Monica Clark

Monica Clark




Monica is a partner in Dorsey’s Finance and Restructuring Group, and is a Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy Practice Group. She regularly represents financial institutions, creditors, unsecured creditors’ committees, and equipment lessors in local and national bankruptcy cases. Her practice also includes bankruptcy appellate representation.

Education & Admissions

University of Iowa (B.A., 1992), Phi Beta Kappa

University of Virginia (M.A., English, 1996)

University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., 1995), Associate Editor, Iowa Law Review


  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for the First, Fourth and Eighth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Supreme Court


  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota, Honorable Robert J. Kressel, 1996-1998
  • Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Eighth Circuit, Honorable Robert J. Kressel, 1996-1998

News & Resources


Distressed Assets Team
"The Enigma that Is § 502(d)," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal

News & Press Mentions

200 Dorsey Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in 2024 Best Lawyers in America, Lawyers of the Year, and Ones to Watch
Dorsey Partner Monica Clark Named an American College of Bankruptcy Fellow
Dorsey Partners Peggy Hunt and Monica Clark Named Bankruptcy & Restructuring Group Co-Chairs
Dorsey & Whitney Names New Partners
  • ABI Journal (Spring 2016), The Enigma That Is Section 502(d)
  • Author of adequate protection chapter, Bankruptcy Practice in Minnesota Deskbook (2012, 2014, 2016)

Select Presentations

  • Bank Counsel Roundtable, “The ABI’s Proposal to ‘Reform’ Chapter 11: Three Steps Back” (October 2015)
  • VALCON 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada; panelist on the use of liquidating trusts in bankruptcy (February 2015)
  • “Halloween Is Coming Early: The Scary Subject of Buying Underperforming Assets” (panelist, Turnaround Management Association, October 2014)
  • “Mediation Skills and Opportunities in Bankruptcy Cases” (panelist, 2013 Minnesota Bankruptcy Institute)    
  • ”Introduction to the New Minnesota Bankruptcy Judges” (moderator, IWIRC, Fall 2012)

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Corporate Trust Services
  • Lending Transactions
  • Real Estate Litigation

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association
  • Board Member, IWIRC (Minnesota Network)
  • Member, Bankruptcy Practice Committee, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota (two-year appointment ending in 2013)
  • Former Legal Writing Instructor, University of Minnesota


    Pro Bono 50 Hours 2022   Contributed 100+ Pro Bono Hours in 2021

  • Contributed more than 100 Challenge pro bono hours, 2021, 50 Challenge pro bono hours, 2022
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2020-2024
  • Fellow in American College of Bankruptcy’s in the 33rd Class, 2021
  • Dorsey & Whitney – Scales of Justice Team Award (Rebuilding Our Community Webinar Series), 2021

North Star Lawyer logo

  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2012, 2014, and 2022
  • Listed as a "Rising Star" by Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2008-2009
  • Dorsey & Whitney Scales of Justice Award, 2007
  • Raeder Larson Public Service Award, 2007 (for pro bono work)
Monica Clark