Joseph R. Dunn

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  • Washington and Lee University (JD)
  • California State University, Chico (BS, Finance, magna cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • California

Joe’s practice is focused primarily in the areas of corporate reorganization and bankruptcy law, although he has significant litigation and transactional experience outside of insolvency. Joe is experienced in the representation of chapter 11 debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, bondholders and indenture trustees, chapter 7 and chapter 11 trustees, and purchasers of distressed assets. He has also represented franchisors, equity holders, defendants in bankruptcy and other federal litigation, and individuals and companies in out-of-court restructurings.

In addition to his legal work, Joe is active in the community. He has served various leadership roles in local and statewide bankruptcy organizations and has served on the Selection Committee for the Ninth Circuit’s Lawyer Representative Program. In his “free” time, Joe actively mentors junior attorneys in the firm, and organizes an annual golf tournament to benefit victims of domestic violence and their children.

Joe founded the Finance Association at California State University, Chico. While in law school, he was a member of Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse (VC3), where he assisted in representing capital murder defendants and was published in the Capital Defense Journal.

Representative Matters

  • Represented creditor in obtaining a $27+ million non-dischargeable judgment against the CEO of a consumer electronics company, and successful defended the judgment on appeal.
  • Represented purchaser of bankrupt paper mill employing a large portion of a Midwest community
  • Represented Chapter 7 trustee in successfully securing millions of dollars in judgments and settlements in numerous pieces of complex litigation
  • Represented environmentally-focused medical waste processor in bankruptcy court and on appeal in confirming its highly-contested Chapter 11 reorganization plan
  • Advised nonprofit organizations on workout, bankruptcy, and dissolution matters
  • Represented abandoned immigrant children seeking asylum in the United States

Reported Decisions

  • Yin-Ching Houng v. Tatung Co., Ltd. (In re Yin-Ching Houng), 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 697 (9th Cir. Jan. 11, 2016)
  • Richard Yin-Ching Houng v. Tatung Company, Ltd. (In re Richard Yin-Ching Houng), 499 B.R. 751 (C.D. Cal. 2013)
  • Tatung Company, Ltd. v. Richard Yin-Ching Houng (In re Richard Yin-Ching Houng), 2012 Bankr. LEXIS 4295 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. August 1, 2012)
  • In re Aries Associates, Inc., 2012 Bankr. LEXIS 2326 (Bankr. S.D. Cal. April 27, 2012)
  • Heller Ehrman LLP v. Gregory Canyon Ltd. (In re Heller Ehrman LLP), 461 B.R. 606 (Bankr. N.D. Cal. 2011)
  • Micro-Waste Corporation v. Sanitec Industries, Inc. (In re Sanitec Industries, Inc.), 2009 Bankr. LEXIS 4532 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. December 21, 2009)
  • Shubert v. Premier Paper Products, LLC (In re American Tissue, Inc.), 2007 Bankr. LEXIS 4004 (Bankr. D. Del. November 20, 2007)

Recognitions & Awards

  • San Diego Daily Transcript: "Top 40 Under 40" Business Professional (2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy (2018)
  • San Diego Business Journal: "Best of the Bar" (2015)
  • Included on the Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star: Litigation list (2015 - 2018)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, Board of Directors, Center for Community Solutions (2016)
  • Member, Board of Directors, California Bankruptcy Forum (2012-2015)
  • Member, J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Court (2010-2012)
  • President, San Diego Bankruptcy Forum (2011)
  • Member, Board of Directors, San Diego Bankruptcy Forum (2009 – 2011)
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • President, Dads Club, Del Mar Hills Academy of Arts & Sciences (2012-2014)