News & Events
May 18, 2020
Please see the links below to a podcast hosted by Glenn Llopis featuring Jim Bastian discussing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on business and society. We hope you enjoy.
The Legacy of the New Normal of the “Personalization Outbreak” podcast
December 10, 2019
SBFB Partner Gary Pemberton chaired the Federal Bar Association’s and Association of Business Trial Lawyer’s annual Swearing in Ceremony of new attorney admittees to the United States District Court of the Central District of California. Over 100 proud family members, friends and colleagues of the new admittees also attended the event in which District Court Judge James Selna administered the Central District of California oath and Magistrate Judge Douglas McCormick led the champagne toast at the reception that followed. Mr. Pemberton is a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association of Orange County and has also served as editor of its newsletter.
October 14, 2019:
Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP Associate Brandon Iskander served as a panel speaker for the Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum 26th Annual Survey of Consumer Bankruptcy Law held on October 12, 2019 at the Canyon Crest Country Club. Brandon spoke on recent decisions in commercial and California family law and their potential impact on bankruptcy law practitioners.
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September 17, 2019:
SHB Partner Jim Bastian was the guest speaker for the American Heart Association Heart/Stroke Walk Executive Mixer held on September 17, 2019 at the Newport Beach Country Club. Jim spoke about his personal experience with stroke and cardiovascular disease in helping to raise awareness and funds in support of AHA’s main fundraising event. The American Heart Association Heart/Stroke Walk will take place on March 14, 2020 at Angel Stadium.
For more information on ways you can support this great cause, please click on the following link:
July 3, 2019:
SHB Wins Confirmation of Chapter 11 Reorganization Plan for Steel Subcontractor
On July 3, 2019 the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, Riverside Division, Hon. Mark D. Houle presiding, entered an order confirming a Plan of Reorganization in the Chapter 11 case of L.A. Steel Services, Inc., a reinforcing steel subcontractor for heavy highway, bridge and infrastructure construction projects throughout California. Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP partners Jim Bastian and Melissa Lowe headed the engagement for the Firm. Facing several lawsuits from a former supplier asserting highly disputed claims in excess of $1.8MM and experiencing tight cash flow as a result of not being paid for millions of dollars in extra work on its largest project, LA Steel filed for Chapter 11 protection on July 12, 2018. After months of highly contested proceedings, SHB negotiated a global resolution which resulted in a fully consensual plan, which provides for full payment to all creditors and was confirmed less than a year after the case was filed.
The settlement was reached on the eve of contested evidentiary hearings with respect to plan confirmation and claims objections and resulted in the reduction of the claims asserted by the former supplier’s claim by 85%, resolving years of litigation between the parties. In addition to the resolution of these disputed claims, the confirmed plan incorporated a substantial amendment to LA Steel’s subcontract related to the iconic reconstruction of the Sixth Street Viaduct at Sixth Street in Los Angeles. After several rounds of difficult negotiations to resolve the cash flow issues related to this project, and several court hearings, the confirmed plan also approved the assumption of the amended contract which will provide LA Steel the means to profitably complete the project.
SHB’s efforts in this case would not have been possible without LA Steel’s special construction litigation and contract counsel, Kirsten Worley of Worley Law P.C.
June 10, 2019:
SHB Confirms Chapter 11 Liquidation Plan in 8 Months.
The Firm’s Leonard Shulman and Melissa Lowe recently confirmed a Chapter 11 liquidating plan for a remanufacturing company of consumer electronics products just eight months after the case was filed. The confirmation of the plan will provide payment to unsecured creditors in less than 10 months after the case was filed; but for the “Federal Shutdown” the case might have been completed within 5 to 6 months. The plan, made possible by a short sale of substantially all of the company’s assets, will provide a material distribution to unsecured creditors. Without the sale, creditors would have received nothing because the assets were severely over encumbered.
January 17, 2019:
SHB Assists Client with Disposition of Palomar Airport.
Mrs. Shulman and Biornstad assisted their client with over a $70mm valued transfer of the Palomar Airport facility. Delicate banking, real estate and commercial leasing issues were tackled.
Managing Partner Len Shulman Chairs TopSoccer Event at SMCHS on Dec. 8, 2018.
November 27, 2018:
Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP Named National Philanthropy Day 2018 Outstanding Small Corporation for Orange County
November 21, 2018:
Another successful Thanksgiving Food Drive benefiting OC Food Bank. The Firm thanks everyone who took the time to drop off food and for all the cash and gift card donations!
November 15, 2018:
Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP has been selected as the National Philanthropy Day Small Business for Orange County. This award recognizes the philanthropic efforts made by the Firm including financial support, leadership, and participation as volunteers. “Community service and volunteerism have long been a part of our Firm culture and we are honored to receive this award for the second time” said Managing Partner, Leonard M. Shulman, Esq.
November 2, 2018
Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP Closes Bankruptcy Sale of Tech Assets in Under 30 days From Inception.
SHB filed a Chapter 11 for Technology Solutions & Services, Inc. (“TSSIA US”) on Oct 2, 2018. After procuring Bankruptcy Court authority for a 363 sale, SHB navigated the pre-closing issues and closed the sale on November 1, 2018 less than 30 days from filing the Chapter 11. TSSI US is a returns management company specializing in high-volume remanufacturing of in-warranty and out-of-warranty consumer electronics products. TSSI US owned 99% of the stock in Technology Solutions & Services SA De CV (“TSSI Mexico”). TSSI Mexico is a “maquiladora” company funded by and controlled by TSSI US. The “Maquiladora Program, under the NAFTA structure gave TSSI US and TSSI Mexico a break on tariffs and provided jobs in Mexico. The sales effort was headed by managing Partner Leonard M. Shulman along with his insolvency partner Melissa Davis Lowe and transactional partner Michael Petersen.
Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP Extends Lease of its Irvine Spectrum Location
Irvine, Calif. (SEPTEMBER 25, 2018) – Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP is pleased to announce that it will continue to offer its full range of legal services to businesses and individuals from its offices at 100 Spectrum Center Drive in Irvine, CA. The 13,000 square foot space renewal runs through 2024 and extends an eight-year lease first signed in March of 2011. “We could not be more pleased to work out this lease extension with the Irvine Company,” said Managing Partner, Leonard M. Shulman.
Founded in 1992, Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP is recognized as one of the most respected and knowledgeable full service business law firms in Southern California. “We have built a great team here with extremely competent and hardworking attorneys,” said Shulman. “This space offers incredible benefits and an environment to retain and attract superior talent while attending to the needs of our clients.”
About Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP: Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP offers comprehensive legal solutions to businesses and individuals throughout the state. By assembling a talented group of diverse and highly-trained attorneys, they have expanded to help a wide array of clients in the areas of business organization, litigation, reorganization, insolvency, real estate and corporate transactions.
June 19, 2018
Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP TO SPONSOR 10TH SARAH DEMILLE 5K MEMORIAL RUN
Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP is proud to be a gold sponsor in the upcoming 10th Sarah Demille 5K Memorial Run. This event honors the memory of Sarah Demille, a graduate and student athlete of Santa Margarita Catholic Highschool. Sarah was killed in an automobile accident while attending Northern Arizona University. The memorial run is a way to honor her memory, and also raise money to support student athletes with the same love for sports and academics as Sarah through scholarships. So far, there have been 18 students that have been granted these scholarships, and we hope to continue to raise that number.
WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOUR SUSPENDED CORPORATION RECEIVES A CHECK?
A corporation may pay a penalty and receive forgiveness for entering into contracts that otherwise would be voidable — but it’s unclear what happens to the person who acts for the corporation. Click here to learn more.
SHB HELPS STAFFING COMPANY BUYS ASSETS IN AN ABC.
Leonard Shulman, managing partner at SHB, assisted ACS Staffing Inc,. with its acquisition of assets from Credit Management Association, as assignee, subsequent to the activation of an assignment for the benefit of creditors by AMR Staffing, Inc. The deal closed March 23, 2018.
LION’S HEART RECEIVES $10,000 FROM Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP IN SUPPORT OF TEEN VOLUNTEERS AND LEADERS
IRVINE, Calif. (March 1, 2018) – Lion’s Heart is thrilled to announce it has received a $10,000 corporate partner sponsorship from the esteemed Orange County law firm, Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP. These funds will support the cultivation of age-appropriate service projects for over 10,000 empowered teen Members across the country as well as support general law and business counsel for the organization.
Over the past six years, Lion’s Heart teen Members have served over 850,000 community service hours in nearly thirty states, providing support for a wide variety of local causes–including animal care, children’s health, environmental protection, military support, senior advocacy, and so much more.
“Lion’s Heart helps teens understand the value of giving back while discovering the power they have inside themselves to contribute meaningfully to this world–now and for a lifetime,” says Terry Corwin, Lion’s Heart Founder and Executive Director. “We are so excited to have the support of Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP. With their help, thousands of teens will have more opportunities to discover empathy, collaborate with others, and practice leadership. All by experiencing service opportunities in their own neighborhoods.”
Support teens in action by forming a Lion’s Heart chapter in your neighborhood, becoming a Member, or requesting Lion’s Heart teen volunteers to support your cause. For more information, visit www.lionsheartservice.org today!
About Lion’s Heart
We are Lion’s Heart: teens dedicated to positive social impact. We are a national nonprofit that provides 5th-12th grade students with local service opportunities that help them build a strong community service portfolio. Teens can track hours, earn leadership awards, and export their service portfolio to use on scholarship, college, and career applications. We are over 10,000 Members strong with new chapters forming every day across the United States! To form a chapter in your neighborhood, become a Member, request volunteers for your cause, or become a corporate partner, visit www.lionsheartservice.org.
March 1, 2018
Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP ENHANCES ITS CHAPTER 11 PRACTICE BY ADDING VETERAN ALAN FRIEDMAN
Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP has brought tremendous depth and experience to its Chapter 11 practice with the addition of its new partner, Alan Friedman. Mr. Friedman was formerly a partner with Irell & Manella and most recently with Lobel Weiland Golden Friedman LLP. James Bastian, head of SHB’s Insolvency practice group noted, “We had the desire and opportunity to bring a highly valued attorney to our practice group and in Alan Friedman we have added 30 plus years of experience in high-end Chapter 11 cases. Many experts believe Chapter 11 filings might be on the increase in the coming years and with Alan on our team, we will be well positioned to assist clients in need of creative, but cost effective help.” Leonard Shulman, Managing Partner of SHB added, “We view the Chapter 11 area as a growth area for our Firm and by adding Alan Friedman, we believe there are few Insolvency departments in southern California that can match our level of experience, talent and competitive rates.”
Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP is a full service business law firm founded in 1992 with offices in Irvine and Riverside. For more about the firm visit www.shbllp.com.
February 22, 2018
Managing Partner, Len Shulman, was a featured speaker before the OCBA Commercial Law and Bankruptcy section on “May it Rest in Peace? Filing a 7 for a Corporate Entity”. Mr. Shulman routinely lectures on commercial law and bankruptcy issues.
November 6, 2017
Associate Brianna Frazier was elected to the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley on October 26, 2017. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley has dedicated youth facilities in Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and San Juan Capistrano that are staffed by full-time youth development professionals and serve, on average, over 400 children per day.
