Karen Skomorucha Owens

Karen Skomorucha Owens is a Director in Ashby & Geddes’ Bankruptcy and Insolvency group.  She has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2017) as a "Leading Individual", Super Lawyers as a 2015 Delaware Rising Star, and by her peers with a Martindale-Hubbell AV® preeminent rating.  Sources note her as "remarkably talented" and as possessing a "great relationship with judges".  

As lead or Delaware counsel in reorganization and liquidation proceedings, Ms. Owens has a diverse practice, representing corporate debtors, foreign representatives, creditors’ committees, examiners, trustees, and various other secured and unsecured creditor constituencies, including lenders, bondholders, liquidators, landlords, preference defendants, and acquirers of distressed assets.

For eight years, Karen served on the Executive Committee of the Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, a professional organization dedicated to the mission of fostering excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills within the bankruptcy community of Delaware.  Currently, she serves on the Executive Board of the Delaware chapter of the Federal Bar Association.  She is also a founder, editor, and regular contributor of the “Delaware Bankruptcy Insider", a blog designed to bring readers a comprehensive analysis of the latest Delaware corporate bankruptcy news and rulings. 

Starting her career at Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as an associate, Ms. Owens went on to serve as a law clerk to Honorable Brendan Linehan Shannon and later joined Ashby & Geddes in 2007 where today she is a partner.

Representative Matters

Karen’s more recent matters include representation of:  the Debtors in the Chapter 11 cases filed by Cylex Inc., JER/Jameson Mezz Borrower I LLC et al., Nanogen, Inc. et al., and CFM U.S. Corporation et al.; the official creditors committees in the Chapter 11 cases of AES Eastern Energy, SP Newsprint, Cynergy Data, Mervyn’s Holdings, Marty Shoes, PCAA Parent, and Sea Launch; the Liquidators in the Chapter 11 cases filed by Orchard Supply, Ultimate Electronics, Goody’s, Blue Tulip, Boscov’s, and Ritz Camera; the foreign representative in the Chapter 15 cases filed by Spansion Japan Ltd. and Skypower Corporation; major litigation parties in the Chapter 11 cases filed by Longview Power, LLC, the Chapter 11 cases and Chapter 7 cases of HomeBanc Mortgage Corp., and the Chapter 7 cases of WL Homes LLC; the Court-appointed Examiner in the Chapter 11 case of Anderson News; the asset purchaser in the Chapter 11 cases filed by Urban Brands Inc.; the secured lender in the Chapter 11 cases filed by East West Resort Development; and the senior secured lender and asset purchaser in the Chapter 11 cases filed by Tweeter Home Entertainment Group and Tweeter Opco, LLC.

News & Publications

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Delaware State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court