Skip to main content
David B. Kurzweil

David Kurzweil Co-Chairs the firm’s Global Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice and is the Co-Chair of the Financial Institutions Practice. David has 30 years of experience representing corporations, partnerships, and financial institutions. He provides innovative strategies to clients across a wide range of industries, including energy, retail, health care, technology, manufacturing, cable television, publishing, real estate, transportation, and professional corporations. With wide-ranging experience in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, David represents financial institutions, hedge funds, debtors, creditors’ committees, and trustees. He has negotiated workouts from both the standpoint of counsel for the creditor and the debtor. In addition, he frequently represents financial institutions and companies in out-of-court debt restructurings. David also represents financial institutions in all types of financing, including asset-based loans and debtor-in-possession financing transactions.

David has played a key role in numerous restructurings, including C&J Energy Services, Ltd.; Ryckman Creek Resources, LLC; Buffetts, LLC; Buccaneer Energy Ltd.; KiOR Inc.; DirectBuy Holdings, Inc.; Piccadilly Restaurants, LLC; GTM Energy Partners, LLC; Bruno's Supermarkets, LLC; Atlantis Plastics, Inc.; Carraway Methodist Health Systems, Inc.; Tom’s Foods; and Centennial Healthcare Corporation.  The C&J Energy Services, Ltd. restructuring was named one of Turnarounds & Workouts’ “Success Restructurings 2016”, and “2017 Corporate Turnaround of the Year” by Global M&A Network.


  • Financial restructuring
  • Asset-based lending
  • Creditors' rights
  • Commercial litigation



  • Represented creditors’ committee an oil-field servicer.
  • Represented creditors’ committee of a seismic-data provider for the oil industry.
  • Represented creditors’ committee of an oil and gas exploration company.
  • Represented a state development agency in the Chapter 11 case of a renewable fuels company.
  • Represented creditors’ committee of a coal mining company.
  • Represented creditors’ committee of a cafeteria chain.
  • Represented creditors’ committee of a grocery store chain.
  • Represented creditors’ committee of a 500-store specialty photo retail chain.
  • Represented creditors’ committee of a 160-store national furniture chain.
  • Represented a national manufacturer of plastics products in its financial restructuring and bankruptcy proceeding.
  • Represented a national food products manufacturer in its financial restructuring and bankruptcy proceeding.
  • Represented creditors’ committee of an international freight forwarder.
  • Represented the senior secured lender in the bankruptcy case of an owner and operator of dairy farms.
  • Represented a membership buying service in its out-of-court restructuring.
  • Represented a home building products company in its reorganization.
  • Represented creditors’ committee of a health system.
  • Represented creditors’ committee of a 20-location nursing home business.
  • Represented creditors’ committee of a 90-location nursing home business. 
  • Represented a national bank in the restructuring of a $230 million revolving credit facility for a public company, including the collateralization of the restructured facility.
  • Represents financial institutions in asset-based loan and second lien transactions.
  • Represented a commercial finance company in connection with its investment in a timeshare company.


  • Member, Winning Team, Global M&A Network’s Turnaround Atlas Awards, “Chapter 11 Restructuring of the Year (Mid-Markets)” for the Senior Care Centers, 2021
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Finance - Restructuring (Including Bankruptcy) - Corporate, 2019-2020
  • Listed, "Top 100 Global Restructuring and Turnaround Professionals," Global M&A Network, 2017
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers, 2006-2021
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2004-2020
  • Member, Winning Team, Global M&A Network’s Turnaround Atlas Awards, "Corporate Turnaround of the Year" for the Chapter 11 plan of reorganization for C&J Energy Services, 2017
  • Listed, Georgia Trend magazine "Legal Elite," 2011-2013 and 2015
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Law Firm of the Year" in Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy, 2013
  • Ranked, No. 6 Top Bankruptcy Lender Lawyers by Active Cases, The Deal magazine, February 2011
  • Recognized, "Dealmakers," The Atlanta Business Chronicle, April 16, 2009
  • Ranked, No. 2 Bankruptcy Lender Lawyer in the Country, The Deal's Bankruptcy Insider, 2008
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Commercial Finance Association - National
    • Member, Executive Committee
    • Co-Chair, Education Foundation, 2015-2016
  • Board Member, Commercial Finance Association - Georgia
  • Board Member, Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia, Bankruptcy Law and Creditors' Rights Sections
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association


  • J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1987
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1984
  • Georgia
  • New York