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Jennifer Witherell Crastz

Jennifer Witherell Crastz

Partner
phone: (818) 501-3800
fax: (818) 501-2985
email: JCrastz@hrhlaw.com

Jennifer Witherell Crastz’s practice is concentrated on bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation, representing secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 proceedings, and a broad range of business and commercial litigation matters, including U.C.C. and equipment leasing disputes.

Ms. Crastz received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her law degree in 1996 from Southwestern University School of Law, where she was a member of the Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas.

Ms. Crastz previously served for two years as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Robert W. Alberts, of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California.

A seasoned litigation and bankruptcy attorney with experience in both state and federal courts, Ms. Crastz is also admitted to all four U.S. District Courts of California.

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Daniel A. Heald

Partner
phone: (818) 501-3800
fax: (818) 501-2985
email: dheald@hrhlaw.com

Daniel A. Heald’s legal practice involves all types of commercial litigation, representing wholesale distributors, national equipment leasing companies and large financial institutions. During a career spanning more than two decades, Mr. Heald has conducted several hundred trials and obtained many millions of dollars in recoveries for the firm’s clients.

For many years Mr. Heald has been an active member of the California Bankers Association (CBA), the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), and the National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA) in which he has held several key posts. Notably, he previously served as chairman of the UAEL Legal Committee and as Legal Editor. Mr. Heald also served two years on the ELFA Credit and Collection Committee.

Mr. Heald has spoken on a wide array of subjects to numerous professional organizations. Most recently, he presented a bankruptcy primer at the ELFA Credit and Collections Conference. Additionally, Mr. Heald has spoken at UAEL Conferences on varied topics, including equipment broker and vendor relations, leasing fraud and California state court collections. He is a frequent in-house speaker on commercial litigation and judgment enforcement matters for large financial institutions and leasing companies.

Mr. Heald conducted his undergraduate studies at Claremont McKenna College and graduated in 1980 with dual degrees in political science and economics. He earned his law degree in 1983 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento.

Mr. Heald has had cases upheld on appeal, including Sanwa Bank California v. Chang (2001) 87 Cal.App.4th 1314. He is admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts of California.

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Richard P. Hemar

 

Richard P. Hemar (1944 -2016) founded the law firm in 1974, and helped build it into the premier creditors’ rights practice in California. He is missed by his partners and colleagues.

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Stephen E. Jenkins

Partner
phone: (818) 501-3800
fax: (818) 501-2985
email: sjenkins@hrhlaw.com

Stephen E. Jenkins specializes in business and commercial litigation, including bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 matters, as well as equipment leasing and real property secured transactions. Mr. Jenkins has been with the firm for 34 years, the last 24 years as a partner of the firm.

Mr. Jenkins received his undergraduate degree in business administration in 1977 from California State University at Long Beach. He earned his law degree in 1981 from Western State School of Law in Fullerton, California, where Mr. Jenkins graduated with honors and received the AmJur Award for Bankruptcy.

A proficient litigator with thirty-four years’ experience, Mr. Jenkins has conducted over 750 Trials. Mr. Jenkins is a former Legal Chair and Director of United Association of Equipment Lessors (UELA). He is also a former member of the Equipment Leasing Association’s (ELA) Legal Committee.

Mr. Jenkins is the author of numerous articles which include, “Norvergence and the Lessor’s Dilemma,” The Monitor, (2004); “Conducting Business in Foreign States,” ELA Equipment Leasing Today (2004); and “Enforcement of Remedies under UCC Revised Article 9, A Mixed Bag,” ELT Leasing Today (2003).

Along with numerous articles, Mr. Jenkins has spoken on a wide array of subjects to numerous professional organizations. Among them, Mr. Jenkins presented a legal primer and bankruptcy law update at the ELA Legal Forum. Additionally, Mr. Jenkins spoke at both the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers (NAELB) and UAEL Conferences on the subject of California Finance Lenders’ Licenses. In 2003, Mr. Jenkins addressed the ELA Legal Forum and UAEL Conference regarding lessor remedies. He has also lectured extensively on the subject of advanced documentation and numerous bankruptcy issues.

Mr. Jenkins has had numerous cases upheld on appeal, including Foto-Kem Industries, Inc. v. Giants Entertainment Inc., 2002 Cal.App. Unpub. Lexis 11806; Spolter v. Cottone, 2001 Cal. Lexis 8547; French v. S.C.L.A. Co. (unpublished decision, 1986).

