Elliot Moskowitz
  1. Partner

Mr. Moskowitz is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department. His practice focuses on bankruptcy litigation and complex commercial litigation, and he has represented major corporations, financial institutions and creditors in connection with trials and proceedings in bankruptcy courts around the country.  Most recently he represented Uniti Group in a multi-billion dollar litigation brought by Windstream Holdings; served as lead litigation counsel to Dean Foods Company in its bankruptcy cases; and represented significant parties in litigation arising out of the bankruptcies of Hertz, General Motors, Lehman Brothers and Tribune.

Mr. Moskowitz also has extensive experience representing corporate clients and professional firms in connection with a wide range of state and federal regulatory inquiries and civil litigation.

In his pro bono practice, Mr. Moskowitz served as Chief Counsel to The Special Commission on the Future of the New York State Courts, a blue-ribbon panel appointed by then Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye to study the courts and propose reforms.

Work Highlights

Recent Representations
  • Successful defense of Uniti Group in a multi-billion dollar litigation brought by Windstream Holdings involving claims for fraudulent transfer and other causes of action
  • Lead litigation counsel to agent bank representing parties that financed the acquisition of The Hertz Corporation’s entire U.S. fleet of more than 500,000 vehicles
  • Dean Foods Company in all aspects of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, including litigation with the creditors’ committee, multiple unions, ad hoc committee and other creditors
  • Lead litigation counsel to a large group of term lenders in the General Motors bankruptcy involving a $1.5 billion avoidance action brought by the Avoidance Action Trust
  • Appellate counsel to group of financial institutions and funds appealing a multi-hundred million dollar fraudulent transfer judgment arising out of the TOUSA bankruptcy
  • Bonanza Creek Energy in all aspects of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, including trustee and examiner litigation, and a successful confirmation hearing involving complex valuation issues
  • Lead litigation counsel to Arch Coal, Inc. in all aspects of its Chapter 11 reorganization, including successfully defending against a challenge to proposed DIP financing at a contested evidentiary hearing and defending breach of fiduciary duty claims against the debtors’ management
  • Lead litigation counsel to Patriot Coal in all aspects of multi-billion dollar Chapter 11 proceedings, including victory at trial regarding motion to reject collective bargaining agreements and appellate victory before the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.
  • Lead litigation counsel to JPMorgan Chase in connection with the Chapter 11 restructuring of the Tribune Company, including disputes with unsecured creditors concerning claims for fraudulent transfer. Serves on the defendants’ Executive Committee in the post-bankruptcy, multibillion dollar fraudulent transfer litigation pending in federal court New York.
  • Lead litigation counsel to Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (“LBIE”) in connection with the litigation and settlement of $38 billion in claims between LBIE and Lehman Brothers Inc.
  • Advised Comcast Corporation and certain affiliates in bankruptcy proceedings and related litigation concerning Comcast SportsNet Houston
  • Advised broker-dealer in connection with the settlement of claims against the City of Detroit related to $800 million in notional-amount interest-rate swaps and $1.4 billion in principal-amount certificates of participation
  • Leading litigator for Citibank in connection with the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of LyondellBasell, the world’s third-largest chemical company, including in the multibillion dollar fraudulent conveyance lawsuit brought against Citibank and other lenders by unsecured creditors
  • Leading litigator for Frontier Airlines in connection with its Chapter 11 restructuring, including litigation involving unions and disputes concerning collective bargaining agreements
  • Won dismissal of fraudulent conveyance litigation against a major financial institution in an influential decision affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Won substantial award at trial for the plaintiffs in a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court concerning ownership of water filtration patents
  • Won dismissal of legal malpractice claims (and secured award of fees) in a decision affirmed by the New York State Court of Appeals
  • Defended a major financial institution in connection with a real estate litigation over a $2.6 billion casino project in Atlantic City
  • Defended financial institutions and other clients in several major securities class action lawsuits, including Rent-A-Center, Genta Incorporated and the Scottish Re Group
  • Advised a global professional services firm in connection with $850 million settlement relating to New York State Attorney General Spitzer’s investigation into bid-rigging and price-fixing in the insurance brokerage industry
  • Advised New York Racing Association in connection with investigations by the Department of Justice and New York State Attorney General’s Office
  • Mr. Moskowitz has also worked on a number of internal investigations on behalf of clients facing potential criminal and regulatory exposure, which did not result in public charges and thus remain confidential.


Mr. Moskowitz is recognized for his work by several leading industry publications, including:

  • Law360 – “Rising Star”: Bankruptcy  (Read “Rising Star: Davis Polk’s Elliot Moskowitz”)
  • Benchmark Litigation – “Star”: New York
  • Lawdragon – One of the 500 Leading Global Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers
  • Turnarounds & Workouts – “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer,” 2011 and 2015 

Of Note

  • From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Moskowitz served as Chief Counsel to The Special Commission on the Future of the New York State Courts, a blue-ribbon panel appointed by then Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye. The Commission authored two landmark reports concerning the functioning of the courts and proposed a series of reforms to improve the delivery of justice in New York State.
  • Member, New York City Bar
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute

Professional History

  • Partner, 2010-present
  • Associate, 2001-2010

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, W.D. Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York


  • B.A., CUNY Queens College, 1997
    • magna cum laude
  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 2001
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    • Member, Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems