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Washington and Lee University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1988, Order of the Coif; Executive Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review, 1987-88

Furman University, B.A., cum laude, 1985


David Schilli concentrates his practice on commercial out-of-court restructurings and Chapter 11 proceedings. Clients call on David because he provides efficient, cost-effective representation and relies on his broad litigation and transactional experience to develop and implement practical business solutions. His 25 years of experience across a wide spectrum of industries and sectors allow him to thoughtfully help clients quickly adapt to crisis management challenges and craft creative solutions.

During the first half of his career, David had a very diverse litigation-focused practice and represented nearly every constituency group in bankruptcy and creditors' rights matters. More recently, his practice has focused on representing financial institutions and other lenders in originating, working out and restructuring loans.

In addition to his practice, David has regularly lectured on various bankruptcy topics for the North Carolina and Mecklenburg County bar associations and turnaround and corporate renewal organizations. He has served in leadership positions in professional turnaround organizations, including as chair of the North Carolina Bar Association's Bankruptcy Section and president of the Carolinas Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association.

Honors & Awards


  • Law Clerk, The Honorable George R. Hodges, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of North Carolina, 1990-91
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Robert D. Potter, U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 1988-90



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Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Vice Chair, 2004; Chair, 2005; Council Member; Membership Committee; Vice Chair, Seminar Committee; Chair, Seminar Committee
  • Turnaround Management Association, Vice President, 2012-13; President, 2014-15; Board of Directors, 2009-present; Secretary, 2010-11, 2018-present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Professionalism Committee, Member, 2000-07; Chair, 2005-06; Ayscue Professionalism Award Committee, Member, 2003-present
  • North Carolina Bar Foundation, North Carolina Bankruptcy Manual, Managing Editor, 5th Edition (2003); Contributing Author, 4th Edition (1993), "Claims and Protecting the Creditor’s Interests"; Contributing Author, 8th Edition (2017), 7th Edition (2012) and 6th Edition (2007), "Meeting of Creditors"
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Permanent Member

Community Affiliations

  • Carolina Golf Club, Member, 1997-present; Greens Committee, 2008-09; Membership Committee, 2011-14; Finance Committee, 2015-present
  • Youth athletics coach (baseball, basketball, soccer), 1990-97, 2014-17
  • St. Peter Catholic Church, Pastoral Council, 2015-present
  • Furman University Alumni Board, Member, 2001-06
  • Center for Community Transitions (fka ECO, Inc.), Board of Directors, 2000-05; President, 2002-04
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