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Linda V. Donhauser

Linda V. Donhauser

Linda Donhauser chairs the firm's Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Practice. She has over 28 years of experience representing lenders and other creditors in all phases of the restructuring process and in formulating creative workout strategies in and outside of bankruptcy cases.  Linda believes that the quality that differentiates her from other lawyers is her judgment, which combined with her extensive experience, helps clients achieve the best possible outcome as efficiently as possible.  Her practice encompasses primarily representation of non-debtor entities, including secured creditors, unsecured creditors, trade creditors, commercial lenders and lender groups, equity investors, creditors' committees, indenture trustees, real estate and equipment lessors, buyers of assets and other interested parties in bankruptcy cases and insolvency proceedings in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States. Linda has special expertise in matters relating to post-petition financing, cash collateral, lifting the automatic stay and maximizing realization of collateral value.  She also has extensive experience in counseling lenders on loan structure, fraudulent conveyance and lender liability issues, and in counseling manufacturers on complex business law matters and commercial transactions involving financially distressed suppliers and customers. She also represents creditors and other parties in bankruptcy litigation and complex business litigation.  

Linda speaks regularly on topics involving bankruptcy, workouts, secured lending, lender liability, enforcement proceedings and diversity. She has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers and Partners USA and Maryland Super Lawyers, and was named among the Top 50 Women Maryland Super Lawyers from 2012-2014. Linda is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute's Advisory Board and served as co-chair of the Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop from 2010 through 2014.  She is also on the Board of Directors for the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, Greater Maryland Network where she served as Co-Chair from 2012-2014, and as the Immediate Past Chair from 2014-2015.

Linda has obtained significant Court rulings for creditors in a wide variety of bankruptcy cases, including two favorable decisions from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.   She has also received national recognition for setting a precedent in Bankruptcy Court by convincing the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland that a secured lender could hold a lien on proceeds of a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Ridgely Communications, Inc. This reported decision has been widely accepted by other Courts, and is now considered well settled law. (In re Ridgely Communications, Inc., 139 B.R. 374 [Bankr. D. Md. 1992]).

Affiliations & Recognition

Professional Involvement

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop Advisory Board (2006-present); Co-Chair 6th Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop (2010); Co-Chair 7th Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop (2011); Co-Chair 8th Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop (2012); Co-Chair 9th Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop (2013); Co-Chair 10th Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop (2014)

  • Court of Appeals of Maryland for the Sixth Appellate Circuit: Character Committee (2001-2004)

  • Greater Baltimore Committee's Leadership Program: Class of 2004

  • International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation: Co-Chair, Greater Maryland Network (2012-2014); Immediate Past Chair (2014); Board Member (2012-present); Member (2004-present)

  • Lawyers' Campaign Against Hunger: Chair, Executive Committee (2001-2002); Member, Executive Committee (1991-2006)

  • Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association

  • National Registry of Who's Who: Life Member (2000)

  • Turnaround Management Association: Member (2002-present)


  • Best Lawyers in America®: Selected for inclusion in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2009-2019); Litigation - Bankruptcy (2009-2019); Bet-the-Company Litigation (2014-2019)

  • Best Lawyers in America® Women in the Law: Selected for inclusion in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Bet-the-Company Litigation, Maryland (Spring 2017)

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business- Listed in the areas of Litigation: Bankruptcy and Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2010-2018) (achieving the highest “first band” ranking)

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent Rated

  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Woman Lawyers (2011-2013)

  • Maryland Super Lawyers®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, Banking, Business Litigation (2012); Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights (2013-2014); Creditor/Debtor Rights (2015-2019); Named among the Top 50 Women Maryland Super Lawyers (2012-2014)

  • Recognized by The Washington Post in its selection of "Baltimore and Washington D.C.'s Top Attorneys" (October 2010)

  • Villa Julie College: Distinguished Alumni Award (2006)    


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