Payam Khodadadi

Counsel

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Practices
Education
  • Loyola Law School Los Angeles, JD, cum laude, Staff Writer, Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review, Order of the Coif, 2005
  • University of California Los Angeles, BA, Political Science, cum laude, 2002
Admissions
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
Affiliations

Member, California State Bar

Member, Financial Lawyers Conference

Member, Turnaround Management Association

Languages
  • Persian

Payam practices in the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency and complex commercial litigation. While attending Loyola Law School, he earned the Highest Grade Awards in Bankruptcy and Commercial Law, and externed for the Honorable Thomas B. Donovan, United States Bankruptcy Judge. From 2004 to 2005, he served as president of the Jewish Law Student Association. Payam graduated in the top 3% of his law school graduating class and was admitted to the honor society Order of the Coif for his accomplishments. In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Payam was selected by the prestigious Super Lawyers publication as a "Rising Star."

Payam has a wide range of experience in bankruptcy cases and has represented corporate debtors, bankruptcy trustees, creditors’ committees, indenture trustees, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, lessors, lessees, contract counterparties and other interested parties in bankruptcy cases and related litigation.

Payam’s practice encompasses managing bankruptcy cases from the early stages of the case through to the end. Payam’s practice includes strategizing, negotiating and litigating issues related to maintaining the operations of a debtor’s business when representing debtors, and issues related to relief from stay, use of cash collateral, financing, assumption and rejection of contracts and leases, disclosure statement approvals and plan confirmations when representing debtors, creditors or other interested parties. Payam is experienced in negotiating, conducting and seeking bankruptcy court approval of sales of substantially all assets of debtors’ estates pursuant to Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. Payam also represents plaintiffs and defendants in adversary proceedings initiated in bankruptcy cases. 

Payam’s practice also encompasses complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on representing banks. Payam’s civil work includes strategizing regarding commercial disputes before litigation is commenced, as well as litigation strategy after litigation is commenced. Prior to litigation, Payam’s practice includes evaluation of a client’s case and its strength in litigation. During litigation, Payam’s practice includes drafting pleadings, discovery practice (including managing all aspects of written and electronic discovery and witness preparation), law and motion practice (including drafting, responding to and arguing motions), alternative dispute resolution practice and pre-trial practice. Payam has represented clients in both federal and state courts.

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Payam Khodadadi
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Bankruptcy Experience

Representing corporate debtors, bankruptcy trustees, creditors’ committees, indenture trustees, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, lessors, lessees, contract counterparties and other interested parties in bankruptcy cases and related litigation.

Managing bankruptcy cases from the early stages of the case through to the end.

Strategizing, negotiating and litigating issues related to maintaining the operations of a debtor’s business when representing debtors, and issues related to relief from stay, use of cash collateral, financing, assumption and rejection of contracts and leases, disclosure statement approvals and plan confirmations when representing debtors, creditors or other interested parties.

Negotiating, conducting and seeking bankruptcy court approval of sales of substantially all assets of debtors’ estates pursuant to Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. Representing plaintiffs and defendants in adversary proceedings initiated in bankruptcy cases, with an emphasis on preferential and fraudulent transfer matters and creditors’ rights.

Managing west coast credit card litigation commenced by debtors and trustees against one of the firm’s major banking institution clients in bankruptcy cases.

Civil Experience

Represented clients in both federal and state courts.

Strategizing regarding commercial disputes before litigation is commenced, including evaluation of a client’s case and its strength in litigation.

Managing complex commercial litigation matters, including drafting pleadings, discovery practice (including managing all aspects of written and electronic discovery and witness preparation), law and motion practice (including drafting, responding and arguing motions), alternative dispute resolution practice and pre-trial practice.

Named to "Southern California Rising Stars," Bankruptcy: Business, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2013-2017

Contributor, "How Far Will Good Faith Get You in the Ninth Circuit After Clear Channel?," American Bankruptcy Institute Newsletter, Vol. 6, No. 3, March 2009
Co-author, "Implications of Sarbanes-Oxley on the Bankruptcy Practice," Understanding the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005 in California, Lorman Education Services, February 2006
Co-author, "Chapter 15 - Dealing with Transnational and Cross-Border Insolvencies," Understanding the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005 in California, Lorman Education Services, February 2006