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Experience Sets Us Apart

We specialize in bankruptcy and insolvency matters, representing companies in financial distress or their creditors. Our clients are debtors, private and public debt and equity holders, trade creditors, creditors' committees, equity committees, trustees, examiners, landlords, lenders, financial institutions, and purchasers of assets from troubled companies.


We have worked in many industries, including financial services, retail, healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, food processing, hospitality, residential and multi-family housing, commercial real property, entertainment, public utilities, technology, telecommunications, and natural resources.


We have represented the California Office of the Attorney General, CalPERS and numerous state agencies as regulators and creditors in bankruptcy cases around the country, including the chapter 11 cases of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc., The Pacific Lumber Company, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, WorldCom, Inc., Enron Corp. and Texaco Inc. and the chapter 9 cases of the City of Vallejo and the City of San Bernardino.


We represent local and regional businesses from various industries that are in financial trouble. We assist entities in turning around their businesses and restructuring their debt. Typically, our clients hire us to resolve complex legal and financial problems involving many parties. We work with lawyers from other firms, as well as turnaround specialists and financial advisors, to litigate or settle complicated matters such as lender liability and bad faith allegations, complex construction claims, environmental clean-up issues, plant closures and other labor-related issues.


The extensive experience of our professionals in local, regional, and national cases gives us the perspective and creativity necessary to help our clients reach their goals both in and out of court.

Firm Rankings



Sacramento Magazine, 2020 Top Lawyer List - Steven H. Felderstein, Thomas A. Willoughby, Paul J. Pascuzzi, and

Jason E. Rios

Sacramento Magazine, 2018 Top Lawyer List - Steven H. Felderstein, Donald W. Fitzgerald, Thomas A. Willoughby, Paul J. Pascuzzi, and Jason E. Rios

Best Lawyers in America - Steven H. Felderstein, Donald W. Fitzgerald, Thomas A. Willoughby, and Paul J. Pascuzzi

Best Lawyers Best Law Firms - Metropolitan Tier 1 (Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization, Litigation - Bankruptcy)

Super Lawyers® of Northern California - Steven H. Felderstein, Donald W. Fitzgerald, Thomas A. Willoughby, Paul J. Pascuzzi, and Jason E. Rios

Chambers USA:  California - Bankruptcy/Insolvency

Martindale-Hubbell:  AV Rating  

Focusing on Insolvency Related Representations

Businesses in Distress

Banking and Creditor Rights

Pre-Bankruptcy Negotiations and Workouts

Chapter 7, 9 and 11 bankruptcy cases including representing:


       Secured and Unsecured Creditors


       Official and Unofficial Committees

       Governmental Regulatory Bodies

       Landlords and Parties to Executory Contracts


Insolvency Related Litigation

Receiverships and Collection Litigation

Out of Court Workouts


General Business Litigation & Arbitration


Selected Industry Expertise


Agriculture & Food Processors

Auto Dealerships

Computer & Technology Companies


Criminal Forfeiture Cases


Fast Food Chains

Health Care Facilities

High Tech

Hospitality & Hotels

Law Firms

Lumber Mills


Oil Gas & Propane

Physician Practice Groups

Ponzi Schemes

Real Estate

Retail Stores & Chains

Snow Sports & Resorts


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