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. 

Uchechi is a client-focused lawyer who meets the demanding challenges posed by extremely complex and difficult legal issues with thoughtful analysis and judgment. Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Uchechi served as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable William T. Thurman, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah and the judicial extern to the Honorable Maureen A. Tighe, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Uchechi has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© as a "Ones to Watch" for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law in 2021; named to the Lawyers of Color 2020 Hot List, which honors the nation’s rising stars excelling in the legal industry; and is the recipient of the 2021 “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyer” Award from the American Bar Association.

In 2021, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) named Uchechi as one of just 40 participants in the NCBJ’s 2021 Next Generation Program and in 2018 the NCBJ selected Uchechi as a Judge Blackshear Presidential Fellow. 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 was honored by The Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm, with the William J. Lasarow Award. The award, named for Judge 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. She also serves as a mentor with the American Bar Association’s Judicial Internship Opportunity Program and is a member of the Honorable Tina Brozman Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research (Tina’s Wish) junior advisory board.

Uchechi serves on the board of The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation, which provides educational resources to underserved communities in New York. She is also an active participant in Brown Rudnick’s recruitment and mentorship initiatives and serves on the Firm’s Associate Liaison Committee.

Prior to practicing law, Uchechi was a highly decorated 400-meter hurdler at her alma mater UC Riverside, where she currently holds multiple school record, and a professional track and field athlete.

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
Moderator and Producer, “Pathways to the Bankruptcy Bench,” presented by American Bar Association Section of Litigation Judicial Intern Opportunity Program and American Bankruptcy Institute (July 21, 2021)
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
American Bar Association, On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers, 2021
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Next Generation (NextGen) Program, 2021
Brown Rudnick Elizabeth A. Ritvo Equity and Inclusion Award, 2021
The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2021
Lawyers of Color, 2020 Hot List, 2021
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Judge Blackshear Presidential Fellow, 2018
New York City Bar Association, Associate Leadership Institute Fellow, 2019
Honorable William J. Lasarow Award for Outstanding Public Service, 2016
Firm Activities
Associates Liaison Committee Member
Board of Directors, Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation