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Eric J. Fromme

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Irvine, California 92614

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Eric Fromme is an experienced litigator and counselor who advises domestic and international clients facing high-stakes litigation and challenges. He also assists private equity funds, hedge funds and other strategic buyers in developing opportunities in the distressed debt arena. A substantial portion of his practice also involves advising boards of directors on corporate governance and fiduciary duty issues and litigation arising therefrom.

Eric has advised clients on, and litigated at the trial and appellate levels, the significant legal issues that arise in today’s business climate, ranging from the need to delever a client’s balance sheet to defending “bet the company” litigation.


Some of Eric's more notable matters over the past few years include the following:
  • Traffic Control and Safety Corporation. Mr. Fromme represented Fifth Street Finance Corp., a lender, equity owner, and litigation defendant. He engineered Fifth Street’s acquisition of TCSC’s assets and led the successful negotiation for a global settlement of all claims, which included state and federal equitable subordination claims against his client.
  • Evergreen Holdings, Inc. Mr. Fromme represented a parent guarantor and succeeded in obtaining the release of all guaranty claims against his client.
  • Delta Petroleum Corporation. Mr. Fromme represented a group of executive and non-executive employees facing challenges to their contractual rights.  He ultimately negotiated a settlement pursuant to which his clients received substantial recoveries.
  • Affiliated Media, Inc., the second largest newspaper company in the United States. Mr. Fromme handled a complex transaction which resulted in his client successfully delevering its balance sheet.
  • Kenner & Company, a private equity fund. Mr. Fromme represented this existing equity holder in maintaining ownership of Atrium Corporation, a window and patio door manufacturer, by negotiating a deal in which his client partnered with a new source of capital and defeated the claims of trade creditors.
  • Scotia Pacific Company, LLC, a redwood timber company. Mr. Fromme represented Scotia Pacific in highly contentious litigation with bondholders holding over $800 million of claims against it, and in resolving thorny corporate governance and fiduciary issues.  
  • Almatis, a European-based alumina company. Mr. Fromme worked with a cross-border team of advisors and litigators to develop a plan to restructure Almatis’ balance sheet.  Implementing the strategy involved litigation in the United States and in a specialized Dutch court of equity. 
  • Nortel Networks Inc. Mr. Fromme represented a private equity firm in litigation related to its attempted acquisition of Nortel's enterprise solutions business, which had operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
  • Lehman Brothers, Inc., a global financial services firm. Mr. Fromme represented the SIPC Trustee relating to cross-border issues in the liquidation of Lehman Brothers.
  • Hoop Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries, former operators of several hundred Disney Stores in the United States and Canada. Mr. Fromme led a team of advisors and litigators working with Hoop to negotiate with its licensor and to deal with difficult corporate governance issues and claims by the licensor, vendors and landlords.
  • James Hardie Industries Ltd., an international industrial building materials company. Mr. Fromme represented James Hardie in matters relating to potential liability due to exposure to asbestos products, and in entering into a 40-year Funding Agreement to compensate asbestos claimants in Australia.

  • In re Scotia Pacific Co., LLC, 508 F.3d 214 (5th Cir. 2007) (holding, among other things, debtor conducted "substantial business" other than operation of the real estate and thus did not qualify as a SARE debtor).


J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 1997
cum laude

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1992

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California


American Bankruptcy Institute; co-chair Complex Financial Restructuring Program and Editor of Asset Sales Newsletter

Orange County Bankruptcy Forum (Past President and Board Member)

Orange County Bar Association (Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section)

California Bankruptcy Forum

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White) 2013-2017