Overview

Ori Katz is a partner and Practice Group Leader of the Finance and Bankruptcy Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office.

Areas of Practice

Ori specializes in business bankruptcies and other aspects of insolvency law. He has represented debtors, individual creditors, creditors' committees, parties purchasing assets out of bankruptcy and parties involved in bankruptcy litigation. He has successfully reorganized companies in a wide range of industries, including real estate, retail, construction, biotech, telecommunications, media and the internet. He has also represented lenders in connection with receiverships, loan workouts, restructurings, foreclosures and borrower bankruptcies, and acted as receivership counsel in connection with various appointments. Ori is a frequent speaker on matters relating to bankruptcy and insolvency law.

Honors

Honors

Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy

Leading Bankruptcy/Restructuring Lawyer, Chambers and Partners', 2013-2019

Best Lawyers in America (Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law), Best Lawyers, 2017-2020

Lawyer of the Year, (Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law), Best Lawyers, 2019

Northern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2014-2019

Northern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2010-2013

Listed in Legal 500, 2012

Co-Chair, California Bankruptcy Forum, 23rd Annual Insolvency Conference (May 2011)

Insights

Articles

Finance & Bankruptcy Law Blog

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Techniques in Valuing and Selling Closely Held Businesses, presented to the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum, January 14, 2020
  • Speaker, The Party’s Over; Now, Who’s Cleaning Up?: The Post-Apocalyptic Landscape Following a § 363 Sale, presented at the ABI’s Winter Leadership Conference, December 6, 2019
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in Business Bankruptcy, presented at the Bar Association of San Francisco's Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section's Annual Symposium, October 22, 2019 and November 6, 2019
  • Speaker, Business Bankruptcy Developments in 2019, presented at the Western Bankers Association, Bank Counsel Seminar, October 10, 2019
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in Business Bankruptcy, presented at the Bar Association of San Francisco's Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section's Annual Symposium, October 23, 2018 and November 7, 2018
  • Speaker, Insolvency Issues in Business Cases, presented by the Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy Forum, 2018 Fall Symposium, November 9, 2018
  • Speaker, Bankruptcy & Tax: Navigating the Perilous Waters of the New Tax Code, presented by the Bar Association of San Francisco's Commercial Law and Bankruptcy section, September 11, 2018
  • Speaker, The Fight Between Secured Creditors and Junior or Unsecured Creditors in Bankruptcy, presented at the ABI's Bankruptcy Battleground West Conference, March 6, 2018
  • Speaker Recent Developments in Business Bankruptcy, presented at the Bar Association of San Francisco's Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section's Annual Symposium, November 7, 2017
  • Speaker, Gift-Wrapped Sales and Structured Dismissals, presented by the Bay Area Bankruptcy Judges’ Conference, April 14, 2017
  • Speaker, Cutting Edge Chapter 11 Issues, presented by the Central California Bankruptcy Institute, September 23, 2016
  • Speaker, Technology and IP – Distressed Asset Sale Processes and Issues, presented by the Special Assets Management Association, October 22, 2015
  • Speaker, Stacking the Deck: Identifying and Protecting Assets and Pre-Petition Business Performance, presented by the California Bankruptcy Forum, 27th Annual Insolvency Conference, May 16, 2015
  • Speaker, Individual Chapter 11 Cases, presented at the ABI's Bankruptcy Battleground West Conference, March 24, 2015
  • Moderator, Financing the Business Receivership, presented by the California Receiver's Forum at the Loyola VI Complex Case Symposium, January 24, 2015
  • Speaker, 5th Annual Year End Restructuring Market Review, presented by the Turnaround Management Association, November 20, 2014
  • Speaker, All the World's a Stage (Mock Cross Examination), presented by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, 88th Annual Meeting, Plenary Session, October 10, 2014
  • Speaker, Hot Topics: Substantive Consolidation in Bankruptcy Cases, presented by the California State Bar, Business Law Section, Webinar, May 29, 2014
  • Moderator, A Judges’ Discussion of Best Practices for Effective Advocacy Revisited, presented by the California Bankruptcy Forum, 26th Annual Insolvency Conference, May 17, 2014
  • Speaker, Mock Hearing: Confirmation Issues, presented at the ABI's 25th Annual Winter Leadership Conference, December 6, 2013
  • Speaker, 363 Sales – Is the Fast Track the Right One for You?, presented by the ABI Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, August 23, 2013
  • Speaker, Receivership vs. ABC vs. Bankruptcy, presented by the California Receiver's Forum at the Loyola V Complex Case Symposium, January 19, 2013
  • Speaker, Business Insolvency Essentials: Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and More, presented by Pincus Professional Education, September 28, 2012
  • Speaker, Special Asset Considerations in Chapter 11 Cases, presented by the ABI Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, September 9, 2011
  • Speaker, Real Estate Issues in Bankruptcy Cases, presented by The Business, Commercial & Bankruptcy Law Section of the Barristers Club, December 6, 2010.
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in Asset Sales, presented by the California Law and Bankruptcy Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, October 24, 2008
  • Program Moderator, Bankruptcy Practice 101: An In-Depth Guide to Practice in the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts Taught by Current and Former Law Clerks, February 8, 2008

Memberships

Memberships

Member, Insolvency Law Committee, Business Law Section, State Bar of California

Member, Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum

Member, State Bar of California

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Bar Association of San Francisco

Education

J.D., Boston University, 2000, magna cum laude

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1996

Clerkships

  • Extern to the Honorable Lynne Riddle, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California
  • Extern to the Honorable William C. Hillman, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Boston, Massachusetts

Admissions

  • California
  • Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Northern, Southern, Eastern and Central District Courts of California
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