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About Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones
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 Costa Mesa, 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 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.” The firm was named the 2020 “Law Firm of the Year” in Bankruptcy and Reorganization Law by U.S. News and World Report. 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.
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.
The firm’s clients have included the creditors' committee in the chapter 11 bankruptcy of Whiting Petroleum Corporation, the creditors’ committee in the bankruptcy of Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, American Suzuki Motor Corporation ("ASMC") in its chapter 11 case in the Central District of California (Santa Ana Division), Solyndra in its Chapter 11 plan, and American Apparel and its affiliates in its chapter 11 bankruptcy case—to name a handful.
PSZJ prides itself in its commitment to social responsibility. Firm attorneys sit on a range of charitable boards—from the Asian Pacific American Legal Center to the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society. The firm has also created the Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones Charitable Fund, which gives to various charitable organizations.
10100 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: (310) 277-6910
Managing Partners: Dean A. Ziehl (Los Angeles), Robert J. Feinstein (New York), Laura Davis Jones (Delaware), Henry C. Kevane (San Francisco)
Total No. Attorneys (2020):
50 - 100
The firm does not disclose salary information.
No. of U.S. Offices: 5
No. of International Offices: 0
Costa Mesa, CA
Los Angeles, CA (HQ)
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Business and Commercial Litigation
Business Reorganizations & Workouts
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.