Seth Van Aalten


+1 212 479 6104

Seth Van Aalten practices in the areas of corporate restructuring and creditors' rights, with an emphasis on the representation of official committees of unsecured creditors and other parties in complex commercial Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in industries including retail, manufacturing, metals and mining, media, technology, health care, food and beverage, airlines, and hotels. Seth has significant experience litigating issues involving solvency, valuation, financing and cash collateral contests, section 363 asset sales, recharacterization, equitable subordination, substantive consolidation, and similar disputes.

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  • Represented Bayonne Medical Center As Chapter 11 Debtor And Settled Extensive Litigation 

  • Restructured Pacific Ethanol's $300 million In Debt 

  • Court Approves Chapter 11 for RadioShack 

  • Court Approves Liquidation Plan for ALCO Stores 

  • Cooley Advises Creditors Committee in RadioShack Bankruptcy 

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I have worked with Mr. Van Aalten on several official creditors' committees in Chapter 11. His involvement in the Mervyn's committee was extraordinary which resulted in a significant recovery to unsecured creditors. Seth is very professional and knowledgeable in his handling of committee matters, and I consider him to be one of the finest young attorneys in the country. – Daniel Pevonka, RR Donnelley

  • Boston University School of Law
    JD, 2003

  • Binghamton University
    BA, cum laude, 2000

Admissions & Credentials

New York


  • American Bankruptcy Institute

  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

  • American Bar Association

Rankings & Accolades

    American Society of Legal Advocates: Top 40 Bankruptcy Lawyers Under 40 in New York

    New York Super Lawyers


+1 212 479 6104 office
+1 212 479 6275 fax

55 Hudson Yards
New York, NY 10001-2157