Daniel Desatnik is an associate in the Business Solutions, Governance, Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group. He earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he graduated as a James Kent Scholar and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. His practice focuses on the representation of debtors, creditors’ committees, equity committees, and creditors in chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings.
Currently, Daniel is one of the core members of the Proskauer team representing the Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico (FOMB) in its effort to restructure Puerto Rico’s outstanding debt load of more than $70 billion. He played a key role in the $6 billion Title VI restructuring of the Governmental Development Bank’s debt. He also plays a key role in the restructuring of the operations and over $8 billion of debt of Puerto Rico’s electric utility, PREPA.
Daniel was named one of Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch" in 2020 and 2021. He has successfully argued before the First Circuit Court of Appeals and in federal bankruptcy court.
Prior to law school, Daniel earned a B.A. and M.A. in political science at Emory University. Daniel uses his political science background to understand how the legal and policy environment impact corporate restructuring efforts.
Daniel is a top-ranked competitive tennis player. As a junior, Daniel won several high profile and national-level tennis tournaments. Daniel played varsity tennis for Emory University and represented the United States in the 2017 Maccabiah Games held in Israel, earning wins over professionally ranked competition en route to placing 5th in a draw of 64 players from around the world.