For more than 25 years, Uzzi Raanan has served as a lawyer and advisor in bankruptcy and business reorganization matters. Trustees and creditor committees frequently turn to him with their most challenging matters. Clients seek counsel from Uzzi for tough business challenges and when looking for proactive strategies to resolve business problems.
Uzzi has extensive experience representing creditors and debtors and Chapter 11 creditor committees as well as court-appointed receivers and bankruptcy trustees with regard to insolvencies, business bankruptcy preplanning and litigation, state and federal court receiverships, and commercial law disputes, including loan guaranties and assignments of ownership interests. His litigation practice includes prosecuting and defending fraudulent transfer and preferential transfer avoidance actions, nondischargeability, discharge, asset sales, and claims disputes. He also specializes in handling appeals and a myriad of other issues arising in bankruptcy.
Uzzi has held leadership positions with various bar groups, including serving as a member of the California Lawyers Association’s Board of Representatives, Chair of the Business Law Section and Co-Chair of the Insolvency Law Committee of the State Bar of California, President of the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation, and member of the Board of Governors of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum (LABF). In 2019, Uzzi was honored as Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year by the Century City Bar Association.
Creditor Committee Counsel
- Chapter 7
- Chapter 11 Business Reorganizations
- Out of Court Workouts
Litigation in all Federal and State Courts
Trustee, Receiver and Other Fiduciary Representation
San Diego State University (B.A. 1988)
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D. 1992)
State Bar of California, 1992
State Bar of Washington, D.C., 1995
United States District Court, Central District of California
United States District Court, Eastern District of California
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS
California Lawyers Association (CLA), Business Law Section representative to the CLA Board of Representatives (2019-present)
Chair, Executive Committee of the Business Law Section (BLS), State Bar of California and California Lawyers Association – comprised of 15 Standing Committees with over 7,900 members (2017-2018)
Past Co-Chair, Insolvency Law Committee, State Bar of California (2013-2014) – served as editor-in-chief of eBulletin publication
Member of Board of Governors, Beverly Hills Bar Association (2014-2018)
Past President, Beverly Hills Bar Foundation (2011-2012) – served on BHBF for five years
Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, member of Board of Directors (2020-2022)
Financial Lawyers Conference, member
HONORS & AWARDS
2019 Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year, Century City Bar Association
Profile/Recognition Business Law Section eNews, California State Bar, Business Law Section, February 2015
Super Lawyer, 2012-2020
Eleventh Circuit: If Trustee Does Not Assume a Personal Property Lease Before Confirmation of Chapter 13 Plan, the Leased Property is No Longer Property of the Estate. [In re Cumbess, 960 F.3d 1325 (11th Cir. 2020)]. Commercial Finance Newsletter June 22, 2020, 2020-24 Comm. Fin. News. NL 47
Ninth Circuit: When Trial Court Finds Proof Claim Was Not Filed by True Holder of Debt Underlying Valid Lien, the Lien Cannot be Voided. [ In re Lane , 959 F.3d 1226 (9th Cir. 2020)].
Commercial Finance Newsletter June 8, 2020, 2020-22 Comm. Fin. News. NL 43
Supreme Court Strikes Down Copyright Remedy Clarification Act of 1990. [Allen v. Cooper , 140 S. Ct. 994 (2020)]. Commercial Finance Newsletter, April 13, 2020, 2020-14 Comm. Fin. News. NL 27.
Delaware Bankruptcy Judge Rules That Statutory Amendment Which Increased United States Trustee Fees Neither Amounts to a Taking Nor Violates the Bankruptcy Clause. [In re Exide Technologies, 2020 WL 211400 (Bankr. D. Del. 2020).] Commercial Finance Newsletter, February 17, 2020, 2020-7 Comm. Fin. News. NL 13.
Fifth Circuit: Bankruptcy Trustee’s Recovery Violated Prohibition Against Double Recovery. [Matter of DeBerry, 945 F.3d 943, 68 Bankr. Ct. Dec. (CRR) 39 (5th Cir. 2019).] Commercial Finance Newsletter, January 13, 2020, 2020-2 Comm. Fin. News. NL 3.
