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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 30 years of experience across a wide spectrum of industries and sectors allow him thoughtfully to help clients quickly adapt to crisis management challenges and craft creative solutions.

David’s ability to effectively counsel a wide range of clients during crises results from his diverse litigation practice representing nearly every constituency group in bankruptcy and creditors' rights matters and a broad transactional practice focused on representing financial institutions and other lenders in originating, working out and restructuring loans. He is equally comfortable in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, and his calm, measured approach benefits his clients.

David has regularly lectured on various bankruptcy topics at local, state and regional conferences, and 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

  • Chambers USA, bankruptcy/restructuring, 2004-24
  • The Best Lawyers in America, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization, 2009-24; Charlotte Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year, 2020
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights, 2006-24
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, bankruptcy, 2003-16, 2021-23
  • Mecklenburg Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners Program, Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2023
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated


  • 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, Global Chapter Resource & Response Committee, Member, 2020-present; Carolinas Chapter, Vice President, 2012-13; President, 2014-15; Board of Directors, 2009-present; Secretary, 2010-11, 2018-21
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member; Southeast Workshop Advisory Board, Member, 2018-present
  • Western District of North Carolina Bankruptcy Seminar Planning Committee, 2019-22; Co-Chair, 2022
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Professionalism Committee, Member, 2000-07; Chair, 2005-06; Ayscue Professionalism Award Committee, Member, 2003-07
  • 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"
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Permanent Member

Community Affiliations

  • Carolina Golf Club, Member, 1997-present; Greens Committee, 2008-09; Membership Committee, 2011-14; Finance Committee, 2015-22; Board of Governors, 2019-present; Secretary, 2020; Vice President, 2021-22; President, 2023-present; Executive Committee Member, 2020-present
  • Youth athletics coach (baseball, basketball, soccer), 1990-97, 2014-17
  • St. Peter Catholic Church, Pastoral Council, 2015-21; Vice Chair, 2018-19; Chair, 2019-20
  • 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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