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Edward L. Schnitzer

New York
(212) 259-7307


New York State Courts
United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


Finance and Restructuring
Bankruptcy/Financial Restructuring
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Alternate Dispute Resolution
Financial Services Litigation


St. John's University School of Law and the Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution, Certificate of Completion - Bankruptcy Mediation 2011


J.D. from Colombia University School of Law

Bachelor of Arts in Dual Major in Economics and Mathematics with cum laude from University of Pennsylvania



Edward L. Schnitzer is a partner at CKR Law LLP and is the U.S. Chair of our Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group.

Mr. Schnitzer represents unsecured creditor committees, trustees, debtors, banks and creditors in all aspects of bankruptcy practice, with particular expertise in bankruptcy litigation including the prosecution and defense of preferences, fraudulent transfers, and other avoidance actions, claims objections, and collection and turnover actions.

Mr. Schnitzer graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 with a degree in Mathematics and Economics. He received his J.D. in 1997 from Columbia Law School where he was a member of the Moot Court Executive Committee and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar in his third year.

Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Schnitzer served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx where he briefed and argued appeals before the Appellate Division, New York Court of Appeals, Southern District of New York and Second Circuit, as well as tried several cases and assisted with the prosecution of a first degree murder trial. He then joined the Enforcement Division of the Securities & Exchange Commission where he investigated violations of the Federal Securities Laws. Following the SEC, Mr. Schnitzer joined Hahn & Hessen LLP, where he worked for 16 years before coming to CKR Law LLP to head the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group.

Mr. Schnitzer is a court-approved mediator in the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Delaware and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and has mediated disputes in the Health Diagnostic, Standard Register, Borders and WP Steel bankruptcy cases. As a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Pro Bono Bankruptcy Panel, Mr. Schnitzer has represented individuals in need of pro bono assistance in adversary proceedings.


Selected Representations



Mr. Schnitzer is the co-author of two American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Bankruptcy books: Bankruptcy Mediation and A Practitioner’s Guide to Liquidation and Litigation. Additionally, Mr. Schnitzer has co-authored eight articles that have been published by the ABI or the American Bar Association.

You Gotta Have Faith, By Edward Schnitzer, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, July 2018 

Five Unusual Things About the Westinghouse Bankruptcy Case, By Edward Schnitzer, Nuclear Intelligence Weekly, April 20, 2018

Westinghouse Offers “Rare” 100% Payback, By Edward Schnitzer, Nuclear Intelligence Weekly, February 2018

Mediation: Mother, May I? By Edward Schnitzer, Bankruptcy litigation, June 2016

Can Trade Creditors Provide “Value” in a Ponzi Scheme? By Edward Schnitzer, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, June 2015

Pizza or Sausage? Determining the Relevant Industry for Ordinary Business Terms Under Bankruptcy Code 547 (c ) (2) (B), By Edward Schnitzer, Bankruptcy Litigation Committee, October 2013

Archway Vs. Aimes: Do Debtors Activities with Other Creditors Affect Subjective 547 (c ) (2)(A) Safe Harbor? By Edward Schnitzer, Bankruptcy Litigation Committee, March 2011

May 20-Day Goods Qualify as an Administrative Expense under 503 (b) (9) and New Value? By Edward Schnitzer, ABI Committee News, February 2011