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Jerry is a business lawyer and advisor who focuses his practice on representing clients in matters such as: bankruptcy and restructuring; commercial financing and related transactions; business investments, sales and purchases; commercial real estate transactions and leases; private debt and equity trades; and related litigation in numerous jurisdictions. He has represented business owners and investors, banks and private equity sponsors, secured and unsecured creditors, bankruptcy trustees, indenture trustees and other fiduciaries, vendors, real estate developers, commercial landlords and tenants, officers and directors, shareholders, partnerships and partners, hedge funds, liquidators, and government agencies.

Representations have included major parties in interest in a wide variety of industries, such as: financially-distressed businesses with special focus on small and closely-held companies; real estate development and commercial leasing; professional services; retail sales and wholesale manufacturing; apparel; factoring; structured finance and private equity; collections; energy production and distribution; distressed debt trading; and technology and entertainment restructurings.

Jerry received his JD and MBA from UCLA, and is licensed to practice law in California, Colorado, and New York.    

Jerry is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent-rated lawyer, certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law (California Board of Legal Specialization, 1995), has been selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” every year since 2019, and has been named a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters in California, New York, and Colorado for numerous years.

Education

  • Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law (California Board of Legal Specialization, 1995)
  • UCLA School of Law (J.D., Order of the Coif, 1990)
  • UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management (M.B.A., Finance and Marketing, 1990)
  • UC Berkeley (B.A., Political Economy of Industrial Societies, Phi Beta KappaValedictorian, 1986)
  • Santa Monica College (A.A., Political Science with honors, 1983); Activities and Societies: Student Body President, Student Trustee, Santa Monica Community College District

Admissions

  • California State Courts – All
  • California District Courts – All
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • New York State Court – All
  • New York District Courts – Southern and Eastern Districts
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Colorado State Courts – All
  • Colorado District Court
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Examples of Jerry’s representations while at Brutzkus Gubner and prior firms include:

  • Counsel to hedge fund whose proprietary funds’ performance comprised the Standard & Poor’s hedge fund index, PlusFunds Group, Inc., in its $260 million chapter 11 case;
  • “Special Conflicts Counsel” to financial services firm Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in its $370 billion chapter 11 case;
  • Counsel to coal mining company Trinity Coal Corp. in its $495 million chapter 11 case;
  • Counsel to “Creditor Representative” of cardboard box manufacturer Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. in its $4 billion chapter 11 case;
  • Counsel to electricity generation company, The Nevada Power Company, in its $300 million claim against Enron Corp. in chapter 11;
  • Counsel to aerospace company, The Fairchild Corporation and its 60 direct and indirect subsidiaries, in their $440 million chapter 11 cases;
  • “Local Counsel” to NY law firm pursuing $111 million of its client’s claims in a chapter 11 case;
  • Counsel to “Postconfirmation Representative” of the wholesale telecommunications carrier 360networks (USA), Inc., in prosecuting $45 million embezzlement claim in chapter 11 case;
  • Counsel to bank as participant in $42 million structured financing for city-owned tourist attraction;  
  • Counsel to closely-held wood products company in $25 million work-out with bank lender;
  • Counsel to magazine publisher Source Enterprises, Inc. in its $20 million chapter 11 case;
  • Counsel to vendors and Chapter 7 Trustee of retailer Anna’s Linens, Inc. in recovering $12 million from former officers, directors and lenders for breach of fiduciary duty;
  • Counsel to Chapter 7 Trustee of Associated Third Party Administrators in recovering $8 million from former officers, directors, and lender for breach of fiduciary duty;
  • Counsel to defendants sued by chapter 7 trustees (numerous different cases) to recover payments received before a bankruptcy filing;
  • Counsel to commodities trading firm in private set-off of $14 million of claims against foreign government-backed commodity purchasers;
  • Counsel to commercial property owners in addressing tenant defaults and unpaid mortgages;
  • Counsel to closely-held companies in bridge-financings to replacement lenders;
  • Counsel to bank in apparel manufacturer’s $13 million private restructuring;
  • Counsel to buyers and sellers of more than $10 million of claims against Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC;
  • Counsel to insurance premium finance AICCO, Inc. in making new law in Nevada protecting its senior security interest in $4 million of refunded financed insurance premiums;
  • Counsel to entertainment production services company, DigitalSound Production Services, Inc., in its $3.5 million chapter 11 case;
  • Counsel to private high school to protect its rights as tenant in landlord’s chapter 11 case;
  • Advisor to prospective investors in, and lessors to, closely-held cannabis businesses; and
  • Counsel to thousands of individuals in bankruptcy cases under chapters 7 and 13.
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Metro Volunteer Lawyers – Pro Bono Program (volunteer, consumer bankruptcy)
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • California Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • U.S.-Mexico Bar Association (Director, past U.S. Co-Chair, Treasurer)
  • “AV Preeminent” rating (Martindale-Hubbell)
  • “Best Lawyers in America” (2019-Present)
  • “Super Lawyer” (2012-2014, 2016-Present)

Best Lawyers Award Badge

  • Author, “Just in Time: New Bankruptcy Relief for Small Businesses,” New York Law Journal (September 2020)
  • Author, “New Law Puts Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Within Reach for Small Businesses,” Turnaround Management Association’s Journal of Corporate Renewal (May 2020)
  • Author, “9th Cir Affirms Ch. 11 Plan Indirectly Supported by State-Legal Marijuana,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (Aug. 2019)
  • Quote, “Station Owners Face Biz Woes,” Los Angeles Business Journal (Dec. 2018)
  • Quotes, Gawker Bankruptcy and Hulk Hogan Judgement (June 2016)
  • Quote, “Federal Ch. 11 Watchdog Stays Resolute Against Bonuses,” Law360 (Oct. 2014)
  • Co-author, “Bankruptcy Sale ‘Free and Clear’ May Not Shield Against Successor Liability,” New York Law Journal (June 2012)
  • Organizer/MC, “US-Mexico Bar Association Annual Conference,” Mexico City, MX (2012)
  • Co-author, “Taking It Back – Recovering Transfers In Bankruptcy,” New York Law Journal (Feb. 2011)
  • Moderator, “Hot Topics – Developments in Cross-Border Restructuring, and Mexico’s New Laws Regulating Anti-Competitive Practices and Protecting Personal Data,” U.S.-Mexico Bar Association Conference, Houston, TX (2011)
  • Co-author, “Bankruptcy – Ancillary And Cross-Border Cases,” The Law of Distressed Real Estate, Chapter 39A, Thomson West Publishing (Sept. 2010)
  • Co-author, “Reasonable Insecurity: Strategies For Doing Business With Financially Troubled Counterparties,” New York Law Journal (Mar. 2010)
  • Panelist, “Creative Necessities – Restructuring Tactics in Today’s Environment,” U.S.-Mexico Bar Association Conference, San Diego, CA (2009)
  • Co-author, “Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code: A Hands-On Guide to the New World Order of Ancillary and Cross-Border Cases,” Thomson West Publishing (Oct. 2005)

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