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Lara R. Sheikh

Lara R. Sheikh

New York, New York

Lara Sheikh has practiced exclusively in the area of corporate restructuring, bankruptcy and creditors' rights since graduating from Brooklyn Law School in 2001. Ms. Sheikh has represented numerous corporations and other entities as debtors under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code both as main bankruptcy counsel and as special "conflicts" counsel. She has also represented corporations in cross-border insolvency cases under former Section 304 and Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code. In addition to her core debtor practice, Ms. Sheikh has represented plan investors, secured creditors, trade creditors, landlords, Chapter 7 trustees, mediators, litigation trusts and official committees of creditors, retirees and equity security holders in bankruptcy cases.

Prior to joining Togut, Segal & Segal in 2007, Ms. Sheikh worked at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (summer associate, associate, senior associate) and in the Chambers of the Honorable Stuart M. Bernstein, former Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York (elbow law clerk, 2002-2004). Ms. Sheikh served on the Board of Trustees of Brooklyn Law School from 2004-2007 and remains active as a volunteer at her Law School. She writes articles and speaks on bankruptcy topics and contributes her time as an advisor to the New York City Credit Abuse Reduction Education (CARE) Program, which she co-administered from 2004-2010. In 2011, Ms. Sheikh joined the Zaretsky Roundtable Steering Committee on bankruptcy and commercial law. Ms. Sheikh also sits on the Board of Directors of Friends of P.S./I.S. 187, a not-for-profit that supports a public school in Washington Heights, New York City.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2004


  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 2001
    • Law Review: Brooklyn Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor, 1999 - 2001
  • Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts
    • A.B. - 1992
    • Major: Politics/Spanish

Published Works

  • "Section 548 and 550-Developments in the Law on Fraudulent Transfers and Recoveries", Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law, 2010
  • "The 'Absolute Finality' Rule: Confirmation Orders After Travelers v. Bailey and United Student Aid Funds, Inc. v. Espinosa", Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, April , 2011
  • "Gaps in the Section 546(e) Safe Harbor for 'Settlement Payments' and Transfers (and Obligations) Related to Securities Contracts", Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser, July, 2011
  • “The Power of Bankruptcy Courts—A Proposal for Consent to Authority After Stern v. Marshall", Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law, 2012


  • Panelist at 3rd Annual Bankruptcy Pro Bono Program, New York City Bar, 2007
  • Panelist at Bloomberg Law Program on Recent Developments - Section 546 Safe Harbor - Has the Second Circuit Taken Away a Bankruptcy Court's Traditional Ability to Consider Substance Over Form?, October 2011

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Services for New York City Award for Valuable Pro Bono Assistance, 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York City Bar Association, 2001 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, 2003 - Present
  • Brooklyn Law School Board of Trustees, Member, 2004 - 2007
  • New York City Bar , Co-Chair of Pro Bono Subcommittee, 2006 - 2007
  • New York City Bar Bankruptcy and Reorganization Committee, 2003 - 2007
  • New York City Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility, 2008 - 2010
  • New York City Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) Program, Co-administrator, 2004 - 2010
  • Friends of PS/IS 187, Director, 2010 - Present
  • Barry L. Zaretsky Roundtable Steering Committee, 2011 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. Stuart M. Bernstein, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York, Law Clerk, 2002 - 2004
  • Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, LLP, Senior Associate
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Summer Associate, Associate and Senior Associate

Pro Bono Activities

  • New York City Bar Pro Bono Bankruptcy Panel, 2004 - 2007
  • Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) Program (Co-administrator 2004-2010), 2004 - Present

Contacting Us

Togut, Segal & Segal LLP
One Penn Plaza, Suite 3335
New York, NY 10119

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