Adam A. Lewis

Adam A. Lewis

Senior Counsel

San Francisco, (415) 268-7232

Education

University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A., 1968)
University of California, Santa Barbara (M.A., 1974)
University of California, Davis, School of Law (J.D., 1979)

Bar Admissions

California

Adam practices bankruptcy and insolvency. His practice covers the entire range of issues in bankruptcy matters, including structuring transactions to minimize the impact of bankruptcy, representing creditors such as lenders, landlords, and other parties to executory contracts and sureties, and assisting clients in the purchase of assets or companies in distressed circumstances or bankruptcy.

Adam has represented debtors and creditors committees as well as creditors, bidders, contract counterparties, and other interested parties. His experience includes such diverse areas as telecommunications, agriculture, intellectual property, high technology, energy, construction, asset–based finance, and real estate.

Adam has special expertise in bankruptcy jurisdiction (including bankruptcy consumer class actions), environmental law, telecommunications, airlines and airports, intellectual property, high tech and biotech, preference or fraudulent conveyance actions, and other bankruptcy litigation. He also has extensive experience in all aspects of distressed real estate matters, representing such diverse interests as mortgagees, purchasers, and developers, as well as in the real estate aspects of other kinds of matters (such as retail chain bankruptcies).

Adam served two terms as a member of the Insolvency Law Committee of the Business Law Committee of the State Bar of California (now the California Lawyers Association) and has been an advisor to the Committee ever since. He also has been a panelist on numerous programs for such organizations as the California Bankruptcy Forum, the State Bar of California, and the Bar Association of San Francisco on topics including the interplay of intellectual property law and bankruptcy law, and bankruptcy court jurisdiction.

RadLAX Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated Bank
Represented Amalgamated Bank as secured lender in the RadLax Gateway Hotel, LLC bankruptcy. Successfully defeated, before the Seventh Circuit and United States Supreme Court, the debtors’ attempts to restrict the ability of the secured lender to credit bid in a proposed sale of the hotels pursuant to a reorganization plan.


In re Downey Financial Corp.
(Banrk. D. Del.) Represented certain officers and directors of the debtor. Successfully argued lift stay motion related to insurance coverage necessary to defend against derivative and other actions.


In re The SCO Group, Inc.
(Bankr. D. Del.) Represented Novell as a plaintiff/defendant in intellectual property litigation with the debtor and as a party to executory agreements with the debtor. Successfully moved for appointment of chapter 11 trustee and obtained stay relief to complete key intellectual property litigation.


Cline v. First Nationwide Mortgage Corp. (In re Cline)
(W.D. Wash.). Represented First Nationwide Mortgage Corporation and successfully argued, before the district court, that the bankruptcy court did not have subject matter jurisdiction to hear a class action brought against the client by chapter 7 debtors.


RadLAX Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated Bank
Represented Amalgamated Bank as secured lender in the RadLax Gateway Hotel, LLC bankruptcy. Successfully defeated, before the Seventh Circuit and United States Supreme Court, the debtors’ attempts to restrict the ability of the secured lender to credit bid in a proposed sale of the hotels pursuant to a reorganization plan.


In re Downey Financial Corp.
(Banrk. D. Del.) Represented certain officers and directors of the debtor. Successfully argued lift stay motion related to insurance coverage necessary to defend against derivative and other actions.


In re The SCO Group, Inc.
(Bankr. D. Del.) Represented Novell as a plaintiff/defendant in intellectual property litigation with the debtor and as a party to executory agreements with the debtor. Successfully moved for appointment of chapter 11 trustee and obtained stay relief to complete key intellectual property litigation.


Cline v. First Nationwide Mortgage Corp. (In re Cline)
(W.D. Wash.). Represented First Nationwide Mortgage Corporation and successfully argued, before the district court, that the bankruptcy court did not have subject matter jurisdiction to hear a class action brought against the client by chapter 7 debtors.


Adam Lewis is recommended as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers In America and Super Lawyers.

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