William E. Chipman, Jr.

Top rated Bankruptcy attorney in Wilmington, Delaware

Chipman Brown Cicero & Cole, LLP
William E. Chipman, Jr.
Chipman Brown Cicero & Cole, LLP

Practice Areas: Bankruptcy, Business Litigation; view more

Licensed in Delaware since: 1999

Education: Widener University – Delaware Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2024

Chipman Brown Cicero & Cole, LLP

Hercules Plaza
1313 N. Market Street, Suite 5400
Wilmington, DE 19801 Visit website


A co-founder of Chipman Brown Cicero & Cole, LLP, William E. Chipman, Jr., focuses his practice on the representation of parties to complex business bankruptcy proceedings and restructuring transactions. From his firm’s offices in Wilmington, he works with clients throughout the state of Delaware as well as in New York and other parts of the United States. Mr. Chipman has been admitted to practice before all Delaware state courts since 1999, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

Mr. Chipman is a graduate of Ursinus College in Pennsylvania, where he majored in economics and business administration and received a Bachelor of Science in 1990. He then later determined to pursue a legal education and enrolled at Widener University Commonwealth Law School, and in 1999, he was awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude. Mr. Chipman has also been a certified public accountant in the state of Delaware since September 1998.

Mr. Chipman co-founded his current practice in January 2012, after having been an attorney for several well-known national and international firms with offices in Delaware. He has continued to represent creditors, business debtors and fiduciaries in a wide variety of matters. Mr. Chipman’s experience has encompassed cases filed under Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, and he has been appointed as counsel to unsecured creditors’ committees as well as representing debtor-in-possession lenders and handling related litigation throughout the country. Highly regarded by his colleagues, Mr. Chipman holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a “Superb” peer review rating through Avvo. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Bankruptcy: Business, Business Litigation

Focus areas

Bankruptcy Law, Non-Compete Agreements, Trade Secret

  • 80% Bankruptcy: Business
  • 20% Business Litigation

First Admitted: 1999, Delaware

Professional Webpage: https://www.chipmanbrown.com/william-chipman

Representative Clients:
  • Official Committee for Champion Enterprises, Inc., Case No. 09-14019 (KG)
  • MTB Bridgeport Holdings, Case No. 11-12707 (KJC)
  • Official Committee for Fairfield Residential LLC, Case No. 09-14386 (BLS)
  • Official Committee for PJ Finance, Case No. 11-10688 (BLS)
  • Burger King Corp.
  • AR Broadcasting, Inc., Case No. 11-13674 (BLS)
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Official Committee for Perkins & Marie Callendars, Case No. 11-11795 (KG)
  • Archetypes, Inc., Case No. 13-12874 (CSS)
  • International Media Group, Inc., Case No. 12-10140 (MFW)
  • Official Committee for Penson Worldwide, Inc., Case No. 13-10061 (PJW)
  • Official Committee for Life Uniform Holding Corp., Case No. 13-11391 (KJC)
  • Prospect Park Networks, LLC, Case No. 14-10520 (MFW)
  • Counsel to Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company in the Energy Future Holdings Corp., et al. Case No. 14-10979 (CSS)
  • Counsel to Cortland Capital Market Services LLC in the Boomerang Tube, LLC, et al., Case No. 15-11247 (MFW)
  • Dynavox Inc., et al., Case No. 14-10791 (PJW) 
  • Counsel to Ad Hoc Committee of Equity Security Holders of Bonanza Creek Energy. Inc., et al., Case No. 17-10015 (KJC)
  • Counsel to Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of hhgregg, Inc., et al., to pursue certain claims, Case No. 17-01302-JJG S.D. Indiana
  • Debtor’s counsel to First River Energy, LLC, Case No. 18-10080 (MFW)
  • Debtor’s conflicts counsel to Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining and Marketing LLC, Case No. 18-10122 (KG)
  • Martindale Hubbell "AV Preeminent" Rated
  • Listed, Delaware Super Lawyers, 2014-2019
  • Chambers & Partners USA, 2012-2019
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Delaware
Educational Background:
  • B.S., Ursinus College, 1990

Office location for William E. Chipman, Jr.

Hercules Plaza
1313 N. Market Street, Suite 5400
Wilmington, DE 19801

Phone: 646-741-1431


11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2024

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