Representative Matters of Our Attorneys

Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors


Bankruptcy: Chapter 11 Debtors-in-Possession

Advanced Telcom Group, Inc. and affiliates (Telecommunications provider based in Santa Rosa, California servicing 35,000 residential and small to medium-sized business customers in 8 states)

Cal Pak Delivery, Inc. (Specialized warehouse and logistics company operating in the Western United States; Accomplishing a going-concern sale of its business and confirmation of a consensual liquidating Chapter 11 plan)

Carefree Willows (Master-planned senior living community in Las Vegas, Nevada; Successfully reorganized after a nearly 3-week plan confirmation trial)

Capital Station 65, LLC (65-acre real property development in Sacramento; Obtained approval of $10 million DIP financing facility over objection of secured lender)

CommSouth Companies, Inc. (One of the first prepaid home telephone companies based in Dallas, Texas; Liquidating plan)   

Jon Harder (Promoter and majority owner of entities operating a network of over 200 assisted living facilities in 37 states; Mr. Harder guaranteed $1.8 billion in secured debts made by over 100 institutional lenders; Unsecured claims in excess of $600 million; One of the largest cases ever filed in Oregon.)

Integrated Financial Associates (Hard-money, asset-based lender with significant real estate assets throughout the western United States; Successfully confirmed a reorganization plan that included the sale of assets and conversion of ownership interests to the satisfaction of over 125 creditors)

Natural Wonders, Inc. (Consumer retail specializing in science and nature themed gifts operating 303 stores in 43 states; Liquidating plan including the auctioning off of prime real property leases )

Peek Aren’t You Curious, Inc. (High-end children’s clothing company operating 21 stores in 10 states; Going-concern sale of substantially all assets within 45 days of filing)

Silicon Genesis Corporation (Developer of technologies used in the manufacture of specialized silicon wafer materials; 100% payout to all unsecured creditors)

Sizzler Restaurants (International restaurant chain; Represented Sizzler in franchise-related issues and filings; Also served as special counsel administering more than 1,500 personal injury claims through an ADR process)

Sugar Bowl Resort (Privately-owned ski resort in the Lake Tahoe region; Successful pre-packaged reorganization filed a week before Christmas, the height of ski season; Plan confirmed in less than two months with 100% payout to creditors.)

Tanon Manufacturing (Electronic component contract manufacturer and subsidiary of EA Industries; 363 sale of assets)


Bankruptcy: Chapter 7 Debtors

Instamotor, Inc. (Online platform on pre-owned vehicles; Orderly liquidation of intellectual property and hard assets located in San Francisco and Minsk; Over $31 million in scheduled claims)


Bankruptcy: Creditors’ Committees and Committee Members

At Home Corp., Inc. (Wholesale supplier of high-speed internet access services to more than 4 million customers of large and mid-size cable companies; Represented the Committee; Sale of assets ultimately resulted in payouts in excess of 90% to general unsecured claim holders)

Chip Shot Golf Corporation (Online retailer of golf equipment; Represented the Committee; Plan confirmed)

Heller Ehrman LLP (San Francisco-based international law firm with more than 730 attorneys in 15 offices at its peak ; Co-special litigation counsel to the Committee and Michael Burkart, post confirmation plan administrator)

iSyndicate, Inc. (E-commerce content aggregator; Represented the Committee and post-confirmation plan administrator; Resolved several hundred claims, including the resolution of employee class action claims under the WARN Act)

Pacific Gas & Electric (2001 case) (Northern California utility provider; Represented committee member GWF Power)

Siliken Manufacturing USA, Inc. and Suntech America (Solar panel suppliers; Represented Committee member United Renewable Energy Co., Ltd., fka Gintech Energy Corp., manufacturer of solar cells and other components used in solar panels)

Touch 1, Inc. (Telecommunications; Represented Qwest Communications, formerly LCI International, major creditor and Committee chair)

Webvan Group, Inc. ( National online seller of groceries and other consumer products; Counsel for Committee and post-confirmation estate representative)

Western MacArthur (Asbestos bankruptcy case with plan providing for over $2 Billion for creditors; N/H attorneys separately represented the Committee and a class of hundreds of asbestos claimants)


Bankruptcy: Lenders and Creditors

Entergy Company (Represented this New Orleans-based utility provider, as creditor to debtor-in-possession Enron Corporation)

General Electric Credit Corporation (Represented GECC as the primary secured creditor of Hawthorne Plaza, a 20-story high-rise in San Francisco’s South Financial District)

SBC Communications, Inc. (now AT&T, Inc.) (Represented SBC as a primary creditor in several cases filed by Competitive Local Exchange Carriers, including, NorthPoint Communications Corp., a provider of DSL services, Advanced Telcom Group, Inc., a local voice and data service provider, and In-Touch Communications, a pre-paid voice service provider.)

US Bank (Represented US Bank as the primary lender to Chapter 11 debtor-in-possession Lyon's Restaurants; Significant PACA and lease issues)

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (Represented in several commercial bankruptcy appellate matters)


Curon Medical, Inc. (Developer of radio frequency energy-based medical devices used in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders; Assets sold to Bio-Rad Laboratories; Represented Chapter 7 Trustee)

SK Foods, LP and related entities (Second largest processor of tomatoes and vegetable products in the United States; Represented Chapter 11 and Liquidating Trustee; Complex litigation recovering over $65 million in assets)

Yellow Cab Coop of San Francisco (Represented Chapter 11 and Liquidating Trustee in resolution of claims, primarily for prepetition personal injuries)

Bankruptcy: Trustees


Commercial Lending and Transactions


Commercial Litigation


Debt Collection and Defense


Federal Court Receiverships

Small Business Administration (Represented the SBA in its capacity as receiver for various Small Business Investment Companies in pursuing claims on behalf of the receivership, including, among others, claims for unfunded capital commitments, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty)


Out-of-Court Workouts

Andros, Inc. (Producer of gas sensors used in medical facilities and manufacturing; Represented Andros in a workout with its primary lender, insurer and subsequent out-of-court business restructuring)

Qwest Communications (Represented Qwest in various workouts as a creditor to smaller regional telecommunications providers)


Purchase of Distressed Assets

Fry’s Electronics (Represented Fry’s Electronics as purchaser of assets in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Egghead.com)

Irwin Home Equity (Represented Irwin Home Equity as the purchaser of assets in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Tri-Valley Growers)

Vector Aerospace Corporation (Represented Vector Aerospace as the purchaser of assets of Chapter 11 debtor Avionics Systems Inc. dba Tower Aviation, a repair, maintenance and overhaul facility for aviation components)