With more than a decade of wide-ranging experience, Erin Brady helps clients resolve the legal turmoil surrounding corporate restructurings and liquidations. Erin represents debtors, creditors' committees, trustees, individual creditors, and others in high-stakes bankruptcy litigation and corporate restructurings.

Erin has represented American Apparel and its affiliates in two recent Chapter 11 cases. American Apparel operated a vertically integrated manufacturing, distribution, and retail business focused on branded fashion-basic apparel, employing thousands of employees across multiple manufacturing facilities and hundreds of retail stores in the United States and 17 other countries worldwide.

American Apparel filed a prearranged bankruptcy case in October 2015; its prearranged plan, which was a financial restructuring premised on implementation of a business turnaround plan, was confirmed in just over three months, in January 2016.

Unfortunately, the retailer's turnaround plan failed. American Apparel and many of its foreign subsidiaries again filed bankruptcy (or similar) proceedings in November 2016, with Erin acting as lead counsel in the U.S. bankruptcy cases, coordinating the disposition of the retailer's foreign subsidiaries worldwide.

Erin also has had significant representations in other recent high-profile cases, including Adelphia Communications, Chemtura, Fleming Companies, Quiznos, Rescap, Relativity Media, and Thornburg Mortgage.

Erin was individually recommended in The Legal 500 2016 rankings for corporate restructuring. Law360 named Erin a Rising Star in 2016, and she was among the Global Restructuring Review's inaugural "Top 40 Under 40" restructuring lawyers. She also has been named a Super Lawyer or Rising Star by Los Angeles magazine and Super Lawyers for nine of the past 10 years.

Awards and recognitions


Restructuring and Insolvency, Notable Practitioner

2008, 2010-2017

Southern California Super Lawyers

2016, 2019

Finance: Restructuring (Including Bankruptcy): Corporate
Legal 500 US


Top 10 Rising Stars Under 40, Bankruptcy


40 Under 40
Global Restructuring Review

Education and admissions


J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, summa cum laude, 2001

B.A., Cardinal Stritch University, summa cum laude, 1998

Bar admissions and qualifications


Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Representative experience

Represented American Apparel, LLC in its second Chapter 11 case, which was filed on November 14, 2016.*

Represented American Apparel, Inc. as lead debtors' counsel in its 2015 Chapter 11 cases which filed for bankruptcy in October 2015.*

Represented Consumer Capital Partners and related individuals in their defense against threatened claims by Avenue Capital Management regarding Quiznos' restructuring.*

Represented the Post Confirmation Trust of Fleming Companies in nearly all facets of its wind-down in bankruptcy.*

Represented Financial Guarantee Insurance Company as one of the largest unsecured creditors of Residential Capital and its affiliated debtors appointed in the Chapter 11 cases.*

Obtained the dismissal of 22 out of 31 claims for The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc filed by the Chapter 11 Trustee in the Chapter 11 case of Thornburg Mortgage, Inc.*

Represented Sprint Nextel Corporation with respect to the out-of-court restructuring and equity raise of Clearwire Corp. and Clearwire LLC.*

Defended Epsilon/Westford Funds and its Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands entities against claims brought by the Chapter 11 trustee for Petters Company, Inc. and its affiliates.*

Successfully represented the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority in resolving a seven-year battle over its use of eminent domain powers.*

Successfully represented an ad hoc committee of bondholders in the Chemtura bankruptcy case.*

Represented Berggruen Holdings as the debtor-in-possession lender and as a plan proponent in the Cascade Grain Chapter 11 case.*

Represented approximately 400 lending institutions (Non-Agent Lenders) in the Adelphia Communications bankruptcy case.*

Represented 20th Century Fox as a creditor in a number of restructuring matters, including the Chapter 11 case of MGM Studios.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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