Joel W. Millar

Special Counsel

Millar, Joel W.

Joel W. Millar is a special counsel in the firm's Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights Litigation Practice Group. He joined the firm in 2000. Mr. Millar focuses his practice on business bankruptcy and restructuring matters, including related litigation and transactions.


Mr. Millar has represented Chapter 11 debtors, creditors, shareholders, and other parties in interest in all stages of bankruptcy proceedings, from pre-bankruptcy planning and counseling through plan confirmation proceedings and post-confirmation work.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Millar worked as an associate on a range of securities, litigation, and bankruptcy matters in New York.

Publications & News


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 23, 2016

WilmerHale Team Wins Precedent-Setting Third Circuit Bankruptcy Case

In a unanimous decision, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that holders of first-lien notes represented by the firm were entitled to a make-whole payment that could amount to approximately $431 million, together with interest.

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 8, 2010

For Whose Benefit? Courts in Adelphia and eToys Bankruptcies Decline to Unwind Transactions Where Suits Do Not Serve Goal of Creditor Protection

June 17, 2010

"Trumping" Seniority: Recent Decisions in Westpoint Stevens and Trump Entertainment Allow Bankruptcy Process to Undermine Intercreditor Terms Between First-Lien and Second-Lien Lenders

October 3, 2006

Eleventh Circuit Holds That Bankruptcy Reorganization Plan Does Not Bar Intercreditor Claims between Debtor's Lenders

April 9, 2001

ABA 2001 SPRING MEETING: "The Effect of Proposed Amendments to U.S. Insolvency and Banking Laws on Transactions Involving Securities, Commodities and other Financial Contracts."

February 14, 2001

Minimizing Risks When Acquiring Assets From A Financially Troubled Company

Recent Highlights

Mr. Millar represented the debtors in a Chapter 11 case of a provider of Internet access and web hosting services with approximately $4 billion in debt that liquidated most of its assets, resolved several litigations and confirmed a liquidating plan of reorganization with meaningful recoveries for unsecured creditors within a year of the filing. Mr. Millar continues to work on this case in the post-confirmation wind down process. He has also represented a major telecommunications company in several recent telecommunications bankruptcy cases and related litigation.



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JD, cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1996, Executive Director, University of Pennsylvania Law Review

BA, University of Florida, 1993, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

New York


The Hon. Anita B. Brody, US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1996 - 1997

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