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Thomas Patterson


Thomas Patterson was born and grew up in Winnipeg, Canada.  He attended the University of Manitoba and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy with First Class Honors.  He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence (First Class) in 1984 and a Bachelor of Civil Law (First Class) in 1985.

He moved to the United States, first teaching for a year as Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law at The Law School, University of Chicago, then moving to Los Angeles where he began as an associate in Sidley & Austin's bankruptcy group. 

Tom left in Sidley 2002 and joined Klee Tuchin Bogdanoff & Stern, LLP, one of the premier bankruptcy and reorganization firms in the country, where he has practiced ever since.  

Tom's practice has been varied over the years, ranging from state insurance insolvency matters to complex debtor, secured creditor and committee work.  He has been involved in a number of insurer and health-care related insolvencies, including recently serving as debtor's counsel in the chapter 11 reorganization of Brotman Medical Center. 

Most recently, he served as debtor's counsel for Lake Las Vegas, a multi-use residential resort that confirmed a plan of reorganization in July 2010 after two years in chapter 11 during a very difficult time for the residential real estate market.  He also is serving as special appellate counsel for the debtor in Thorpe Insulation, a chapter 11 case conducted under the specialized rules for asbestos debtors provided for under § 524(g) of the Bankruptcy Code.  This very challenging case has spawned some thirty appellate proceedings, several of which have advanced to the Ninth Circuit.

Tom enjoys both the intellectual and the practical aspects of complex business bankruptcy.  He has received numerous honors, including being elected a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy in 2008, being named one of the Top 100 lawyers in Southern California by Super Lawyers in 2011, and being listed in Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America.

Tom is firmly committed to the advancement of the legal profession and has dedicated countless hours of service to the bankruptcy bar.  He served as the President (2006-2007) and member of the Board of Governors (1998-2001, 2003-present) of the Financial Lawyers Conference.  He was a member of the Debtor-Creditor Relations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar (1992-1995) and the Bankruptcy Sub-Committee of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (1994-1997).  He has conducted innumerable continuing education panels, including for the American Law Institute, Financial Lawyers Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute, American Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association among other organizations. 

Tom is the author of “Current Issues Involving Adequate Protection in Real Estate Bankruptcies,” 22 California Bankruptcy Journal 75 (1994).  He is a contributing author to Collier on Bankruptcy, and responsible for updating Collier's Real Estate Transactions and the Bankruptcy Code.

Tom has been married for nearly 25 years to Kelly Martin, who was recently appointed as the General Counsel of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency.  Tom and Kelly are longtime residents of Windsor Square, where they are active members of the Los Angeles Tennis Club and St. Brendan Catholic Church.  They have two sons, Ryan, a senior at Vassar College, and Kyle, a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis.

 


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