• Drexel University (B.S., summa cum laude)
  • Drexel University (M.B.A.)
  • Temple University School of Law (J.D.)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Delaware
  • New York
  • United States Supreme Court

Bradford J. Sandler

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Wilmington, DE
Tel: 484.275.5442
New York
Tel: 212.561.7700

Mr. Sandler is a member of the firm's Management Committee and Long- term Planning Committee and co-chair of the firm’s renowned and venerable Committee Practice Group.

He has substantial experience representing debtors, equity and creditors’ committees, acquirers, fiduciaries (including receivers and trustees), and other significant parties in interest in complex reorganizations and financially distressed situations, both in and out of court. While acknowledging that bankruptcy is often a viable business tool to fix a troubled company, Mr. Sandler believes that it is a tool of last resort, and many of his company-side representations are out-of-court, non-public representations he successfully worked by right-sizing the company’s capital structure to avoid a formal insolvency proceeding.

Mr. Sandler is known for bringing creative and aggressive representation to maximize creditor or equity recoveries. His recent committee representations include Bed Bath & Beyond, Party City, Cyxtera, David’s Bridal, Cineworld, Washington Prime Group, Surgalign, Agway, FedNat Holdings, Sungard, Ascena, J Crew, Ditech Holdings, Corsicana Bedding, Rockdale Marcellus, Tuesday Morning, Gymboree II, Payless I and II, Shopko, the Weinstein Company, Bon-Ton Department Stores, Woodbridge Group, BCBG Max Azria, Aeropostale and Sports Authority. Mr. Sandler was lead counsel in the LifeCare Hospital case that led to a substantial recovery to unsecured creditors after making new “class skipping” law in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. His industry experience includes consumer good/retail, entertainment, food/restaurants, manufacturing, technology, financial services, agricultural.

Many publications have acknowledged Mr. Sandler’s restructuring work. He has been listed among the nation’s top restructuring attorneys in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2013. He holds an “AV Preeminent Peer Rating,” Martindale-Hubbell's highest recognition for ethical standards and legal ability, and was named to Thomson Reuters’ “New York Super Lawyers” list as well as “Delaware Super Lawyers” list. He is ranked among the nation’s top Bankruptcy/ Restructuring attorneys by Chambers USA, which states that he “boasts deep expertise in the representation of creditors' committees in complex Chapter 11 proceedings," and that he “blend[s] traditional legal skills with commercial negotiating and business sense." Chambers USA also notes that Mr. Sandler has been described as “a creative, calm, effective lawyer who is also quick, smart and aggressive.”


Professional Affiliations

  • Life member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member: Turnaround Management Association, Association for Corporate Growth, International Federation of Insolvency Practitioners (INSOL), Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court
  • Leadership Positions: American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association (Philadelphia and New York Chapters), Settlement Music School, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Art Alliance
  • Member, Law360 Bankruptcy Editorial Board (2020)

Programs and Lectures

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association, Wharton Restructuring and Distressed Investing Conference, International Bar Association, National Association of Credit Managers, Credit Research Foundation, Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors, Temple University School of Law (adjunct professor of law), Hildebrandt Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, New York State Bar Association, Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, Philadelphia Bar Association (among others)



  • Coauthor, "Suggested Amendments to US Bankruptcy Code," Law360 (February 3, 2009)
  • Coauthor,"'Decoupling' Issues in Bankruptcy," Business Bankruptcy Newsletter (ABA Business Law Section January 2009)
  • Author, "Corporate Guidance in M&A Transactions From Chancery Court," 8 Delaware Law Weekly No. 36 (Sept. 14, 2005)
  • Coauthor, "Statutory Employer Immunity Under Pennsylvania Law," Pennsylvania Bar Quarterly (Winter 1998)
  • Coauthor, Statutory Employer Immunity in Tort Cases Involving Work-Related Injuries, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association Pub. No. 148-1997 (1997)
  • Coauthor, "Recent Significant Case Decisions Involving Design Professionals," in program materials for 36th Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys (Schinnerer & Co. 1997)
  • Regular law columnist for the monthly national magazine, The Construction Specifier
  • Author, "Alcan Revisited: Does the Denial of a De Minimis Defense Help Achieve a 'Polluter's Pay' Policy?" 8 Temple Environmental Law & Technology Journal 141 (1994)


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