Cullen Drescher Speckhart

Partner in Charge – Washington, DC

I combine business strategies with restructuring solutions to help clients capture meaningful advantages.

Cullen is chair of Cooley’s business restructuring & reorganization practice and partner in charge of its Washington, DC, office. Cullen is a top advocate in corporate restructuring and financial litigation, with a diverse practice spanning a range of industries, including healthcare, life sciences, technology, energy and retail. She regularly represents debtors, creditors’ committees, trustees and foreign representatives in significant bankruptcy matters throughout the US. Cullen also is recognized for her proactive, forward-focused approach to solvency strategy and for providing tactical guidance to Cooley business clients – including public, private and high-growth companies – in all aspects of contingency planning, risk mitigation and business portfolio improvement.

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  • Cooley Secures Win in Mallinckrodt Chapter 11 Case 


  • Harvard Extension School
    Harvard University, Professional Certificate in Strategic Management

  • William & Mary Law School

  • Georgetown University
    BA, Politics and Economics

Admissions & Credentials

District of Columbia

New York



Rankings & Accolades

    American Bankruptcy Institute, 40 Under 40

    Restructuring Lawyer of the Year, Global M&A Network’s 13th Annual Turnaround Atlas Awards

Video Q&A

For Cooley’s New Bankruptcy Chair Cullen Speckhart, Her Practice Is Personal