October 4, 2017
Ninth Circuit Upholds Non-Dischargeable Judgement Obtained by the Firm
James C. Bastian, Jr. and Melissa Lowe successfully defended an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by the debtor on a judgment against the debtor for non-dischargeability of a debt. On October 4, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals entered its judgment affirming the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel’s decision to uphold the Bankruptcy Court’s summary judgment in our client’s favor, meaning the debt it is owed is non-dischargeable under Bankruptcy Code Section 523.
September 25, 2017
Managing Partner, Len Shulman, was elected President of the Monarch Bay Land Association on Sept. 23rd. The MBLA assists the 123 leaseholder residents in Monarch Bay with the process of exercising their option to purchase their respective land purchases, which options are required to be exercised by 12/31/2020. All told, the transaction will involve upwards of $250,000,000.
September 17, 2017
WHY RESIDENTS ARE WORRIED ABOUT SALE OF ALTAVITA VILLAGE, A RIVERSIDE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY – Click attached for FULL ARTICLE
August 29, 2017
SHB Cares for Houston
With family, friends and first responders living in the greater Houston area, SHB wants to do its part to assist those in need as a result of Hurricane Harvey. SHB has chosen the Greater Houston Community Foundation wherein Houston Mayor Turner established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund https://ghcf.org/ (Tax ID 23-7160400) and the Austin Pets Alive https://www.austinpetsalive.org/hurricane-harvey-evacuations/ (Tax ID 68-0480736) as its target beneficiaries. Food and necessities provided by GHCF are desperately needed and there are hundreds if not thousands of animals that are now homeless. SHB’s goal is to raise $50,000.00 in the aggregate for these two excellent charities. To kick things off, SHB pledges $5000 to each charity. Please go on to either or both of the websites to donate and please send us a copy of the email receipt so we can track our progress. Just think about how you will be spending your Labor day weekend compared to those in the great Houston area. Please help us help them.
Leonard M. Shulman
July 23, 2017
Complimentary Business Organization and Law Presentation – Click attached for more info
February 23, 2017
The Firm’s Managing Partner, Len Shulman, was named to the Emeritus Board of the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. Len was a Board member for approximately 10 years and served at President of such for 2 of those years. Click here to learn more.
This year, the Firm will be assembling a team for the upcoming Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Kids Run benefiting Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation March 26, 2017 which will be held at Irvine Valley College. JOIN OUR TEAM!!! Also, if you enter SHB2017 in the code box you will get 15% off your registration fee. The 5k walk starts at 9:30 a.m. We will also have a booth at the event and team shirts. Click on link to join the Firm’s team. This event offers something for everyone from bike tour to various run and walk events, each in a variety of distances.
Pediatric cancer is an area of research that is severely underfunded by the NIH. It is up to private donors and companies to advance the mission of improving the care, quality of life and survival rates of children with malignant disease. We need your support so please do anything you can – join our team, register as an individual or make a donation on our Firm’s behalf. The goal is to have one of the largest teams and raise amongst those teams the most money. The employee at SHB who raises the most money in support of our team will receive a $500 AE Gift Card.
Thank you so much for all of your support and I personally look forward to seeing you at Reaching for the Cure Run!
When Don Yee, a noted sport agent and attorney whose clients include Tom Brady, was exploring the idea of a new professional football league, he reached out to Jim Bastian, his friend of nearly 30 years, to discuss the opportunity. That discussion led to Don’s engagement of Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP to provide legal services related to the creation of Pacific Pro Football. The launch of Pacific Pro Football was widely publicized and reported by numerous news outlets including ESPN, the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. The league aims to provide an alternative to college football for players less than four years removed from high school. For more information please consult Pacific Pro Football ‘s web site at http://www.pacprofootball.com . For more information on Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP please visit our website at www.shbllp.com
Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP is proud to announce that Kiara W. Gebhart , a Partner in its litigation department, has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association of Orange County (“FBAOC”)
The FBAOC is an organization committed to meeting the needs of federal practitioners in Orange County by sponsoring important “Bench and Bar” events, CLE events and other social events. These events all focus on issues relevant to federal practitioners and provide an important bridge between our federal judges in Orange County and the attorneys who practice before them.
Sale of assets of wholesale distributor of natural less sodium sea salts at public auction to take place on December 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Please click here for details.
acquisition of coshocton hospital in ohio out of chapter 11 closes
The Firm represented Prime Healthcare Foundation Inc. in connection with its acquisition of substantially all of the operating assets of Coshocton Hospital in Ohio. Prime was the successful bidder acquiring the hospital and all of its ancillary real and personal property assets for over $10mm through a bankruptcy court approved sale. The Firm’s transactional and bankruptcy team, comprised of Michael Petersen and Len Shulman headed the engagement.
Jim Bastian and Ryan O’Dea on “Structured dismissals and gift plans”
Jim Bastian and Ryan O’Dea were on a panel for the Orange County Bar Association Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, entitled “Structured Dismissals and Gift Plans” An Exercise in Judicial Efficiency or Improper Subversion of the bankruptcy Code?” on October 13, 2016 with the Hon. Erithe Smith, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California. The panel discussion covered the background and implications of In re Jevic, a decision on appeal before the United States Supreme Court. For more information on this panel, click here.
The Firm represented Prime Healthcare Foundation in its acquisition of Coshocton Hospital out of Chapter 11.
The Firm represented Prime Healthcare Foundation in its acquisition of Coshocton Hospital out of Chapter 11. Len Shulman and Mike Petersen handled all aspects of the transaction including assisting Prime with its due diligence, preparing and revising all operative transactional documents, addressing various regulatory matters and securing bankruptcy court approval of the transaction.
Rika M. Kido, an associate of the Firm, was recently named to the Board of Directors of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum.
Chapter 11 Plan Confirmed for American Spectrum Realty, Inc.
