Richard specializes in business bankruptcy, creditor/debtor rights and remedies, distressed real estate transactions and mergers and acquisitions. He advises clients in connection with workouts, restructurings and insolvency matters and a broad spectrum of bankruptcy disputes and issues. Richard has extensive experience litigating in bankruptcy court (relief from stay and other contested motions practice, adversary proceedings, plan confirmation hearings, etc.) and has represented Chapter 11 debtors in possession, unsecured creditors' committees, secured lenders, landlords and buyers in bankruptcy cases.
Recent representations include providing advice to a developer client with claims against a California redevelopment agency; representing a secured lender in the liquidation of a middle market novelty dessert company with operations in three states; assisting a client with pre-litigation settlement of a preference avoidance claim related to an East Coast bankruptcy; advising a landlord client in connection with an assignment for benefit of creditors by a Midwestern parts supplier; advising a municipal agency regarding treatment of its contract in the reorganization of a Southern California toll road operator in Chapter 11.
"Chapter 11: Enforcing Secured Loans Against Debtors in Bankruptcy," co-author, CEB’s California Mortgage and Deed of Trust Practice (2000 - 2005)
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Northern California Super Lawyer (2005 - 2011)
J.D., University of California, Davis (1984)
B.A., with high honors, University of California, Santa Barbara (1981)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit