Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law
State Bar of California
Board of Legal Specialization

Selected to Southern California Rising Stars list

Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services, State Bar of California


State Bar of California

All U.S. District Courts in California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Joseph Boufadel
 is a Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law from the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, whose practice focuses on commercial, business, and bankruptcy litigation with an emphasis on creditors' rights and remedies. While Mr. Boufadel handles all aspects of his litigation and appellate practice, clients reliably turn to Mr. Boufadel for their business disputes in both state and federal court. 

Mr. Boufadel has successfully represented clients in matters involving fraudulent transfers and breaches of fiduciary duty, corporate-business disputes, and various insolvency matters (Chapter 7, 11 & 13) including avoidance, preference, lien priority, and non-dischargeability actions. Mr. Boufadel has briefed and argued appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, District Court, and California Court of Appeal. Recent matters include successfully vacating a $3,200,000 judgment, and defending the order setting aside the judgment on appeal in a published decision; successfully defending against equitable subordination and contractual claims in bankruptcy court resulting in a significant award of award of attorney’s fees on behalf of a debtor-defendants; and successfully defending confirmation of a debtor’s Chapter 13 plan and denial of motion to dismiss on bad-faith and eligibility grounds before the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Boufadel received his law degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law. He served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Mitchel R. Goldberg, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. Prior to attending King Hall, Mr. Boufadel received a B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science, and a B.A., magna cum laude, in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine.

Professional Affiliations

  • Commissioner of the Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission, California State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization (2017 to 2019 term)

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Los Angeles Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
    (2016 to present)

  • Member, Insolvency Law Committee for the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association (2019 to present)

  • American Bankruptcy Institute

  • California Bankruptcy Forum

  • Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum

  • Orange County Bankruptcy Forum

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association 

  • Super Lawyers (Rising Star)

Presentations and Publications

  • Conference Chair, Federal Bar Association’s (Los Angeles) Annual Bankruptcy Ethics Symposium (2015 to present)

  • Producer, 31st Annual Insolvency Conference (2019), California Bankruptcy Forum. Program; “Avoiding Black Holes: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Debtor’s Pursuit of an Award of Attorney’s Fees

  • Author, “There and Back Again: Perspectives on Practicing Law While Parenting” (American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, December 2017)