AnnElyse Scarlett Gains is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office. Her practice focuses on corporate restructurings, liability management transactions, recapitalizations, and other special situation transactions in acquisitions, out-of-court restructurings, and Chapter 11 cases. AnnElyse also advises boards of directors, board committees, and senior management on a range of issues, including fiduciary duties and corporate governance.


Thought Leadership


Contributing Editor of the Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law & Practice


Distressed DealmakingChapter 11 and Out-of-Court Restructuring, University Of Pennsylvania Law School/Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Fall 2016, Fall 2017)


Kirkland & Ellis LLP Pro Bono Service Award, 2014 and 2015, and 2016

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bankruptcy Institute

International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation

Board Member (treasurer) — Military Spouse JD Network


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2018District of Columbia
  • 2014New York


  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • University of Illinois College of LawJ.D.magna cum laude2013

    Associate Editor, Journal of Law, Technology & Policy

    Lincoln Scholar

    Harno Scholar

  • Indiana UniversityB.S.with Honors and High Distinction2010

    NCAA Division 1 Women’s Rowing Team

    Hutton Honors College

    School of Public and Environmental Affairs Honors College