During his extensive legal career, Mr. Jenkins has additionally testified in court as an expert witness on the topic of California Collection Law. He is also admitted to practice before all four U.S. District Courts of California.

Martin J. Rousso

Martin J. Rousso

Partner
phone: (818) 501-3800
fax: (818) 501-2985
email: mrousso@hrhlaw.com

Martin J. Rousso joined the late Richard P. Hemar in 1978, and the partnership was formed in 1980. They had a lifelong friendship dating back to junior high school.  Currently, Mr. Rousso devotes the lion’s share of his time to law firm management duties, marketing and client services.  A native New Yorker, his personal touch is felt in every aspect of the firm’s practice and close client relationships. Mr. Rousso has been instrumental in developing and nurturing the firm’s impressive client roster, which includes large and mid-size financial institutions, national equipment leasing companies, wholesale distributors and entertainment-related companies. Before joining the firm, Mr. Rousso worked as a banker for ten years, and his depth of knowledge of the banking industry translates into the firm’s effectiveness in handling matters for that client segment, and indeed, all of the firm’s clients. During his distinguished and varied legal career, Mr. Rousso has recovered many millions of dollars in settlements and judgments.

Mr. Rousso’s numerous professional affiliations have included the California Bankers Association, the Community Bankers Association and the Western Association of Equipment Lessors, in which he was actively involved for many years. He is a currently involved with the Equipment Lessors Association (ELA).

Mr. Rousso is a sought-after speaker on an array of legal topics, including judgment enforcement, credit and consumer collections and equipment leasing litigation.

Mr. Rousso conducted his undergraduate studies at California State University, Los Angeles, where he received a degree in business administration, with honors. He obtained his law degree in 1977 from University of La Verne, San Fernando Valley College of Law, where he served on the Law Review and was on Dean’s List. He was admitted to practice law that same year.

Mr. Rousso has had cases upheld on appeal, including Administrative Management Services, Inc. v. Fidelity and Deposit Co. of Maryland (1979) 89 Cal.App.3d 532, which he personally argued before the Court of Appeals, Second District. He also is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of California, Central District.

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Wayne R. Terry

Partner
phone: (818) 501-3800
fax: (818) 501-2985
email: wterry@hrhlaw.com

Wayne R. Terry’s practice is concentrated on business and commercial litigation, including creditors’ rights, U.C.C. and secured transactions, as well as bankruptcy litigation through his representation of secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy cases nationwide.

Mr. Terry received his Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Texas at Austin, in 1981. He earned his law degree as well from the University of Texas in 1985, where he was on the dean’s list and graduated with honors. He also worked as a research assistant to Dean E.E. Smith. He subsequently clerked for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

In addition to litigation, Mr. Terry has extensive experience in transactional documentation and bankruptcy contingency planning in real and personal property transactions, including film licensing and distribution deals and commercial leases. He has substantial expertise in bankruptcy issues related to issuance of asset-backed securities, including the law of “true-sale,” substantive consolidation and bankruptcy-remote transaction structure. Successful representation of Mr. Terry’s clients is reflected in numerous published opinions, including, In re Ybarra, 424 F.3d 1018 (9th Cir. 2005); In re Applause LLC, 2006 WL 942088 (C.D. Cal. 2006); In re Chan, 325 B.R. 432 (N.D. Cal. 2005); In re NSB Film Corp., 160 B.R. 151 (C.D. Cal. 1993); In re Wings Digital Corp., 2005 WL 3789334 (S.D.N.Y. 2005); and In re Sullivan, 2006 WL 1686732 (E.D. Cal. 2006).

A seasoned and accomplished litigator, Mr. Terry is admitted to all four U.S. District Courts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum and the Financial Lawyers Conference. Mr. Terry is also licensed to practice law in Texas.

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Paul N. Andonian

Paul N. Andonian

Associate
phone: (818) 501-3800
fax: (818) 501-2985
email: pandonian@hrhlaw.com

Paul N. Andonian practices commercial and business litigation, representing financial institutions, equipment lessors and other commercial clients. He also handles consumer credit collections for large financial institutions and leasing companies.

Mr. Andonian received his undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. While there, he majored in Psychology and English. He earned his law degree from Southwestern University, in Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Southwestern University Law Review, Moot Court Honors Program, and was on the Dean’s List.

During law school, Mr. Andonian notably achieved semifinalist status in the John J. Gibbons National Moot Court Competition. Also while in law school, Mr. Andonian also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Maral Injejikian, Los Angeles Superior Court. The following year, he clerked for the Honorable Dickran Tevrizian of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

Mr. Andonian is admitted to practice law in California and Nevada. He is fluent in Armenian.

