• United States Military Academy (B.S. 1977)
  • Georgetown University (M.A. 1983)
  • George Washington University (J.D. 1985)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • 1985, Pennsylvania
  • 1997, California

Samuel R. Maizel

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Los Angeles
Tel: 310.277.6910

Mr. Maizel's practice includes bankruptcy matters and financial restructuring in and out of court, with a focus on the healthcare industry. He has also served as lead bankruptcy counsel to debtors in chapter 11 cases, as an examiner appointed pursuant to the request of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and as lead counsel to various official bankruptcy committees and to individual creditors. He has led the firm's representation of the Attorneys General of forty-six states and six territories (Settling States) that are parties to the master settlement agreement with the tobacco industry since 2000. Before joining the firm, he represented the federal government in bankruptcy, district, and appellate courts nationwide as a trial attorney in the US Department of Justice's Commercial Litigation Branch. He has also served in US Army's The Judge Advocate General's Corps, including service in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Previously he served as an Infantry Officer in the 101st Airborne Division and the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). He has lectured extensively, is widely published, and been interviewed on television and radio on bankruptcy topics. Every year since 2007, he has been named a "Super Lawyer" in an annual region-wide peer survey, an honor bestowed on only 5% of Southern California attorneys; holds an AV Preeminent Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest recognition for ethical standards and legal ability; and was named a "Best Lawyer in America" for Healthcare in the 21st edition of Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Maizel is a resident in the Los Angeles office.


Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law (2013-)
  • Member, Board of Editors, California Health Law News (2010 – present)
  • Chair and previously Vice-Chair, American Bar Association (“ABA”) Judicial Division Bench-Bar Bankruptcy Council (2007-2012)
  • Chair, ABA Business Law Section (“BLS”) Meetings Committee
  • Chair, ABA BLS Programs Subcommittee (formerly chaired the ABA BLS Business Bankruptcy Committee (“BBC”) Subcommittees on Secured Creditors, Healthcare and Non-Profits Insolvency Issues, Litigation and Executory Contracts)
  • Member, ABA BLS BBC Special Task Force on Bankruptcy Rule 2019 (2008)
  • Co-Chair, American Bankruptcy Institute (“ABI”) Healthcare Insolvency Committee (2003-2007)
  • Board of Directors, Turnaround Management Association Southern California Chapter (2008-2010) and Program Chair (2008)
  • Financial Lawyers Conference, Board of Governors (2011)

Programs and Lectures

Lecturer, American Ass'n of Health Plans, American Bankruptcy Institute, American Bar Ass'n, American Health Lawyers Ass'n, American Medical Ass'n, American Society of Medical Ass'n Counsel, Beverly Hills Bar Ass'n, Board of Contract Appeals Judge's Ass'n, California Society of Healthcare Attorneys, California Bankruptcy Forum, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, Central California Bankruptcy Institute, Commercial Law League of America, Federal Bar Ass'n, International Ass'n of Insurance Receivers, IPA Ass'n of America, Los Angeles County Bar Ass'n, National Ass'n of Attorneys General, National Ass'n of Bankruptcy Trustees, National Ass'n of County Officers, National Health Lawyers Ass'n, Orange County Bar Ass'n, States' Ass'n of Bankruptcy Attorneys, Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute, Tennessee Bar Ass'n, Turnaround Management Ass'n, US Military Academy at West Point, University of Southern California Law School, New York University, Seton Hall Law School, New York Law School, San Joaquin College of Law, US Army Judge Advocate General's School, US Department of Justice, US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Health and Human Services, US Department of Labor, US Treasury Department, US Department of Defense, US Navy Office of General Counsel, US Army Litigation Center, US Defense Logistics Agency, Social Security Administration, Internal Revenue Service, US Attorneys Office for the Southern District of Florida, Export-Import Bank of the US, Renaissance American Management, Beard Group, Law Education Institute, Fulcrum Information Services, Educational Symposia Inc., Home Care Industry of America, Jay Alix & Assoc.



  • Coauthor, "California's Experiment With Federal Judicial Control Over Its Prison Healthcare System," 29 California Health Law News (No. 3 Summer 2011)
  • Contributing author, Collier on Bankruptcy (Matthew Bender 2005)
  • Contributing author, Health Care Insolvency Manual (American Bankruptcy Institute 1997; revised 2005 and 2012)
  • "Intensive Care," a monthly column in American Bankruptcy Institute Journal
  • "The Patient Care Ombudsman Comes to California," 26 California Health Law News 2 (No. 3 Winter 2009)
  • "Examiners on the Rise," 26 National Law Journal 18 (No. 59 2004)
  • "A Survey of Setoff and Recoupment Cases in Healthcare Insolvency Cases," Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (2000)
  • "Health Care Bankruptcies," in Wiley Bankruptcy Law Update (Aspen Law & Bus. 1998, 1999, 2000 eds.)
  • "HMOs as Debtors," National Law Journal B6 (Aug. 20, 1999)
  • "Health Care Entities Turn to Bankruptcy," Los Angeles Business Journal 44 (Aug. 23, 1999)
  • Coauthor with M. Lane, "Rejection of CBAs in a Liquidating Chapter 11 of a Healthcare Entity," 7 ABI Healthcare Committee Newsletter (No. 4 August 2010)
  • Coauthor, "The SEC's Role in Public Company Bankruptcy Cases Where There Is a Significant Enforcement Interest," Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (2005)
  • Coauthor, "Substantive Consolidation of Debtors and Non-Debtors in Bankruptcy Proceedings," Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 87 (2002)
  • Coauthor, "Injunctive Relief in Health Care Insolvencies," 24 California Bankruptcy Journal 215 (1998)
  • Coauthor, "The Government's Contractual Rights and Bankruptcy's Automatic Stay," 25 Public Contract Law Journal 711 (1996)
  • Coauthor, "The Medicare Contract in Bankruptcy: In Which Direction Does University Medical Center Lead?" 11 Bankruptcy Developments Journal 405 (1995)