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Edward C. Dolan

Washington, D.C.

Edward C. Dolan

Edward C. Dolan focuses on complex commercial financing, bankruptcy, business restructuring, and creditors' rights. Clients look to Ed when an enterprise is distressed and strategic objectives are jeopardized.

His experience in examining the problem, the market context, the available finances, and the principal parties involved enables him to find solutions where others may have seen only conflict. Theoretical solutions mean little if not measured against what is achievable in each situation.

Ed regularly represents – both nationally and internationally – creditors, investors, and intellectual property licensors and licensees, as well as businesses and real estate developers, in restructurings, distressed mergers and acquisitions, and asset-transfer liquidations and transactions. He has written and spoken extensively in the areas of financing, bankruptcy, creditors' rights, and commercial loan workouts, as well as environmental liability, enforcement of intellectual property rights in bankruptcy, foreclosure and other collateral liquidation, and lender liability.

Ed is a former member of the board of governors of the Federal Bar Association's Maryland Chapter, and a former president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland. He is recognized in Who’s Who in American Law, Who's Who in Industry and Finance, and Who's Who in America. He is also singled out by Who's Who in the World, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business Bankruptcy, and the Washington Business Journal.

"Edward Dolan, first ranked in Chambers USA 2005, has a well-established reputation as a bankruptcy expert, and is particularly well known for his work with creditors, lenders and equity holders."


Representative Experience

Represented the purchaser of high-tech "clean" manufacturing facilities from Qimonda approved by the Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Va.).

Represented the purchaser in the acquisition of the shipyard assets of Freide Goldman Halter approved by the Bankruptcy Court (D. Miss.).

Represented a major supplier of metallurgical coke in the bankruptcy of RG Steel in the Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.).

Crafted and obtained court confirmation of a secured lender's plan to acquire a resort out of bankruptcy (M.D. Fla.).

Represented a major investor and engine-supplier in the liquidation of Champ Car World Series LLC in the Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Ind.).

Represented U.S. and foreign suppliers to Delphi Corporation in its Chapter 11 proceedings (D. Del.).

Represented of major creditor and executory contract party in the reorganization of Hawaiian Telecom, Bankruptcy Court (D. Hi.).

Represented a secured creditor in the disposition of manufacturing assets in Minnesota and South Carolina.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1978
  • B.A., Columbia University, 1975


  • Director and Former President, Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland
  • Former Chair, Maryland Bankruptcy Court's Standing Committee on Local Rules
  • Former Member, Board of Governors, Maryland Chapter, Federal Bar Association
  • Past President, Chandler Bankruptcy Inn of Court in Washington, D.C.

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. Supreme Court


Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring


Insolvency and Restructuring Expert Guide


Corporate Restructuring

Legal 500


Washingtonian, Top Lawyers


Super Lawyers


Who's Who in the World


Who's Who in America


Who’s Who in American Law


Who's Who in the East


Who’s Who in Industry and Finance


“Top Washington Lawyer” Finalist, Bankruptcy

Washington Business Journal

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