• University of California, Berkeley (B.A., magna cum laude, 1994)
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D. 1997)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • California, 1997
  • New York, 2002


  • Law clerk, Judge John E. Ryan (Bankr. C.D. Cal. 1997-98)

Shirley S. Cho

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Los Angeles
Tel: 310.277.6910

Ms. Cho specializes in corporate reorganization, insolvency, and bankruptcy law. She has represented some of the largest companies in America in connection with their corporate restructuring efforts, as well as acquirers of assets out of bankruptcy, and dozens of official committees of unsecured creditors across a variety of industries. Ms. Cho has significant experience representing U.S. debtors involved in cross-border proceedings and has also represented foreign creditors, including Fortune Global top 20 companies, to successfully pursue their claims in chapter 11. 

Ms. Cho is listed among Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers in the practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law as well as being listed among the Top Women Attorneys in Southern California for Bankruptcy. Ms. Cho was part of a team of two attorneys who won the Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year (Lower Middle Market) by the M&A Advisor for her work on behalf of the creditors' committee of The Walking Company.

An active member of the community, Ms. Cho serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of California Hastings College of the Law, and the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA. Ms. Cho has also served as the past co-chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute Battleground West and the co-chair of the Annual Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors Conference. Ms. Cho is a member of the California and New York bars. 


Professional Affiliations

  • Board of Trustees member, University of California Hastings College of the Law
  • Executive Committee member, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
  • Executive Advisory Board member, American Bankruptcy Institute Bankruptcy Battleground West
  • Co-chair, American Bankruptcy Institute Battleground West (2014, 2015)

Programs and Lectures

American Bar Association


  • "Chapter 11 Bankruptcy After BAPCPA - A Closer Look at Critical Trade, Exclusivity, and Dismissal/Conversion," 63 Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report (Spring/Summer 2009)
  • Coauthor, A Comparison Shopping Guide for 363 Sales (ABI 2009)
  • Coauthor, "Clear Channel Muddies the Waters of Section 363(m) Mootness Protection," 22 Bankruptcy Strategist 1 (No. 2 Dec. 2008)
  • “The Intersection of Critical Vendor Orders and Bankruptcy Code Section 503(b)(9),” 29 California Bankruptcy Journal 1 (2007)
  • “The Southern District of New York Adds Its Two Cents to the Catapult Debate,” 4 ABI Technology & Telecommunications Committee Newsletter (No. 2 June 2007)
  • “A Closer Look at Critical Trade; Exclusivity; and Dismissal/Conversion," published in materials for American Bar Association Annual Meeting (2006)
  • "The Danger Zone: Fiduciary Duty Issues Impacting Directors and Officers in the Zone of Insolvency and Beyond," published in materials for Strategies for Distressed Companies Conference (CLE Int'l Nov. 2001)
  • "What To Do When Your Payor Goes Under," published in materials for American Hospitals & Health Systems Law Institute Conference (2000)
  • "Continuing Economic Reform in the People's Republic of China: Bankruptcy Legislation Leads the Way," 19 Hastings International & Comparative Law Review 739 (1996), reprinted in Telescope Translation Series, 1906-2006 (China University of Political Science and Law 2018)
  • Coauthor, "U.S.-Canadian Cross-Border Insolvencies -- A Survey of Recent Ancillary Proceedings," published in materials for Canadian-American Symposium on Cross-Border Insolvency Law (ABI Feb. 2005)
  • Coauthor, "A Model for Canadian Cross-Border Insolvency: Core-Mark International, Inc.," 22 Bankruptcy Strategist 1 (No. 6 Apr. 2005)
  • Coauthor, "The Zone of Insolvency: When Has a Company Entered Into It and, Once There, What Are the Board's Duties?" published in materials for Bankruptcy 2002: Views From the Bench (ABI 2002)