Irving E. Walker is a partner in the firm’s Baltimore office. In 2020, Irv was selected to become a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, which recognizes exceptional bankruptcy professionals for their work, their contributions to the administration of justice, their public service, and their integrity. In 2019, Irv was recognized as the mid-market “USA Restructuring Lawyer of the Year” by the Global M&A Network, which focuses on the mergers, acquisitions, investing, and restructuring communities worldwide. His selection as “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America for Baltimore, in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law for 2013, 2016, 2018, and 2020 and Litigation-Bankruptcy for 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020 is one reflection of the wide recognition and respect Irv receives from other lawyers and clients in Maryland and beyond. Irv also has been recognized since 2013 by The Best Lawyers in America for "Bet-the-Company" Litigation, and as being among the best lawyers in America for 16 years in the areas of bankruptcy and reorganization law and litigation-bankruptcy. Irv has also been selected as a 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyer. Corporate Int'l Magazine recognized Irv in its Global Awards with the accolade, "Corporate Restructuring Attorney of the Year in Maryland." Irv previously has been listed as one of “Maryland’s Top 100 Lawyers” by Super Lawyers Maryland Edition. See Award Methodology.
Irv advises and represents businesses facing financial difficulties, including nonprofit health care providers, and requiring financial restructuring, both out of court whenever possible and in Chapter 11 and other court proceedings when necessary. He also represents creditors’ committees, trustees, landlords, trade creditors and equity holders, as well as purchasers of assets out of bankruptcy. Irv often has used his creative workout strategies to assist clients in navigating through difficult and challenging financial issues. He has represented clients in a wide variety of litigation arising out of bankruptcy cases and other failed business situations, including directors and officers litigation (as counsel for both plaintiff and defendants), avoidance actions, and other commercial litigation, including precedent setting cases at the trial and appellate levels, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
A member of the firm since 2008, Irv’s engagements include the following:
- Lead counsel in chapter 11 cases in Delaware for Videology, Inc. and certain subsidiaries, one of the leading advertising technology companies in the world, with operations in North America, Europe, and Asia;
- One of the largest independent homebuilders in the Mid-Atlantic, Gemcraft Homes, and its affiliates, which successfully reorganized under Chapter 11 and emerged with ownership intact and shedding over $100 million in secured debt as well as millions in unsecured debt, with exit financing of approximately $65 million;
- The largest camera and imaging retail business in the country, Ritz Camera Centers, which at the time of the filing of its Chapter 11 case had 930 retail stores and sales of just under $1 billion, and achieved confirmation of a Chapter 11 plan while preserving its core business through a sale to its principal;
- Representation of a creditors’ committee in the Chapter 11 case of Conseco, representing holders of trust-originated preferred securities totaling approximately $2 billion;
- Prosecuting and defending claims against directors and officers of companies arising out of bankruptcy cases.
Consistently recognized for the quality of his legal work and his effective advocacy for his clients, Irv’s honors include recognition in Maryland Super Lawyers, Law & Politics Magazine and Baltimore Magazine, between 2007 and 2014, and in the 2011 and 2012 editions of Who’s Who in American Law (Marquis) and in the 2006 and 2012 editions of Who’s Who in the World. See Award Methodology. Irv was also was also recognized in a SmartCEO article where one client noted, “Irv wields great knowledge like a craftsman in the courtroom. His ability, substance and style leave other litigation attorneys in his wake.”
Irv serves as a faculty advisor for the American Bankruptcy Institute and Georgetown University Law Center “Views from the Bench” program, and is a past president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland.
Irv also directs his zealous advocacy to help the poor in his community. He served as board president of Homeless Persons Representation Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness, from 2008 to June 2018 and continues to serve as an active board member and pro bono volunteer. His interests outside of the law include Jiujitsu (Ninpo and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu).
Irv earned his B.A. from Duke University, where he completed a double major in mathematics and management science, and his J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he achieved the Order of the Coif distinction.
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As published in: Maryland The Daily Record April 27, 2020
April 24, 2020
Cole Schotz served as counsel to the Creditors' Committee in Think Finance, LLC, in the Northern District of Texas
November 25, 2019
August 15, 2019
As published in: The Daily Record May 31, 2019
August 15, 2018
As published in: Law360 July 17. 2018
August 15, 2017
Irv Walker provides an overview of the steps a company should take when it breaches a loan covenant.
March 7, 2017
August 15, 2016
May 27, 2016
Irv Walker was interviewed at the 2015 Views from the Bench at Georgetown Law Center
American Bankruptcy Institute October 9, 2015
Key Considerations for Business Clients Experiencing Financial Distress, CLE for the 2014 Business Law InstituteAttorney Speaking: Irving E. WalkerMarch 26, 2014
Panelist, American Bankruptcy Institute 4th Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop for the program, "Understanding Today's Capital Markets"Attorney Speaking: Irving E. WalkerSeptember 5, 2011
Panelist, American Bankruptcy Institute, 7th Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop for program on "When Creditors Overreach"Attorney Speaking: Irving E. WalkerAugust 2011
The Practical Real Estate Lawyer July 1, 2015Irving E. Walker
"Claims Designation: Where Courts Draw the Line for 'Bad' Behavior" from ABI's Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop was selected for inclusion in ABI's newest book
Best of ABI 2011: The Year in Business Bankruptcy December, 2011Irving E. Walker
American Bankruptcy Institute September 2009G. David Dean and Irving E. Walker