• University of Florida (B.S.B.A. 1988; Outstanding Female Graduate)
  • University of Florida (J.D., with honors, 1991)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • 1992, Florida
  • 1994, California

Debra Grassgreen

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San Francisco
Tel: 415.217.5102

Ms. Grassgreen has significant experience representing debtors, trustees, and creditors’ committees in large chapter 11 cases nationwide and internationally.  Ms. Grassgreen is an author and frequent speaker on various bankruptcy-related topics including the management of large and complex chapter 11 cases, the treatment of intellectual property rights in bankruptcy, issues in technology bankruptcy cases, cross-border bankruptcy issues, and issues facing individual chapter 11 debtors. Ms. Grassgreen participates in the United Nations working group (UNCITRAL) that has been developing a uniform international insolvency law and materials to assist countries in the adoption and implementation of insolvency legislation. 

Ms. Grassgreen has been named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 100 women lawyers in California for several years, including in 2016. She is president of the International Insolvency Institute, a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, and has been listed in  Best Lawyers in America every year since 2001 for her work in both Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy. She is listed in Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders—Global Elite 2019, one of only seven U.S.-based lawyers listed for Restructuring and Insolvency. Ms. Grassgreen holds an AV Preeminent Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest recognition for ethical standards and legal ability, and is ranked among Bankruptcy/Restructuring attorneys by Chambers USA. Every year since 2010, she has been named a “Northern California Super Lawyer” by San Francisco Magazine. Ms. Grassgreen is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she also received her J.D., and is admitted to practice in Florida as well as California. 


Professional Affiliations

  • President, International Insolvency Institute (2019-)
  • Executive Vice President, International Insolvency Institute (2017-2019)
  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Board of Directors, American College of Bankruptcy Foundation (2013-2016)
  • Member, Advisory Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11
  • Board of Directors, International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation ("IWIRC")(2010-2014)
  • IWIRC Delegate to UNCITRAL
  • Member, International Bar Association

Programs and Lectures

Practicing Law Institute (standing faculty); American Bankruptcy Institute; Turnaround Management Association; State Bar of California; Beverly Hills Bar Association; American Bar Association; Bar Association of San Francisco; University of Florida College of Law; California Continuing Education of the Bar; Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Accountants; International Council of Shopping Centers



  • Coauthor with M. Litvak: First Day Motions: A Guide to the Critical First Days of a Bankruptcy Case (ABI 2d ed. 2006)(sole author of 1st ed. 2003)
  • Coauthor with P. Egan: "Valuation and the Chapter 11 Process" in Contested Valuation in Corporate Bankruptcy - A Collier Monograph (LexisNexis 2011)
  • Author: "Individual Chapter 11 Cases After BAPCPA: What Happened to the "Fresh Start?" 2006 Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 309 (West 2006)
  • "Property of the Estate," in Understanding the Basics of Bankruptcy & Reorganization 2005, 880 PLI/Comm 145 (2005)
  • "Sale of Assets," in Understanding the Basics of Bankruptcy & Reorganization 2005, 880 PLI/Comm 249 (2005)
  • "Rejection, Assumption and Assignment of Real Estate Leases Generally," in Impact of Bankruptcy on Real Property Transactions (Cal. Cont. Ed. of the Bar 2003)


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