Aaron G. McCollough Partner

Aaron helps clients navigate complex restructuring, insolvency, and bankruptcy matters. Clients look to Aaron for effective guidance in resolving thorny restructuring issues, and he builds deep relationships with his clients by offering efficient solutions and practical advice. While many of Aaron’s recent engagements have involved energy issues—with a focus on renewables including wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass—Aaron also has deep experience in healthcare restructuring, having represented payors and other interested parties in hundreds of recent healthcare chapter 11 cases.

Many of Aaron’s engagements involve creditor representations in chapter 11 cases, though he has led significant recent engagements on behalf of debtors, buyers, and other stakeholders in bankruptcy litigation matters, out-of-court workouts, and non-bankruptcy transactions that implicate insolvency considerations. Aaron serves as national bankruptcy counsel to one of the largest managed care and health insurance companies in the U.S. He frequently advises creditors, lenders, private equity investors, and other interested parties regarding all aspects of healthcare restructuring. In the energy space, Aaron represents utilities, pipeline and other midstream companies, and commodity firms in connection with novel restructuring issues at the forefront of chapter 11 practice. Aaron also advises clients regarding application of the Bankruptcy Code's "safe harbor" provisions in structuring and unwinding commodity and derivatives contracts. Aaron is a member of the firm’s Opinion Committee with respect to insolvency-related legal opinions.

Aaron has been recognized as a leading bankruptcy and restructuring attorney by various publications, including Chambers (since 2016) and Best Lawyers in America (since 2012). Aaron graduated Order of the Coif from Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, where he served as Senior Articles Editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review. During law school, Aaron was awarded the W&L Law Council Award (for best student law review article), the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal (for outstanding student in bankruptcy law), and the Roy L. Steinheimer Commercial Law Award (for outstanding student in commercial law), and was named the Distinguished Bankruptcy Law Student from the Fourth Circuit by the American College of Bankruptcy.

  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2005
  • University of Michigan, BA, English and Political Science, with Distinction, 2000

Member, American Bankruptcy Institute

  • Panelist, "Creating Value in Litigation: Bringing and Defending Overpayment Recoveries and Other Revenue Generating and Cost Reduction Strategies," 3rd Annual Healthcare Litigation Conference, McGuireWoods LLP, September 21, 2016
  • Presenter, "Significant Issues in Fraudulent Transfer Actions: What You Need to Know in 2015," The Knowledge Group, July 17, 2015
  • Presenter, "Bankruptcy Issues for Commercial Landlords," Association of Corporate Counsel, June 24, 2014
  • Speaker, "Bankruptcy Treatment of Make-Whole Provisions and Credit Bidding Rights," Association of Corporate Counsel, Real Estate Section, April 17, 2014
  • Speaker, "Single Asset Real Estate Cases," Bankruptcy Section of the Richmond Bar Association, November 27, 2012
  • Virginia
  • Illinois

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Illinois, Chambers USA, 2016-2018

Named to The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2012-2019

Named to "Illinois Rising Stars," Bankruptcy: Business, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2015-2018

Named to “Emerging Lawyers,” Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial (Illinois), Leading Lawyers, 2015

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2010-2013

Back to top