Matthew R. Bentley

Matthew’s practice is focused on guiding clients through complex bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings.
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Matthew's practice includes the representation of debtors, financial guarantors, indenture trustees, creditors and shareholders in Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings.

Prior to joining ArentFox Schiff, Matthew worked as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Robert D. Drain, United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, and the Hon. Mary Kay Vyskocil, United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York. He also served as an intern to the Hon. John K. Sherwood, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey.

Prior to law school, Matthew served as a firefighter in the United States Air Force, Illinois Air National Guard.

Client Work

Matthew’s client work includes:

  • Representation of Quabbin Capital in the Chapter 15 case of Universal Enterprises, Ltd.
  • Representation of GPB Capital Holdings in the Insightra Medical, Inc. Chapter 11 case.



Matthew’s published works include:

  • “The Texas Two-Step: a Problematic Reframing of the Bankruptcy Code Toolkit or an Equitable Solution for Productive Conglomerates and their Mass Tort Claimants?,” Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, Vol. 31, Issue 2 (April 2022)
  • “When the Music Stops: The Texas Two-Step and Forecasting Its Future Application,” ABI Journal, Vol. 12 (December 2021) 

Professional Activities

Matthew is a member of the:

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Federal Bar Council

He also participates as a judge in the preliminary rounds of the annual Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition.

  • Bar & Court Admissions
    • New York Bar
  • Education
    St. John's University School of Law, LLM, Bankruptcy
    University of Illinois, College of Law, JD
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, BS