Brian Schartz’s practice involves representing debtors (including portfolio, privately-held and public companies), distressed investors in acquisitions, out-of-court restructurings and Chapter 11 cases. He also advises boards of directors and senior management of financially troubled companies regarding fiduciary duties and corporate governance.

Most recently, the American Bankruptcy Institute selected Brian as a 2020 “Forty Under Forty–Emerging Leaders in Insolvency Practice.” Brian was also selected as an “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer” by Turnaround & Workouts in 2019. Brian was listed as a “Notable Practitioner” in the 2019 and 2020 editions of IFLR1000 and was named a New York “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine in 2014–2017 for his restructuring practice. He was also recognized in 2015 by The Legal 500 U.S. for his corporate restructuring work. In May 2015, Brian was selected as a member of the 2015 Next Generation Class for the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.


Thought Leadership


Contributing Editor of the Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law & Practice

"US Special: How Oil and Gas Firms are Restructured," PEI Media, September 1, 2016, (co-author).

"7 Concepts Every In-House Lawyer Needs to Know About Bankruptcy," Texas Lawyer, June 8, 2016, (co-author).

"The Financial System Meltdown of 2008 - A Year Unlike Any Other (Hopefully)," INSOL World - The Quarterly Journal of INSOL International, First Quarter 2009, (co-author).

Press Mentions

Quoted, “Bankrupt Dirt Bike Co. Gets OK of $73 Million Ch. 11 Sale, DIP,” Law360, March 23, 2023.

Memberships & Affiliations

Member of ABI Bankruptcy Commission

Member of Turnaround Management Association

Member of INSOL International


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2016Texas
  • 2008New York


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


  • New York University School of LawJ.D.2007

    Article Editor, N.Y.U. Annual Survey of American Law

  • Cornell UniversityB.A., Governmentsumma cum laude2004

    Phi Beta Kappa