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David Warfield


St. Louis
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David is a 30-year veteran of the financial restructuring world who provides practical, straight-forward advice to all types of institutions that interact with a distressed business.

As the lead attorney for multiple high-profile matters, David is skilled at managing complex restructurings and unraveling the competing interests of all relevant parties. In both in-court bankruptcies and out-of-court workouts, David has led work on many complex, multi-party matters, including one recent case involving a large-scale fraud and tens of thousands of consumer claims. His clients include debtors, senior secured lenders, bondholders, creditors' committees, receivers and asset purchasers.

Tapping his business education, David looks for creative solutions that satisfy the diverse constituencies of a distressed business. He puts a premium on speed, as value erodes and options diminish nearly every day in a financial restructuring. David's quick thinking and persistence helps clients preserve value and plan for the future even as "the ice cube melts."


Subchapter V in the Eighth Circuit: The data from the first 18 months

Nine Bankruptcy Code amendments included in latest appropriations bill

Why the return of NOL carry backs may be good news for some distressed corporations

Can government actions restrict creditors’ remedies during the COVID-19 emergency?

Appeals Court rules bankruptcy trustee can recover tuition payments from college

Four key takeaways from the August 2019 bankruptcy code amendments

Supreme Court decides key trademark licensee issue in bankruptcy

Court rules subordination agreement bars junior creditor from obtaining discovery from senior creditor

Managers of insolvent Missouri LLCs have no fiduciary duty to creditors

Two non-conventional uses for Missouri’s new receivership statute

Thompson Coburn Publications

Amendments to Chapter 12 make it easier for a family farmer to reorganize

Parsing the legal and financial impact from Detroit’s bankruptcy


Seven Things You Should Know About the Missouri Commercial Receivership Act


Chapter 12 Bankruptcy Overview, Practical Law, 2019

Strategic Alternatives For and Against Distressed Businesses, 2019 Edition

Farm Bankruptcy Update,
Trends, Laws, Procedures and Implications, Sponsored by the University of Missouri, 2019

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Annual Bankruptcy institute, Missouri Bar, 2018

"The Three Giants of Bankruptcy Law in St. Louis," 55 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 87, 2017

Current Issues in Substantive Consolidation, Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute, 2017

"Farm Bankruptcies";
Emerging Issues in Agricultural Lending Symposium, sponsored by the University of Missouri, 2016

Contributor, MOBar CLE,
Bankruptcy Practice Deskbook, 2015

"Lender Liability";
Emerging Issues in Agricultural Lending Symposium, sponsored by the University of Missouri, June, 2015

"Could a Detroit-style bankruptcy happen here?";
St. Louis Business Journal, September 2013