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  • J.D., 1979
    University of Michigan Law School
  • B.A., 1975
    State University of New York at Albany
    (magna cum laude)
Bill Weintraub
The New York Times Building
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018

Bill Weintraub is a partner in Goodwin Procter's Financial Institutions Group and a member of its Financial Restructuring Practice. A veteran restructuring and insolvency lawyer with 35 years of experience, Mr. Weintraub represents debtors and significant creditors in diverse industries and in connection with bankruptcy, insolvency, restructuring and reorganization matters.


Mr. Weintraub has been actively involved in complex fraudulent transfer analysis and litigation in such matters as Tribune Corporation, Lyondell Chemical Co. and Bernard L. Madoff Securities, Inc.

He has served as counsel to major creditors, official creditors' committees, official bondholders' committees, plan sponsors, and/or acquirers in the Chapter 11 cases of Guy F. Atkinson Company of California, At Home Corporation (d/b/a Excite@Home), Agway Inc., Lone Star Industries, Inc., Worlds of Wonder Inc., Smith Corona Corporation, Catapult Entertainment, Inc., Sugar Bowl Corporation, Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc., Neostar Real Estate Group, Inc., Calpine Corporation, Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Silicon Graphics, Inc., Pizza Time Theatre, Inc. (d/b/a Chuck E. Cheese's) and Scientific Micro Systems, Inc.

Among the Chapter 11 debtors Mr. Weintraub has represented are G+G Retail, Inc., AgriBioTech, Inc., Tri Valley Growers, Landels Ripley & Diamond, LLP, Unisil Corporation, Daley Corporation, Everex Systems, Inc. and Star Graphic Arts Company. He served as special counsel to the Chapter 11 debtor in the bankruptcies of Spiegel, Inc. and Global Crossing Limited, and has represented PG&E Corporation, the parent company of Chapter 11 debtor Pacific Gas & Electric Company. He has also represented Wells Fargo Bank as indenture trustee in several Chapter 11 cases.


Mr. Weintraub is widely recognized as an expert in his field, having received several significant honors and been appointed to several key professional organizations and societies. He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute. He served as co-chair of the ABI’s Business Reorganization Committee (2010-2012) and before that as Education Director of the Business Reorganization Committee (2008-2010). Mr. Weintraub was recently appointed to the American Bankruptcy Institute's Task Force on Civility. He is also a member of the Committee on Business Bankruptcy of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.


Mr. Weintraub is a frequent speaker, lecturer and writer on matters of note in corporate restructuring. He has spoken at programs of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American Bar Association, California Continuing Education of the Bar, the Central California Bankruptcy Institute, the Insolvency Institute of Canada, CLE International, the Norton Bankruptcy Law Institutes, the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Symposium and the Bar Association of San Francisco.

He is a contributing author to Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice. Additionally, he has written several articles and comments on complex topics relevant to his field.


Prior to joining Goodwin Procter in 2014, Mr. Weintraub was a partner at Stutman, Treister & Glatt in New York City. Previously, he was a partner at Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman, where he headed its Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Group.


Mr. Weintraub is admitted to practice in New York and California, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York; the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits.


Mr. Weintraub has been listed in U.S. News-Best Lawyers every year since 1995 and has earned the New York “Super Lawyer” designation from 2007 through 2014. He is rated AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.0 in Martindale Hubbell.