Douglas M. Foley

    Of Counsel
    Office: Raleigh, Richmond
    Admissions: Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC


    Doug has substantial experience representing large and small creditors and debtors in a variety of business Chapter 11 proceedings throughout the United States. He focuses his practice on all aspects of insolvency and debtor-creditor issues. He has had significant involvement in many of the largest Chapter 11 cases filed in the Eastern District of Virginia.

    Doug was inducted into the American College of Bankruptcy (Class XXII) and served as Regent for the Fourth Circuit and D.C. from 2018-2022. He is certified in business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification Standards Committee, an affiliate of the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is also highly rated by Chambers USA. Furthermore, he is a regular speaker at various bankruptcy bar and trade association meetings on bankruptcy topics. He is also a past chairperson of the Virginia State Bar Bankruptcy Law Section Board of Governors.

    Following law school, Doug served as a law clerk for the Honorable Loren A. Smith, Chief Judge at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and for the Chief Judge Douglas O. Tice Jr. of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Virginia.

    Representative Matters

    • Represented Chapter 11 debtors, committees, secured lenders, buyers, trustees, trade creditors and landlords in all areas of insolvency and debtor-creditor law

    Recognition & Honors

    • America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, District of Columbia, 2016-2021, 2022; Virginia, 2023, Chambers USA
    • AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020-2023
    • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2003–2023
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2005–2023
    • Virginia Super Lawyers; Law & Politics, 2006-2023
    • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers; Law & Politics, 2014-2022
    • The Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers, 2020, 2022, 2023
    • Washington, D.C.- Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year”; Best Lawyers in America, 2020
    • Norfolk – Litigation – Bankruptcy “Lawyer of the Year”; Best Lawyers in America, 2015, 2017
    • Norfolk – Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights “Lawyer of the Year”; Best Lawyers in America, 2011
    • Master, Walter Chandler American Inn of Court, Washington, D.C., 2013-present
    • Washington, D.C.’s Best Lawyers: Bankruptcy; Washingtonian Magazine, 2019, 2020
    • Client Service “All-Star,” BTI Consulting, 2018
    • Inducted into the American College of Bankruptcy Class 22, 2011
    • Clerked for Hon. Loren A. Smith, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1993-1994
    • Clerked for Hon. Douglas O. Tice, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1992-1993
    • George Mason Law Review; Member and Production Editor, 1992


    • National Association of Certified Mediators (NACM)
    • American College of Bankruptcy; Board of Directors, 2023-2024
    • Georgetown University Law Center; Adjunct Professor, Bankruptcy Law, Spring 2023
    • American Bankruptcy Institute; Board of Directors, 2017-2023
    • American College of Bankruptcy; Regent (4th Circuit and DC), 2018-2022
    • American College of Bankruptcy; Fellow, (Class XXII)
    • Virginia State Bar Bankruptcy Law Section; Board of Governors, Chairperson, 2012-2013
    • Virginia Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section Council; Member, 2001-2004
    • Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association; Past President, 2002-2003
    • Leadership Hampton Roads; Member, Class of 2000


    • New York
    • North Carolina
    • District of Columbia
    • Virginia
    • Maryland
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    • North Carolina State and Federal Courts
    • Virginia State and Federal Courts


    • University of Mary Washington; B.A., cum laude, 1988
    • George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School; J.D., with distinction, 1992