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 and debtors, bankruptcy trustees and creditors’ committees in bankruptcy and other trial and appellate courts throughout the United States. Notable are his frequent representation of buyers and sellers of distressed businesses and his counseling regarding the treatment of intellectual property in bankruptcy. Mr. Dykhouse chairs the firm’s creditors’ rights practice group and lectures, writes and serves on advisory committees regarding the Bankruptcy Code and the Uniform Commercial Code.

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


  • 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

Professional Activities

HONORS: Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law

MEMBERSHIPS: Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Chair, Commercial Law and Uniform State Laws Committee, 2006-2009, Member, 2002-2009; 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 (UCC Subcommittee on Secured Transactions; Business Bankruptcy Subcommittees on Avoiding Powers and Executory Contracts); American Bankruptcy Institute (various committees)

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: “What In-House Counsel Need to Know Before a Counterparty Bankruptcy,” Association of Corporate Counsel Webcast (September 12, 2012)