Dennis T. Lewandowski

    Member • Chair of Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights & Business Restructuring
    Office: Norfolk, Richmond
    Admissions: Virginia


    Dennis is Chair of the Firm’s Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights and Business Restructuring Group. His litigation practice involves representation as lender’s counsel, as well as general and commercial bankruptcy representation, including plans of reorganization; adversary proceedings, including preference defense and the prosecution of stay motion reliefs; and the filing of proofs of claims. His practice also specializes in creditor’s rights matters dealing with creditor’s bankruptcy, real estate receiverships, commercial collections, mechanic’s liens, attachments, and fraudulent conveyance litigation. As part of his representation, Dennis assists in commercial foreclosure as well.

    Representative Matters

    • Served as local counsel for Liquidating Trustee of large commercial bankruptcy
    • Served as local counsel for bankruptcy of mortgage loan subsidiary whose parent was taken over by the Federal Deposit insurance Corporation
    • Counsel for creditors committee in massive fraud case
    • Represented creditor with respect to $1.8 million preference defense
    • Initiated over 25 commercial real estate receiverships (many of which sold the property through the receivership)
    • Represented site contractor in a substantial complex mechanic’s lien matter involving a residential subdivision

    Recognition & Honors

    • Best Lawyers in America, 2002–2024
    • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ, 2017-2024
    • Lawyer of the Year; Best Lawyers in America, 2023
    • Virginia Super Lawyers; Law & Politics, 2008–2012, 2018, 2020-2024
    • Norfolk Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year; Best Lawyers in America, 2012
    • Virginia Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition; Law & Politics, 2009-2010
    • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2008-2023
    • AV® Rated; Martindale-Hubbell
    • University Scholar; University of Pittsburgh


    • American Bar Association
    • American Bankruptcy Institute
    • The Up Center; Board of Directors
    • Virginia State Bar; Past President, Bankruptcy Bar Association
    • Virginia Bar Association; Past President, Bankruptcy Bar
    • Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association; Co-Founder, Past President
    • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association


    • University of Pittsburgh; B.A., summa cum laude, 1979
    • University of Notre Dame; J.D., 1982

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