Kathy Speaker Kathy Phelps
   Bazoian Author
   Phelps Lawyer
  Specializing in Unwinding Ponzi Schemes    
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BANKRUPTCY
 
Kathy has been practicing bankruptcy law for over 22 years.  She represents trustees and receivers, debtors, and secured and unsecured creditors.
 
Fiduciary Representation
She frequently represents operating and liquidating trustees and receivers in the United States District Court, the United States Bankruptcy Court and the Superior Court of the State of California.
 
Debtor Representation
She has a broad range of experience in bankruptcy law including representing high net worth individuals and businesses in restructuring their finances.  While Chapter 11 is most frequently used by business to reorganize, individuals may also use Chapter 11 to reorganize their finances, especially if they are otherwise ineligible for relief under Chapters 7 or 13. 
 
Creditor Representation
Kathy also represents creditors holding any type of a claim against a bankrupt debtor and assists them is protecting their rights and asserting their claims in pending bankruptcy cases.  She has represented a wide variety of creditors from financial institutions, to landlords to consignment creditors and many other types of creditors to obtain the best possible treatment in bankruptcy cases.
 
Bankruptcy Litigation
She has extensive litigation experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of bankruptcy litigation matters.
cases.
 
Mediator
Kathy serves as a mediator in bankruptcy matters, other complex disputes, and mediations requiring a subject matter expert on fraud and Ponzi schemes.

 

FRAUD LITIGATION
 
Kathy has developed a specialty in representing bankruptcy trustees in litigation involving fraudulent activities in bankruptcy cases and has been lead counsel in large-scale litigation involving recovery of assets in Ponzi scheme cases.
 
She is recognized by peers for her ability to trace and recover funds in large-scale complex cases and for her familiarity with all issues arising in Ponzi scheme cases.
 
Sample Cases
Counsel in large Ponzi scheme, supervising the winding down of the business, the reconstruction of missing and incomplete records, the analysis and tracing of investor funds, the liquidation and recovery on various investments made by the debtor, and the prosecution of litigation to recovery funds for the benefit of the investors and creditors.
 
Counsel for state court appointed receiver in this litigation matter, reconstructing missing records and tracing over $9 million of funds removed by the defendant prior to the receiver’s appointment.
 
Counsel for Chapter 11 trustee, and thereafter successor chapter 7 trustee, in bankruptcy case of Ponzi perpetrator, where the debtor sold a fictitious investment product related to pools of life insurance policies. She assisted the trustee in sorting out the documentation, tracing the funds and pursuing litigation to recover funds in the case. The principals of this debtor were both convicted and sentenced.
 
Counsel for Chapter 11 trustee and thereafter the successor chapter 7 trustee, in the bankruptcy case of involving fraudulent Ponzi-like activity of the debtor related to an emission credit trading program through the SCAQMD. Substantial funds were recovered for the benefit of the creditors and the principal of the debtor was ultimately convicted.
 
Counsel for chapter 11 and chapter 7 trustees in a multitude of bankruptcy cases, handling both the operation and winding down of various businesses, the tracing of funds, selling of real estate, and prosecution of fraudulent conveyance and preference litigation, among countless administrative issues arising in those cases.

 
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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