AREA OF PRACTICE

Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring

Biography

Uchechi Egeonuigwe is an Associate in the Firm’s Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Practice Group. Uchechi represents creditor groups, investors, equity holders, and individual borrowers in all aspects of restructuring stressed and distressed companies. 

Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Uchechi served as a Judicial Law Clerk in the District of Utah and as a Judicial Extern in the Central District of California.

Uchechi has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© as "Ones to Watch" for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law in 2021. In 2021, Uchechi was named to the Lawyers of Color "Hot List 2020," which honors the nation’s rising stars excelling in the legal industry.

The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges selected Uchechi as a 2018 Honorable Cornelius Blackshear Fellow, which recognizes attorneys for their legal excellence in the practice of bankruptcy law and commitment to principles of civility, ethics, and professionalism. Uchechi was also selected as a 2019 Fellow for the New York City Bar Association's Associate Leadership Institute, an award-winning initiative geared toward assisting the advancement of diverse senior associates at major law firms.

Uchechi maintains an active pro bono practice through her work with Lawyers Alliance and New York Legal Assistance Group. She also serves as a mentor to high school students in her community and is a member of the Honorable Tina Brozman Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research (Tina’s Wish) junior advisory board. Uchechi was honored by the Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm, with the William J. Lasarow Award. The award, named for Honorable William J. Lasarow (retired), recognizes the outstanding contributions of attorneys who volunteer pro bono services to provide access to justice for individuals and families.

Uchechi is the 2021 recipient of Brown Rudnick’s Elizabeth A. Ritvo Award for her sustained commitment and exceptional contributions in furtherance of equity, inclusion, and diversity at Brown Rudnick and beyond.

Awards

Representation

Chesapeake Energy Corporation: Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Chesapeake Energy Corporation, one of the largest oil and gas exploration companies in the United States, with funded debt of over $9 billion on the petition date.

Ultra Petroleum: Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 cases of Ultra Petroleum Corp., one of the largest oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in Wyoming, with over $1.9 billion in funded debt on the petition date.

Legacy Reserves: Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Legacy Reserves, Inc., a Midland, Texas-based exploration and production company with over $1.4 billion in funded debt on the petition date.

EXCO Resources: Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of EXCO Resources Inc., an independent oil and gas company, in its Chapter 11 proceeding, in connection with the successful restructuring of the company’s approximately $1.395 billion of debt, involving a substantial distribution to unsecured creditors.

Pier 1 Imports: Represented the Ad Hoc Group of Term Loan Lenders and the Term Loan Agent in the Chapter 11 cases of Pier 1 Imports Inc., a publicly-traded omnichannel retailer specializing in home furnishings and décor with 923 stores in the United States and Canada.

EdgeMarc Energy: Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 cases of EdgeMarc Energy Holdings, a natural gas exploration and production company operating in the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania and the Utica shale in Ohio.

Takata Corporation: Counsel to Eric D. Green in his capacity as Trustee of the Takata Airbag Tort Compensation Trust Fund, established pursuant to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of TK Holdings Inc., Takata’s U.S. affiliate. The Trust, which holds approximately $140 million, was created in the bankruptcy to provide additional compensation to the individuals who suffered personal injury or wrongful death as a result of a Takata airbag inflator malfunction. The Trustee oversees the management of the Trust and distribution of these funds to personal injury and wrongful death victims.

Orexigen Therapeutics: Represented a joint venture between two hedge funds and a pharmaceutical company in its successful purchase of substantially all of the assets in a Section 363 sale in the Chapter 11 case of Orexigen Therapeutics, Inc., which distributed a weight loss drug. Representation included structuring the joint venture to manage and operate the resulting business.

Aralez Pharmaceuticals: Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 case of Aralez Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a global specialty pharmaceutic al company.

Education

University of San Diego School of Law – J.D.
University of California, Riverside – B.A.

Bar Admissions

New York
California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
Publications
Co-author, Expert Analysis - Westlaw Journal Bankruptcy, The 5th Circuit's Ultra Petroleum Decision And Make-Whole Claims, 16 No. 12 WJBKR 01
Co-author, “Bankruptcies in Mass Torts Cases,” Litigating Mass Tort Cases, Supplement (2018, 2019)
Speaking Engagements
Keynote Panelist and Producer, "The Business Case: Game-Changing Benefits of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion," American Bankruptcy Institute Virtual Bankruptcy Battleground West (March 10, 2021)
Panelist, "Insolvency and Restructuring Update in the Time of COVID-19: Sectors Impacted, Notable Filings, & Issues on the Horizon Part 2," Stout Webinar (January 26, 2021)
Panelist, "Insolvency and Restructuring Update In The Time Of COVID-19: Sectors Impacted, Notable Filings, Issues On The Horizon," Stout Summit: Investment Fund and Portfolio Valuation (October 27, 2020)
Emerging Leaders Panelist, American Bankruptcy Institute, 2019 Northeast Bankruptcy Conference (July 11, 2019)
“Pathways to the Bench,” American Bar Association Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, New York, NY (July 16, 2018)
Professional Affiliations
Education Planning Committee Member, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (2021-present)
Vice Chair, American Bar Association, Business Bankruptcy Podcast Sub-Committee (2020-present)
Junior Advisory Board, Honorable Tina Brozman Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research (Tina’s Wish) (2020-present)
Advisory Board, American Bankruptcy Institute, Bankruptcy Battleground West Conference (2020-present)
Awards and Honors
Recipient, Brown Rudnick’s 2021 Elizabeth A. Ritvo Equity and Inclusion Award
Named to the Lawyers of Color "Hot List 2020"
Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© as "Ones to Watch" for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Recognized by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and as Judge Blackshear Presidential Fellow
Fellow, New York City Bar Association Associate Leadership Institute
Recipient, Honorable William J. Lasarow Award for Outstanding Public Service
Firm Activities
Associates Liaison Committee Member
Board of Directors, Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation