Janet M. Weiss



Janet M. Weiss assists clients in achieving their objectives in complex bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings.  Whether representing debtors, creditors, strategic buyers or other interested parties, Janet’s strong transactional skills coupled with her practical business sense enable her to develop creative solutions in corporate reorganizations and debt restructurings.

Janet has represented debtors, creditors, committees, secured lenders, debtor-in-possession financiers and acquirers in substantial chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings.  She also has significant experience in bankruptcy litigation, retail insolvencies, and bankruptcy aspects of asset-backed and mortgage-backed financings.  In addition, she has assisted structuring corporate transactions to minimize insolvency risks.

Janet is a frequent speaker and writer on bankruptcy and financial restructuring law topics.  She has lectured at ABA, American Bankruptcy Institute and New York City bar programs.  She has written articles on the intersection of bankruptcy and trademarks, indentures and real estate, among other topics.

Education & Admissions

University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1989)

University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1986), cum laude


  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York 
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


Representative Work

  • Represented Wiesner Products, Inc. in Aerogroup chapter 11 case in dispute regarding post-petition trademark issues and joint bid at auction.
  • Represented Tony Roma is Rupari chapter 11 case in dispute regarding assumption and assignment of trademark license.
  • Represented AtopTech Inc. in chapter 11 case case.
  • Represented Perry Capital in its investment in preferred stock of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. 
  • Represented independent consultants in 3 subprime mortgage foreclosure reviews pursuant to consent orders with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • Represented owner and operator of non-theme park Disney Stores in chapter 11 case regarding the sale of substantially all of its assets to The Walt Disney Company. 
  • Represented FINOVA and its affiliates, financial services companies, in their chapter 11 cases, which restructured more than US$10 billion of debt in a stand-alone plan, including obtaining a new US$600 million loan to the reorganized debtor from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.
  • Represented BCBG Max Azria in its successful bid for substantially all of the assets of G+G Retail, Inc. out of chapter 11 case.
  • Represented Calyon (k/n/a Crédit Agricole) in US$11 billion restructuring of CIFG, a monoline insurer.

News & Resources


Will the Supreme Court Finally Let Trademarks Join their Intellectual Property Brethren In the Protection Provided Under the Bankruptcy Code?
Author, "Insolvencies in a Post-Brexit World," Brexit Blog
Author, “Rights of Trademark Licensees: Protection for Non-Debtors After Rejection of Trademark License Agreements,” Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Law 2014: Top Lawyers on Trends and Key Strategies for the Upcoming Year
Author, “The Time Bomb in Your Indenture – No action Clauses and Creditor Standing,” Inside the Minds – Creditors’ Rights in Chapter 11 Cases
Co-author, “Bankruptcy Code Amendments Give Landlords Greater Leverage,” Retail Law Strategist
Co-author, “Lender’s Path to Preserve Collateral Following Section 365 Deemed Rejection,” New York Law Journal

News & Press Mentions

"Expert Q&A on Artificial Intelligence and Bankruptcy," Practical Law
Dorsey Wins 12th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Award
Dorsey Partner Janet Weiss Comments on Rupari v. Romacorp
Dorsey Adds Reorganization and Restructuring Veteran Janet M. Weiss in New York
Janet M. Weiss Joins Dorsey as Partner
Dorsey Adds Reorganization and Restructuring Veteran Janet M. Weiss in New York
Dorsey Nabs Gibson Dunn Bankruptcy Partner For NY Office

Events & Speaking Engagements

Fashion and Retail Law 2017: Trends and Developments

Select Presentations

  • 2018 PLI Market Update and Documentation/Preliminary Restructuring Documentation, the Restructuring Agreement and Sales of Distressed Assets, Preparing for Bankruptcy Risks and Industry Issues, and the Role of Financial Advisors
  • 2018 Moderator Distressed Energy: Investments and Workouts
  • 2017 Chair, Impact on Banks – the Distressed Oil and Gas Industry, ABA Business Law Section 
  • 2016 Bankruptcy in Fashion New York City Bar
  • 2016 13th Annual Complex Financial Restructuring Program
  • 2015 Webcast – From Distressed to Dressed: Overcoming the Challenges and Realizing Opportunities for Fashion, Retail and Consumers
  • 2015 12th Annual Complex Financial Restructuring Program
  • 2012 17th Annual Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Development & Infrastructure
  • Lending Transactions
  • Mortgage Banking


  • Listed as one of the top ten lawyers for acquirers in bankruptcy acquisitions by The Deal’s Bankruptcy Insider
  • Listed as one of New York City’s top women lawyers Avenue Magazine, October 2011
  • Listed as one of the elite bankruptcy lawyers in New York Avenue Magazine, August 2010