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Donald S. Bernstein


Current Position

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
450 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Tel: 212-450-4092
Fax: 212-450-5572

Class: VII (1996)Circuit: Second


Princeton University (1975)
University of Chicago Law School, J.D. (1978)

Professional Career

Partner (1986-), Davis Polk & Wardwell (1978-)


Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Treasurer and member of Executive Committee; Past Chair, Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization; Past Chair, Audit Committee
New York County Lawyers Association, Past Member of the Board of Directors
American Bar Association, Business Bankruptcy Committee; Committee on Legal Opinions
National Bankruptcy Conference, Chair
American Bankruptcy Institute
International Insolvency Institute, Director
INSOL International, Future Plans Committee, Co-Chair
Official U.S. Delegation; United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, Insolvency Working Group
TriBar Opinion Committee, Chair


Collier on Bankruptcy, 15th ed., revised Board of Editors
Opinions in the Bankruptcy Context TriBar Opinion Committees Special Report Co-reporter
Legal Opinion Accord, Drafting Committee, American Bar Association, Business Law Section
"Absolute Priority, Valuation Uncertainty, and the Reorganization Bargain," 115 Yale L.J. 1930 (2006) Co-author (with Douglas Baird)
"Toward a New Corporate Reorganization Paradigm," 19 J. App. Corp. Fin. (Fall 2007) Author