Zev Shechtman, Partner

Zev Shechtman discovered his passion for bankruptcy law when he externed for the Honorable Thomas B. Donovan of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. Zev has been with Danning-Gill since he was a summer associate following his second year of law school.

Zev represents Chapter 11 debtors, Chapters 7 and 11 trustees, municipalities, creditors’ committees and individual creditors, shareholders, and acquirers of assets. He has a broad range of experience in bankruptcy, as well as other insolvency and related proceedings, such as receiverships and assignments for the benefit of creditors.

Zev has represented Chapter 11 debtors, such as Meruelo Maddux Properties, Inc., which was one of the largest real estate companies in downtown Los Angeles, and CBC Framing, Inc., one of the largest framing contractors in California.  While representing the trustee for the bankruptcy estate of Death Row Records, Inc., Zev successfully litigated numerous claim objections, including against world-famous rap artists. Zev also represents the creditors' committee in the Pacific 9 Transportation, Inc. trucking bankruptcy case resulting in the confirmation of a joint Chapter 11 plan of reorganization. He has successfully litigated numerous adversary proceedings, contested matters, and appeals in bankruptcy court, district court, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.

As a board member of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum and past chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Zev follows the latest bankruptcy law trends and issues.

As a volunteer for Public Counsel and Bet Tzedek, Zev enjoys helping people who are not able to afford legal services. He is an active editorial board member of the California Bankruptcy Journal, and was the editor of the journal’s symposium issue on municipal bankruptcies. While a law student at the University of Southern California, he served as Managing Editor of the Southern California Review of Law & Social Justice.  



Practice Areas

Creditors’ Committee Counsel

Creditor Representation in Bankruptcy Cases

Chapter 11 Business Reorganizations

Debtor Representation

Governmental Entities

Fiduciary Services and Representation

Education

University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A. 2003)

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

New York University, Near Eastern Studies (M.A. 2006)

Admissions

State Bar of California, 2009

Membership & Associations

State Bar of California

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

Financial Lawyers Conference

Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, Board Member (2014-Present)

Publications

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

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).

Community

Member of Bet Tzedek New Leadership Council, 2015-Present

Public Counsel, Pro Bono Volunteer, 2011-Present