Paul Kizel Partner

New Jersey
T 973.597.2478 | F 973.597.2479

A bankruptcy court veteran, Paul brings more than 30 years of experience to his practice focused on Chapter 11 restructurings. He represents creditors’ committees, debtors, and other parties of interest such as liquidating trustees, secured lenders, and asset purchasers in insolvency proceedings nationwide.

Paul provides strategic advice and representation across the full spectrum of claims resolution and reconciliation matters. As lead counsel, he has an outstanding track record of successful outcomes in bankruptcy cases, many of them high profile.

Among others, Paul has represented significant parties in interest in the following recent chapter 11 cases:

  • Verso Paper Corporation – creditors committee
  • Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. – labor union
  • Walter Energy – labor union
  • Patriot Coal – represented labor union
  • Exide Corp. – represented creditors committee
  • American Airlines, Inc. - labor union
  • Hawker Beechcraft Inc. - labor union
  • Borders Group, Inc. - creditors committee
  • Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. - represented various financial creditors
  • Jobson Medical Information Holdings LLC - represented debtor
  • The Newark Group - represented debtor
  • Tower Automotive Inc. - represented purchaser of assets in $1 billion transaction
  • Foamex International Inc. - represented creditors committee
  • Interstate Bakeries Inc. - represented creditors committee
  • Pegasus Communications, Inc. - represented liquidating trustee
  • Calpine Corp. - represented bondholder
  • Kara Homes - represented DIP lender


Jevic: Supreme Court Invalidates Non-Consensual “Structured Dismissals”, But Critical Vendor Orders, First-Day Wage Orders, DIP Financing “Roll-Ups”, and Interim Settlement Distributions Remain Undisturbed
Bankruptcy, Financial Reorganization & Creditors' Rights Client Alert, March 23, 2017
Bruce Buechler, Paul Kizel, Bruce Nathan, Philip Gross
Linear Electric Decision Creates New Risks for New Jersey Subcontractors
Bankruptcy, Financial Reorganization & Creditors' Rights Client Alert, March 1, 2016
Paul Kizel, Nicole (Brown) Fulfree
Thirty Two Days and Thirty Two Minutes
Bloomberg BNA’s Bankruptcy Law Reporter, August 15, 2013
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Press Mentions

Paul Kizel is quoted in Law360 regarding the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings of Verso Corp, in which the debtors sought to approve post-petition financing that would include placing liens on the proceeds of potential avoidance actions. Kizel represents the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of the paper and wood pulp producer. , Law360 , March 1, 2016
In two Law 360 articles, Sharon L. Levine and Paul Kizel are highlighted for representing the Machinists union in the Hawker Beechcraft, Inc. bankruptcy case. , Law 360 , July 2012
In Law360, Sharon L. Levine, S. Jason Teele, Paul Kizel and Wojciech F. Jung are highlighted for representing the Transport Workers Union of America in the Chapter 11 case of American Airline's parent company, AMR Corp. , Law360 , April 24, 2012
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Related Areas

Bankruptcy, Financial Reorganization & Creditors’ Rights


Syracuse University College of Law ( J.D. , 1982 )
George Washington University ( B.A. , 1978 )

Bar Admissions

New York
New Jersey

Court Admissions

1983 , U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
1983 , U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
1983 , U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey


  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Essex County Bar Association