Pamela L. Cox

Pamela L. Cox

Associate
phone: (818) 501-3800
fax: (818) 501-2985
email: pcox@hrhlaw.com

Pamela L. Cox’s practice areas concentrate on complex business and commercial litigation, including secured transactions, equipment leasing disputes and fraud. Ms. Cox also handles consumer credit collections for large financial institutions, as well as defense cases involving the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act. In addition, Ms. Cox represents clients in negotiating and documenting workout agreements.

Ms. Cox received her undergraduate degree in economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She earned her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1997, where she graduated cum laude. During her time at Pepperdine, Ms. Cox was a member of the Pepperdine Law Review. During law school, she also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen O’Neil, Los Angeles Superior Court.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Cox successfully handled bankruptcy, family law, criminal defense, professional malpractice defense, employment, police misconduct and construction defect matters.

Ms. Cox is admitted to all four of the U.S. District Courts of California.

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Christopher D. Crowell

Associate
phone: (818) 501-3800
fax: (818) 501-2985
email: ccrowell@hrhlaw.com

Christopher D. Crowell represents financial institutions, receivers, and other parties in federal and state court litigation throughout California and nationally, with an emphasis on bankruptcy and other insolvency-related litigation and lender defense work.

Mr. Crowell received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and economics from Stanford University in 2002.  He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 2007.  He subsequently clerked for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California, where he prepared tentative rulings and bench memoranda on a variety of legal issues, both specific to bankruptcy and common to all areas of federal litigation.  He also assisted with trials of avoidance actions, actions to determine the dischargeability of debts, and actions objecting to discharge.

Mr. Crowell has substantial experience representing secured and unsecured creditors, trustees, lessors and lessees, debtors and asset purchasers in all aspects of bankruptcy cases and related proceedings.  He also is highly experienced in handling out-of-court workouts and restructurings, including negotiation and documentation of forbearance, loan modification, and settlement agreements. His published cases include In re Nobel Group, Inc. (Bankr. N.D. Cal. 2015).

Mr. Crowell is the author of “Thanks But No Thanks: When Does a Debtor’s Disclaimer of His or Her Inheritance Constitute a Fraudulent Transfer,” California Bankruptcy Journal (forthcoming 2018); “Laying Down the Law – Law v. Siegel’s Wider Implications,” Law 360 (2014); “Involuntary Bankruptcy: A Risky But Potentially Powerful Collection Tool,” Quarterly Prophets (2013); and “Just Say No to Bankruptcy: Courts Enforce Provisions in Organizational Documents Restricting Ability to Seek Bankruptcy Protection,” Business Law Journal (2012).

Mr. Crowell previously worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Civil Division, Financial Litigation Section, where he represented the United States and its agencies in district court and bankruptcy court, with an emphasis on obtaining and enforcing judgments for debts owed to the United States and victims of federal crimes.

A seasoned litigation and bankruptcy attorney, Mr. Crowell is admitted to all four U.S. District Courts of California. He is a member of the Financial Lawyers Conference and is fluent in French.

Casey Z. Donoyan

Associate
phone: (818) 501-3800
fax: (818) 501-2985
email: cdonoyan@hrhlaw.com

Casey Z. Donoyan’s practice primarily consists of commercial litigation in the areas of creditor’s rights and collections in matters involving commercial lending and leasing. In addition to prosecuting claims against borrowers and guarantors and defending institutional clients in civil matters, Mr. Donoyan has also represented creditors and debtors in bankruptcy proceedings.

Mr. Donoyan received his undergraduate degree in 1999 from the University of Arizona, where he majored in history.  He earned his law degree in 2002 from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he was on Dean’s List.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Donoyan garnered extensive experience in all aspects of creditors’ rights and bankruptcy litigation. He successfully represented a major accounting firm in a professional fee dispute against a corporate debtor in which the court awarded over $5 million in fees.  His published cases include: In re Richter, 525 B.R. 735 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. 2015) and In re Crystal Waterfalls, LLC, CV17-02730- JAK (Bankr. C.D. Cal. 2017).

Mr. Donoyan is the author of “The De-Evolution of Mortgage Reform: The Ability to Repay Rule, Qualified Mortgages and the Continued Fallout from the Market Crash of 2008,” Quarterly Prophets (2014); and “Baby Boom and Busted: A Cautionary Tale for Financial Institutions in Response to the Rising Number of Claims for Financial Elder Abuse,” Quarterly Prophets (2013).

