Zev Shechtman, Partner


Zev Shechtman represents debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees, trustees, shareholders, asset purchasers, and other parties in bankruptcy, restructuring, and insolvency matters. He has assisted clients in a variety of industries, including entertainment, aviation, real estate, food and restaurants, trucking, healthcare, media, retail, e-commerce, telecommunications, and energy. He is often sought to assist legal teams dealing with complex litigation or transactions requiring bankruptcy expertise.

Zev served as 2021-2022 President of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum and is a former chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Zev is a member of the board of the Anti-Defamation League’s Pacific Southwest Region and supports the pro bono legal services of Bet Tzedek and Public Counsel’s Debtor Assistance Project. He is an editorial board member of the California Bankruptcy Journal and the California Lawyers Association’s Business Law News. While a law student at the University of Southern California, Zev served as Managing Editor of the Southern California Review of Law & Social Justice.

Zev served as an extern for the Honorable Thomas B. Donovan of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in the Summer of 2007.


Acquisitions and Asset Purchases

Bankruptcy Appeals

Creditor Representation
Creditor Committee Counsel
Creditor Representation in Bankruptcy Cases

Debtor Representation
Chapter 11 Business Reorganization
Chapter 11 Individual Reorganization
Chapter 7

Litigation in Federal and State Courts

Fiduciary Services and Representation
Chapter 7 and 11 Bankruptcy Trustees
Federal and State Receivers

Governmental Entities


University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A., History, March 2003

New York University, M.A., Near Eastern Studies, May 2006

University of Southern California Gould School of Law, J.D., May 2009
- Law Journal: Southern California Review of Law & Social Justice, Managing Editor (2008-2009)

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution of the Pepperdine University School of Law, Mediating the Litigated Case, Training Program, March 2022


State Bar of California, 2009

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Courts in California
Central District of California
Eastern District of California
Northern District of California
Southern District of California


Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, President 2021-2022

Beverly Hills Bar Association, Chair of the Bankruptcy Section 2014-2015

California Lawyers Association, Member

California Bankruptcy Forum, Member

Financial Lawyers Conference, Member

California Bankruptcy Journal, Editor

Business Law News, Editor


In re Ravn Air Group, Inc., in which Zev represented the buyer of Alaska’s largest regional airline in a chapter 11 bankruptcy sale.

In re Jaguar Distribution Corp., in which Zev represented a chapter 11 debtor specializing in airline film distribution.

In re East Coast Foods, Inc., in which Zev represented the chapter 11 trustee for Roscoe’s Chicken ‘N’ Waffles.

In re Pacific 9 Transportation, Inc., in which Zev represented the creditors’ committee in a chapter 11 case involving a port trucking company with a history of labor code violations.

In re Death Row Records and In re Suge Knight, in which Zev represented court-appointed trustees who sold the debtors’ extensive music library and resolved numerous claims.

In re State Fish Co., in which Zev represented the shareholders of a large Los Angeles fish distributor.

In re Namvar and In re Namco, in which Zev represented the chapter 11 trustees of the debtors’ real estate and financial businesses.

In re Meruelo Maddux Properties, Inc., in which Zev represented 56 chapter 11 debtors who were collectively the largest non-government landowner in downtown Los Angeles.


Opportunities and Challenges for Small Businesses Under New Laws Enacted During the Pandemic, Business Law News (Cal. L. Assoc.), Issue 3 2020 (part of a special issue addressing the COVID-19 pandemic).

Employment Litigation in Bankruptcy, Daily Journal, July 15, 2020.

2019 Bankruptcy Truisms: “Rejection” of an Executory Contract Means “Breach,” and Not “Rescission,” and a Trademark Is Not a Type of Intellectual Property (with Sonia Singh), Business Law News, Business Law News (Cal. L. Assoc.), Winter 2019.

Bankruptcy Basics: Chapter 7, 11 & 13. How the Three Basic Types of Bankruptcy are Adjudicated, 36-Feb. L.A. Law. 10 (2014)

Issue Editor, Special Municipal Bankruptcy Issue, 32 CAL. BANKR. J. 221-405 (2012).

Compendium of Judicial Decisions Under Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code, 32 CAL. BANKR. J. 339 (2012).

A Fresher Start for Debtors in Chapter 11 Reorganization Cases: Binding Future Claimants, 31 CAL. BANKR. J. 607 (2011).


June 24, 2019: In Easley v. Collection Serv. of Nev., 910 F.3d 1286 (9th Cir. 2018).

June 13, 2017: Blixseth v. Brown (In re Yellowstone Mountain Club, LLC), 841 F.3d 1090 (9th Cir. 2016).

Understanding Credit Bidding in Bankruptcy Sales, Inforuptcy.com (July 25, 2015).

Carveouts in the Context of Bankruptcy Sales, Inforuptcy.com (July 11, 2015).

Bankruptcy Decision Addressing State Sovereignty in the Context of Actions to Avoid Fraudulent Transfers Under 11 U.S.C. § 544(b)(1), Bankruptcy E-Bulletin, Insol. L. Comm., Bus. L. Sec., Cal. State Bar (July 7, 2015).

Sale of a Claim or Compromise of an Asset?, Inforuptcy.com (June 7, 2015).

Property of the Estate Under 11 U.S.C. § 541, Inforuptcy.com (Dec. 16, 2014).

Bankruptcy Decision Addressing Effective Service, Bankruptcy E-Bulletin, Insol. L. Comm., Bus. L. Sec., Cal. State Bar (Aug. 26, 2013).

Three Bankruptcy Decisions Addressing the Dischargeability of Student Loans in Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy E-Bulletin, Insol. L. Comm., Bus. L. Sec., Cal. State Bar (August 7, 2013).

Bankruptcy Decision Addressing Unfinished Business of Dissolved Law Firm, Bankruptcy E-Bulletin, Insol. L. Comm., Bus. L. Sec., Cal. State Bar (May 8, 2013).

Bankruptcy Decision Addressing the Applicability of Rule 9019 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure Under Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code (Municipal Bankruptcy), Bankruptcy E-Bulletin, Insol. L. Comm., Bus. L. Sec., Cal. State Bar (April 4, 2013).

Bankruptcy Decisions Addressing the Automatic Stays Under Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code (Municipal Bankruptcy), Bankruptcy E-Bulletin, Insol. L. Comm., Bus. L. Sec., Cal. State Bar (Jan. 24, 2013).

Zev is a regular contributor to the Danning Gill Insights Blog.  He has also been quoted by Bloomberg Law, Law360, Thomson Reuters, Variety, WWD, and other publications.




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