Donaldson, Jed
Jed Donaldson
  • Of Counsel

1050 Connecticut Ave. NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036

Jed Donaldson

Jed Donaldson concentrates his practice on insolvency-related litigation and distressed transactions. His practice covers bankruptcy, restructuring, and out-of-court workouts, in which he represents all stakeholders in those matters, including creditors, debtors, asset-purchasers, equipment lessors, trade vendors, committees, debtor-in-possession lenders, trustees, and debt buyers. Mr. Donaldson's transactional practice focuses on chapter 11 bankruptcy, workouts, and finance matters, including distressed mergers and acquisitions. He also has significant experience representing equipment finance, leasing, and manufacturing companies. His litigation practice includes adversary proceedings before bankruptcy courts, as well as commercial litigation before U.S. district courts, including preference actions, claim objections, fraudulent transfer actions, nondischargeability actions, and other contested matters.

After law school, Mr. Donaldson served as law clerk to Judge Frank J. Santoro of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia's Norfolk Division. While in law school, he served as an extern law clerk to Judge Kevin R. Huennekens of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia's Richmond Division and as an intern law clerk to Magistrate Judge Dennis W. Dohnal of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia's Richmond Division.

Admitted only in Virginia and he regularly practices in Virginia. Not yet admitted to the D.C. Bar but being supervised by a licensed member of the D.C. Bar.

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2010
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2011

Representative Cases

  • In re Chinos Holdings, Inc. (J. Crew), et al. – counsel to trade vendor and unsecured creditors’ committee member
  • In re Cardinal Homes, Inc. – counsel to trade vendor and chair of unsecured creditors’ committee
  • In re Gymboree Group, Inc. - counsel to trade vendor and unsecured creditors’ committee member
  • In re Toys “R” Us, Inc., et al. – co-counsel to agent and collateral trustee for TRU Taj noteholders in $375 million DIP facility to debtors’ Asian and European subsidiaries
  • In re A Southern Season, Inc., et al. - counsel to debtors’ CEO and CFO in litigation with chapter 7 trustee
  • Davis v. Kentucky Insurance Guaranty Assoc., et al. - counsel to guaranty association and insurance regulator in successful defense of $50 million turnover action concerning debtors’ workers’ compensation obligations
  • In re Penn Virginia Corp., et al. – co-counsel to unsecured creditors’ committee in chapter 11 cases of oil and gas producers in restructuring of $1.1 billion in prepetition debt
  • In re Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., et al. – co-counsel to asset purchaser in chapter 11 § 363 sale of debtors’ natural gas assets
  • In re Morris Schneider Wittstadt Va., PLLC, et al. - counsel to professional liability insurance carrier in chapter 11 bankruptcy of national law firm
  • In re Patriot Coal, et al. - counsel to asset purchaser acquiring substantially all assets of coal companies via chapter 11 plan sale and post-confirmation litigation, including enforcement of plan injunction
  • Compass Chemical Int’l, Inc. v. Failon - counsel to judgment creditor in obtaining summary judgment on nondischargeability adversary complaint via collateral estoppel, affirmed by Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • In re River City Renaissance, et al. - counsel to chapter 11 debtors in § 363 sale of multi-family housing portfolio backed by approximately $40 million in CMBS loans
  • In re James River Coal Co., et al. – co-counsel to asset purchaser acquiring substantially all assets of coal companies via chapter 11 § 363 sale
  • La Bella Donna Skin Care, Inc. v. Harton – counsel to judgment creditor in obtaining summary judgment on nondischargeability adversary complaint via collateral estoppel
  • In re Virginia United Methodist Homes of Williamsburg, Inc. - counsel to sponsor, DIP lender, and exit-finance lender in chapter 11 reorganization of retirement community with $133 million in prepetition debt

Pro-Bono Activities

  • VCU Massey Cancer Center, Community Advisory Board of Directors
  • Central Virginia Legal Aid Society No-Asset Bankruptcy Triage Clinic, Co-Chair

Published Works

  • 363 Sales: An Overview & Recent Developments, Richmond Bar Assoc., Bankruptcy Section, January 2016 CLE
  • Eleventh Circuit Affirms Use Of § 1114 In Liquidating Chapter 11s, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 4, April 2019
  • Arctic Glacier: Enforcement Of Third-Party Releases Upheld, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXVII, No. 12, December 2018
  • Parent Corporations: Mitigating Risk & Preserving Rights When A Subsidiary Files For Chapter 11, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXII, No. 8, September 2013
  • You Can Come Under the TARP But First . . . The Bank of America – Merrill Lynch Merger Was A Failure of Corporate Governance, 9 FLA. ST. U. BUS. REV. 21, August 2010
  • Millennium: At The Intersection Of Stern v. Marshall And Third-Party Releases, American Bankruptcy Institute Business Reorganization Committee Newsletter, November 29, 2017
  • Make-Whole Premiums Subject To Continued Scrutiny, American Bankruptcy Institute Business Reorganization Committee Newsletter, May 19, 2015
  • University of Richmond School of Law, Guest Lecturer, Bankruptcy Course (Prof. David Epstein)

Professional Association

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Richmond Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section; Richmond Bar Association, CLE Committee, Chair
  • University of Richmond School of Law, Young Graduate’s Association, Board of Directors, 2011 to 2014
  • VCU Massey Cancer Center, Community Advisory Board of Directors
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Areas Of Practice

  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Secured Transactions

Education

  • University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
    • J.D. – 2010
    • Honors: cum laude
      Journal of Law & Technology, Senior Staff member
  • University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia
    • B.A. – 2001
    • Major: Economics

Honors And Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating
  • Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars Creditor Debtor Rights, 2015-Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Medal of Excellence, University of Richmond School of Law, Class of 2010
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards (Highest Grade): Corporate Fraud & Litigation, Spring 2010, and Ethics in Civil Litigation, Fall 2009