Craig Goldblatt


Goldblatt, Craig

Craig Goldblatt is an experienced bankruptcy litigator, with a focus on complex bankruptcy disputes and bankruptcy appeals. The core of his practice has been protecting the interests of secured creditors, financial institutions and insurance companies in bankruptcy-related disputes, though he has also represented leading technology, transportation and communications industry clients in bankruptcy matters. Mr. Goldblatt, who joined the firm in 1994, is a member of the firm's Management Committee.


Mr. Goldblatt represents parties in all stages of bankruptcy proceedings. The core of his practice involves bankruptcy and insolvency related trial-level matters and appeals—particularly the representation of financial institutions and other commercial creditors in bankruptcy litigation. He has argued three bankruptcy cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, and one before the en banc Third Circuit. He has also developed a particular expertise on consumer bankruptcy matters, representing several major mortgage servicers, holders of credit card and other unsecured debt, and bankruptcy trustees in a variety of regulatory investigations, bankruptcy disputes and appeals.

Outside of his bankruptcy practice, Mr. Goldblatt participated in WilmerHale's representation of the University of Michigan, from the district court to the Supreme Court, in Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 US 306 (2003). The Supreme Court's decision in that case held that institutions of higher education may consider race as a factor in admissions decisions. He has also represented an array of pro bono clients in civil rights, criminal and constitutional litigation.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a DC leader in the bankruptcy/restructuring field in the 2005-2017 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with clients noting that he is "very smart, very responsive and very practical" and "has a very good grasp of communication and what needs to be said and done in a fast-moving and otherwise cluttered world." On technical issues, Mr. Goldblatt "does a super job of explaining matters." 
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2010-2018 editions of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law
  • Selected by his peers as a leading attorney in Washington DC in the 2012-2017 editions of Super Lawyers
  • U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers 2013 states that "Mr. Goldblatt is extremely smart and thoughtful" and "is a first-rate mind, has extensive bankruptcy litigation experience, and excellent ability to relate to clients and their needs"
  • Winner of the Washington Business Journal's 2008 award for the Top Washington Lawyer in the category of bankruptcy
  • Listed as a Top Lawyer in bankruptcy and commercial law in Washington DC by Washingtonian magazine in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013
  • Listed as a leading bankruptcy lawyer by The American Lawyer and The Daily Deal
  • Recipient of the 2007 Pro Bono Award from the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys for the firm's amicus brief in Marrama v. Citizens Bank of Massachusetts

Publications & News


August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

June 8, 2017

Insolvency at Its Limits: What Management and Creditors of Insolvent LLCs and LPs Should Know About Fiduciary Duties Waivers and Standing, Inside and Outside of Bankruptcy

Delaware law allows members and partners of limited liability companies and limited partnerships to waive the fiduciary duties of their management in their LLC or LP agreements. This WilmerHale Client Alert was republished in Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

March 31, 2017

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of WilmerHale Client in Closely Watched Bankruptcy Law Case

WilmerHale earned a significant victory when the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of the petitioner and WilmerHale client—a group of truck drivers formerly employed by Jevic Transportation Inc.—in Czyzewski v. Jevic, finding that so-called “structured dismissals” to end Chapter 11 cases cannot be used in a way that violates the Bankruptcy Code's priority scheme.

November 28, 2016

Craig Goldblatt Elected as National Bankruptcy Conference Conferee

The NBC is a nonprofit, non-partisan, self-supporting organization of approximately 60 lawyers, law professors and bankruptcy judges whose primary purpose is to advise Congress on the operation of bankruptcy and related laws and any proposed changes to those laws.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

November 3, 2015

The Trouble with Unneeded Bankruptcy Reform: The LSTA's Response to the ABI Chapter 11 Commission Report

The Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA) released a report outlining the flaws and potential harmful effects of recommendations made by the American Bankruptcy Institute's Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11. The WilmerHale team that drafted LSTA's response was led by Partners Craig Goldblatt and Danielle Spinelli and included Special Counsel Joel Millar, Associate Jonathan Seymour and former attorneys  Danielle D'Onfro and Allison Hester-Haddad.

