Kathy Speaker Kathy Phelps
   Bazoian Author
   Phelps Lawyer
Specializing in Unwinding Ponzi Schemes    
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Background

Partner, Diamond McCarthy LLP

Partner, Danning, Gill, Diamond & Kollitz LLP, 1991 – 2013

Juris Doctor, University of California
at Los Angeles, 1991

Bachelor of Arts, Pomona College, 1988

Bar Admissions

State Bar California, 1991

United States District Court, Central District of California, 1991

United States District Court, Southern District of California, 2011

United States District Court, Eastern District of California, 2011

United States District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2010

Professional Concentration

Kathy represents trustees and receivers, debtors, and secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy cases.

She also has extensive litigation experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of bankruptcy litigation matters

She frequently represents operating and liquidating trustees in cases pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court as well as receivers in the United States District Court and the Superior Court of the State of California.

She is recognized by peers for her ability to trace and recover assets in large-scale complex cases and for her familiarity with all issues arising in Ponzi cases.

She has developed a specialty in representing bankruptcy trustees and receivers in litigation involving fraudulent activities and has been lead counsel in large-scale litigation involving recovery of assets in Ponzi scheme cases.

Media Quotations

The New York Times, July 18, 2013, in an article entitled, Bank in Madoff Case Settles With Some Plaintiffs and Gets Favorable Jury Ruling, by Susan Antilla.

The Deseret News, June 14, 2013, in an article entitled, In Faith Communities, Fraudsters Prey on Trust, by Devon Merling.

The Ponzi Blog was cited in the Concord Monitor on March 21, 2013, in an editorial entitled, Lawmakers Should Reject Fund for FRM Victims.

The Art Newspaper, February 27, 2013, in an article entitled, Gauguin in Alleged Fraud by Former NFL Star, by Riah Pryor.

The Wall Street Journal, March 19, 2012, in an article entitled, Attorney Who Wrote the Book on Ponzi Schemes Discusses Mets Deal, by Jacqueline Palank.

The Wall Street Journal, January 5, 2012, in an article entitled, The Madoff Liquidation, Three Years Later, by Jacqueline Palank.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal, February 17, 2011, in an article entitled, Legal Opinions Favor Stanford Investors, Not Charities, by Toby Sells.

The Wall Street Journal, January 3, 2011, in an article entitled, Prosecutors, Trustees Fight For Dominance In Ponzi Bankruptcies, by Jacqueline Palank.

The Pasadena Weekly, March 20, 2008, in an article entitled, Smoke Screen, by Chip Jacobs.

Personal

Kathy's interests and accomplishments include extensive travel and the study of the Chinese language.

 

Publications

Ponzi-Proof Your Investments: An Investor’s Guide to Avoiding Ponzi Schemes and Other Fraudulent Scams (IRR Publishing 2013)

The Ponzi Book: A Legal Resource for Unraveling Ponzi Schemes (LexisNexis® 2012), co-authored with Hon. Steven Rhodes, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan

The Depths Of Deepening Insolvency: Damage Exposure For Officers, Directors and Others (American Bankruptcy Institute 2013), co-authored with Prof. Jack F. Williams

FraudNet Compendium, contributing author of chapter on Ponzi Schemes (to be published in 2013)

Author of The Ponzi Scheme Blog at www.theponzischemeblog.com

Handling Claims in Ponzi Scheme Bankruptcy and Receivership Cases, 42 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 567 (2012)

What Do You Do When the Feds Come For Your Assets? Third-Party Claims in Forfeiture Proceedings, American Bar Association Business Law Section's Online Resource, Business Law Today (June 21, 2012)

Supplementing the Tools in the Trustee's Toolbox, NABTalk, The Journal of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Trustees (Spring 2012)

Liability of Professionals and Insiders in Ponzi Schemes, 27 CEB Cal. Bus. L. Prac. 22 (Winter 2012)

Emergence of Mareva by Letter: Banks' Liability to Non-Customer Victims of Fraud, Business Law International, Vol. 12 No. 2 (May 2011)

In Pari Delicto and The Blame Game: Should Receivers Get Caught in the Fray?, Receivership News (January 2011)

Opportunities for Trustees in Ponzi Scheme Cases, NABTalk, The Journal of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (Summer 2010)

Membership and Positions

Editor in Chief of Receivership News

International Chamber of Commerce FraudNet global network,
www.icc-fraudnet.org

Board of Directors, Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter, California Receivers Forum

Board of Directors, ex-officio member, National Association of Federal Equity Receivers

Co-Vice Chair, American Bar Association, White Collar Crime, Asset Forfeiture and Business Bankruptcy Subcommittee

American Bankruptcy Institute, Special Task Chair of Commercial Fraud Section

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees

National Association of Federal Equity Receivers

California Receivers Forum

American Bar Association

Armenian Bar Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Beverly Hills Bar Association

 

 
Diamond McCarthy LLP
Los Angeles, California
www.diamondmccarthy.com
 
 
Ponzi Proof Your Investments:
An Investor’s Guide to
Avoiding Ponzi Schemes
www.ponzi-proof.com
 
 
The Ponzi Book:
A Legal Resource for
Unraveling Ponzi Schemes
www.theponzibook.com
 
 

To reserve your date for any of Kathy’s programs, call Kathy Phelps 310.488.4883 or email her at kphelps@kathybphelps.com

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