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Samantha Martin is special counsel in the Financial Restructuring Group in Stroock’s New York office. She has significant experience representing debtors, official committees of unsecured creditors, ad hoc groups of bondholders and lenders, individual creditors, purchasers and liquidating trustees in all aspects of complex corporate restructurings, including chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings.  She also has advised foreign representatives in chapter 15 recognition proceedings.

Samantha currently serves as Board Advisor for the New York Chapter of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC NY), as Communications Manager for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Unsecured Trade Creditors Committee and as Co-Chair of the Stroock Women's Affinity Group. Samantha also recently served as Co-Chair of the IWIRC NY board, a member of the Executive Committee for the International Insolvency Institute NextGen Program and a member of the Red Party Committee for Her Justice.

Representative Matters

  • 21st Century Oncology Holdings, Inc. (ad hoc term lender/noteholder group)
  • Appvion, Inc. (ad hoc group of second lien noteholders)
  • Chaparral Energy (ad hoc group of unsecured noteholders)
  • Energy Future Holdings Corp. (official creditors’ committee for TCEH Debtors)
  • EP Energy Corporation (official creditors' committee)
  • Extended Stay Inc. (mezzanine lenders)
  • Fairfield Residential LLC (official creditors’ committee and liquidating trust)
  • Global Brands Group (official creditors' committee)
  • Hovensa L.L.C. (debtor)
  • J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (ad hoc secured crossover group)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers LLC (official creditors’ committee)
  • The McClatchy Company (official creditors' committee)
  • Monitronics International, Inc. (ad hoc group of senior unsecured noteholders)
  • Qimonda, AG (foreign representative in chapter 15)
  • Residential Capital, LLC (debtors)
  • Rhino Energy (DIP lenders, stalking horse bidder)
  • SunEdison, Inc. (special counsel to official creditors’ committee)
  • Walter Energy LLC (official creditors’ committee)

Honors & Awards

  • American Bankruptcy Institute's 2021, “40 Under 40”
  • The Legal 500, Nationally recommended
  • Super Lawyer, 2019-2021
  • Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” 2014-2018
  • The M&A Advisor, 2021 Energy Deal of the Year (over $1B) for EP Energy

Speeches & Events

  • Moderator, Women, Influence & Power in Law Virtual Summit, October 30, 2020
  • Speaker, Insolvency 2020 Summit, ABI Program, Webinar, October 7, 2020
  • Moderator, IWIRC NY Program, New York, NY, November 14, 2018
  • Speaker, III NextGen Program, London, England, June 18, 2017
  • Speaker, IWIRC at the Shore Conference,  Atlantic City, NJ, March 3, 2017
  • Speaker, IWIRC-III Breakfast Roundtable, Tokyo, Japan, June 8, 2016
  • Speaker, III NextGen Program, Tokyo, Japan, June 6, 2016
  • Moderator, YJP’s Real Estate + Wall Street Investment Forum, New York, NY, January 26, 2016


  • What to Make of the "Make-Whole" Circuit Split: The Enforceability of Make-Whole Provisions in Bankruptcy After Momentive and EFH, Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law, 2018
  • Unsecured Creditor Perspectives in Energy Restructurings, Practical Law Company, June 2018
  • Management Responsibilities in Insolvency Situations, III NextGen Leadership Program, June 2016
  • Preservation of Avoided Liens Under Bankruptcy Code Section 551: Don’t Forget the Coup de Grace, American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal, Vol. 31, Issue 01, Spring 2015
  • Cash Collateral Orders Revisited Following ResCap, Law360, April 2014
  • The Chief Restructuring Officer’s Guide to Bankruptcy, chapter on section 363 sales, American Bankruptcy Institute, 2013

Admitted To Practice

New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York


J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, 2007; Recipient, Jacob Burns Medal; Managing Editor, Cardozo Law Review, 2006-2007

B.A., University of Florida, 2004