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Our first runner-up this week is a cross-disciplinary team at Kirkland & Ellis led by litigation partners Dan Donovan and Judson Brown and bankruptcy partners Pat Nash and Alexandra Schwarzman. The Kirkland team got sign-off this week from a bankruptcy judge in the Southern District of Texas for client Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s reorganization plan. The decision from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Jones in Houston comes after a rare confirmation trial that involved 13 witnesses testifying over 13 days, all conducted fully remotely over the holidays. The plan allows the oil and gas company to emerge from bankruptcy having shed $7 billion of debt from its balance sheet.

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Ross Todd

Ross Todd is the Editor/columnist for the Am Law Litigation Daily. He writes about litigation of all sorts. Previously, Ross was the Bureau Chief of The Recorder, ALM's California affiliate. Contact Ross at [email protected] On Twitter: @Ross_Todd.

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