J. Kate


TEL: 302-651-2001 / MOBILE: 302-528-2165 / FAX: 302-574-2101 / kstickles@coleschotz.comLegal Practice Assistant: Rachel Deely TEL: 302-652-3131 ext. 2502  

Kate Stickles is a member of the Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring Department based in the Wilmington office. Kate concentrates her practice in the areas of corporate bankruptcy, insolvency and creditors’ rights, with particular experience representing debtors, official committees, examiners and trustees in chapter 11 cases.

Kate has been named one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” by Chambers USA since 2010. See Award Methodology. That publication notes: 

  • Kate is “a strong attorney” who is “able to handle multiple matters under significant time pressure, while maintaining her composure.” She is “remarkable at being able to navigate the shoals.” 2013 Edition.
  • The “tremendous” Kate Stickles “understands the local practice and is extremely responsive.” 2012 Edition.
  • “Sources praise her client skills and ability to work seamlessly with in-house counsel.” 2011 Edition.

Kate has also been selected by her peers for inclusion in the prestigious 2010, 2011 and 2013-2020 editions of Best Lawyers in America in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law. See Award Methodology.

Kate has served as counsel to chapter 11 debtors in a variety of industries, including manufacturing and distribution, telecommunications, health care, and media, in some of Delaware’s most significant bankruptcy cases. 

Select representative debtor engagements include: 

  • Yarway Corporation.  Representation of a Tyco International Ltd. Unit, that manufactured industrial valves, in its chapter 11 case.
  • Tribune Company, et al.  Representation of a leading media, publishing and entertainment company in their chapter 11 cases.
  • AES NY Equity, LLC.  Representation of a subsidiary of global power company AES Corporation, in its chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
  • Barzel Industries, Inc.  Representation of a metal processing, manufacturing and distribution company, with facilities in the United States and the Canada, in their chapter 11 cases.
  • Owens Corning, et al.  Representation of a world leader in building material systems in their chapter 11 cases.
  • Fruit of the Loom, Inc., et al. Representation of one of the largest manufacturers and marketers of underwear and casual wear in their chapter 11 cases.
  • Noma Company.  Representation of a Canadian subsidiary of GenTek Inc. in its chapter 11 case.
  • Devon Mobile Communications, L.P.  Representation of an owner and operator of PCS licenses in the Northeast in its chapter case.
  • Fedders North America, Inc., et al.  Representation of a global designer, manufacturer and marketer of air treatment products for the residential, commercial and industrial markets in their chapter 11 cases.
  • BMJ Medical Management, Inc.  Representation of a physician practice management company in their chapter 11 cases.
  • Stuart Entertainment, Inc.  Representation of manufacturing company within the gaming industry in its chapter 11 case.
  • Physician Health Corporation, et al.  Representation of a physician practice management company in their chapter 11 cases.

Kate has also represented official committees, liquidating trustees, examiners, including: 

  • In Re Washington Mutual, Inc.  Delaware counsel for Examiner in investigation of proposed multi-billion dollar settlement arising out of largest bank failure in history of the United States.
  • In Re DBSI.  Delaware counsel for Examiner in investigation of $3 billion tenant-in-common investment firm.
  • In re Cambridge Industries. Delaware counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of an automotive plastics supplier.
  • In re United Companies Financial Corporation.  Delaware counsel to the Official Committee of Equity Security Holders of a multi-billion dollar sub-prime conduit lender.

Kate is active in the Bankruptcy Section of the Delaware State Bar Association having served as the Section’s Chair (2010-2011), Vice Chair Commercial Bankruptcy (2009-2010) and Secretary (2008-2009). She has also served as a member of the Delaware Views from the Bankruptcy Bench and Bar Steering Committee, 2006, 2008 and 2011. Kate is the former Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy Section, CLE / Publications Committee.

Kate is a member of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) and a past Director at Large, 2010-2011.  She has also served as the Chair 2009-2010, Vice Chair 2008-2009, and Secretary 2007-2008 of the IWIRC Delaware Network.  She is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Delaware Bankruptcy Inn of Court. 

Kate earned her B.A. in political science and communications from Western Maryland College and her J. D. from Temple University School of Law.



Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 1989

Western Maryland College, B.A., cum laude, 1984

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