California Supreme Court Holds That Exempt Lenders Not Required to Obtain Signed Agreements from Borrowers to Charge Compound Interest on Loans. [Wishnev v. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, 2019 WL 5996921 (Cal. 2019).] Commercial Finance Newsletter, December 2, 2019, 2019-38 Comm. Fin. News. NL 75.
Bankruptcy Court Denies Confirmation of Debtors’ Proposed Chapter 11 Plan. [In re Ditech Holding Corporation, 2019 WL 4073378 (Bankr. S.D. N.Y. 2019).] Commercial Finance Newsletter, November 4, 2019, 2019-34 Comm. Fin. News. NL 67.
In a 2-1 decision reflecting a circuit split, the Eleventh Circuit holds that a guarantor is not an “applicant” under 15 U.S.C.A. § 1691(a), and therefore cannot bring an action for discrimination under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA or Act). [Regions Bank v. Legal Outsource PA, 936 F.3d 1184 (11th Cir. 2019).] Commercial Finance Newsletter, October 8, 2019, 2019-30 Comm. Fin. News. NL 59.
Co-Author, Insolvency Law Committee e-Bulletin Profile of United States Bankruptcy Judge Meredith A. Jury, May 27, 2016
Co-Author, Insolvency Law Committee e-Bulletin Profile of United States Bankruptcy Judge Martin R. Barash, February 23, 2016
Co-Author, Insolvency Law Committee e-Bulletin Profile of United States Bankruptcy Judge Neil W. Bason, July 28, 2015
Analysis of a U.S. Supreme Court Case, Harris v. Viegelahn, State Bar of California, Insolvency Law eBulletin, May 21, 2015
Enforcement of Non-Debtor Releases in International Insolvency Proceedings, Business Law News, the State Bar of California, July 2014
How the Three Basic Types of Bankruptcy Are Adjudicated, Los Angeles Lawyer, February 2014
BAPCPA's Contribution to the Way Domestic Support Obligations Are Handled in Bankruptcy, California Bankruptcy Journal, May 2009
Understanding Chapter 11 Trustee Elections, California Bankruptcy Journal, 2007
How Landlords Benefit From Recent Bankruptcy Amendments, Los Angeles Law Journal, February 2007
Litigation with the Government in Bankruptcy — Speaker on panel hosted by Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum (LABF) (October 7, 2019)
Messing with City Hall: Litigating Against Government Entities in Bankruptcy Court — Speaker on panel presented at Central California Bankruptcy Association’s (CCBA) 33rd Annual Bankruptcy Institute (September 19, 2019)
The Creditors’ Committee: Ethical Traps for the Unwary and the Not So Unwary – Speaker on Los Angeles County Bar Association Panel (May 12, 2016)
Ins and Outs of Discovery in Bankruptcy – Speaker at a Webinar Hosted by the Business Law Section of the California State Bar (December 17, 2015)
Conflicts of Interest, Ethical Issues, Disqualification and other Sanctions - Speaker on Panel Hosted by the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum (April 1, 2013)
Fallout From the Commercial Real Estate Crisis: Lessons Learned from the General Growth, Namco and other Recent Bankruptcy Cases - Speaker on Panel Hosted by the Beverly Hills Bar Association's Bankruptcy Section (January 21, 2010)
BAPCPA: What Real Estate Practitioners What to Know About the Recent Bankruptcy Law Amendments - Speaker on Panel Hosted by the Beverly Hills Bar Association's Real Estate Section (October 31, 2006)
Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, 1993–2006, including the following roles:
- Co-Chair of Super Sunday fundraising day (Metro Site)
- Vice Chair of Access, the young adult leadership program
- Vice Chair of Metro/West Region
- Member of Jewish Community Relations Committee
- LA/Tel Aviv Partnership: Chair, young adult leadership group