Suzzanne Uhland


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Suzzanne Uhland is a partner in O’Melveny’s New York and San Francisco offices and Chair of the US Restructuring Practice. Suzzanne represents parties in Chapter 11 reorganizations and out of court restructurings and buyers and sellers in Bankruptcy Code Section 363(b) sales and other distress transactions. She also practices with the Firm’s Transactions attorneys, both in bankruptcy cases and in structuring transactions to avoid bankruptcy-related risks. Suzzanne has substantial experience in bankruptcy and insolvency-related litigation, frequently working with members of O’Melveny’s Litigation Department. Suzzanne has a significant range of experience in real estate, energy, technology, and municipal financings and restructurings.

Suzzanne is consistently recognized as one of the leading restructuring lawyers in the United States. Chambers and Partners USA has recognized Suzzanne for her restructuring work over a number of years (2008-2019). In particular Chambers recognizes Suzzanne as “very smart” and “a very brilliant and technical lawyer.”


Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of Global M&A Network’s Top USA Woman Dealmakers Award (2019)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2020 for Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law in San Francisco, CA; Suzzanne has been listed in Best Lawyers® since 2006.
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star for Bankruptcy (2019-2020)
  • Chambers and Partners USA (2008-2019)
  • Legal 500 US (2014-2017, 2019)


Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York
  • US District Court, Arizona


  • Yale University, J.D., 1988: Co-Editor in Chief, Yale Journal on Regulation 
  • Stanford University, M.A., 1986 
  • Stanford University, A.B., 1984: with distinction; Phi Beta Kappa 

Professional Activities


  • Honorable Mariana Pfaelzer, US District Court, Central District of California, 1989-1990

Adjunct Professor

  • Secured Transactions, Southwestern University School of Law, 1990


  • American College of Bankruptcy


  • Board of Governors, 2013-2016, Financial Lawyers Conference
  • International Insolvency Institute


  •  Yale Law School Fund Board


  • “Retail Bankruptcies — where we've been and where we're going,” ABI’s Southwest Bankruptcy Conference 2019
  • “Restructuring Issues in FinTech and Cryptocurrency,” IWIRC on the Vine, September 2018
  • “Drilling Down in Oil and Oilfield Services Bankruptcies,” Financial Lawyers Conference, February 2017
  • “International Investment in the U.S.” International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation Fall Conference, October 2016
  • “Bankruptcy, Restructurings and Workouts,” PLI Commercial Real Estate Institute, November 2015
  • “Makewhole Mishaps, Collateral Gaps and Interest Caps,” Financial Lawyers Conference, March 2015
  • “What’s Termination Got to Do With It: Termination After Sunbeam,” Financial Lawyers Conference, October 2012
  • “Workout Lenders,” Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, June 2012
  • “Post-GM Ch 11: Is Nothing Sacred?” California Bankruptcy Forum, May 2010
  • “Treatment of Intellectual Property Licenses in Bankruptcy,” PLI Advanced Licensing 2011 and 2010
  • “Circuit Splits: Will Recent Decisions on Several Key Issues Result in Forum-Shopping,” ABI Winter Leadership Conference, December 2009
  • “Derivatives and Insolvency,” The Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of The Bar Association of San Francisco, January 2009
  • “Bankruptcy and Intellectual Property: When Worlds Collide,” Financial Lawyers Conference, February 2006; “Can It Be Done By the Numbers?” Turnaround Managers Association, 2003 Spring Conference
  • “Current Issues in Bankruptcy Litigation,” American Bankruptcy Institute, Bankruptcy Battleground West, 2003


  • Co-Author, “The Retail Apocalypse’s Impact on Grocery Chains,” Turnaround Management Association (June 2019) 
  • “The 1st of Several Legal Roadblocks Ahead for Puerto Rico,” Law360 (July 2015) 
  • “Better Watch Your Assets in Bankruptcy Sales,” Financier Worldwide (March 2014)
  • “The Increased Importance of Intellectual Property in the Context of Distress and Bankruptcy,” Turnaround Management Association (July 2012)
  • “Will SLVs Hold Water in Shipping Bankruptcies?” Law360 (May 2012)
  • “Recent Developments Affecting Workouts of Secured Loans,” 8 Pratt’s J. Bankr. L. 679 (2012)
  • “When Worlds Collide: Intellectual Property Licenses in Bankruptcy Court,” New Matter (Vol. 34, No. 4, 2009)
  • “Acquisition of Assets from a U.S. Company in Bankruptcy - Another Option for Overseas Merger and Acquisition for Chinese Companies” (in Chinese), Capital Shanghai (April 2006)

  • Puerto Rico's Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority in the restructuring of debt obligations of Puerto Rico and its instrumentalities, including the Puerto Rico Government Development Bank
  • Financial services companies in credit facility amendments resulting in restructuring in excess of $10 billion in liabilities
  • Southern California based real estate developer in successful individuals chapter 11 in the Central District of California filed to address exercise of remedies by IRS based on a disputed $38 million tax claim
  • Cal Dive International in its pending bankruptcy proceedings. Cal Dive was the recipient of a Turnaround Atlas Award for “Cross-Border Distressed M&A Deal of the Year” (Middlemarkets)
  • Suntech Power Holdings in its bankruptcy proceedings in the US and Cayman Islands