Alexander Lees of Milbank LLP Selected as One of ABI's 2021 "40 Under 40"

Alexander Lees of Milbank LLP Selected as One of ABI's 2021 "40 Under 40"

Alexandria, Va. ABI announces that Alexander Lees of Milbank LLP (New York) has been selected as one of ABI’s “40 Under 40,” ABI’s annual program that recognizes 40 of the top insolvency industry professionals under the age of 40. The honorees will be recognized at a special ceremony to be held on Dec. 10 at ABI’s 2021 Winter Leadership Conference at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

Lees is a partner in the New York office of Milbank, where he is a member of the firm’s Financial Restructuring and Litigation & Arbitration Groups. He is a commercial litigator whose practice focuses primarily on bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring-related litigation. He has represented creditors, debtors, private-equity sponsors, official committees, ad hoc groups, collateral agents and bidders in bankruptcy proceedings and other litigation matters arising out of insolvency scenarios and financial restructuring transactions. Before joining Milbank, Lees was an associate in the Restructuring & Finance and Litigation departments at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He also clerked for Hon. Debra A. Livingston of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2007-2008) and for Hon. Lewis A. Kaplan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2006-2007). While in law school, Lees taught Street Law classes to incarcerated juveniles, with the goal of helping them understand their rights and interact more productively with law enforcement. Following graduation, he participated in adversity pipeline program with Street Law, teaching classes and hosting a mock-oral argument program for underprivileged high school students in New York City, with the goal of interesting them in becoming lawyers. Lees received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2006, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, and his B.A. in philosophy magna cum laude from Williams College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

“The 2021 honorees are a testament to the future of the insolvency profession, with exemplary accomplishments in both their careers and communities,” said ABI Executive Director Amy Quackenboss. “We look forward to this diverse collection of young leaders propelling ABI's full range of activities forward to advance the profession.”

The “40 Under 40” winners are distinguished by professional achievements and service and were selected by a group of experienced professionals from ABI’s current leadership. Nominations were submitted earlier this year by the candidates themselves or by colleagues via the initiative’s website, More than 200 candidates, each with outstanding records of professional achievement and community leadership, were evaluated by 20 judges. The majority of the applicants were partners, directors or managing directors at their firms.

Click here to view the full list of the 2021 “40 Under 40” honorees.


ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes nearly 10,000 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional information on ABI, visit For additional conference information, visit