Kathlene Burke is a corporate restructuring lawyer with a broad range of both law firm and in-house advisory experience. Ms. Burke has represented debtors, creditors and equity holders in large complex restructurings, with an emphasis on sovereign debt and cross-border cases.

As in-house counsel for a sovereign Native American nation, she focused on corporate governance, legislative matters, information technology, contract negotiation, general litigation, labor and employment issues, and tribal law issues.

Ms. Burke also clerked for Judge James M. Peck of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. She has a background in finance, information technology and logistics, and is a decorated military veteran having served overseas with the U.S. Army prior to her legal career.

Her recent representations at Skadden include:

  • EMAS Chiyoda Subsea Limited and its affiliates on a Chapter 11 reorganization in the Southern District of Texas;
  • a financial market infrastructure company in regulatory and resolution planning to comply with Bank of England regulatory requirements;
  • Stephen Akers and Mark McDonald of Eliza Limited and Oscatello Investments Limited in the case of Isis Investments Limited v. Oscatello Investments Limited, Kaupthing hf, Elfar Adalsteinsson and Eliza Limited (Claim No: HC09C00599); and
  • Roust Corporation in its prepackaged restructuring.

Her notable representations prior to joining Skadden include:

  • AMR Corp., et al. (as debtors’ counsel) (S.D.N.Y.);
  • Blockbuster Inc., et al. (as debtors’ counsel) (S.D.N.Y.);
  • HSH Delaware GP LLC (as debtors’ counsel) (D. Del.);
  • Lehman Brothers Inc., et al. (as law clerk) (S.D.N.Y.);
  • Charter Communications, Inc. (as law clerk) (S.D.N.Y.); and
  • Quebecor World (USA) Inc. (as law clerk) (S.D.N.Y.).



  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2008
  • B.B.A., City University of New York, Baruch College, 2005


  • California
  • England & Wales
  • New York

Kathlene M. Burke

Associate, Corporate Restructuring