Patrick Trostle

Patrick J. Trostle



Patrick J. Trostle



  • Overview


    Patrick J. Trostle has 30 years of experience representing clients in some of the largest insolvency cases ever filed. His clients have included virtually every type of party in US and cross-border restructuring cases, including debtors, creditors’ committees, distressed debt investors and investor groups, institutional bondholders, derivatives counterparties, DIP lenders, trustees, and examiners. Patrick is a partner in the Special Situations Fund Group part of the firm's Bankruptcy and Creditors' Right Practice.

    Patrick has represented some of the world's largest private investment funds in various claim-related disputes. He often represents holders of distressed debt in cases involving structured loans and other complex financial instruments, including CDOs, RMBS, and other asset-backed securities. In addition to his creditor work, Patrick has interviewed over 250 witnesses in high-profile examinations, monitorships, and internal investigations, including representing the court-appointed examiner in Lehman Brothers’ chapter 11 case.

    He represented an ad hoc committee of RMBS holders in Ambac’s insurance insolvency, all US noteholders in FSIA litigation against nationalized Anglo Irish Bank, and an ad hoc committee of Argentina bondholders. As debtor counsel, Patrick represented General Motors (Motors Liquidation) and Nextel International in their respective chapter 11 cases. He represented the official creditors’ committees in NRG Energy and Loewen. In addition to his restructuring work, Patrick recently represented a company that sold a US oil services business to an overseas purchaser.  He also has served as appellate counsel in several cases before the US Supreme Court.

    Patrick has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the New York Metro Super Lawyers list from 2010 to 2023. He also has been included in The Legal 500 US. He serves on the advisory board of the Commercial Law Centre at the University of Oxford, and on the advisory board of the Queen Mary/UNIDROIT Institute of Transnational Commercial Law, part of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London.

    His pro bono work has included the representation of a US charity in Rwanda during its development of the first grid-connected solar field in east Africa. The solar field's innovative structure became a case study for IMF and World Bank projects in Africa. The Financial Times honored the Rwandan project in its North American Lawyers Innovative Lawyers 2015 Report, and The American Lawyer recognized his pro bono work in its 2015 Global Legal Award for Citizenship. The project remains the largest grid-connected solar field in East Africa.

    Patrick previously led the distressed debt and special situations fund practice at a major international firm. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Francis G. Conrad, United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Southern District of New York.

  • Experience
    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association

      American Bankruptcy Institute
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Selected to the New York Super Lawyers list in 2006 and from 2010 to 2023.

      Named to the National Law Journal's 2015 Pro Bono Hot List

      Recipient of The American Lawyer's 2015 Global Legal Award for Citizenship

      Named to The Financial Times' 2015 Standout Award, North America’s Most Innovative Lawyers

      Recognized by the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village with the 2014 Anne Heyman Spirit Award

      Named to the 2013 Legal 500 in the area of Finance - Corporate Restructuring 

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Oxford University (Harris Manchester College)
      Advisory Board, Commercial Law Centre

      University of London (Queen Mary)
      Chair, Advisory Board, Centre for Commercial Law Studies
    • News

      R+C News Releases

      • January 22, 2024

        Robinson+Cole Bolsters National Bankruptcy Practice with Addition of Distressed Debt and Special Situations Fund Partner, Patrick Trostle

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