Richard Brunette is of counsel in the Finance and Bankruptcy Practice Group in the Los Angeles office of Sheppard Mullin.

Areas of Practice

Richard specializes in creditor rights, commercial litigation and business bankruptcy. He has extensive experience in creditors rights litigation and appellate work and has broad experience representing creditors in business and real estate workouts involving various industries, including commercial and industrial real estate, hospitality, technology companies, retailing and agribusiness.

Richard frequently lectures on commercial law and bankruptcy issues, including presentations to the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and the International Insolvency Institute.



  • Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2007-2024
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2008-2020, 2022-2024




  • Member, ABA task force on revisions to the Uniform Commercial Code
  • Former Chair, Sheppard Mullin's Executive Committee, 1998-2001
  • Former Chair, ABA Subcommittee on Agri-Business and Agricultural Financing


J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1978, Order of the Coif, Articles Editor, Duke Law Journal: 1977-78

B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1974, summa cum laude

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