About Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP (PSZJ) is the one of the nation's leading corporate restructuring boutiques.  Founded in 1983 by a group of Sidley Austin attorneys, the firm has grown to become the largest bankruptcy boutique in the country, with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Delaware.  PSZJ attorneys are experienced in representing all major constituencies in bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court workouts, including debtors, committees, trustees, bondholders, asset purchasers, and third-party plan proponents.  PSZJ also handles sophisticated business litigation and transactional matters as part of its restructuring practice.

In the Business of Bankruptcy

PSZJ is the firm to call when only a few dollars (or none) are left in the bank. Its focus on corporate restructuring has brought Fisker Automotive, American Suzuki Motor Corporation, Solyndra, the creditors of A&P, Circuit City, American Eagle Energy, Wet Seal, and even Mike Tyson knocking at its door.  Its skill in handling insolvencies has been hailed by The Wall Street Journal, American Lawyer, Chambers and Partners, U.S. News & World Report, and The Daily Journal, which deems it "one of the best firms in the country." As a specialized firm, PSZJ has in-depth knowledge of the nuances of bankruptcy law, corporate law, avoidance and claims litigation, private equity and distressed debt, and general business and commercial litigation in industries and entities as diverse as energy, healthcare, retail, food and beverage, real estate, entertainment, finance, and archdioceses.

International Insolvents

PSZJ regularly represents domestic companies engaged in international commercial activities and foreign entities doing business, or involved in litigation or transactions, in the United States.  The firm works with its international clients on a variety of complex financing, restructuring, general corporate, and debtor-creditor matters, and is often recognized for its experience in international or "cross border" insolvency cases.  Just recently, the firm won M&A Advisor's "Cross-Border Restructuring Deal of the Year" for its representation of the chapter 11 trustee in the "Restructuring of Georges Marciano," co-founder of Guess.  The firm played pivotal roles in cases with major international implications, successfully confirming Solyndra's chapter 11 plan and as lead counsel to Digital Domain, a Hollywood special effects company started by James Cameron.

Repping Both Sides

PSZJ's ability to handle both debtor and creditor work can be seen just by looking at two recent matters in a single industry. Over the past year, the firm was hired as co-counsel in the high profile American Apparel bankruptcy, and was also hired to represent the Unsecured Creditor's Committee in the chapter 11 Wet Seal case.  The firm has also been retained by creditors' committees in several high profile energy (oil and gas) cases that have swept the nation.

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Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

10100 Santa Monica Boulevard
13th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: (310) 277-6910
Fax: (310) 201-0760
Vault ID: 9990471


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partners: Dean A. Ziehl (Los Angeles), Robert J. Feinstein (New York), Laura Davis Jones (Delaware), Henry C. Kevane (San Francisco)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 70

  • Employment Contact
    Megan Lorick Phone: (310) 277-6910 info@pszjlaw.com

  • Base Salary
    The firm does not disclose salary information.

  • Summer Associate Offers
    The firm does not have a Summer Associate Program.

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Business Reorganizations & Workouts
    Bankruptcy Litigation
    Business and Commercial Litigation

Major Office Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA (HQ)
  • New York, NY
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Wilmington, DE

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