July 22, 2015

Bragging Rights Go to WilmerHale

The National Law Journal reports that WilmerHale argued the most cases during the recent US Supreme Court term.

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

Speaking Engagements

  • October 17, 2017 – Views From the Bench "Great Debate" on third party releases and the impact of the Jevic decision
  • October 7, 2016 – Views From the Bench "Great Debate" on use of priority-skipping structured dismissals in bankruptcy
  • June 29-30, 2016 and April 18-20, 2016 – Participating on panels about what every bankruptcy judge should know about the appellate process during the National Workshop for Bankruptcy Judges
  • May 20, 2016 – District of Delaware Bench and Bar Conference, panel on "Litigating in the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals"
  • May 13, 2016 – Luncheon address to the Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association on "Bursting the Bankruptcy Bubble"
  • April 18-20, 2016 – National Workshop for Bankruptcy Judges, panel on "What Every Bankruptcy Judge Should Know About the Appellate Process"
  • April 2, 2016 – Participate in American College of Bankruptcy 5th Circuit Education Session on ABI Commission proposals for bankruptcy reform
  • March 31, 2016 – Participate in Southeast Bankruptcy Law Institute Conference on Harris v. Viegelahn
  • October 28, 2015 – Participated on panel on bankruptcy reform issues at Loan Syndications Trading Association Annual conference
  • October 23, 2015 – Participated on panel sponsored by Bloomberg and American College of Bankruptcy on bankruptcy issues in the Supreme Court
  • September 28, 2015 – Moderated panel of federal district and court of appeals judges at National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges on circuit splits on issues of bankruptcy law
  • May 5, 2015 – Speaker at Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference on future of Article I bankruptcy courts in light of Stern v. Marshall, Executive Benefits and Wellness
  • February 13, 2015 – American College of Bankruptcy panel on reform of Chapter 11
  • October 24, 2014 – Views From The Bench panel on Supreme Court decisions affecting authority of bankruptcy courts
  • July 2014 – ABA Webinar on Executive Benefits
  • December 6, 2013 – American College of Bankruptcy Symposium on the Theory and Practice of Chapter 13
  • October 31, 2013 – National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Plenary Session panel on Appellate Advoacy in the Post-Stern World
  • October 17, 2013 – Loan Syndications Trading Association 18th Annual Conference, Panel on The Future of Bankruptcy: A Provocative Discussion of What Bankruptcy Reform Means for Secured Lending 
  • January 17, 2013 – ABA Business Law Section, Avoidance Power Subcommittee of the Business Bankruptcy Committee – Webinar on "More Fallout from Stern v. Marshall: Ninth Circuit v. Sixth Circuit—the holding of Bellingham Insurance (9th Cir.) allows waiver of Article III adjudication conflicting with Waldman v. Stone (6th Cir)"
  • October 5, 2012 – ABI Views From The Bench Conference Panel on "Recent Decisions Addressing the Implications of Stern v. Marshall"

Recent Highlights

Mr. Goldblatt's recent experience includes:

