Jeffrey Jonas is a Partner in the Firm's Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Practice Group and the Chair of Restructuring Litigation. He is also the Firm's Chair of Strategic Growth. Jeff represents official and ad hoc creditors' and equity committees, individual creditors and distressed debt holders, indenture trustees, buyers of assets and other parties in bankruptcy proceedings. He has practiced extensively in bankruptcy courts across the country in connection with a wide range of issues, including plan confirmation and related issues, stay relief, DIP financing arrangements, cash collateral disputes, valuation issues, and dismissal and trustee litigation.

Jeff also represents lenders in connection with problem business credits. He practices frequently in various state and federal courts, in connection with loan collection matters and related issues, including the defense of lender liability claims. Jeff has worked on restructurings and/or bankruptcies in the manufacturing, retail, gaming, waste, energy, airline, automotive, paper, real estate and many other sectors.

Jeff also has extensive experience in real estate law and primarily represents buyers and sellers of commercial properties. He has been involved as lead attorney in acquisition, disposition and/or syndication transactions valued at many billions of dollars.

Jeff is ranked in Chambers USA for Bankruptcy/Restructuring in Massachusetts. The 2021 Guide state that "he is particularly strong in negotiating and strategizing complex workouts and getting control of large dysfunctional bank groups" and “he is creative and responsive."

Jeff is inducted into the American College of Bankruptcy’s 32nd Class of Fellows.



Lead attorney in representing the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Ultra Petroleum Chapter 11 bankruptcy case (Texas) including in connection with prosecuting claims relating to the company’s pre-petition up-tier exchange involving complex issues, covering avoidance of intentional and constructive fraudulent transfers, breaches of fiduciary duty, and equitable subordination.

Lead attorney in representing equity sponsor in connection with its investment/ownership of Advantage Rent a Car including Chapter 11 bankruptcy (Delaware) auction.

Lead attorney representing principal DIP lender and plan sponsor in cross-border bankruptcy cases (Canada, New York, and Colombia) of Pacific Exploration, an E&P enterprise with more than $6 billion of prepetition funded debt.

Lead attorney in representing the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Legacy Reserves Chapter 11 bankruptcy case (Texas), including for six-day confirmation trial involving issues of good faith and valuation.

Lead attorney of team representing Catalyst Capital as plan sponsor in acquiring Pacific Exploration through insolvency proceedings in the United States, Canada and Colombia.

Lead attorney representing ad hoc minority lender group in ongoing Noranda Aluminum bankruptcy case (St. Louis), involving intercreditor, intra-class, and related lender-group issues.

Co-lead attorney representing prepetition senior lender in SFX Entertainment bankruptcy case (Delaware), including successful negotiation of first-day repayment in full (including substantial make-whole payments) from interim DIP facility.

Lead attorney in representing term loan agent in Patriot Coal bankruptcy case (Virginia) including multi-day contested confirmation trial.

Co-lead attorney in representing ad hoc committee of second lien noteholders in the Energy Future Holdings (TXU) bankruptcy cases (Delaware).

Lead attorney in representing Carl Icahn and affiliates in the Trump Entertainment Resorts bankruptcy cases (New Jersey), including nine-day contested confirmation trial involving competing plans of reorganization and cram-down of $500 million of secured debt.

Lead attorney in representing ad hoc consortium of second lien lenders in Legends Gaming LLC bankruptcy case (Louisiana), including multi-day contested confirmation trial involving cram-down of second lien debt.

Lead attorney in representing senior term lenders in Norwood Promotional Products bankruptcy case (Delaware), including successful 363 sale resulting in substantially better than anticipated recoveries.

Lead attorney in representing senior term lenders in Movie Gallery bankruptcy case (Virginia) involving significant asset sales and liquidation of more than 2,600 retail store locations.

Co-lead attorney in successfully representing ad hoc group of tort victims opposing Quigley Company Inc.’s bankruptcy (New York) plan of reorganization which sought to channel billions of dollars of asbestos personal injury claims (12 day contested confirmation trial).

Key member of trial team representing the Equity Committee in the Mirant Corporation bankruptcy case (Texas) which, after a 27-day trial, successfully achieved value exceeding a billion dollars for alleged “out of the money” equity.

Lead attorney representing national finance company in managing distressed loan portfolio involving real estate and other loans in an aggregate amount exceeding $500 million, including restructurings, sales, foreclosures, receiverships and related activities across the country for senior, mezzanine, syndicated and participated loans.


Boston College – J.D., cum laude, 1988
Brandeis University – B.A., cum laude, 1985

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Speaking Engagements
Frequently serves on American Bankruptcy Institute and other educational panels at the national and regional levels.
Guest lecturer on bankruptcy issues at a combined Yale Law and Management Schools class on distressed debt.
Professional Affiliations
Fellow in the 32nd Class, American College of Bankruptcy
Turnaround Management Association
American Bankruptcy Institute
Awards and Honors
American College of Bankruptcy, 32nd Class of Fellows
Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Massachusetts, 2016-2017, 2021
The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2009-2022
The Legal 500 US, Finance – Restructuring (including Bankruptcy): Corporate, 2015-2019
Childhelp, Caring Award for serving as pro-bono legal counsel, 2015
Super LawyersTop Rated Banking Attorney in Boston, MA, 2005, 2007
Federal Judicial Center, Selected to participate in the Bankruptcy Workshops, the mandated continuing legal education program for U.S. Bankruptcy Judges; more than 200 Bankruptcy Judges have attended Jeff’s presentations.
Community Involvement
President, The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation
Executive Committee Member, The Boston Lawyers Group, an organization that seeks to identify, recruit, advance and retain legal talent of color in Boston’s legal community.