James C. Bastian, Jr., assisted by Melissa Lowe, recently confirmed a Chapter 11 liquidating plan proposed jointly by the debtor and by the creditors who forced the debtor into bankruptcy who the Firm represented. The plan is the result of many months of intense negotiations among the debtor, the petitioning creditors and the committee of creditors. The plan was confirmed over very late objections of the IRS and FTB and will allow the assets of the debtor to be liquidated over time and payments made to creditors.
Leonard Shulman and Michael Petersen represented Michael (Mike) Harrah in his quest to acquire the Orange County Register newspaper.
Initially this representation involved preparing and submitting a bankruptcy auction bid for the media and related real estate assets on March 11 th. The Firm prepared a full set of bid documents including Asset Purchase Agreement and extensive exhibits. The Firm also provided support on the financing front, preparing loan documents for purchase funding for Mr. Harrah’s acquisition entity.
On Monday following the March 11 th auction, the Debtor selected a stalking horse and required that all parties who wished to participate in the auction file a modified bid. Again, the Firm worked diligently into the night in order to file a revised Asset Purchase Agreement on different terms. The second bid was timely submitted securing an opportunity to bid at the auction held Wednesday March 13.
Ultimately Digital First Media (“DFM”) was selected as the winning bidder. Mike Harrah reached out to DFM and on March 23 rd struck a business deal to acquire, the Register’s Orange County real estate assets, related personal property, and to lease the office building and print facility to DFM. Closing had to take place with a week and a day. The Firm then proceeded to negotiate and document these complex transactions, which closed almost concurrently with DFM closing of the purchases of all the assets from Freedom Communications.
Melissa Davis Lowe named to the Board of Directors of the First Tee of Orange County
Melissa Davis Lowe, a partner of the Firm, was recently named to the Board of Directors of the First Tee of Orange County, an organization dedicated to providing access to golf to all young people and providing them with character-building and life skills lessons through the game of golf.
Michael J. Petersen Elected to Board of Directors
Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP is pleased to announce that Michael (Mike) J. Petersen has been elected to the board of director of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce. Mike will officially begin serving his 3 year term on July 1, 2016. Mike lives and works in Irvine and is looking forward to this opportunity to be of service to Irvine and its business community.
Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP names 2 new partners.
Irvine, California based Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP, a full-service business law firm, is pleased to announce that Melissa Davis Lowe and Kiara Gebhart have been named partners in the firm.
Ms. Lowe focuses her practice on insolvency, reorganization and bankruptcy litigation. She joined the firm in 2007 following her graduation from Loyola Law School and before that, completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona. She also possesses an LLM in Tax from Loyola Law School. Ms. Lowe is a past president of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum and former member of the Board of Directors of the California Bankruptcy Forum. She has also been active with the Junior League of Orange County and The First Tee of Orange County.
Ms. Gebhart is part of the firm’s litigation department and has extensive practice experience in all manners of business litigation, including state court, federal court and private arbitration and mediation. She joined the firm in 2008 after completing her undergraduate and law school studies at the University of San Diego. Ms. Gebhart serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and has been an active supporter of various charities, including the American Heart Association.
“We are so excited to have these two wonderful lawyers as partners,” said Leonard Shulman, SHB’s managing partner. “They have both been tremendous assets of the firm to this point and we felt that based upon their accomplishments, relationship with clients, status in the legal community, and other intangible attributes, it was time to bring both of them within our partnership ranks.”
“Kiara is an amazing attorney with a tremendous attention to detail. She has an incredible ability to manage a litigation case from beginning to end and has a proven track record of achieving cost-effective results. Having her as part of our litigation team has been a tremendous asset for us,”.
“Melissa has proven herself to be a talented and pragmatic insolvency and bankruptcy practitioner,” said Jim Bastian, who leads the firm’reorganization and bankruptcy practice area. “She is well respected by clients as well as her peers and has stood out as a leader in the Southern California bankruptcy community for several years.”
To learn more about Ms. Lowe and Ms. Gebhart and generally about Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP, please visit www.shbllp.com.
THE FIRM CONGRATULATES, PARTNER, JAMES C. BASTIAN!
Congratulations to Partner, James C. Bastian for being recognized as an individual 2015 Honoree for the 30th Annual National Philanthropy Day – Orange County. National Philanthropy Day has become the most prominent philanthropic recognition event in Orange County, with more than 1,000 honorees since its inception in 1986. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of National Philanthropy Day, which began when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed this special day honoring top philanthropists and business leaders. Jim has been invited to an awards luncheon on November 19, 2015 to celebrate this achievement. The Firm is honored to have one of their named partners chosen as an individual honoree. Congrats!
In re Crown Polymers, LLC
The Firm, through the efforts of Len Shulman, procured approval of a combined plan and disclosure statement, jointly proposed by the debtor and the Firm’s client, resulting in the acquisition of the debtor by the Firm’s client. Confirmation of the plan and approval of the disclosure statement was obtained in approximately 75 days from the filing of the Chapter 11. The plan provides for the payment of all administrative and priority claims along with a material distribution to general unsecured creditors. As a consequence of confirmation of the plan, the Firm’s client became the owner of all of the debtor’s assets.
Success on Motion for Summary Judgment
Len Shulman and Melissa Lowe, representing a Chapter 7 trustee, prevailed in obtaining summary judgment on a constructive fraudulent transfer and declaratory relief action such that the trustee will now be able to sell a piece of real property with over $500,000 of equity to use to benefit creditors and the bankruptcy estate.
Chapter 11 Plan Confirmed
On June 16, 2015, Melissa Lowe and Jim Bastian, representing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, confirmed a Chapter 11 Liquidating Plan of Reorganization which had been proposed jointly with the debtor.
Revocation of Discharge Obtained
On June 24, 2015, Melissa Lowe and Len Shulman were successful in obtaining judgment on behalf of Karl T. Anderson, the Chapter 7 trustee in the case, to revoke the discharge of two debtors who sold assets of the bankruptcy estate post-petition without the trustee’s knowledge and after the trustee had made demand for turnover of such assets. The judgment results in the non-discharge of over $400,000 in unsecured claims filed in the bankruptcy estate.
FIRM SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTS CALIFORNIA’S LARGEST CAR DEALERSHIP
The firm’s litigation department successfully represented one of California’s largest car dealerships in obtaining and collecting a judgment against a number of auto collision repair facilities for irregular billing and unfair business practices.
FIRM SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP
The firm’s litigation department successfully defended a real estate investment partnership against claims by a large nationally recognized bank for breach of contract arising out of a failed trustee foreclosure sale.
FIRM REPRESENTS FOOD AND BEVERAGE FLAVORING SPECIALIST
The firm represented a food and beverage flavoring specialist in negotiations and documentation of a shareholder buy sell transaction and avoided litigation relating to certain non compete and non solicitation provisions in the contracts. The firm is now pursuing claims on behalf of the client for misappropriation of her trade secrets and intellectual property.
FIRM SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS DENTAL PRACTICE MANAGEMENT COMPANY
The firm successfully defended one of the country’s largest dental practice management companies against claims of unfair business practices and allegations of unlawful corporate practice of medicine.
FIRM OBTAINS MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR LEGAL MALPRACTICE SETTLEMENT
Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP recently obtained a multi-million dollar settlement in a legal malpractice case it was prosecuting against a large national law firm that arose out of the defendants’ alleged failure to recognize various conflicts of interest in documenting a series of real estate investments for multiple parties.
FIRM SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS AUTOMOBILE DEALERSHIPS
SHB LLP successfully defended a number of automobile dealerships against consumer claims alleging unfair business practices and improper documentation of leased vehicles.
FIRM NEGOTIATES RESOLUTION FOR DA IN RIVERSIDE
The firm’s litigation department successfully negotiated a resolution of allegations by the office of the District Attorney in Riverside regarding the issue of unfair business practices in the context of print advertising and the alleged practice of rebate stacking.
FIRM REPRESENTS GENERAL CONTRACTOR
The litigation department successfully represented a general contractor against claims of substandard work and the improper recording of liens against real property. The claims were dismissed and the contractor was paid for the services performed.
DISPUTE BETWEEN SHAREHOLDERS OF A LARGE FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS
A dispute between shareholders of a large family owned business resulted in a successful buy sell agreement whereby the firm’s client was the successor owning and operating the entire company.
FIRM DEFENDS PLASTIC BOTTLING MANUFACTURER
SHB LLP recently defended one of California’s largest plastic bottling manufacturers against product liability claims and obtained a dismissal of the case without the client paying any money.
FIRM REPRESENTS VITAMIN AND SUPPLEMENT DISTRIBUTOR
The litigation department recently represented a local vitamin and supplement distributor and successfully defended it against claims of tainted product and other allegations of product liability. The firm was also successful in collecting monies owed the client for the product sold.
FIRM NEGOTIATES SETTLEMENT FOR CLAIMS OF CORPORATE PIRACY, UNFAIR BUSINESS PRACTICES AND MISAPPROPRIATION OF TRADE SECRETS
A large national value added reseller of computer hardware and software products and a number of its executives were sued for claims of corporate piracy, unfair business practices and misappropriation of trade secrets. The firm was able to negotiate a favorable settlement that resulted in a dismissal of all claims.
FIRM IS PURSUING RECOVERY OF FEES AND COSTS FOR DEFENDING PRESIDENT AND CEO OF CALIFORNIA MANUFACTURER
The President and Chief Executive Officer of a large California based manufacturer was sued for alleged wrongful conduct relating to employment practices and the mishandling of worker’s compensation claims. The firm obtained a defense verdict at trial and is currently pursuing the recovery of the fees and costs incurred in having to defend the case.
FIRM SUCCESSFULLY SETTLES CLASS ACTION REPRESENTING A NUMBER OF RESTAURANT CHAINS
The firm recently represented a number of restaurant chains and successfully settled class action claims arising out of alleged rest and meal time violations.
CLAIMS AGAINST MULTIPLE INSURANCE COMPANIES SETTLED
The firm’s litigation department recently prosecuted and successfully settled multiple claims against insurance companies for alleged breach of contract and insurance bad faith relating to coverage under comprehensive general liability insurance policies purchased by its automobile dealership, fast food restaurant, and manufacturing clients.
FIRM SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS CLIENT AGAINST CLAIMS OF SEX DISCRIMINATION, WRONGFUL TERMINATION AND LABOR CODE VIOLATIONS
The firm successfully defended one of its manufacturing clients against claims of sex discrimination, wrongful termination, and labor code violations.
FIRM SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS AUTOMOBILE DEALERSHIP
SHB LLP successfully defended one of its automobile dealership clients against claims of wrongful termination, gender discrimination and violations of the labor code.
FIRM ASSISTS NEGOTIATION AND DOCUMENTATION
The firm assisted with the negotiation and documentation of a high level executive employment contact for its client that was hired to become President and CEO of a multi billion dollars holding company based out of the southwest.
FIRM SET ASIDE A MULT-MILLION DOLLAR DEFAULT JUDGMENT
The firm successfully set aside a multi-million dollar default judgment that was entered against its real estate investment company client by showing the fraudulent nature of the pleadings and exhibits submitted to the court. The case was ultimately settled for a very small fraction of what was sought against the client.
FIRM DEFENDS HOSPITAL CLIENTS
The firm recently defended one of its hospital clients against alleged unfair business practices and claims of unlawfully balance billing patients for emergency room services. The case was ultimately dismissed against its client.
FIRM REPRESENTS POLYMER COMPANY
The firm represents one of the country’s largest polymer companies and successfully handled the negotiation and documentation of a purchase of a competitor business out of bankruptcy.
FIRM DEVELOPS HIPPA COMPLIANCE POLICY AND TRAINING MATERIALS
The firm developed a high tech HIPPA compliance policy and training materials for one of its health case start up clients.
Effective February 2, 2015 our street address has changed
Please note our office did not move from its current location. The Firm’s new address is 100 Spectrum Center Drive, Suite 600, Irvine, CA 92618
CONGRATULATIONS TO KIARA GEBHART
The Firm congratulates Kiara Gebhart who has joined the Board of Directors for the Orange County Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
Firm Successfully Represents Hospital Purchaser
Following five hours of argument and testimony and the resolution of nine objections, the Firm is pleased to announce that on June 23, 2014, the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of West Virginia approved the $15.3 million sale of Fairmont General Hospital to the Firm’s client, Alecto Healthcare Services Fairmont.
June 23, 2014
CONGRATULATIONS, Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP!
Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP, a Southern California based full service business law firm, is proud to be recognized by the Orange County Business Journal as one of the Best Places to Work in Orange County in 2014! We are very fortunate to have many great attorneys and staff that help make our firm a great place to work. Thank you for the recognition.
Trial Victory on Discharge Action in Bankruptcy Court
SHB represented a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in a trial in the United States Bankruptcy of the Central District of California resulting in a successful objection to a debtor’s discharge. The debtor’s discharge was denied under Bankruptcy Code Section 727(a)(2) based on a showing that debtor transferred property of the bankruptcy estate within one year of the bankruptcy filing with the intent to hinder, delay, or defraud his creditors and under Section 727(a)(3) based on a showing that the debtor failed to maintain records by which the Chapter 7 trustee could ascertain the debtor’s financial condition and business transactions. The Court found the debtor to not be credible based on his testimony at trial which contradicted the debtor’s previous statements under oath. The debtor has nearly $6 million in unsecured claims which will not be discharged in the case.
Melissa Davis Lowe
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IRVINE, California — California law firm Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP and the name partners of California law firm Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP have announced the formation of 9019 Bankruptcy Arbitration and Mediation ( 9019BAM!), a mediation and arbitration service focusing on the resolution of complex bankruptcy and commercial disputes.
“With the right mediator or arbitrator the process should work for all involved”
9019BAM! provides a panel of independent mediators and arbitrators from numerous law firms, who are experienced commercial and bankruptcy trial lawyers as well as experienced neutrals.
“Evaluative mediation is usually favored by participants in bankruptcy and commercial dispute resolutions,” said veteran trial lawyer John Graham, a partner at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP and co-manager of 9019BAM! “Our neutrals have the depth and experience to deliver the type of recommendations and opinions that matter when the parties need to know what might occur should the case go back to court.”
Graham also noted that “Bankruptcy Rule 9019(c) allows contested matters, including discovery disputes, to be resolved by arbitration if the parties agree. This provision is vastly underutilized, but can provide in certain cases a more efficient resolution process than the courts. Valuation disputes in particular lend themselves to resolution in this manner, especially through ‘baseball style arbitration’ where the arbitrator will select one party’s figure or the other’s.”
“As a practicing lawyer, I know how frustrating it can be to clients who have to wait for months for a trial date, due to backlogs in courts throughout California,” said 9019BAM! co-manager, Leonard Shulman, a partner at Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP. “Mediation or arbitration can provide a quicker result, but lawyers can be reluctant to use neutrals who don’t have the specialized experience required for certain complex matters. That’s where we come in.”
Lawyers looking for the right mediator or arbitrator can visit the 9019BAM! website, review the background and experience of available neutrals, and click on “Schedule a Neutral,” to view the selected neutral’s calendar, in real time. This allows lawyers to schedule their mediation or arbitration on consecutive days, at a time that is convenient. This unique online calendaring system allows parties to propose and confirm dates and easily address the complicated scheduling issues that often hinder the mediation and arbitration process.
“With the right mediator or arbitrator the process should work for all involved,” said Graham. “If we cannot add value to the mediation or arbitration by providing a specialist who fits the case, we will not take the matter.”
Leonard Shulman, 855.900.9019
John A. Graham, 855.900.9019
June 4, 2014
On June 18, 2014, Len Shulman will be a panelist at the Orange County Bar Association, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section luncheon on Recent Developments in Chapter 11.
Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP brought and prevailed on litigation declaring the money judgments to be forever nondischargeable
Several executives of a prominent local manufacturing company made the ill-conceived decision to leave their company and take with them its protected trade secrets ultimately resulting in judgments being entered against them in state court for many millions of dollars. When they then filed bankruptcy to attempt to escape liability, Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP brought and prevailed on litigation declaring the money judgments to be forever nondischargeable. It is critical for anyone pursuing litigation claims to set up the case to ensure any later non-dischargeable claims are preserved. The attorneys at Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP have the expertise necessary to protect your assets and forever pursue those who attempt to interfere with them.
John Mark Jennings
SHB is currently representing a landlord
The Firm is currently representing an Orange County based commercial real estate landlord with the negotiation and documentation of an office lease for approximately 65,000 square feet. The proposed premises constitute a substantial portion of an office building located in Corona, California. Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP‘s real estate and transactional lawyers previously represented the same client with respect to its acquisition of the commercial office building.
In the case In re Octavio Ortiz, Case No. 2:13-bk-26239-TD
In the bankruptcy case In re Octavio Ortiz the firm assisted the Chapter 7 Trustee with closing escrow on the sale of real property in Arizona. In addition to providing its legal expertise regarding a sale of real estate outside of California, the firm worked with the Trustee and his broker to maximize the net proceeds received from the sale. The sale resulted in sufficient funds in the bankruptcy estate to allow the Trustee to pay all creditors in full, with a surplus to the Debtor.
The transactional department has advised a client regarding a lender’s demand
The transactional department has advised a client regarding a lender’s demand for default interest based upon a failure to comply with a covenant to change property management companies. The lender suffered no damages as a result of the failure to change property managers as the each payment was timely made and the loan was repaid upon maturity. Arguments include that the default interest is an unenforceable penalty and disproportionate to any damages.
Hospital Landlord Financing
Hospital Landlord Financing – Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP represented Pacific Coast Holdings, LLC in connection with a new $49 million financing of its hospitals and medical office buildings including Western Medical Center and Costal Communities hospitals both located in Santa Ana, CA, Western Medical Center hospital in Anaheim, CA and Chapman Medical Center in Orange, CA. All are leased to and operated by Integrated Health Care Holdings, Inc.
Alecto Healthcare Services
We are pleased to announce that Alecto Healthcare Services has retained the Firm to assist it with the acquisition of Fairmont General Hospital in West Virginia. The Firm will be working closely with the legal and management team of Alecto to negotiate, document and obtain court approval of the sale transaction.
The Firm Successfully Prosecuted a Lawsuit on Behalf of its Dubai Based Investor Group
The firm successfully prosecuted a lawsuit on behalf of its Dubai based investor group client by obtaining a judgment against a high end sand rail and off road racing company based in Riverside, California. The firm’s client invested several hundreds of thousands of dollars in the local outfit that breached various agreements regarding the investment and pay back of the monies. The firm is currently taking efforts to collect the judgment on behalf of its client.
Kiara Gebhart joined the executive leadership team for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association
Kiara Gebhart joined the executive leadership team for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for its 2014 Orange County Heart Run & Walk, to take place on September 7, 2014 at Laguna Niguel Regional Park. The event is a sanctioned 5k/10k run and 5k walk event, designed to celebrate those who have made lifestyle changes and to encourage many more to take the pledge to live healthier lifestyles. The Firm is a sponsor of the event and will field a Firm team to participate in the event.
Mission Hospital Foundation will hold its 22nd Annual Golf Classic
June 19, 2014
On June 19, 2014, the Mission Hospital Foundation will hold its 22 nd Annual Golf Classic at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast. Jim Bastian is returning to serve as chair of this event after serving in the same role in 2013. SHB is a proud sponsor of this tournament, which netted over $380,000 in 2013. For more information about how you can participate or support this great cause, visit www.missionfoundationevents.com/
The Firm will be attending the 26th Annual California Bankruptcy Forum to be held on May 16 to May 18, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California
May 16, 2014
The Firm will be attending the 26 th Annual California Bankruptcy Forum to be held on May 16 to May 18, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California. Senior Associate Melissa Lowe serves this year as one of the Educational Co-Chairs for the event. The CBF will present some wonderful education programs covering a variety of topics in both commercial and consumer bankruptcy. Kevyn Orr, the emergency manager of the Detroit, Michigan bankruptcy, will be the Keynote speaker for the program. It is sure to be a very interesting presentation.
James C. Bastian, Jr. and Melissa Davis Lowe published in California Bankruptcy Journal
May 12, 2014
Mr. Bastian and Ms. Lowe’s article entitled “Who’s On First? How the Insolvency of a Construction Company Can Change the Priorities of a Secured Creditor – Even When it has Fully Perfected Lien Rights!” was published in Volume 33, Number 1, 2014 of the California Bankruptcy Journal in May 2014. The article discusses the priorities of creditors when a construction company becomes insolvent or files for bankruptcy and the differences between a construction company working on public works projects versus private jobs. The article further discusses preference actions and the effect on certain defenses to preference actions in a case of a debtor whose jobs are public works projects.
the Firm successfully settled a $4.3 million avoidance action
April 16, 2014
On April 16, 2014, the Firm successfully settled a $4.3 million avoidance action against its client for less than one percent of the amount in controversy. Our client, an internet advertiser, rendered services to an entity allegedly affiliated with a chapter 11 debtor-in-possession. Subsequent to a Chapter 7 conversion of the debtor’s bankruptcy, the duly appointed Chapter 7 Trustee sought to avoid all payments to our client under the theory that said payments were made by an alter ego of the debtor operating outside the bankruptcy and in usurpation of corporate opportunities.
Spirit of Volunteerism Award
April 9, 2014
On April 9, 2014, Jim Bastian was honored with a Spirit of Volunteerism Award, by OneOC, a non-profit organization committed to promoting volunteerism throughout Orange County. Jim was nominated for this award by the Mission Hospital Foundation, for which Jim serves on the board of directors and is chair of its upcoming 22 nd annual Golf Classic. You can learn more about this award through the attached link. http://spiritofvolunteerism.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/honoree-2014-jim-bastian/
SHB represented Perfect Galaxy and its affiliate China Great Wall Energy (collectively “Great Wall”)
March 20, 2014
On March 20, 2014, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware entered an order allowing for the final closing steps to proceed in connection with the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Satcon Technology’s assets by SHB client Perfect Galaxy Ltd. SHB represented Perfect Galaxy and its affiliate China Great Wall Energy (collectively “Great Wall”) in connection with vendor claims in excess of $40MM in the chapter 11 bankruptcy case commenced by Satcon in late 2012. With SHB’s assistance, Great Wall first provided post-petition vendor financing to Satcon and then ultimately, SHB helped broker a settlement among the bankruptcy trustee, Charles Forman and Satcon’s secured lender, Silicon Valley Bank, which resulted in Great Wall’s acquisition of substantially all of Satcon’s assets. Jim Bastian led the firm’s bankruptcy representation and Mike Petersen handled various aspects of the transaction including financing, sale and closing documentation.
