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Justin Rawlins

Partner, Corporate Department
Los Angeles
515 South Flower Street
Twenty-Fifth Floor
Los Angeles, CA
United States

Fax: 1(213) 996-3130


Justin Rawlins is a partner in the Finance and Restructuring practice, based in the firm's Los Angeles office. He has extensive experience representing clients in various bankruptcy matters and is consistently ranked as a leading bankruptcy lawyer in top legal directories. Mr. Rawlins principally represents funds, lending institutions, companies, and committees in providing a broad spectrum of services, including counseling on corporate governance matters, fund formation, acquisitions, divestitures, debt offerings, refinancings, and recapitalizations, with an emphasis on distressed and special situations.

Accolades and Recognitions

  • Honored with a Client Choice Award, recognizing excellent client service with a focus on the ability to add real value to clients' businesses above and beyond other players in the market, by Lexology and ILO, 2017 and 2018.

  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Bankruptcy/Restructuring in California.

  • Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for his work within the derivatives and structured products industry, 2018.

  • Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Super Lawyer and Rising Star every year since 2006.

  • Named among the Best Lawyers in America for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Best Lawyers, 2019.


  • Loyola Law School. J.D. cum laude, 2000 (National Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu; Order of the Coif)

  • University of Southern California, B.A., 1997

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, "Chapter 11 Plan Strategy: Do It Right the First Time," American Bankruptcy Institute Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, Denver, CO, January 2020

  • Panelist, "New Developments in Rights Offerings and Backstop Purchaser Incentives," American Bankruptcy Institute, November 2018

  • Panelist, "Hot Topics in Chapter 11," American Bankruptcy Institute Southwest Conference, Las Vegas, NV, September 2015

  • Co-author, California Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors Desk Guide, The Insolvency Law Standing Committee of the Business Law Section, 2014

Recent Representations

Select Lender/Creditor Representations

  • U.S. Well Services (counsel to ad hoc group of lenders)

  • Chain of beauty salons and med spas (counsel to agent)

  • Leading shoes, clothing and apparel line (counsel to agent)

  • Proserv (counsel to ancillary facility lenders)

  • 360 (counsel to agent for term loan lender)

  • Macaroni Grill (counsel to DIP lender and exit facility lender)

  • Hospitality distribution systems company (counsel to agent)

  • Logistics provider (counsel to agent)

  • BreitBurn Energy Partners LP (counsel to agent, multi-lender syndicate)

  • New York-based jewelry manufacturer and retailer (counsel to agent, multi-lender syndicate)

  • National restaurant chain (counsel to agent, multi-lender syndicate)

  • Leading provider of hydraulic fracking services (counsel to steering committee of second lien lenders)

  • TXCO Resources, Inc., an oil and gas exploration and production company (counsel to steering committee of second lien lenders and DIP lender)

  • Storm Cat USA, Inc., an oil and gas exploration and production company (counsel to agent of second lien lenders, DIP lenders, and successful chapter 11 plan proponent)

  • Z2, Inc., an oil and gas exploration and production company (counsel to agent)

  • Select Staffing (counsel to steering committee of second lien lenders)

  • Advanced Molecular Imaging and Gamma Medica, molecular breast imaging companies (counsel to second lien lender and purchaser of assets under 363 sale)

  • Consolidated Freightways Corporation (counsel to agent, multi-lender syndicate)

  • Custom Foods Products, Inc. (counsel to lender, DIP lender, and successful chapter 11 plan proponent)

  • MMFX Steel (counsel to unsecured "deficiency claim" creditor and successful chapter 11 plan proponent)

  • Phillips Cattle Company, Inc. (counsel to agent)

  • Douglas Furniture (counsel to agent)

  • Leading baby safety/car seat company (counsel to agent)

  • Hospice provider (counsel to agent)

  • Scotia Development LLC (counsel to prepetition lender, DIP lender, and successful chapter 11 plan proponent)

  • Westcliff Medical Laboratories, Inc. (counsel to agent)

  • Ghana Airways (counsel to aircraft lessor)

 Select Company/Trustee Representations (In and Out-of-Court)

  • Relativity Media (counsel to company)

  • United Road Towing (counsel to company)

  • Condor Systems, Inc. and CEI Systems, Inc., defense contractors (counsel to company)

  • SK Foods, an agribusiness and tomato processor (counsel to company and chapter 11 trustee)

  • California-based insurance company (counsel to company)

  • A leading designer and manufacturer of products for optical communications networks and other optics solutions (counsel to company)

  • Los Angeles-based clothing manufacturer and retailer in workout of loan by US Bank (counsel to company)

  • Natural gas production company (counsel to sponsor)

  • Destination Films, an independent film company (counsel to chapter 7 trustee)

  • American Pacific Financial Corporation, an asset management firm (counsel to chapter 7 trustee)

  • A significant paint retailer (counsel to company)

  • A global specialty steel company (counsel to company and sponsor)

  • A Washington-based wine bottle manufacturer (counsel to company and sponsor)

  • Clothing manufacturer and retailer (counsel to company and sponsor)

 Select 363 Sale/Buyer Representations

  • Auto Masters, LLC (represented acquirer of substantially all auto loans)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers (represented acquirer of substantially all assets)

  • Los Angeles Sparks (represented acquirer of substantially all assets)

  • Kreiss, Inc., a furniture designer and retailer (represented acquirer of substantially all assets )

  • Jumio, Inc., an identity management and credentials company (represented acquirer of substantially all assets)

  • RealD, Inc., a visual technology company (represented investor in connection with take private)

  • Haggen, Inc. (counsel to bidder on substantially all core assets)

  • Qimonda, a leading global memory supplier (counsel to bidder)

  • Rhythm and Hues, a post-production company (counsel to bidder)

 Creditors' Committee Representations

  • Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.

  • Cable & Wireless USA, Inc.

  • Citation Corporation

  • Meridian Automotive, Inc.

  • Merisant

Practice Areas





California Bar


Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D. 2000
University of Southern California, B.A. 1997

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