William N. Lobel

William N. Lobel specializes in Chapter 11 reorganizations and out-of-court restructurings. He has more than 45 years of experience as one of Southern California, and the nation’s, leading bankruptcy lawyers.

Mr. Lobel represents clients in the real estate industry, including home builders, commercial real estate developers and sub-prime lenders. He has also successfully applied his legal expertise in representation of gaming casinos, fast food and casual dining restaurant chains. He also has experience in the fields of hospitality, technology, healthcare and news and entertainment sectors.

Mr. Lobel is currently representing the Orange County Register in its pending Chapter 11 proceedings.

Based in Orange County, Mr. Lobel has been a lecturer at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and has served as a member of the Board of Visitors for Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. He formerly taught real estate bankruptcy as an adjunct professor at his alma mater the University of Miami School of Law.

Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy, Workouts and Insolvency Matters, Represents Debtors, Trustees and Asset Acquirers

Professional Associations & Community Involvement

  • Fellow of The American College of Bankruptcy
  • Orange County Bankruptcy Forum and California Bankruptcy Forum, Founder and Past President
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Council, Lawyer Delegate
  • University of Miami Law School Alumni Association, Former Director
  • University of Miami International Moot Court Team, Former Coach of National Championship Team

Thought Leadership

  • Speaker, Individual Chapter 11 Cases – Winning Strategies for Debtor and Creditor Counsel Orange County Bar Association: Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section May Meeting – May 21, 2014 
  • Lecturer, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Miami School of Law

Recognition & Honors

  • Lawyers Representative to Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Selected among Southern California’s “Super Lawyers” in Los Angeles Magazine (every year since 2004)
  • Chosen for The Best Lawyers in America guide in the specialty area of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law (every year since 2006)
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ (5.0 out of 5.0) by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
  • Named a leading bankruptcy/restructuring lawyer by Chambers & Partners in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business guide in 2008
  • Inducted into and named Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy (2005 – present)
  • First recipient of the Peter M. Elliott award for “Outstanding Scholarship, Ethics and Service to Orange County Bankruptcy Community” (1999)
  • Served as a lawyer delegate to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council 1990 – 1996, (presently serving 2nd Term)


  •  University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida (Bachelor of Arts 1965)
  •  University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida (Juris Doctor 1969)


  • California State Bar
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Florida State Bar
  • U.S. District Court of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

  • Panel Discussion Re:  Newspaper Bankruptcies
  • AIRA Conference at the Coronado Island Marriott in San Diego Friday 6/10/2016 at 11:00 a.m. Panelists are:
    • Neil Heyside, Director, Deloitte CRG
    • Bill Higginson, EVP, Digital First Media
    • Steve Stone, CFO, Newspapers and Shared Services, Morris Communications Company
    • Bill Lobel, Debtors’ counsel – Freedom Communications

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • California Bankruptcy Forum 28th Annual Insolvency Conference – Indian Wells 5/21/2016 – Stayin’ Alive – Business Development and Keeping Your Book Alive in a Slow Legal Environment (Young Insolvency Professional Panel Discussion)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute –   Caribbean Insolvency Symposium  2/6/2016
  • Individual Chapter 11 Confirmation Mock Hearing – This panel will conduct a mock oral argument at the conclusion of a confirmation hearing in an individual chapter 11 bankruptcy case. Issues unique to individuals who file chapter 11 will be explored by counsel for the debtor and an objecting creditor, as well as by the three-judge panel.
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges 89th Annual Conference – Roundtable Panel: Individual Chapter 11 in Miami, FL – September 29th, 2015
  • “Individual Chapter 11 Cases – Winning Strategies for Debtor and Creditor Counsel” Orange County Bar Association: Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section May Meeting, in Tustin, CA –  May 21, 2015
  • American Bankruptcy Institute – Battleground West Conference Confirmation Trial Skills Panel in Los Angeles, CA – March 24th, 2015
  • American Bankruptcy Institute: The Fourth Hawaii Bankruptcy Workshop: Pre-Bankruptcy Planning: Fraudulent Transfers, the Law of Individual Exemptions and the Law of Successor Corporations, in Maui, Hawaii – August 13-16, 2014
  • Orange County Bankruptcy Forum: Negotiations Program, in Santa Ana, CA – September 20, 2014 “Negotiations Panel Discussion”
  • “Recent Developments in Ch. 11 – Part 1”Orange County Bar Association: Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section May Meeting, in Santa Ana, CA – May 22, 2014
  • “The Future of the Economy aka Where is our business and when will we see it?”TMA Orange County Event at The Westin, Costa Mesa, CA – April 8, 2014
  • “Things That Drive Secured Lenders Crazy” TMA Western Regional Conference at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA – July 18, 2013
  • “Pigs Get Fat, Hogs Get Slaughtered – Pre-Bankruptcy Planning And Dischargeability” American Bankruptcy Institute, Southwest Bankruptcy Conference at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort – August 23, 2013
  • “Chapter 11 Track: The § 1111(b) Election, Plan Feasibility and Cramdown Issues” American Bankruptcy Institute, Spring Meeting – April 18-21, 2013 
  • 24th Annual Insolvency Conference: “Advanced Pre-Petition Planning and Exit Strategies for Operating and Single Asset Real Estate Cases”, Rancho Mirage, CA – May 18-20, 2012