Douglas S. Draper2019-11-06T16:03:08+00:00
Douglas S. Draper

(504) 299-3333

Douglas S. Draper practices primarily in the creditor and debtor rights area. His practice involves an equal mix of litigation and business negotiation. The creditor and debtor rights work involves representation of bondholders, creditors’ committees and debtors in large commercial and business cases. He has represented clients in successful reorganizations of hotels, grocery chains, apartment complexes, office buildings, oil companies, shipyards, clothing stores, an oil refinery, and fast food franchises. He has developed an expertise in the bankruptcy aspects of environmental issues and plugging and abandonment of oil and gas wells. Chambers USA described Douglas Draper as combining “a very engaging personality” with “the ability to give you the bottom line and the only logical solution in even the most complex of bankruptcies.”

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Member – Louisiana Bar Association
  • Member – Colorado Bar Association
  • Member – Federal Illinois Bar Associations
  • Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, 1999
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America (1987 – present)
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers (2007 – present)
  • Super Lawyers – one of the 50 Best Lawyers in Louisiana (2008 – present)
  • Super Lawyers – one of the 50 Best Lawyers in New Orleans (2013 – present)
  • Recognized as a “Top Lawyer” Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization by New Orleans Magazine 2019
  • The American Jurisprudence Award in Corporations, 1972
  • The Prentice Hall Award in Taxation, 1975
  • Chambers USA, “Band 1” Rating of “Leading Individuals” in Bankruptcy / Restructuring


  • Tulane University, J.D., 1975
  • New York University, LL.M. Taxation, 1978
  • Syracuse University, B.A., 1971

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Five Aggresive Debtor Techniques, Debtor Representation, Commercial Law League
  • Speaker, In Re Failco, A Case Model, Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Speaker, Single Asset Bankruptcy Ahlers and Beyond, Signle Asset Issues, Commercial Law League
  • Speaker, Bankruptcy Issues Concerning Officers and Directors, Commerical Law League
  • Speaker, Ethics – 1996, Bankruptcy Ethics, National Bankruptcy Institute
  • Speaker, Judge Schiff Welcome to Sequel to Kramer, Domestic Issues in Bankruptcy, Western District of Louisiana Newsletter
  • Lecturer – Louisiana Bar Association
  • Lecturer – American Bar Association
  • Lescturer – Commercial Law League
  • Lecturer – Practicing Law Institute
  • Lecturer – Professional Education Systems, Inc.
  • Educational Chairman – National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, 1985 Co-Chairman – American Bankruptcy Institute Unsecured Creditors’


  • Louisiana, 1975
  • Louisiana State and Federal Courts
  • U.S. Fifth & Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Colorado, 1990

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