Kyle J. Ortiz

Kyle J. Ortiz

New York, New York

Mr. Ortiz’s provides efficient and practical advice to debtors and creditors in corporate restructuring in and out of court.

Mr. Ortiz has represented debtors in some of the largest and most complex chapter 11 cases of the past decade, including: Pacific Drilling, Westinghouse, Toisa, SunEdison, Aeropostale, American Airlines, and Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. Mr. Ortiz has also represented creditors and lenders in the financial services and real estate sectors. Mr. Ortiz’s pro bono work has been recognized by both the Legal Aid Society and the New York State Bar Association. 

Mr. Ortiz is a frequent lecturer and author on a range of bankruptcy topics.  In 2018 Mr. Ortiz was named by the American Bankruptcy Institute as one of its 40 Under 40 rising stars in the restructuring community and by Finance Monthly as Restructuring Lawyer of the Year. In 2019, Mr. Ortiz received an Emerging Leaders Award from The M&A Advisor, which recognizes and celebrates the achievements of outstanding young M&A, financing, and turnaround professionals who have reached a significant level of success while still under 40.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Mr. Ortiz founded Operation ASHA in Cambodia, an arm of the worldwide tuberculosis treatment organization, Operation ASHA. Operation ASHA in Cambodia has grown to over 50 tuberculosis treatment centers serving over a million people in 1283 villages in and around Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Mr. Ortiz currently sits on the U.S. Board of Directors for Operation ASHA Worldwide. 

Mr. Ortiz received his B.S. degree from Northern Michigan University, where he graduated as Outstanding Graduating Male, served as student body president, and was the student commencement speaker at his graduation. Mr. Ortiz earned his M.P.P. degree in 2006 from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and his J.D. degree in 2009 from the University of Chicago Law School where he was an Edmund Spencer Scholar.

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York


  • University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2009
    • Honors: Edmund Spencer Scholar
  • Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
    • M.P.P. - 2006
  • Northern Michigan University
    • B.S. - 2004
    • Honors: Outstanding Graduating Male
    • Honors: Student Body President
    • Honors: Student Commencement Speaker

Past Employment Positions

  • Paul Hastings LLP
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP