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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

David W. Dykhouse

David W. Dykhouse

Of Counsel


  • Business Reorganization and Creditors' Rights
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Complex Commercial Actions
  • Class Action Litigation

WSG Practice Industries



David Dykhouse combines extensive experience (in counseling, transactions and litigation) with the avoidance, treatment and exploitation of economic distress. Mr. Dykhouse has a knowledge of many major industries, including pharmaceuticals, media and publishing, petroleum refining and marketing, retailing, derivatives and other complex financial products, real estate development and technology, as well as the non-profit sector. For many years he has advised and represented industrial companies, financial institutions and charitable organizations in connection with the present or possible future financial distress of business counterparties, as well as representing them in bankruptcy and other trial and appellate courts throughout the United States. Mr. Dykhouse chaired the Firm’s creditors’ rights practice group for over thirty years, and lectures, writes and serves on advisory committees regarding the Bankruptcy Code and the Uniform Commercial Code.

Mr. Dykhouse was a partner of the Firm from November 1, 1982 to December 31, 2016.

Prior to joining Patterson Belknap, Mr. Dykhouse served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Samuel J. Roberts, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; Second Circuit; Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York; Northern District of Illinois
  • New York


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1974)
    • Order of the Coif
  • Calvin University (A.B., 1971)
Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution | Business Reorganization and Creditors' Rights | Class Action Litigation | Complex Commercial Actions | Corporate | Cross-Border Transactions | Financial Services | Life Sciences / Health Care | Litigation | Manufacturing | Securities and Derivatives Litigation | Structured Finance Litigation

Professional Career

Professional Activities and Experience

HONORS: Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation-Bankruptcy.

MEMBERSHIPS: Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Chair, Commercial Law and Uniform State Laws Committee, 2006-2009, Member, 2002-2009, 2018-; Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, 2003-2006; Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization, 1980-1985); New York State Bar Association (Committee on Multinational Reorganizations and Insolvencies, 1987-2001); American Bar Association (Committee on Legal Opinions; UCC Subcommittee on Secured Transactions; Business Bankruptcy Subcommittees on Avoiding Powers and Executory Contracts); American Bankruptcy Institute (various committees)


Puerto Rico Files for Bankruptcy: New York Judge to Hear Case
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, May 2017

The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico recently filed a voluntary petition for relief on behalf of Puerto Rico in federal court there.  The filing required the Chief Justice of the United States to designate a district court judge to conduct the case.  In recent months Chief Justice Roberts appointed District Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the Southern District of New York...

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