Cullen Drescher Speckhart, Attorney at Law
Cullen Drescher Speckhart is a Shareholder and head of the firm's Richmond office. She is a specialist in bankruptcy, restructuring, and financial litigation who frequently writes and speaks publicly on legal implications of developments in the financial sector. She serves the firm as Co-Chair of its Business Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice group.
Ms. Speckhart actively represents a wide range of parties to insolvency proceedings, including creditors, creditors’ committee members, creditors’ committees, trustees, and foreign representatives. Ms. Speckhart has participated as counsel in some of the largest bankruptcy cases in and outside of Virginia, including White Birch Paper Company and Bear Island Paper Company (counsel to the Canadian Monitor); Workflow Management Inc. (counsel to the Debtors); Circuit City Stores Inc. (co-counsel to the Debtors); USA Discounters Ltd.; Eastman Kodak Company; James River Coal; Patriot Coal; Alpha Natural Resources Inc. (counsel to the ANR Claims Oversight Committee); Arch Coal Inc. (counsel to committee co-chair and to the Arch Coal Claims Oversight Committee); Peabody Energy Corporation (counsel to committee co-chair); Noranda Aluminum, Inc., and In re Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. (counsel to Liquidating Trustee).
Ms. Speckhart serves on the advisory board of the Institute for Restructuring Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2015, Ms. Speckhart co-authored the American Bankruptcy Institute’s manual on chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code. She has presented to national audiences on various legal considerations including those surrounding corporate insolvencies, banking technologies, and regulatory compliance. Ms. Speckhart is Past President of the Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association and a member of the faculty of the William & Mary School of Law, where she teaches on the topics of creditors’ rights and bankruptcy.
Using her strong background in restructuring and insolvency, Ms. Speckhart provides advice to financial institutions with respect to risk management and strategic implementation. Ms. Speckhart additionally represents clients in a wide range of non-bankruptcy matters, including commercial litigation, complex workouts, receiverships, corporate shareholder disputes, and professional malpractice matters.
Before entering private practice, Ms. Speckhart clerked for the Honorable Stephen C. St. John, Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. During law school, she was the First-Prize winner of the inaugural American Bankruptcy Institute’s Writing Competition, and the first law student ever to receive the Thatcher Prize for Excellence, which is presented annually to a William & Mary graduate student of outstanding scholarship, service, and character.
Ms. Speckhart serves on the Board of the Bankruptcy Section of the Virginia Bar Association and as a member of the Advisory Board of Bank @Lantec. In addition, Ms. Speckhart is the Executive Secretary of EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program in Virginia Beach.
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- Harvard University
Candidate, ALM in Management, Professional Certificate in Corporate Finance, Harvard Extension School
- The College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
- Georgetown University
B.A., Politics and Economics