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Scott F. Gautier



When clients face company-defining financial challenges, Scott Gautier provides the strategies and options they need to take control of the situation. He represents corporate clients in financial distress, with the goal of creating and structuring transactions that maximize value for clients. He counsels corporate owners, boards, fiduciaries and creditors on all facets of corporate insolvency and handles corporate Chapter 11 cases from every vantage point — as counsel to debtors, ad-hoc and official committees, secured creditors and other constituents. He also works on out-of-court financial restructuring matters, distressed mergers and acquisitions, and advises corporate clients on debtor-creditor issues in non-bankruptcy matters.

Scott has represented all constituents in corporate restructuring, with particular experience advising corporate owners, boards and fiduciaries on identifying the best strategic alternatives when faced with financial distress, and serving as lead committee counsel and advising on strategic alternatives in corporate Chapter 11 cases.

Prior Experience

Before joining Faegre Drinker, Scott was chair of a corporate restructuring and bankruptcy group at a national law firm.

Personal Interests

When not engaged in corporate restructuring strategies, Scott enjoys time with his family and dogs, playing ice hockey, backpacking, skiing, playing guitar, cooking, eating and enjoying fine wine.

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Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California


Chicago-Kent College of Law
J.D. with honors, Order of the Coif (1997)

Ohio State University
B.S. (1993)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Contested Issues in DIP Financing in the Uncertain World of Our New World
    Presenter, Turnaround Management Association Annual Conference, September 29, 2020
  • COVID-19 Impact Series: Lending and SBA Options
    Webinar, Turnaround Management Association, Southern California Chapter, April 7, 2020
  • Important Restructuring and Reorganization Issues in the Retail Industry
    California Retailers Committee, Sacramento, California, May 31, 2017
  • Harnessing the Power of Official Committees
    Turnaround Management Association, Southern California Chapter, Beverly Hills, California, September 14, 2016

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Turnaround Management Association, Global — Member, Global Executive Board President, 2021
  • Turnaround Management Association Southern California — Immediate Past President (President, 2020); Director, 2008-11 and 2015-20
  • Financial Lawyers Conference — Vice President, 2021; Governor, 2018-present; Member 2002-present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute — Director, 2009-15; Member, 2000-present


  • Chambers USA — California, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, 2007-20, 2022-24
  • Best Lawyers® — Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2013-24; Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2019-24
  • Lawdragon — 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers, 2020, 2022-23
  • SuperLawyers — "Rising Stars," Los Angeles, 2005-08
  • SuperLawyers — 2011-23
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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