Press Release May 20, 2019

Leading Financial Restructuring Lawyer Howard Steel Joins Goodwin in New York

Global law firm Goodwin announced today that Howard Steel has joined its Financial Restructuring practice as a partner in the New York office. Steel’s arrival comes on the heels of the firm’s West Coast expansion of the practice with the recent addition of partner Nathan Schultz in San Francisco.

Steel represents creditors’ committees, bondholders, lenders, indenture trustees, landlords, and individual secured and unsecured creditors in all aspects of corporate restructuring. He has extensive experience in SIPA proceedings, mass tort cases and distressed debt trading. Steel’s experience extends across industries, including automotive, coal, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, financial services, gaming, real estate and retail.

“Howard is a talented lawyer with comprehensive restructuring experience and a prowess for litigating and negotiating complex matters,” said Bill Weintraub, co-chair of Goodwin's Financial Restructuring practice. “He will be a terrific addition to our team and we look forward to working with him, and Nathan, as we continue expanding the practice on a national scale.”

Steel holds a J.D. from Columbia University and is admitted to practice in New York.

He has been consistently recognized as a leading restructuring lawyer and has garnered praise from industry rankings and awards, including Benchmark Litigation’s “Under 40 Hot List,” Global Restructuring Review’s “40 Under 40,” and Super Lawyers “Rising Stars.”

Steel can be reached at and 212.459.7412.

Goodwin’s Financial Restructuring practice provides trusted guidance in the restructuring of highly leveraged and distressed businesses, real estate assets and asset portfolios for clients in the United States and abroad. The team implements transactional solutions and litigation strategies that produce creative, successful reorganizations both within and outside of formal bankruptcy or insolvency cases. For debtors, the team anticipates critical issues and devises value maximizing strategies to identify and address financial challenges before they become crises. The team also has a highly successful track record representing creditors, including sophisticated distressed debt investors, hedge funds, asset purchasers and plan sponsors. Earlier this year, Goodwin was ranked as a National Tier One Firm for Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law by U.S. News and World Report/Best Lawyers. The firm is also recognized for excellence in bankruptcy and restructuring in Chambers USA.