Mr. Donoyan is admitted to all four U.S. District Courts of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He is fluent in Armenian.

George T. Gost

Associate
phone: (818) 501-3800
fax: (818) 501-2985
email: ggost@hrhlaw.com

George T. Gost practices business and commercial litigation. He also has experience in landlord-tenant and unlawful detainer matters. Prior to law school, Mr. Gost worked as a collector of secured and unsecured debt.

Mr. Gost received his undergraduate degree from California State University, Northridge in 1988, where he majored in real estate and finance. In 1993, he earned his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento.

Mr. Gost has been active in the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, the Southern California Mortgage Bankers Association (SCMBA) and the Equipment Leasing Association, as well as the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is also licensed to practice law in Colorado.

Raffi Khatchadourian

Raffi Khatchadourian

Associate
phone: (818) 501-3800
fax: (818) 501-2985
email: raffi@hrhlaw.com

Raffi Khatchadourian’s practice is concentrated on bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation, representing secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 proceedings, and a broad range of business and commercial litigation matters, including U.C.C. and equipment leasing disputes.

Mr. Khatchadourian received his undergraduate degree from California State University at Northridge. He earned his law degree in 1997 from Southwestern Law School, where he was listed in Who’s Who Among American Law Students.

Mr. Khatchadourian is a lecturer on business litigation and bankruptcy matters. A seasoned litigation and bankruptcy attorney with experience in both state and federal courts, Mr. Khatchadourian is admitted to all four U.S. District Courts of California. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Armenian Bar Association. He is fluent in French and Armenian.

Robert V. McKendrick

Robert V. McKendrick

Associate
phone: (818) 501-3800
fax: (818) 501-2985
email: rmckendr@hrhlaw.com

Robert V. McKendrick specializes in creditors’ rights and business and commercial litigation, including equipment leasing, secured transactions and consumer credit collections.

Mr. McKendrick received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He earned his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 1993.

Mr. McKendrick is notably involved in local service. He has served as a bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, as a member of the local school board, and as a member and officer of the fund raising foundation supporting his local school district. He presently teaches an early morning religion class for high school aged students.

An accomplished litigator with over twenty years of experience, Mr. McKendrick is also admitted to practice law in Utah and several U.S. District Courts of California. He is fluent in Spanish.

J. Alexandra Rhim

J. Alexandra Rhim

Senior Counsel
phone: (818) 501-3800
fax: (818) 501-2985
email: arhim@hrhlaw.com

J. Alexandra Rhim is a commercial litigation and transactional attorney with extensive experience representing lenders in the areas of creditors’ rights, litigation, bankruptcy, loan workouts and debt restructuring, and secured lending.

Ms. Rhim received her Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, in 1990. She earned her law degree from Loyola University in Los Angeles in 1995, where she was on Dean’s List. She subsequently clerked for the Hon. Geraldine Mund, of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Ms. Rhim has developed extensive experience in loan workouts and restructuring, collateral recovery, Article 9 foreclosure sales, and other strategic transactions. She has expertise in all aspects of bankruptcy cases involving cash collateral, postpetition financing, relief from stay, asset sales, chapter 11 plan confirmation, and related bankruptcy litigation. Ms. Rhim also has extensive litigation experience in the enforcement of creditor rights and remedies and defense of lender liability matters. She has also gained substantial experience handling appeals arising from commercial lending and bankruptcy matters. Her published cases include: In re Phar-Mor, 301 B.R. 482 (Bankr. N.D. Ohio 2003) and Phar-Mor v. McKesson Corp., 534 F.3d 502 (6th Cir. 2008) (landmark decision involving reclamation rights and postpetition financing).

Ms. Rhim also has a “front-end” practice extending to structuring, negotiating and drafting loan documents in lending transactions involving working capital financing, bridge financing, and other loan facilities. Such experience also includes intercreditor matters and providing advice regarding bankruptcy risks in loan transactions.

Ms. Rhim has been a lecturer at the Commercial Finance Association’s annual Bankruptcy and Loan workout seminar as well as a speaker at other presentations before trade organizations and bar associations. Ms. Rhim is the author of “How Absolute is the Absolute Priority Rule in Individual Chapter 11 Cases?” Points and Authorities, 2012, and “Chapter 20: Consumer Bankruptcy Law,” PLI Consumer Financial Services Answer Book (2014 and 2015).

