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Robert J. Gayda


Main Biography

Robert J. Gayda is counsel in Seward & Kissel’s Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Group. Bob has practiced law since 2004, joining Seward & Kissel in 2016. Bob was a secondee in the global restructuring group at The Royal Bank of Scotland plc from 2009-2010. Over the course of his career, Bob has represented a diverse clientele in all aspects of restructuring. This includes creditors’ committees, a court-appointed examiner, lender groups, special committees, investors, and individual creditors in both out-of-court and in-court restructurings.

Some of Bob’s recent representations include acting as counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Suniva Inc. chapter 11 case, the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Gracious Home chapter 11 cases, DVB Bank, as a secured lender in the Toisa Limited bankruptcy cases and DIP lender in the International Shipholding bankruptcy cases, and the special committee in the Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited prepackaged bankruptcy.

Bob is a member of the Maritime Bankruptcy and Insolvency Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Turnaround Management Association (NY) Programming Committee, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the International Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. Bob was also selected as a winner of the 7th Annual M&A Advisor Emerging Leaders Awards in the Legal Advisor category and named as a Rising Star 2017 by Super Lawyers.

Rankings and Awards


  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2004
  • B.A., West Virginia University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit