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Peter A. Davidson is a partner in the Bankruptcy, Receivership, and Reorganization Department.

Since 1977 Mr. Davidson has represented receivers, plaintiffs and defendants in receivership actions in state and federal court and trustees, creditors’ committees, secured creditors and debtors in the bankruptcy court. Mr. Davidson has also acted as a receiver, a conservator and a court appointed monitor.

His Receivership, Conservator and Monitor assignments have included enforcement cases brought by government agencies such as the California Department of Business Oversight, Attorney General, Federal Trade Commission, Commodities Futures Trading Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission involving: Ponzi Schemes, consumer fraud, real estate limited partnerships, mining, numismatics, cellular telephone licenses, health maintenance organizations, money order companies, escrow companies, telephone companies, mortgage companies, finance companies, and personal property brokers; partnership and corporate disputes and dissolutions including law firm dissolutions and manufacturers; rents, issues and profits receiverships involving ongoing businesses, apartment buildings and office buildings. Bankruptcy matters have included all aspects of representing trustees, corporate debtors, creditors and creditors’ committees in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases.

Mr. Davidson has been selected to be included in the 2008 – 2016 editions of the Best Lawyers in America, was selected for inclusion in 2009 – 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers, was recognized as a 2007 Lawdragon 3000 Honoree for excellence and leadership in the legal profession and has been featured on the cover of Los Angeles Lawyer magazine.

Honors/Awards

  • Robert C. Warren Memorial Award for Excellence in Service and Vision, 2013

    — California Receivers Forum
  • M&A Advisor Turnaround Award, Cross-Border Restructuring Deal of the Year (over $100MM to $1 Billion), Restructuring of Georges Marciano Estate (representing Creditors Committee), 2014

  • Corporate LiveWire 2015 Global Awards Winner – Bankruptcy & Restructuring – Beverly Hills

Seminars

  • 2015 – Sales Free and Clear for Business and Realty – Does it Matter What Type of Property?, California Receivers Forum Loyola VI Conference
  • 2014 – Remedies for Lawyers Who Find Themselves in Bankruptcy Court, Los Angeles County Bar Association Remedies Section and Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
  • 2013 – Receiverships Inc.: Corporations, Partnerships & LLC’s Acting As Receivers, Los Angeles/Orange County Receivers Forum
  • 2013 – Personal Liability of Receivers, California Receivers Forum Loyola V Complex Case Symposium
  • Lessons from the Trenches: Making Receiverships More Efficient for Judges, Lenders, Borrowers, and Receivers, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Remedies Section, 2012
  • 2011 – Receivership Questions and Answers, California Receivers Forum Loyola IV
  • 2010 – Receivership Risks and Liability: How to Avoid Both, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Remedies Section
  • 2010 – Ask a Receiver, 22nd Annual Insolvency Conference
  • 2010 – Ponzi Schemes, Receivers & Fraudulent Transfers—What Happens When the Pyramid Collapses, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Remedies Section
  • 2009 – Receiver’s Rights and Risks, Compensation of Receivers and Professionals, California Receiver’s Forum, Loyola Law School Seminar
  • 2006 – Receiverships, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Remedies Section
  • 2006 – Multistate Receivership Issues, Los Angeles/Orange County Receivers Forum
  • 2005 – Receiver’s Powers and Liabilities, Los Angeles/Orange County Receivers Forum
  • 2004 – Regulatory Receiverships, California Receivers Forum, Loyola Law School Seminar
  • 2004 – Receiver’s Rights and Risks, California Receivers Forum, Loyola Law School Seminar
  • 2004 – Collecting Restitution Judgments, Los Angeles District Attorney Welfare Fraud Division
  • 2003 – Maximizing Recoveries on Asset-Based Loans, California Receivers Forum & California Bankers Association
  • 2003 – Receiverships: Use and Practice, CMA Business Credit Services
  • 2002 – Using Receiverships in Real Estate Fraud Cases, California District Attorneys Association, Real Estate Fraud Seminar
  • 2002 – Selling and Buying Assets from Receivership Estates, Los Angeles/Orange County Receivers Forum
  • 2000 – Receiverships in the New Millennium
  • 1999 – California Receivers Forum Conference
  • 1999 – Finding and Administering Assets, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • 1998 – Equity Receiverships, Los Angeles/Orange County Receiver’s Forum
  • 1997 – Fraudulent Conveyances and Ponzi Schemes, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • 1994 – Receiverships: Beyond the Basics, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • 1993 – Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law & Procedure in California, National Business Institute
  • 1993 – Remedies During a Recession, Los Angeles County Bar CLE Convention
  • 1992 – Basic Bankruptcy in California, National Business Institute
  • 1992 – How to Obtain and Use a Receiver, Los Angeles County Bar CLE Convention
  • 1988 – Pre-Judgment Remedies 1: A Primer Course, Los Angeles County Bar Association

Publications

  • “Expert: Burden Falls on Wilpons” (appearance) Author — ESPN.com, February 2011
  • “Joke Over for Comedy Brand?” (appearance) Author — Los Angeles Business Journal, February 2011
  • “How to Avoid a Costly ‘Free Lunch'” (appearance) Author — The Faster Times – Personal Finance, July 2010
  • “Is it Time to File for Bankruptcy” (appearance) Author — KTLA (Channel 5), Inside the Law, April 2010
  • “Going for Broke” (appearance) Author — Los Angeles Business Journal on the Web, April 2010
  • “Battle on the Home Front” (appearance) Author — ABA Journal, August 2009
  • Profiled in Trial Style (appearance) Author — Trial Style, March 2009
  • “Recovering Madoff’s Victims’ Money” (appearance) Author — Fox Business Network, March 2009
  • “Madoff Ponzi Scheme” (appearance) Author — TruTv, Open Court, March 2009
  • “Should Mortgages be Modified in Chapter 13” (appearance) Author — Bankruptcy Court Decisions, November 2008
  • “Dos and Don’ts for the Unsecured Creditor” (appearance) Author — Homechannelnews.com, September 2008
  • “Negotiations underway for Pendum buyout” (appearance) Author — ATMmarketplace.com, June 2008
  • “Profiting from the liquidations boom” (appearance) Author — CNN Money.com, March 2008
  • “Strike Threatens To Push Businesses, Consumers Over the Edge” (appearance) Author — Bankruptcy Court Decisions, December 2007
  • “168 Hours of Television” (appearance) Author — Blog Talk Radio, November 2007
  • Chris and Tony Morning Show (appearance) Author — Chris and Tony Morning Show, K104 Radio N.Y., November 2007
  • “Writers’ Strike’s Wide Ripples” (appearance) Author — The Christian Science Monitor, November 2007
  • “Ruling Could Jeopardize Subprime RMBS” (appearance) Author — Debt & Equity Journal, November 2007
  • Madison in the Morning (appearance) Author — Madison in the Morning, 1310 WIBA, November 2007
  • “Phil Spector Murder Trial” (appearance) Author — Court TV, Bloom & Politan, June 2007
  • “Fraud: Think You Can’t be Taken?” (appearance) Author — REIP the Rewards, October 2006
  • Ask the Receiver Author
  • “Ask the Receiver” (A column) Author — Receivership News
  • “Recent Trends and Strategies in Pursuing Fraudulent Transfer Claims” Author — Understanding Fraudulent Transfers (Aspatore, Inc.), 2009
  • “Dissecting Ponzi Schemes in Light of Madoff and other Fraudulent Cases” Author — Recovering Lost Assets in Ponzi Schemes (Aspatore Special Report), 2009
  • “Building on Quicksand: Insolvency in the Home Building and Supply Industry” Author — The Industries Most at Risk in Bankruptcy (Aspatore, Inc.), 2008
  • “Wise Receivers” (Cover Story) Author — Los Angeles Lawyer, March, 2008
  • “The IRS Is Your Friend: How Trustees Can Use Tax Liens To Weave Straw Into Gold” Author — 29 Cal. Bankr. J. 191, 2007
  • “Getting in Through the Back Door: Using the Federal Debt Collection Procedures Act to Pursue Otherwise Time Barred Fraudulent Transfer and Preference Claims” Author — Journal of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Vol. 20, No. 4., Winter, 2004
  • “Fraudulent Transfer Statute of Limitations: A New Wrinkle” Author — Los Angeles County Bar Association Provisional and Post-Judgment Remedies Newsletter, Summer, 2001
  • “Pictures at 11:00 – Judgment Debtors Exams are Public Proceedings” Author — Los Angeles County Bar Association Provisional and Post-Judgment Remedies Newsletter, Winter, 2000
  • “Recovering Fraudulent Transfers in Ponzi Schemes: A Primer” Author — 24 Cal.Bankr.J. 115, 1998
  • “A Wrongheaded Bankruptcy Reform Law” Author — Los Angeles Lawyer, November, 1998
  • Amendment to California Code of Civil Procedure §569 Author , 1998
  • “Pursuing Fraudulent Transfers Arising From Ponzi Schemes” Author — Journal of The National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Vol. 13, No. 3, Fall, 1997
  • “Using Receivers in Arbitration Proceedings: The Wrong Way & The Right Way” Author — Los Angeles County Bar Association Provisional & Post-Judgment Remedies Newsletter, Summer, 1994
  • “Updated Thoughts on Bayside and on Avoiding One Form of Action Problems in Receiverships” Author — Los Angeles County Bar Association Real Property Section Newsletter, Nov./Dec., 1993
  • “Avoiding One Form of Action Problems When Using a Receiver” Author — Los Angeles County Bar Association Provisional Post-Judgment Remedies Newsletter, Spring, 1992
  • “ZZZ Best – Ordinary Course Protection for Long-Term Debt” Author — 20 Cal. Bankr. J. 45, 1992
  • “Grogan v. Garner: Nondischargeability by a Preponderance” Author — 19 Cal. Bankr. J. 71, 1991
  • “Granfinanciera, S.A., et al. v. Nordberg, et al.: Jury Trials Come to the Bankruptcy Court-Maybe” Author — 17 Cal. Bankr. J. 207, 1989
  • “Finding and Administering Assets” Co-Author — Journal of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Vol. 15, No.3, Fall 1999
  • “More Answers to Common Receivership Questions” Co-Author — Los Angeles County Bar Association Provisional & Post-Judgment Remedies Newsletter, Winter 1997
  • “Answers to Common Receivership Questions” Co-Author — Los Angeles County Bar Association Provisional & Post-Judgment Remedies Newsletter, Summer 1995
  • “Jury Trials: The Bankruptcy Court Dilemma” Co-Author — Los Angeles Lawyer, July 1990

Past Employment

  • Moldo Davidson Fraioli Seror & Sestanovich LLP, Los Angeles, California, Managing Partner

Workgroups

Education

  • J.D., University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, CA
  • B.A., University of California at Los Angeles, CA, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • 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
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, 1994 – 1995, Board of Directors 1989 – 1996, President
  • California Bankruptcy Forum, 1994 – 1997, Board of Directors
  • California Receivers Forum, 1997 – 2003; 2012 – Present, Board of Directors
  • California Receivers Forum/Los Angeles-Orange County Chapter, 1995 – Present, Board of Directors
  • California Receivers Forum/Los Angeles-Orange County Chapter, 2000, 2011 – Present, Co-President
  • California Bankruptcy Journal Corporation, 1989 – Present, Board of Directors, Secretary 1998 – Present, Treasurer 1989 – 1995
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Remedies Section, 1985 – Present, Executive Committee, Chair 2006 – 2007
  • Los Angeles Superior Court, 1993, 1995, Ad Hoc Committee on Receivership
  • State Bar of California, Business Law Section, 1988 – 1991, Debtor/Creditor Relations and Bankruptcy Committee
  • Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • National Association of Federal Equity Receivers (NAFER), Full Member

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