David P. Simonds

'David is a go-to attorney with strong commercial and legal skills.' 'He is instrumental in coming up with creative solutions.'

Clients quoted in Chambers USA 2022

When distressed debt investors, financially troubled companies, and acquirers of businesses and assets need an experienced lawyer to guide them through a Chapter 11 case or an out-of-court restructuring, they turn to David Simonds.

For more than 30 years, David has been advising on financial restructuring matters across several industries. He has been involved in first-of-their-kind, complex restructurings both in the United States and internationally, including cross-border transactions and insolvencies.

Clients have praised David as a "very pragmatic, deal-centered lawyer who focuses on results" and Chambers notes that, "He knows the ins and outs of bankruptcy very well, his advice is always on point, and he is easy to work with and very responsive."

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, David was most recently with a prominent international law firm for 19 years, 15 of which as a partner in the financial restructuring group. David also previously served as Director of Operations for a leading apparel company. He is also a certified public accountant, registered in South Dakota (inactive).

Awards and recognitions


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


Bankruptcy/Restructuring (California)
Chambers USA


Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Los Angeles)
Best Lawyers in America


Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer
Turnarounds & Workouts

Education and admissions


J.D., New York University School of Law, 1992

B.S., State University of New York at Albany, summa cum laude, 1989


Fellow, American College of Investment Counsel (ACIC), 2012-present

Member, Communications Committee and Development Committee, ACIC

Member, ABI

Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Bar admissions and qualifications


New York

Certified Public Accountant, South Dakota (inactive)

Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Representative experience

Representing the Creditors' Committee of Speedcast, a global satellite service provider with a network of more than 80 satellites and local support in more than 40 countries, in its Chapter 11 filing.

Representing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Wave Computing Inc., a Silicon Valley processor tech company founded by prominent tech investor Dado Banatao, in Wave's Chapter 11 case.

Represented a holder of a majority in principal amount of notes issued by mortgage origination company Stearns Holdings in connection with its Chapter 11 case.

Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Washington Mutual Inc., a bank holding company in largest U.S. commercial bank failure.*

Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Delta Air Lines.*

Advised an ad hoc group of noteholders of oil and gas producer Atlas Resource Partners in connection with its restructuring, effected through a prepackaged Chapter 11 case.*

Represented a term lender in restructuring a specialty agriculture company in its restructuring, leading the client through acquisition of majority ownership in the company.*

Lead U.S. counsel regarding protection of a client's rights as noteholder of a Canadian lumber products company in proceedings under the Canadian Business Corporations Act (CBCA).*

Advised an ad hoc group of secured noteholders of a Chilean transportation/bus company in connection with its prepackaged Chapter 11 case in the United States.*

Represented an ad hoc group in the acquisition of ownership of a U.S. and Canadian thrift retailer through a debt-for-equity exchange and new money investment.*

Represented a group of noteholders and investors in a Mexican homebuilder that restructured US$2bn in debt and other claims.*

Represented Creditors Committee in Chapter 11 cases of land developer Bruce Elieff and six entities, successfully subordinating claim of senior secured creditor under Bankruptcy Code § 510(b).

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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