A seasoned litigation and bankruptcy attorney, Ms. Rhim is admitted to all four U.S. District Courts of California, and the Sixth, Eighth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. She is a member of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, the Financial Lawyers Conference, and the Asian Business League of Los Angeles.

Martina A. Porter

Martina Rider Porter

Associate
phone: (818) 501-3800
fax: (818) 501-2985
email: MRider@hrhlaw.com

Martina Rider Porter is a seasoned commercial litigation attorney whose primary practice areas involve creditors’ rights, with an emphasis on banking and finance industries, including large commercial secured and unsecured lenders, equipment lessors, and other finance-related disputes.

Ms. Rider Porter received her undergraduate degree in political science and business administration from the University of San Diego, where she graduated cum laude. She earned her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law where she was a member of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review and graduated magna cum laude.

While attending law school, Ms. Rider Porter wrote respondents’ briefs for the California Attorney General’s Office, Criminal Division. She also served a one-year judicial externship with the Hon. Justice James McIntyre and the Hon. Justice Donald Work at the California Court of Appeal, Second District.

Martina Rider Porter has years of trial experience resulting in many victories for the firm’s clients. She also provides legal counsel the firm’s clients, notably senior management and in-house counsel, for a variety of topics, including trial preparation, negotiation, pre-trial hearings, including emergency motions, as well as post-judgment motions and remedies.

Ms. Rider Porter is admitted to the U.S. District Court of California for the Central, Southern and Eastern Districts and is a member of the American Bar Association.

William J. Sexton

William J. Sexton

Associate
phone: (818) 501-3800
fax: (818) 501-2985
email: wsexton@hrhlaw.com

William J. Sexton concentrates his legal practice on commercial and business litigation, including commercial unlawful detainer and consumer credit collections for large financial institutions.

Mr. Sexton received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he served as research editor of the San Diego Law Review. He also earned a Master’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in finance, from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. While earning his M.B.A., Mr. Sexton was on the Dean’s List for all six semesters and ranked at the top of his class.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Sexton garnered extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation, handling a variety of business, commercial, construction defect and partnership dissolution cases. He also enjoyed significant business management experience, providing advice to clients on project management, finance, budgeting and human resources issues.

Mr. Sexton also is admitted to practice before all U. S. District Courts of California and is notably involved in community and civic activities.

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Jessica Mickelsen Simon

Associate
phone: (818) 501-3800
fax: (818) 501-2985
email: jmsimon@hrhlaw.com

Jessica Mickelsen Simon’s practice is focused on business and commercial litigation, including creditors’ rights and secured transactions, as well as bankruptcy litigation through her representation of secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy cases.

During her many years of experience in creditors’ rights, Ms. Simon has developed extensive experience in liquidations, restructuring, FDIC receiverships, collateral recovery, Article 9 foreclosure sales, and the tax implications of insolvency. She also has substantial expertise in advising lenders, asset managers, and landlords regarding bankruptcy risks in mortgages, leases, fraudulent conveyances, preference actions, and nondischargeability actions.  Her published cases include: In re Vineyard Nat’l Bancorp, 2013 WL 1867987 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. May 3, 2013).

Ms. Simon appeared as a panelist at a recent U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, in which she discussed the evolution of retail insolvency cases. She also served as a moderator and panelist at a discussion titled “Mortgage Claims: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly” hosted at a Business Bankruptcy Conference in Honolulu, HI. She is a member (by appointment) of the Insolvency Law Committee (ILC) of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar, where she assists with the drafting and editing of ILC e-bulletins regarding notable legal decisions. Ms. Simon also has received an award from a major national law firm for her pro bono work in the field of adoptions.

Ms. Simon received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and communication studies, with honors, from the University of Michigan in 2000. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from American University in Washington, DC in 2005, where she was an Editor for the Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law. She subsequently clerked for the Hon. Mary Ellen Barbera of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, and the Hon. David Alan Ezra of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii.

An accomplished litigation and bankruptcy attorney, Ms. Simon is admitted to all four U.S. District Courts of California. She also is licensed to practice law in Maryland and Hawaii.

Sandra Tiberi

Sandra Tiberi

Associate
phone: (818) 501-3800
fax: (818) 501-2985
email: Sandra@hrhlaw.com

Sandra “Sandy” Tiberi specializes in creditors’ rights and business and commercial litigation, including equipment leasing, secured transactions and consumer credit collections.

Ms. Tiberi received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego. She earned her law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 1996. She was licensed to practice law in California in 1997.

An accomplished and diligent litigator, Ms. