Practice Areas

Bankruptcy litigation and contested matters - we represent clients in preference, fraudulent transfer,
non-dischargeability, relief from stay, objection to discharge, objection to Chapter 11 and 13 plan confirmation, lien priority, and other related insolvency matters

Business litigation in state and federal court - whether prosecuting or defending actions, we handle a wide range of litigation matters, from contractual disputes, real estate, secured transactions, business-to-business conflicts, partnership disputes, foreclosures, and fraud actions

Uniform Commercial Code - matters involving the UCC regarding issues of attachment, priority, perfection, and foreclosure of liens

State, federal, and bankruptcy appeals - our appellate cases have resulted in many victories and published opinions from the California Court of Appeal, Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, U.S. District Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Strategic bankruptcy planning for Chapter 7, 11 and 13 cases - including matters involving state court litigation, bankruptcy avoidance, pre-bankruptcy planning, out of court workouts, and corporate dissolutions 


Notable Appellate Victories

We have successfully handled appeals before the California Court of Appeal, California Superior Court, Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit, District Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a number of which have resulted in published opinions.

In re Kathie E. Suissa and Elvis D. Suissa | Diane C. Weil v. Kathie E. Suissa, District Court Case No. LA CV18-08785 JAK (July 5, 2019) - District Court affirmed Bankruptcy Court’s order granting motion for relief from the automatic stay under Bankruptcy Code § 362; state court action may proceed; no automatic stay reimposed by reopening bankruptcy case; preliminary determination affirmed that real property was not “property of the estate” at the time of the original bankruptcy filing.

Asset Management Holdings, LLC v. Aleli A. Hernandez, Appeal No. 17-60044 (9th Cir. February 25, 2019) - The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and the Bankruptcy Court’s orders determining that SLO’s client was eligible for Chapter 13 relief under Bankruptcy Code § 109(e), and finding that the bankruptcy petition was filed in good faith.  

Asset Management Holdings, LLC v. Aleli A. Hernandez, BAP No. CC-16-1228
(BAP 9th Cir. Apr. 11, 2017)
 - The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel affirmed the Bankruptcy Court's Orders confirming the debtor's Chapter 13 Plan and denying the lienholder's motion to dismiss on eligibility grounds under Bankruptcy Code § 109(e). 

Hai Lecong v. Ashley Tran, No. 15-60039 (9th Cir. Feb. 13, 2017) - The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Bankruptcy Court's Order granting summary judgment, determining that a state court judgment in favor of our client was excepted from the debtor's discharge under Bankruptcy Code § 523(a)(2) based upon the doctrine of issue preclusion. 

Dhawan v. Biring, 241 Cal.App.4th 963 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. 2015) - The California Court of Appeal affirmed the Los Angeles Superior Court's Order vacating and setting aside a $3,200,000 default judgment-- entered more than seven years earlier--where the judgment was void and subject to collateral attack at any time in accordance with California Code of Civil Procedure §§ 473(d) and 580.

In re Amwest Ins. Group, Inc. (L. Tim Wagner, Liquidator v. Amwest Ins. Group), 285 B.R. 447 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. 2002) 

In re First T.D. & Investments, Inc. (Neilson v. Chang), 253 F.3d 520 (9th Cir. 2001) - In reversing the District Court, the Ninth Circuit held that California Business and Professions Code § 10233.2 applied to an assigned promissory note and deed of trust, deeming the security interests perfected. Therefore, the trustee's avoidance action under Bankruptcy Code § 544 failed. 

In re Cobe (Smith v. Cobe), 229 B.R. 15 (BAP 9th Cir. 1998) - The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel affirmed the Bankruptcy Court's grant of summary judgment based on issue preclusion, where summary judgment was conditioned on affirmance of the state court judgment after jury trial by the California Court of Appeal. 

Plotkin v. Pomona Valley Imports (In re Cohen), 199 B.R. 709 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. Cal. 1996) - The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel affirmed the Bankruptcy Court’s grant of summary judgment in two related cases involving defense of alleged fraudulent transfer in a Ponzi scheme involving the sale of late model Mercedes Benz cars to Hollywood movie stars and entertainment executives.  

In re Peregrine Entertainment Group (National Peregrine, Inc. v. Capitol Federal Savings), 116 B.R. 194 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. 1990) 

In re Colonial Realty Company (Colonial Realty Co. v. River Bank America), 122 B.R. 1 (Bankr. D. Conn. 1990)

Past and Current Clients (Partial List)

Accurate Escrow, Inc.
Adler Realty Investments, LLC
Agro Logistic Systems, Inc.
Altadena Lincoln Crossing LLC

American Legion, Hollywood Post 43
American Perlite Company
American Presto Corporation
Aspen Medical Building, L.P.
Astani Construction, Inc.
Astani Enterprises, Inc.
Bell Foundry, Inc.
Bernar Venet Studio
Beverly Packing, Inc.
C&R Enterprises Co.

California State University
Cambridge Financial of California, LLC
CMI Insurance Services, Inc.

Cytodyn, Inc.
Designing Health, Inc.
Diamond State Insurance Company
Fairmont Specialty Insurance Company

Fertitta Enterprises, Inc.
Gilmore Farmer’s Market, LLC


Great Central Mortgage Acceptance Co., Ltd.
Great Musical Treasures, LLC

Green, Broillet & Wheeler, LLP
H.O.D. Properties, LLC
The Langlois Company
Mancini & Associates, LLP
Mitsuwa Corporation
Next Level Sports Complex, LLC
Offsourcing, Inc.
Pacific Landmark, LLC
Passport International Entertainment, LLC
Pomona Unified School District
Property Tax Assistance Co., Inc.
Ranger Insurance Company
Reisner & King LLP
Quotelab, Inc.
San Bernardino International Airport Authority
Smart and Final Stores, LLC

Statewide Direct Insurance Services, INc.
Trio Los Panchos
TTG Engineers

United States Fire Insurance