• J.D., Boston University, 2000, magna cum laude
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1996
  • 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
  • California
  • Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Northern, Southern, Eastern and Central District Courts of California
Thought Leadership


Ori Katz is a partner in the Finance and Bankruptcy Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office, where he is also the Co-Office Managing Partner.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Katz 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. Mr. Katz is a frequent speaker on matters relating to bankruptcy and insolvency law.


  • Northern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2014-2018
  • Best Lawyers in America (Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law), Best Lawyers, 2017-2018
  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Northern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2010-2013
  • Leading Bankruptcy/Restructuring Lawyer, Chambers and Partners', 2013-2018
  • Listed in Legal 500, 2012
  • Advisory Board, 20th Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, presented by the American Bankruptcy Institute, 2012
  • Co-Chair, California Bankruptcy Forum, 23rd Annual Insolvency Conference (May 2011)


Representative Matters

Chapter 11 debtors:

PopExpert, Inc. (e-learning)
Club One Casino, Inc. (casino)
Vail Lake Rancho California, LLC (real estate)
Peak Broadcasting, LLC (radio broadcasting)
MMFX Technologies, Inc. (steel technology company)
Humboldt Creamery, LLC (dairy producer)
The Billing Resource dba Integretel (billing aggregator)
500 West Broadway, L.P. (hotel)
Diablo Grande Limited Partnership (real estate developer)
Arriva Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (biopharmaceutical company)
Dillingham Construction Holdings, Inc. (national construction company)
Advanced TelCom Group, Inc. (telecom)
iSyndicate, Inc. (internet)
Natural Wonders, Inc. (retail)

Creditors' committees:

NewZoom, Inc. (retail)
Response Genetics, Inc. (genetic testing company)
Metawise Group, Inc. (shipping company)
Clement Support Services (manufacturing)
Pacific Steel Casting Company (metals manufacturer)
William Del Biaggio (interest holder in NHL’s Nashville Predators)
Doyle R. Heaton (real estate developer)
Tvia, Inc. (fabless semiconductor) (equity committee)
Bodies in Motion, Inc. (fitness facility operator)
J.T. Thorpe, Inc. (insulator)
Standard Media International aka The Industry Standard (magazine)
Meridian Sports Clubs, et al.  (fitness club operator)
Siliken Manufacturing and Siliken USA  (solar panel manufacturer and distributor)

Thought Leadership

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, The Fight Between Secured Creditors and Junior or Unsecured Creditors in Bankruptcy, presented at the ABI's Bankruptcy Battleground West Conference, March 6, 2018
  • Panelist, 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


  • Member, BABF Board
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member, Insolvency Law Committee, Business Law Section, State Bar of California