March 20, 2014
Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP represented Pacific Coast Holdings, LLC in connection with a new $49 million financing of its hospitals and medical office buildings including Western Medical Center and Costal Communities hospitals both located in Santa Ana, CA, Western Medical Center hospital in Anaheim, CA and Chapman Medical Center in Orange, CA. All are leased to and operated by Integrated Health Care Holdings, Inc.
SHB was successful in settling a loan default and guaranty action
March 13, 2014
On March 13, 2014, SHB was successful in settling a loan default and guaranty action against three owners of a closed multi-million dollar window and door company. The original complaint sought amounts in excess of a million dollars, but the action was settled for an amount significantly less than the demand.
Jim Bastian served as a panelist for the Commercial Finance Conference of California’s annual Predictions Panel
January 15, 2014
On January 15, 2014, Jim Bastian served as a panelist for the Commercial Finance Conference of California’s annual Predictions Panel held at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. Mr. Bastian and 3 other panelists provided commentary and predictions on a wide variety of financial and economic indicators for the 2014 year.
the Firm generated significant investor interest in a parcel of real property listed in the bankruptcy schedules of In re Salazar, case number 6:12-bk-14062-MJ
In January of 2014, the Firm generated significant investor interest in a parcel of real property listed in the bankruptcy schedules of In re Salazar, case number 6:12-bk-14062-MJ. During the hearing to approve the sale of said property, the Firm successfully conducted an overbid auction which generated $1.5 million, an amount five times greater than the scheduled value – an unprecedented outcome resulting from “the most spirited overbidding” in the seasoned Judge’s tenure on the bench. By and through the Firm’s efforts, the bankruptcy estate netted almost $900,000 of surplus funds.
November 27, 2013
Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP is pleased to support the City of Laguna Niguel in a food drive benefitting the Orange County Food Bank to help fight hunger during this holiday season. Going above and beyond the typical food drive, this campaign uses the unique concepts created by Canstruction, Inc., an international organization that engages and inspires communities to work together to raise canned goods to feed hundreds of thousands of hungry people. For this particular Canstruction® project, Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP joined other volunteers in donating funds for the purchase of canned goods to be used to build a one-of-a-kind holiday-themed sculpture in the Laguna Niguel City Hall. With the help of a Canstruction-borrowed architect, on Tuesday, November 26, community volunteers built a gingerbread house structure made out of canned goods purchased with those donations. All of cans used for the structure will be donated to the Orange County Food Bank to help feed the hungry. John Mark Jennings, a partner with the firm and chairperson for this event, said “We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in this Canstruction project, which has brought a beautiful and unique sculpture to City Hall while, more importantly, feeding many, many people. With over 500,000 people in Orange County who are food insecure, we have much work left to be done. We invite all our community groups to join us in this project and donate funds to help feed those in need here in Orange County.” To receive more information about this Canstruction® project or to make a donation, email [email protected] or contact Mr. Jennings at (949-340-3400.
November 19, 2013
The Firm, with the support and help of donations received from employees, friends of the Firm and neighboring businesses in our building, were successful in putting together 346 complete Thanksgiving dinner boxes for the Orange County Food Bank. For more information about the Orange County Food Bank please visit their website at www.ocfoodbank.org
Thanks to everyone for your continued support!
The Firm was successful in obtaining a $400,000 judgment
The Firm was successful in obtaining a $400,000 judgment against multiple defendants in a fraudulent transfer, preferential transfer, turnover, and conversion case held in November 2013 in the Central District Bankruptcy Court, Santa Ana Division. She further successfully defended a motion for new trial and motion for relief from the judgment filed by the defendants.
November 1, 2013
This year in lieu of a general food drive for Thanksgiving, we spoke to the Orange County Food Bank ( www.ocfoodbank.org )and worked with them on building Thanksgiving food boxes for a family of 4. What this means is we will need everyone’s help in donating the food items needed to build these Thanksgiving dinner boxes together. To make one Thanksgiving dinner box the following is needed: 1 Box of Stuffing; 1 Box of Instant Mashed Potatoes; 1 Box Biscuit Mix; 1 Can of Cranberry Sauce; 2 Cans of Corn; 2 Cans Green Beans; 1 Can of yams; 2 Cans of Chicken Broth; 1 Gravy packet; $10 Gift card for Turkey The Firm’s goal, with your help, is to put together 300 Thanksgiving dinner boxes. These Thanksgiving dinner boxes will be built by the Firm at our office on Tuesday, November 20 th. We would like all donated food and/or gift cards delivered to our office by no later than Monday, November 18 th. If you would like to donate money instead of food items, we are happy to do the shopping for you to help create all of the Thanksgiving dinner food boxes. Thank you for your support.
SHB was successful in seeking a million dollar judgment
October 16, 2013
On October 16, 2013, SHB was successful in seeking a million dollar judgment against a defaulted lessee for a lease of medical equipment. SHB is currently defending the lessee’s appeal of entry of that million dollar judgment in its appellate practice.
September 16, 2013
Partner Rob Huttenhoff successfully defends an $8ook nondischargeability action against well know personal injury lawyer, Frederico Sayre. The court found that plaintiff merely proved a breach of contract action not arising to fraud or conversion in granting a motion for nonsuit.
In re Boundary Bay Capital
July 11, 2013
On July 1, 2013, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, Santa Ana Division, confirmed a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization in the case of In re Boundary Bay Capital, LLC. The Firm, led by Len Shulman, represented the Unsecured Creditors Committee in the case, who supported confirmation of the plan after months of negotiations with multiple creditors. The Firm was able to successfully negotiate for the plan to provide two options for payment to the unsecured creditors. Specifically, creditors are given the option to be paid a smaller percentage of their claim within just a few months after the plan’s effective date, or to be paid over time with the risk that the distribution could be more or less than the alternative buyout option. Once these options were negotiated, the Committee fully supported the plan and it was confirmed.