Professional Biography

Eric E. Walker Partner

  • Chicago

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    Chicago

    131 South Dearborn Street, Suite 1700

    Chicago, IL 60603-5559

    +1.312.324.8659

    EWalker@perkinscoie.com

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Overview

Eric Walker focuses his practice on all aspects of commercial litigation, financial restructuring, and bankruptcy, including experience representing debtors, creditors, asset purchasers, examiners, and trustees in bankruptcy proceedings throughout the country. Eric has significant experience in the highly regulated healthcare industry, representing debtors, creditor committees, private equity sponsors, stalking horse bidders, landlords, and other constituents in out-of-court restructuring negotiations, bankruptcy, and litigation. He has particular experience in restructuring hospital systems, senior living facilities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), behavioral health centers, and diagnostic medical laboratories. His successful representation of the asset purchaser in the Health Diagnostic Laboratories (HDL) bankruptcy case was awarded the 2016 Restructuring Deal of the Year (Under $100M) by M&A Advisors.

Eric also has experience in the hotel and hospitality industry, regularly representing hotel owners, developers, operators, lenders, and major hotel brands in transactions, state and federal litigation, and bankruptcy. He represented the petitioners before the U.S. Supreme Court in RadLAX Gateway Hotel, LLC, et al. v. Amalgamated Bank (Case No. 11-166), a landmark chapter 11 bankruptcy case involving secured creditor cram down.

Eric has been recognized as a leading bankruptcy practitioner by Chambers USA, Lawdragon, and the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. He was also named one of 40 Under Forty restructuring professionals by the American Bankruptcy Institute. Eric currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Advisory Board for the Annual ABI Central States Bankruptcy Workshop. He served as faculty member and author for the PLI 17th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, and frequently writes and speaks on issues of bankruptcy, hospitality, and healthcare law.

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Ranked by Chambers USA 2021

Bankruptcy and Restructuring

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Chambers USA "America's Leading Lawyers" for Bankruptcy and Restructuring, 2021
  • Listed in the Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers, 2020
  • Named by American Bankruptcy Institute, "40 Under 40 Leading Restructuring Professionals," 2017

*The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no certificate, award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.

Related Employment

  • DLA Piper US LLP, Chicago, IL, Associate, 2006 - 2008
  • Judicial Extern to The Hon. Lorraine Murphy Weil, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut, 2005 - 2006
  • International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), Financial Analyst, Global Services, 2000 - 2003

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  • Illinois

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2006, Notes & Comment Editor, Connecticut Law Review
  • Miami University, B.S.B.A., Finance, 2000