Peter J. Gurfein
Peter J. Gurfein is a partner whose practice focuses on bankruptcy, corporate restructuring, and insolvency cases, with an emphasis on creditors committee, trustee, debtor, and equity holder representation.
represents sellers and acquirers of distressed assets, institutional investors, and clients in major Chapter 11 cases in the airline, health care, retail, telecommunication, entertainment, high tech, and real estate industries and high-net worth individual Chapter 11 debtors and their trustees.
has appeared in cases involving bank and insurance company insolvencies, receiverships, and liquidations, and assignments for the benefit of creditors.
A former prosecutor, Mr. Gurfein has extensive experience in prosecution and defense of bankruptcy crime and fraud investigations and officer and director liability.
Mr. Gurfein is a mediator on the panel of mediators appointed by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.
Mr. Gurfein is a past President of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum (2013-14), a director of the California Bankruptcy Forum (2012-present), Co-Editor in Chief of the California State Bar Insolvency Law Committee e-Bulletins (2014-present), a member of the Board of the ABI Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, and is a past editor-in-chief of the California Bankruptcy Journal (1995-99).
also serves on the American Bar Association
, Business Bankruptcy Committee, Task Force on Small Business Chapter 11
, Task Force on Bankruptcy Crimes; and Task Force on Individual Chapter 11
has lectured extensively on corporate governance issues pertaining to the obligations of directors in the zone of insolvency, the sale of assets under distress, prepackaged plans of reorganization, individual chapter 11 cases, and bankruptcy in the hospitality industry.
recent speaking engagements include:
is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, that company's highest rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.
was recognized as one of the top restructuring and insolvency lawyers in California by Practical Law Company
in its Restructuring and Insolvency Cross-Border Handbook (2008/2009).
In April 2006, he
was acknowledged by The Deal's Bankruptcy Insider as one of the "top shareholder lawyers" (based on number of active cases) for companies in reorganization.
Prior to joining Landau Gottfried & Berger LLP, Mr. Gurfein was a partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal (1992-99) and a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (2000-2011), where he headed the Firm's West Coast Bankruptcy practice.
Mr. Gurfein received his B.A. from New York University and his J.D. from George Washington University.
Mr. Gurfein also attended the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution of the Pepperdine University School of Law.