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William H. Schorling


Current Position

Of Counsel
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C.
Two Liberty Place
50 S. 16th Street, Suite 3200
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Tel: 215-665-5326
Fax: 215-665-8760

Class: X (1999)Circuit: Third

William H. Schorling recently co-authored a new BNA Tax Management Portfolio, Employee Benefits in Bankruptcy, with James D. Newell and Mark Pfeiffer of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, and Matthew D. Clyde of Cozen O’Connor, P.C. The Portfolio comprehensively addresses the interplay of benefits and bankruptcy law.The Portfolio offers guidance for the frequent instances in which the goals of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) are in conflict with the goals of the United States Bankruptcy Code (the Bankruptcy Code). While ERISA is designed to encourage the continuation and maintenance of voluntary private pension plans for the benefit of their participants and to provide for the timely and uninterrupted payment of pension benefits, the Bankruptcy Code is designed to provide a fresh start to honest but unfortunate debtors unable to pay their obligations.This Portfolio addresses the impact of insolvency and bankruptcy on the termination of pension and welfare benefit plans and the treatment of pension and welfare benefit plans and claims in bankruptcy. The interplay of benefits law and bankruptcy has resulted in significant litigation. The Portfolio addresses the court decisions, especially when the courts have disagreed.


Denison University, B.A., cum laude (1971)
University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude (1975)

Professional Career

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C. (2006-)
Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling, A Professional Corporation (1989-06)
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot (1975-89)


American Bar Association, Past Chair, Business Bankruptcy Committee, Business Law Section (1996-99)
Eastern District Bankruptcy Conference
Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project
Allegheny County Bar Association, Chair, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section (1989-90)
Committee of Seventy, Chair (2003-04)
American Bankruptcy Institute, Advisory Board Central States Symposium (2000-06)
American Bar Foundation


"Review of the Proposals of the National Bankruptcy Review Commission Relating to Business Bankruptcies: Part One," 53 The Business Lawyer 1381 1998 Co-author
10 West's Pennsylvania Forms Debtor-Creditor 1997 Co-author
"Adequate Protection for the Nondebtor Party to Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases," 64 Am. Bankr. L.J. 297 Co-author