• 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 has more than twenty years' experience advising debtors, creditors’ committees, creditors, and purchasers. She has represented some of the largest companies in America to restructure billions of dollars of debt, acquirers of assets out of bankruptcy, and dozens of committees of unsecured creditors across a variety of industries. 

Ms. Cho also has significant experience representing U.S. debtors involved in crossborder proceedings and has also represented foreign creditors, including Fortune Global top 20 companies, to successfully pursue significant claims in chapter 11. Ms. Cho has also served as an expert on U.S. insolvency law in foreign proceedings.

An active member of the community, Ms. Cho was recently appointed as an officer of the Insolvency Section of the International Bar Association, serves on the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the Central District of California, and has also served as co-chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute Battleground West, the Annual Insolvency Restructuring Advisors Annual Conference, and on the board of trustees of her law school and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA. Ms. Cho has won numerous accolades, including being named as one of The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2016 and the Daily Journal’s Top 100 Women Lawyers in 2019. 

Ms. Cho has written and lectured extensively on U.S. bankruptcy law. She began her career as a law clerk for the Honorable John E. Ryan, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. Ms. Cho is admitted to practice in California and New York and holds a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of California, Berkeley. She is resident in our Los Angeles office.


Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Central District of California Local Rules Advisory Committee (2017-)
  • Member, Council of Korean Americans (2019-)
  • Board of trustees, University of California Hastings College of the Law (2018-2019)
  • Board of directors, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (2007-2019)
  • Co-chair, Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors Annual Bankruptcy & Restructuring Conference (2016, 2021)
  • Co-chair, American Bankruptcy Institute Battleground West (2014-2016)
  • Insolvency Section officer, International Bar Association
  • Regional governor, International Association of Korean Lawyers



  • "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)


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