Asa S. Hami Interviews Chief Judge Sheri Bluebond for Insolvency Law Committee’s Eighth Judicial Profile
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David brought all of his many capabilities to bear in guiding our complex and fractious chapter 11 case to a most successful conclusion. His reputation as a lawyer with deep expertise, who anticipates and solves problems with imagination and thoroughness, and with the highest professional and personal integrity, is well-deserved. What may have been David’s most valuable contributions, though, were his regular administrations of calming deliberation, without which our chapter 11 “process” might well have collapsed. If I’m unfortunate enough to find myself in another bankruptcy situation in the future, my first call will be to David.
– Scott Benjamin, Principal at Benjamin Associates
I have known Howard several years. He is very knowledgeable, professional and competent in bankruptcy law and he is very understanding and sincere in what he does. I have been impressed with his intellect and honesty and would recommend him to anyone looking for a competent bankruptcy attorney.
-William Brownstein, Esq., Owner, William H. Brownstein & Associates, P.C.
David is the first lawyer I call when one of my clients needs bankruptcy-related advice. He is very responsive — he once took my call on a ski lift!
– Peter Taylor, Partner at Peter Taylor Law
Howard is great! He is among the very penultimate best bankruptcy lawyers and bankruptcy trustees in Los Angeles, if not all of California and elsewhere! He is totally reliable, and if he gives you his word, you can count on it.
Howard Ehrenberg is an excellent lawyer, great problem solver, has really good people skills and is result oriented. Highly recommended.
-Steven Kurtz, Partner at Levinson Arshonsky & Kurtz, LLP
David is a consummate professional and one of the most brilliant attorneys I’ve ever worked with. Our firms have collaborated very closely on several major bankruptcy cases that were highly complex and demanding. David is a critical thinker who has a keen grasp of business issues, and often provides very practical solutions to compliment legal strategies. He is a pleasure to work with and always very responsive. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.
– James Maddox, Principal at Avison Young
Howard Ehrenberg is an excellent bankruptcy attorney and trustee. He employs his sound business sense and legal acumen in achieving positive results in cases.
-Lei Lei Wang Ekvall
Howard is one of the most respected and experienced bankruptcy attorneys and trustees in the Central District of California. Especially today, there are many lawyers that claim to be bankruptcy lawyers, but compared to Howard, they are merely practicing.
Howard exemplifies the dignity, civility and professionalism that is not found among all of our colleagues. It is always a pleasure to work with, even when on the other side of, Howard. Other trustees should learn from Howard “there is more to get with honey than vinegar!”
–Louis J. Esbin, Law Offices of Louis J. Esbin
David Kupetz is a very effective insolvency lawyer who seeks to find the best solutions whether or not it involves a bankruptcy process. He lives and breathes client service and is available 24/7 to address client concerns. Moreover, he is a team player who works hard to develop the tremendous talent within his firm. Through his legal skill, intelligence and integrity he earns both the confidence of his clients and the respect of the professionals on the other side of the table.
– Steven Green, President at Kibel Green
I have worked with Howard on cases going back to the Queen Mary bankruptcy case where Howard was the Chapter 11 Trustee. He is sharp, focused on the right result and is one of the best bankruptcy attorneys in California. Having worked with him while representing a creditor in a case where he was a trustee, having worked with Howard as co-counsel and having represented Howard in other matters, Howard is a person that you want involved as a trustee or an attorney in a bankruptcy case.
-Corey Weber, Partner at Ezra Brutzkus Gubner LLP
I worked with Howard for over a decade and know him well. He is highly ethical and efficient -always looking to keep the bill down. But at the same time he is thorough and detailed-oriented. Howard can run a mega-case as well as a tiny case. He thinks outside the box and looks for creative cost-effective solutions. Howard is also thoroughly versed in all aspects of Chapter 11 and 7 bankruptcy, as I know from working with him on behalf of debtors, creditors, committees, adversary defendants, and trustee cases.
-Howard Madris, Owner, Law Office of Howard N. Madris, A P.C.
Howard is a well organized, competent, and ethical lawyer. It is a pleasure working with Howard because he is fair, practical and “gets it”.
-Garrick Hollander, Shareholder, Winthrop Couchot
David is one of the preeminent restructuring attorneys in California. I selected him to prepare and execute a Chapter 11 restructuring of Gardenburger Corporation when it was clear the representatives of the capital structure could not agree on how to disburse proceeds of sale. David did an outstanding job of coordinating with attorneys representing lenders, several different preferred stock owners, the creditor’s committee and management. The restructuring was completed in the minimum time and the judge commended David on running an excellent process. I would recommend David to any Board or ownership group that is contemplating a restructuring.
– Scott Wallace
Disposing real estate as part of a bankruptcy liquidation deals with a lot of dynamic issues. Howard helped us anticipate many hurdles and we worked together as a team to maximize the asset’s value. Bidders were forced to focus on the real estate value and not take advantage of the bankruptcy process.
-Carl Muhlstein, Managing Director at JLL
Howard is bright, capable and conscientious. He is detail oriented and attempts to look after the best interests of the bankruptcy estate and its creditors.
Howard is and always has been extremely professional and regularly accessible and cooperative not only as a bankruptcy trustee, but in the general manner in which he practices law.
-Allan Sarver, Owner, Law Office of Allan D. Sarver
Few professional instill as much confidence as Howard when it comes to sorting through complex bankruptcy issues.
-Jeremy Faith, Partner at Margulies Faith, LLP
I have worked with Howard for over 15 years on various matters. He is a an excellent attorney and fiduciary.
