Joseph A. Dworetzky

USA: Pennsylvania

Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller
One Logan Square
18th & Cherry Streets, 27th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6933

Tel: 215.496.7014
Fax: 215.568.0300


Joseph Dworetzky focuses his practice on insolvency matters and commercial and governmental litigation. He has represented clients in hundreds of cases under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. He has served as trial counsel in numerous high profile litigation matters in state and federal courts.

From 1993 to 1996, Joe served as City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia and was a member of Mayor Rendell’s cabinet. Prior to joining the City, he was a Managing Partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia.

Joe has been regularly recognized as a Rank 1 bankruptcy attorney by Chambers USA (2004-2010). In 2010, Chambers ranked him as a “Star Individual,” describing him as “one of the smartest lawyers in the country.” Joe has regularly been included in Best Lawyers in America and has been recognized as a “Philadelphia Lawyer of the Year” twice: in 2012, for Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights Law, and in 2014 for Bankruptcy Litigation. He is a Fellow and a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Bankruptcy. Leadership Philadelphia named him one of the “101 Connectors” in the Philadelphia area. In 2009, Governor Rendell appointed him to serve as one of five members of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, responsible for the oversight of the Philadelphia School District.

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2004 – 2013, Star Individual, 2010 – 2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2009 and 2011 – 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2012 Philadelphia Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year; 2014 Philadelphia Bankruptcy Litigation Lawyer of the Year
  • Coleman Award for outstanding contributions to the arts community, 1997
  • Villanova Law Review, Associate Editor
  • Villanova University School of Law, St. Ives Medal
  • Villanova University School of Law Pulling Award
The words “filing for bankruptcy” conjure up images of companies that cannot continue to operate and need a protective environment in which to liquidate their assets. Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases and liquidating Chapter 11 cases certainly make up a significant portion of the financial restructuring universe, and there are times when these avenues are the only realistic ones available to protect a debtor company and its creditors.

However, in today’s business world, the concepts of financially restructuring and filing for relief under the Bankruptcy Code reach beyond these traditional insolvency scenarios. Financial restructuring is a legitimate business tool in assisting a company that is capable of performing well but faces certain financial barriers to success. Embarking on a restructuring as a business strategy can allow a company time to reorganize and get its feet back on the ground.

Our attorneys have a wealth of experience in guiding debtors, creditors, and committees through the restructuring process. We provide a wide range of services to corporations, governments, partnerships, and individuals dealing with distressed financial situations. In addition to representing clients in bankruptcy cases, we regularly handle out-of-court liquidations and restructurings, consensual workouts, prepackaged and pre-arranged proceedings, and the purchase and sale of assets of distressed corporations. We are also regularly involved in bankruptcy litigation.

Our attorneys possess the expertise in business law and the Bankruptcy Code that, in combination with extensive business know-how, make it possible to quickly and efficiently identify a debtor’s or creditor’s needs and guide that entity through the restructuring or liquidating process, whether in the context of a formal bankruptcy under the Bankruptcy Code or in a workout or other out-of-court proceeding.

The firm is well known for its work in health care insolvencies, representing hospitals, nursing homes, and life-care communities. We have experience with insurance company insolvencies and are regularly engaged as special counsel in bankruptcy litigation.

Our lawyers frequently lecture and write on bankruptcy issues, occasionally with a sense of humor.

When our firm was founded in 1994, our idea was to build a firm of lawyers with superior academic credentials and professional capabilities who wanted to develop their practices in a creative and entrepreneurial environment. We think that we have succeeded. We have recruited extraordinarily talented individuals to join us. We have created a dynamic, engaging, and sometimes even entertaining office environment. The result is a highly regarded law firm that enjoys a growing national reputation for its quality work, innovative strategies, and excellent results.

We offer a broad range of legal services to local, regional, and national clients through our offices in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Norristown, Pennsylvania, and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Our diverse range of practice areas includes complex litigation, business/corporate transactions, real estate, bankruptcy, education, environmental, family law, and tax and estate planning. We count among our clients universities, governmental entities, major corporations, individuals, and several of Philadelphia and the region’s largest professional firms.


“The “brilliant” Joseph Dworetzky is widely recognized in the Pennsylvania bankruptcy community and is highly experienced in Chapter 11 cases.”
Chambers USA, 2015