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David Poitras is Of Counsel in the bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors' rights practice group at JMBM.

For over 24 years, David has specialized in representing companies and individuals in all areas of bankruptcy (debtors, creditors, creditors' committees, asset acquirers, investors and trustees), receiverships, assignments for the benefit of creditors and out-of-court financial restructurings, throughout the United States.

In his financial restructuring practice, David has represented numerous financial institutions, private equity lenders, investment banks, public and private corporations, municipalities, limited liability companies, partnerships, and individuals across a wide expanse of industries, including aerospace, airlines, audio and video, automotive, auto rental companies, apparel, building supply, construction, entertainment, food service, franchisors, furniture, healthcare, hospitality, import/export, jewelry, manufacturing, oil and gas, plastics, printing, post-production, professional service firms, real estate, retail, software, sub-prime mortgage lending, technology and textile.

Recent Representative Experience

Debtor/Company Side

  • Westrim, Inc., dba Creative Crafts
  • QHL Holdings, Fund Ten, LLC and Golden State T.D. Investments, LLC
  • Solafide Incorporated
  • Lorber Industries of California
  • Network Services, LLC
  • Queen Mary
  • Axium Entertainment
  • Gold Mountain Enterprises
  • Los Angeles Checker Cab Cooperative
  • Richter Furniture Manufacturing
  • South Coast Oil Corporation

Lender/Creditor/Franchise Side

  • Union Bank, N.A. (Lender counsel)
  • Creditel (Secured Lender's counsel)
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation (Co-Counsel for Franchisor in Franchisee chapter 11 case(s)
  • American Honda (Creditor's counsel)
  • Toyota Motor Corporation (Creditor's counsel)
  • Honeywell International Inc. (Creditor's counsel)
  • Little Caesar Enterprises (Franchisor's counsel)
  • CNL Financial Services, LP (Creditors' counsel)
  • Gadzooks (Counsel for Asset Acquirer Forever 21)

Trustee Side

  • Namco Capital Group, Inc. (Counsel for Chapter 11 Trustee)
  • Estate Financial Mortgage Fund, LLC (Counsel for Chapter 11 Trustee)
  • Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison (Special Counsel for Chapter 7 Trustee)

J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 1988

B.S., Suffolk University Business Administration, 1985

Bar Admissions State Bar of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Member of California State Bar Bankruptcy-Debtor/Creditor Committee of the Business Law Section 1998-2000

Vice-chair of bankruptcy section of American Bar Association's General Practice and Small Firm Section 1998-2002

Financial Lawyers Conference

Los Angeles and Orange County Bankruptcy Forums

American Bar Association

Awards & Recognition
  • Initial law clerk to the Honorable Alan M. Ahart, United States Bankruptcy Judge, Central District of California, 1988-1989
  • American Jurisprudence Award for the study of bankruptcy law
  • Recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer - 2014-2021
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