-David Gottlieb, Managing Member D. Gottlieb & Associates, LLC
After many years of knowing David Kupetz, I finally had the opportunity to work with him on a day-to-day basis in a very challenging client situation, and through a Chapter 11 proceeding. As a result, I can’t express enough positive attributes about David and the experience of working with him. He’s technically very knowledgeable but able to explain the issues in a precise matter of the fact business context. Most importantly, David is a real gentleman in what can be a very raucous business environment both with the client and with other professionals. I truly enjoy working with David and look forward to future adventures.
– George Blanco, Managing Director & Partner, Avant Advisory Group
I’ve known and worked with Howard over the years and have always found him to be knowledgeable and effective in his role as counsel and trustee.
-Geoffrey L. Berman, Senior Vice President at Development Specialists, Inc.
Howard was my supervising attorney when I worked at Sulmeyer. He has a great work ethic and handles his cases with great competency and dignity. He is the consummate fiduciary and a pleasure to work with. Upon becoming a trustee myself, Howard has been available to act as a mentor, answering questions no matter how trivial. I look forward to hiring Howard as my attorney and to working on his behalf as well.
-Larry Simons, Principal at Law Offices of Larry D. Simons, Inc.
I have retained David on several occasions to assist us with debtor-creditor matters. David is results-oriented and displays an incredible level of business acumen and legal expertise. I highly recommend David and will continue to use his services when needed.
– Robert Wilson, SVP, General Counsel at Fitness International, LLC
I have personally known Howard for over 10 years and we have worked together on multiple occasions. Howard is a well recognized and respected bankruptcy/trustee attorney both in the Los Angeles area and nationally. I fully endorse Howard’s expertise and professionalism.
-Victor Owens, Senior Vice President & Senior Director, Treasury Management & Specialty Deposits at East West Bank
I worked with Howard on the bankruptcy case involving the Queen Mary in Long Beach. I was counsel for the Creditors’ Committee and Howard was the chapter 11 trustee. He worked very hard to operate the debtor’s business and sell the ground lease which resulted in a substantial distribution to creditors.
-Ira Katz, Gershuni & Katz, A Law Corporation
David is an excellent attorney for those landlords needing a value orientated consultant to help resolve issues dealing with tenant bankruptcies.
– Brian Fagan, President at Selective Real Estate Investments
David Kupetz provided a calm, sure and steady hand in coordinating and directing a complex Chapter 11 case in which I was involved . . . he is responsive, timely, thoughtful and creative, all of which complement his extensive knowledge of bankruptcy and business reorganization.
– Gregory Salvato, Managing Partner at SALVATO LAW OFFICES
David is one of the most competent and knowledgeable bankruptcy lawyers I have worked with over the years. Specifically, I worked with David and his firm on a bankruptcy sale of a distressed business, eStyle, Inc. The transaction was completed and approved by the court without a hitch in a very short time, under significant amount of pressure.
– Alex Kasdan, Investment Banker
I have known David for about 5 years and have drawn on his expertise a number of times in the course of representing my clients. Not only is David’s technical legal knowledge of the highest order, but he is always prompt in his work and very personable in his client connections. Also, David listens to the client and offers real world solutions that really add value. His ethics and professionalism are exceptional. I recommend him with the greatest confidence of success.
– George Salmas, The Food Lawyers
Howard is an extremely diligent, prudent, honest, and efficient bankruptcy trustee and receiver. I have found his work ethic to be nothing short of stellar, and his quick grasp of facts and suggested solutions are commendable.
– Byron Moldo, Partner at Ervin, Cohen & Jessup LLP
I have worked with David for over 10 years and on over 30 different matters. He has always been there for my clients and me. Not only does he have significant expertise in bankruptcy law, he also has a keen business mind. David is a gifted problem solver and has a very practical demeanor and approach that diffuses complex and emotional situations.
– Roy Kim
David has been a highly effective legal advisor for companies I have represented as financial advisor in the past. He is a pragmatic business advisor who identifies various legal alternatives for clients and articulates clearly advantages and disadvantages of each. His deep knowledge of the body of law and conventions within the bankruptcy and insolvency arenas allows David to deliver sound legal advice efficiently. Moreover, his personal style is one clients find comforting and is provided in a way that limits the negative impact from contentious sources frequently found in difficult cases.
– Dick Alston, Managing Director, Kibel Green Incorporated
I have worked with Howard Ehrenberg on cases going back to the Queen Mary bankruptcy case where Howard was the Chapter 11 Trustee. He is sharp, focused on the right result and is one of the best bankruptcy attorneys in California. Having worked with him while representing a creditor in a case where he was a trustee, having worked with Howard as co-counsel and having represented Howard in other matters, Howard is a person that you want involved as a trustee or an attorney in a bankruptcy case.
– Corey Weber, Partner at Ezra Brutzkus Gubner LLP
I have worked with Howard Ehrenberg for over 15 years on various matters. He is a an excellent attorney and fiduciary.
– David Gottlieb, Partner In Charge of Bankruptcy Insolvency Services at Crowe Horwath LLP
I have personally known Howard Ehrenberg for over 10 years and we have worked together on multiple occasions. Howard is a well recognized and respected bankruptcy/trustee attorney both in the Los Angeles area and nationally. I fully endorse Howard’s expertise and professionalism.
– Victor Owens, Senior Vice President, East West Bank
While doing a turnaround, we needed bankruptcy counsel and chose SulmeyerKupetz over many others. We liked David’s even keeled approach and coaching during what for everyone was a turbulent time. He and his team did a great job and were valuable partners. Even though we refinanced the company, David and his team guided us through the bankruptcy process and were able to give us key insights on how to handle creditors. I will hire David and SulmeyerKupetz again if the need arises.
– Jim Gitney