EDUCATION:J.D., cum laude
Georgetown University Law Center
B.S., Magna Cum Laude, Economics-Finance
“[T]he growth of McDermott Will & Emery’s bankruptcy department is due in no small part to Darren’s leadership and vision for the business.”
DARREN is a partner with McDermott Will & Emery LLP and focuses his practice on corporate restructurings, creditors’ rights and distressed acquisitions. His clients include private-equity sponsors, troubled companies, official creditors’ committees, financial and strategic purchasers of distressed assets, and other constituents in connection with in-court and out-of-court restructurings. He has distinct restructuring experience in the fields of energy, manufacturing, health care, technology, maritime and transportation, cryptocurrency, and cross-border restructurings, including insolvency proceedings in Brazil, Germany, Japan and Korea. Notably, he served as lead counsel to the creditors’ committee of Cred Inc., which filed for chapter 11 after a series of thefts and poor decisions caused customers to lose more than $100 million of cryptocurrency. This was the first cryptocurrency bankruptcy case filed in the U.S.
Darren’s professional recognitions include The Best Lawyers in America 2021 Ones to Watch (Bankruptcy and Debtor/Creditor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law), Turnarounds & Workouts 2020 Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers, The M&A Advisor’s 2019 Emerging Leader Award, New York Law Journal 2019 Rising Star, Super Lawyers 2019 New York Metro Rising Star and IFLR 2018-2019 Restructuring & Insolvency Rising Star. In addition, he co-chaired the 2021 TMA Distressed Investing Conference.
Darren has donated his time to Student Sponsor Partners, which mentors low-income high school students. In addition, he represents two to three pro bono clients each year seeking asylum from persecution because of their sexual orientation. He is a member of UJA-Federation of New York’s Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group and of his firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He also has served on his firm’s Technology Advisory Board for three years. During his third law school semester, he took a leave of absence to start stickK.com, a health care company that still exists today.