• University of Miami (B.A. 1965)
  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D. 1969)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • California
  • Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court

William N. Lobel

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Costa Mesa, CA
Tel: 310.277.6910

William N. Lobel specializes in chapter 11 reorganizations and out-of-court restructurings. He is certified by the state bars of California and Florida and has more than forty-five years of experience as one of the nation’s leading bankruptcy lawyers.

He represents clients in the real estate industry, including home builders, commercial real estate developers, and subprime lenders. He has also successfully applied his legal expertise in representation of gaming casinos and restaurant chains. He also has experience in the fields of hospitality, technology, healthcare, and media sectors.

Mr. Lobel is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and is a co-founder of the Orange County and California Bankruptcy Forums.

He has been a lecturer at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and has served as a member of the Board of Visitors for Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. He formerly taught real estate bankruptcy as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the University of Miami School of Law. Mr. Lobel currently serves as a Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative, and previously served from 1990-1996. He earned his undergraduate degree and J.D. at the University of Miami.

Mr. Lobel has been listed among Southern California's "Super Lawyers" in Los Angeles Magazine every year since 2004, in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2006 (bankruptcy & creditor-debtor rights), and in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in 2008 (bankruptcy/restructuring). He received the Peter M. Elliot award for "Outstanding Scholarship, Ethics and Service to the Orange County Bankruptcy Community in 1999, and holds an AV Preeminent Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. He was listed by Lawdragon as one of the 2020 "Lawdragon 500 Leading Global Restructuring & Insolvency Lawyers."

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Founder and past president, Orange County Bankruptcy Forum
  • Lawyer delegate, Ninth Circuit Judicial Council
  • Former director, University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association

Programs and Lectures

Adjunct professor, University of Miami School of Law Lecturer, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, Orange County Bar Association, California Bankruptcy Forum, American Bankruptcy Institute, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Turnaround Management Association


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