Aaron E. de Leest, Associate

With more than 15 years of experience as a bankruptcy attorney and litigator, Aaron de Leest focuses his practice on representing debtors, creditors, and trustees in bankruptcy matters, litigation, and appeals.  He also represents clients in Chapter 11 cases.  Aaron provides guidance to creditors with regard to their claims outside of bankruptcy, including collection actions and pre- and postjudgment remedies.  He also specializes in representing receivers in both federal and state court.  

Aaron is the current Program Chair for the Bankruptcy Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section.  He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, and is a Past Chair of that section.  In addition, Aaron is a former extern to the Honorable Barry Russell, United States Bankruptcy Judge, and a recipient of the Barry Russell Federal Bar Association Award for Excellence in the Field of Federal Practice.  Aaron is also a recipient of the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence.  



Practice Areas

Acquisitions and Asset Purchases

Bankruptcy Appeals

Creditor Representation
– Creditor Committee Counsel
– Creditor Representation in Bankruptcy Cases

Debtor Representation
– Chapter 11 Business Reorganization
– Chapter 7

Governmental Entities

Litigation in all Federal and State Courts
– Judgment Enforcement
– Commercial Law Litigation
– Prosecute and Defend Avoidance Actions

Trustee, Receiver and Other Fiduciary Services and Representation
– Bankruptcy Trustees
– Bankruptcy Examiners
– Receivers
– Referees

Education

Southwestern Law School, J.D., 2001

Biola University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1998

Admissions

State Bar of California

United States District Court, Central District of California

United States District Court, Northern District of California

United States District Court, Southern District of California

United States District Court, Eastern District of California

United States District Court, District of New Mexico

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Memberships & Associations

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, Program Chair

Beverly Hills Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Executive Committee Member and Past Chair of Section

Financial Lawyers Conference

Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum

Awards

Judge Barry Russell Federal Bar Association Award for Excellence in the Field of Federal Practice, 2001

American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence, 2001