New York University School of Law, J.D., 1994

  • Senior Editor, The Journal of International Law and Politics

Brooklyn College, B.A., 1991


New York

US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

US District Court for the District of Colorado

US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

US District Court for the Northern District of New York

US District Court for the Southern District of New York

US Supreme Court


American Bankruptcy Institute

Turnaround Management Association


Clerkship to Judge Tina L. Brozman of the US Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, 1994-1996

Steve Wilamowsky is a partner in Chapman and Cutler’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group. He regularly represents investors, creditors, and lenders in complex restructurings, in and out of bankruptcy court.

Steve has extensive experience representing clients in bankruptcy litigation matters, at both the plenary and appellate levels, and in connection with the restructuring of distressed development projects, in both domestic and cross-border proceedings. He also represents investors and buyers of distressed assets through chapter 11 sales.

Prior to joining Chapman in 2015, Steve was a partner at Bingham McCutchen, where, among other things, he represented the estates in the Refco chapter 11 cases, a major swap counterparty in the City of Detroit’s chapter 9 case, the bondholder committee in a large supermarket restructuring, several trust creditors in the Madoff SIPA proceedings, insider and non-insider defendants in a series of actions alleging eight-figure fraudulent transfer claims, and large institutional lenders, loan purchasers, and servicers in a number of mortgage originator cases.


  • Presented dozens of classes in New York-area public and private high schools and colleges about the danger of consumer credit abuse through the public service C.A.R.E. Program
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the New York City Bankruptcy Assistance Project, a pro bono project within Legal Services of New York
  • Super Lawyers, New York Metro (2006–2012)
  • Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer, Turnarounds & Workouts (2007)