Adrienne K. Walker

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  • Suffolk University Law School (JD)
  • Simmons College (BA)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Adrienne has significant experience in workouts, restructuring, and bankruptcy matters. She represents corporate debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, lessors and lessees, and trustees in federal, state, and out-of-court restructurings. Her clients represent a variety of industries, including retail, health care, textile manufacturers, biopharmaceutical, computer software, aviation, jewelry, and automotive. More frequently, Adrienne has been engaged to represent trustees and bondholders in numerous Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcies.

She has particular experience in creditors' rights and commercial litigation. Adrienne frequently represents secured lenders, indenture trustees, and bondholders in senior living and health care distressed matters. In addition, she routinely represents secured creditors and derivative contract parties in maximizing return on their agreements.

As an experienced commercial lending attorney, Adrienne also advises both borrowers and lenders on complex debt structuring, including transactions involving traditional banks and, more often, private equity. While most of these commercial lending matters involve a distressed debt or restructuring, her foresight and planning for unforeseen distress situations makes her work with non-troubled companies an asset to any client team.

In addition, Adrienne is an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School, teaching advanced courses in business bankruptcy. Adrienne is also a frequent speaker and writer on numerous topics of interest in the bankruptcy and commercial lending fields.

After law school, she served as a law clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2018)
  • First Justices' Award for Pro Bono Publico Excellence (2016)
  • Top Women of Law – Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2016)
  • Chambers USA: Massachusetts – Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2011 – 2017)
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Finance: Municipal Bankruptcy (2013 – 2017) 
  • Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights list (2011 – 2017)
  • Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights list (2005 – 2008)
  • Boston Bar Association President's Award (2011)
  • United States Bankruptcy Court “Honor Roll” for Pro Bono Service (2013 – 2016) 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Trustee, Unitarian Universalist Area Church Trust
  • Member, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts’ Pro Bono Legal Services Advisory Committee
  • Member, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts’ Diversity Initiative Task Force
  • Member, National Committee of Bankruptcy Judges' 2017 Conference Education Committee