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Jeffrey has been a Committee Member for the Insolvency Group since 2017 and will be continuing this role in 2020. Jeffrey is an active member of IR Global and has participated in multiple IR Global events.

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About Caplin & Drysdale’s International Insolvency Practice

Increasingly, as markets become global, commercial insolvency cases in the United States are taking on a cross-border dimension.  In 2005, the United States Congress added Chapter 15 to the Bankruptcy Code, which incorporates the Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency adopted in other countries.  In addition, foreign debtors with assets in the U.S. are eligible to reorganize and discharge their debts under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.  In this environment, international companies, who may be unfamiliar with U.S. bankruptcy law and procedures, are nonetheless looking to protect their interests.  

Caplin & Drysdale’s highly skilled insolvency practitioners can help.  Our firm has represented creditors and official creditors’ committees in the Chapter 11 reorganizations of non-U.S. debtors.  In addition, our firm has worked with practitioners outside the U.S. to obtain foreign recognition of orders and judgments of the U.S. bankruptcy court and to negotiate and structure financial transactions involving assets in multiple countries.  We have also worked with overseas counsel in coordinating the conduct of litigation filed outside the U.S.  Our emphasis on close communications with clients, relatively lean staffing, and hands-on involvement by senior lawyers is key to our group’s success in delivering legal services of the highest quality at an excellent value.

About Jeffrey Liesemer

Jeffrey A. Liesemer is a Member in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office.

Mr. Liesemer's practice focuses on complex civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis in bankruptcy and creditors' rights cases.

Mr. Liesemer has represented clients at the trial and appellate levels of both state and federal courts. Since joining Caplin & Drysdale in 2005, he has continued to focus on complex chapter 11 cases, with a large percentage of his time devoted to representing asbestos creditors' committees in mass-tort bankruptcies. He has been involved in a number of notable bankruptcy cases throughout the country, including W.R. Grace, U.S. Gypsum, Owens Corning, Pittsburgh Corning, Armstrong World Industries, G-I Holdings (formerly GAF Corporation), Criimi Mae, Heilig Meyers, Just for Feet, Chemtura Corporation, and US Airways.

Prior to joining Caplin & Drysdale, Mr. Liesemer's practice focused on complex chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations and insolvency workouts, in which he represented corporate and partnership debtors as well as large, institutional creditors and lenders. He has also been involved in representing creditors' committees, third-party asset purchasers, and shopping-center landlords in large bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations. Mr. Liesemer has defended a number of clients in so-called "claw-back" proceedings to recover alleged preferential transfers and fraudulent conveyances.

Prior to entering private law practice, Mr. Liesemer clerked for the Honorable Martin V. B. Bostetter, Jr., then Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Professional Activities
A former managing editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Mr. Liesemer has written and lectured on topics relating to civil litigation and bankruptcy law. He is a former chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association of Northern Virginia, and served as commissioner of the Arlington County Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission. 

Awards & Rankings
•Best Lawyers in America, 2010-Present
•Benchmark Litigation, 2011-Present
•Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C., 2014-Present
•The Washington Post, Among the Top Attorneys in D.C., 2014

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About Caplin & Drysdale

Caplin & Drysdale is a leading provider of the full range of tax, litigation and political law legal services to corporations, individuals, and nonprofits throughout the United States and around the world. With office locations in Washington, D.C. and New York, we advise accounting firms, financial institutions, law firms, public affairs consultancies, and other professional services organizations. The firm’s reputation over the years has earned us the trust and respect of clients, industry peers, and government agencies.

Our lawyers' strong tactical and problem-solving skills—combined with substantial experience handling a variety of complex, high stakes, matters in a boutique environment—make us one the nation's most distinctive law firms. Please visit us at for more information.

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