Derek L. Wright

Of Counsel


Derek L. Wright is of counsel and a litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. His practice focuses on bankruptcy and commercial litigation matters. Mr. Wright is a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations and Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practices.

Mr. Wright has represented a broad array of clients in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, including Chapter 11 debtors, creditors' committees, creditors, secured creditors and trustees. His experience encompasses many facets of bankruptcy, including Chapter 11 plan formation and prosecution, 363 sales, debtor-in-possession financing and numerous adversary actions. His general commercial litigation experience includes litigating disputes in the areas of construction law, employer/employee disputes, administrative appeals and contractual disagreements.


Mr. Wright received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin (J.D., cum laude, 2001), where he worked on the Environmental Law Journal. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A., English, 1998).

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Mr. Wright is admitted to practice in New York, Illinois and Wisconsin. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute.


Mr. Wright co-authored the article: "Is the ‘Debtor-in-Possession’ Not the ‘Debtor’? Post-petition Transfers and the Subsequent New-Value Defense," ABI Journal, September 2006.

Representative Matters

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Represents Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC) in the Alitalia Chapter 15 case, where Foley successfully obtained certain carve outs from the injunctions and recognition order, enabling ARC to increase certain reserves and deposits to protect its potential claim against Alitalia.
Foley represents the trustee under $172.5 million (principal) convertible senior notes indenture regarding Chapter 11 case and potential sale of wells and settlement with creditor and all members of the official committee of unsecured creditors. The Chapter 11 plan was confirmed, and the company successfully reorganized.
Represents the trustee under $298 million (principal) senior notes indenture, which served as a member of the official unsecured creditors committee, regarding chapter 11 case and plan of reorganization.