- University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., summa cum laude, 1976)
- Stanford University (J.D. 1979)
- Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Gamma Mu
Bar and Court Admissions
- 1979, California
- Judicial extern, Robert M. Takasugi (C.D. Cal. 1978-79)
Richard M. Pachulski
Mr. Pachulski has extensive experience in business reorganizations as well as debtor/creditor litigation, and during the 1980s was a well-known chapter 7 and chapter 11 trustee. He has represented numerous debtors and creditors' committees in both out-of-court workouts and in-court proceedings.
A representative sampling of Mr. Pachulski's professional achievements include the successful chapter 11 reorganization in mid-1999-2000 of Breed Technologies (more than $1.6 billion of debt restructured); the 1996-97 chapter 11 reorganization of Sizzler International (over $200 million in debt); the 2001 chapter 11 reorganization of Covad Communications, one of the largest independent DSL providers in the United States (approximately $2 billion of debt restructured); and the successful chapter 11 reorganization in 2002-2003 of the software company Peregrine Systems (over $600 million in debt), which sold to Hewlett-Packard for $425 million. In 2006, Mr. Pachulski spent his primary time representing an ad hoc bondholders' committee in the Adelphia Corporation matter in which he represented bondholders owed in excess of $1.5 billion. Most of those bondholders received in excess of 100 cents on the dollar on their claims. Mr. Pachulski was lead counsel in the restructuring of the debts of Toni Braxton, the internationally acclaimed artist, and lead counsel for the creditors' committee of First Executive Corporation, resulting in the resolution of billions of dollars of alleged debt.
During 2007 and 2008, Mr. Pachulski represented debtors and creditors’ committees in numerous industries, though primarily in the real estate business and retail industry. A representative sampling of such matters included the representation of WL Homes, Inc. (aka John Laing Homes; debt in excess of $1 billion) and the creditors’ committee of Circuit City and affiliates (debt in excess of $2 billion).
During 2009 and 2010, Mr. Pachulski continued to represent debtors and creditors’ committees in numerous industries. In particular, Mr. Pachulski continued to represent the creditors’ committee of Circuit City, the debtor in MagnaChip Semiconductor with revenues of approximately $850 million per year and debt of nearly $1 billion, and various Lehman Bros. entities as a secured creditor with in excess of $2 billion of claims in the SunCal bankruptcies.
Mr. Pachulski has been cited by several publications as a leader in the legal community. Mr. Pachulski has been cited annually by K&R Restructuring Register as one of America's top 100 restructuring professionals; by the publication Turnaround & Workouts as one of the top national bankruptcy attorneys for 2001 (13 lawyers in total were identified); California Law Business as one of California's 100 Most Influential Attorneys for the years 2001, 2002 and 2003; and by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of 15 of the top banking & finance - turnaround artists.
Mr. Pachulski is a graduate of UCLA and received his J.D. from Stanford University. He holds an AV Preeminent Peer Rating (Martindale-Hubbell's highest recognition for ethical standards and legal ability), has been listed among bankruptcy attorneys in Best Lawyers in America for more than ten years, and is ranked by Chambers USA America among the top-tier Bankruptcy/Restructuring lawyers in California. Mr. Pachulski is admitted to practice in California, and is a resident in our Los Angeles office.
- Chapter 11 debtors in American Suzuki Motor Corporation; Highway Technolgies; Peregrine Systems; Breed Technologies; Solyndra; Covad Communications Group, Commonwealth Equity Trust; Sizzler International; Toni Braxton; Mesa Air Group; MagnaChip Semiconductor
- Creditors' committees in Circuit City; First Executive Corporation; Northpoint Communications
- Ad hoc bondholders' committee in Adelphia Communications
- Lehman Brothers in Palmdale Hills Property
- Trustees in Triad America Corporation and Ezri Namvar
- Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
- Member, Financial Lawyers Conference Board of Governors (1989-92)
- February 2014
- Los Angeles magazine, February 2014
- Third Annual ACG New York Champion’s AwardsJune 2013
- The Recorder (v. 137 no. 12), March 25, 2013
- March 6, 2013
- Los Angeles magazine, January 2013
- December 2012
- June 2011
- June 12, 2009
- 28 ABI Journal 10 (April 2009), April 2009
- March 11, 2009
- November 18, 2008
- Los Angeles Magazine, March 2008
- Coauthor, "Chapter 11 - The Bank of Last Resort," 45 Business Lawyer 261 (1989)
- Coauthor, "Plan Wars - The Use of Chapter 11 to Coax Continued Financing From a Reluctant Lender," 738 PLI/Comm. 7 (1996)
- Winning Strategies in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Sales: Getting the Most Out of the Section 363 Sales ProcessABA Business Law Spring Meeting Chapter 11 LuncheonLos Angeles, April 10, 2014
- 22nd Annual ABI Bankruptcy Battleground WestLos Angeles, March 11, 2014
- Jonathan Club Armchair SeriesLos Angeles, August 3, 2011
- TMA Third Annual Western Regional ConferenceSanta Barbara CA, July 15, 2011
- ABI 19th Annual Bankruptcy Battleground WestLos Angeles, March 4, 2011
- Selected Issues in Plan Confirmation Proceedings: Termination of Exclusive Periods, Competing Plans and the Struggle to Control the ProcessABI 28th Annual Spring MeetingNational Harbor MD, May 1, 2010
- TMA 2010 Distressed Investing ConferenceLas Vegas, January 28, 2010