Dennis J. O'Grady


Dennis J. O’Grady is Of Counsel and the former Chair of Riker Danzig’s Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Group. His practice primarily involves bankruptcy and commercial litigation matters specializing in the representation of creditors and debtors in business reorganization cases under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Dennis has been involved in a number of major bankruptcy cases such as Frontier Communications, Inc., Murray Energy Corp., Bayonne Medical Center, Hudson healthcare, Inc. (“Hoboken University Medical Center”), Capmark Financial Corp., Majestic Casinos, Inc., Las Vegas Monorail, Encap Golf Holdings, Inc., and G-I Holdings, Inc. (f/k/a GAF Corporation).

Riker Danzig’s Bankruptcy Group is regularly recognized by a number of outside sources, including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, for its substantial experience and creativity, along with its long-standing reputation that boasts effectiveness, communication, success and value.

Dennis is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy and commercial law issues and has been an adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers University.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy Lawyers, as well as a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Business and Bankruptcy Section of the American Bar Association, the Business Reorganization Subcommittee of the American Bar Association, and Indenture Trustee Section, the Creditors’ Rights Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the healthcare Insolvency Subcommittee of the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is also a former Director of the American Board of Professional Certification, as well as a former member of its faculty subcommittee, and he is a former Director of the New Jersey Turnaround Management Association, as well as a member of its Advisory Board.

Areas of Emphasis

Corporate Reorganization

Commercial Litigation

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Second Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Supreme Court


Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, J.D., 1973

University of Southern California

The New School for Social Research

Seton Hall University, A.B., 1965

Professional Activities

Member, American College of Bankruptcy

Member, American Bankruptcy Institute

Member, American Bar Association Indentured Trustee and Secured Creditor Section

Member, New Jersey State Bar Association Creditor and Debtor Section

Board member, New Jersey Turnaround Management Association

Rankings & Recognitions

According to Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Dennis is “phenomenal.” Dennis “has a wealth of experience counseling an array of clients on a variety of bankruptcy and restructuring issues.”  Sources say, “He has good negotiation skills, identifies issues very quickly, and sees the big picture,” and he is  “well regarded and respected in the market.” Clients note Dennis’s “keen sense of when to litigate” but also observe that he knows when to settle. They also appreciate his “vast amount of experience and expertise in the bankruptcy arena.” The Chambers Client Guide states: “If you are filing for bankruptcy protection in the Third Circuit, you can’t do better than Dennis O’Grady.” It also says that Dennis “knows bankruptcy law inside and out” and is “technically sound, with a strong understanding of the law.”

Dennis has been included in The Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. lawyers, in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditors-Debtors Rights and Bankruptcy Litigation since 2006.  Dennis received the Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” award for Bankruptcy Litigation in the Newark region in 2016, 2018, and 2022 (an honor given to a single attorney in each practice area, in each region, once annually). He has also received the “Lawyer of the Year” award for Bankruptcy and Reorganization Law in the Newark region in 2013 and 2014.

Thomson Reuters also has consistently included him on New Jersey’s “Super Lawyers” list for Bankruptcy Law since the inception of its rating system in 2005.

See Awards and Honors Methodology.

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