy (since 2002); member of Board of Directors (since 2013)
  • Fellow of the American Bar Association (since 2005)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section, Bankruptcy Committee
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Business Law Section, Former Chair of the Uniform Commercial Code Subcommittee
  • Turnaround Management Association, Board Member of Philadelphia Chapter
  • National Liberty Museum Board member (since 2010)
  • Office Managing Partner of Philadelphia office of Reed Smith  (2007-2010)

Awards & Recognition

  • Received the Best Lawyers™ 2015 Litigation - Bankruptcy "Lawyer of the Year" award in Philadelphia.
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2006-2020
  • Selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for Bankruptcy: Business (2004-2019)
  • Recognized in Chambers USA as one of America's leading bankruptcy/restructuring lawyers (2003 - 2017)
  • Inducted into the American College of Bankruptcy in 2002; became a member of its Board of Directors in 2013