  • Representing the petitioning creditors in the involuntary bankruptcy case filed against the Houston Regional Sports Network
  • Representing a leading specialty lines insurer in the bankruptcy of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, a bankruptcy case arising out of the July 2013 train derailment in Lac Megantic, Quebec 
  • Representing an array of swap counterparties—from large financial institutions, major hedge funds, Fortune 100 companies and public entities—in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy and related litigation involving bankruptcy law’s treatment of derivatives, swap agreements and other complex financial products. Mr. Goldblatt has also represented the International Swaps and Derivatives Association as amicus curiae in appeals (in both the Lehman and Enron bankruptcy cases) in disputes related to the treatment of derivative transactions in bankruptcy.
  • Representing a leading financial institution in matters relating to the servicing of mortgage loans for borrowers in bankruptcy.
  • Representing the Loan Syndication Trading Association in connection with the Report of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission on Chapter 11 Reform. Mr. Goldblatt has also represented the LSTA in several complex bankruptcy appeals affecting the treatment of syndicated bank debt, as well as in its successful effort before the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules seeking to amend Bankruptcy Rule 2019 to prevent disclosure of proprietary information.
  • Representing Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries in dozens of bankruptcy cases filed by debtors with asbestos and other mass-tort related liabilities, including the Western Asbestos, Combustion Engineering, Federal Mogul, Skinner Engine Company and Global Industrial Technology bankruptcies and related appeals. Mr. Goldblatt prevailed in his argument before the en banc Third Circuit in Global Industrial Technologies, in which the court issued a pathmarking decision on the issue of insurer standing in bankruptcy. In describing the industry-wide significance of the string of precedent-setting cases, Chambers USA pointed out Mr. Goldblatt’s “contribution to changing the mass-tort legal landscape to the advantage of his insurance-industry clients.”
  • Serving as co-counsel to the Marshall estate in Stern v. Marshall, a matter that resulted in a landmark Supreme Court decision on the scope of bankruptcy jurisdiction. Mr. Goldblatt previously represented a group of law professors as amici curiae when the case was pending before the Ninth Circuit. In that appeal, the Ninth Circuit rejected the approaches advocated by the two parties, expressly adopting the approach urged in WilmerHale’s amicus brief, which the court described as “thoughtful.” Following the Supreme Court’s decision to grant certiorari, WilmerHale was retained as co-counsel to Marshall estate. The Supreme Court affirmed the Ninth Circuit’s judgment, in a decision sharply curtailing the authority of bankruptcy courts to resolve non-bankruptcy disputes.
  • Representing a chapter 13 trustee in a matter pending in the Supreme Court regarding the disposition of undisbursed funds upon conversion of the bankruptcy case to chapter 7.
  • Representing William Schwab, a chapter 7 trustee, before the Supreme Court in Schwab v. Reilly, No. 08-538 (decided June 17, 2010), a case involving the process by which bankruptcy trustees are required to object to debtors’ claims of exemption. Mr. Schwab retained WilmerHale during the certiorari stage before the Supreme Court, following successive adverse decisions by the bankruptcy court, the district court and the Third Circuit. The Supreme Court granted certiorari and reversed the decisions of the lower courts.
  • Successfully representing Elliott and Carol Archer in the Supreme Court (Archer v. Warner, 538 US 314 (2003)). In addition to his successful arguments in Schwab and Archer, Mr. Goldblatt has also been involved, for a party or an amicus, in most of the Supreme Court's other bankruptcy cases in recent years, including Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz v. United States, 559 U.S. ___ (2010); Travelers v. Pacific Gas & Elec., 549 U.S. 443 (2007); Marrama v. Citizens Bank of Massachusetts 549 U.S. 365 (2007); Marshall v. Marshall, 547 U.S. 293 (2006); and Rousey v. Jacoway, 544 U.S. 320 (2005).
  • Representing Alcatel-Lucent, on appeal from a judgment in favor of a bankruptcy trustee for more than $335 million, arising out of the Winstar bankruptcy, on theories of preferential transfer, breach of contract and equitable subordination.
  • Involvement in the firm's representation of debtors in complex and high-profile bankruptcy matters, including PSINet, Iridium, US Office Products and Kmart.

Professional Activities

Mr. Goldblatt is a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference and is the chair of the ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee’s Subcommittee on Bankruptcy Litigation. He previously served as Chair of the Subcommittees on Bankruptcy Appeals and on Environmental and Mass Tort Claims. He has taught as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a regular speaker at ABA, ABI and other conferences on bankruptcy matters. Mr. Goldblatt also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy.


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JD, with honors, University of Chicago Law School, 1993, Comment Editor, University of Chicago Law Review

BA, magna cum laude, Georgetown University, 1990

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United States Supreme Court


The Hon. David H. Souter, US Supreme Court, 1995 - 1996

The Hon. Richard D. Cudahy, US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1993 - 1994

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