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.
Selected Industry Expertise
Focusing on Insolvency Related Representations
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
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
Agriculture & Food Processors
Computer & Technology Companies
Criminal Forfeiture Cases
Fast Food Chains
Health Care Facilities
Hospitality & Hotels
Oil Gas & Propane
Physician Practice Groups
Retail Stores & Chains
Snow Sports & Resorts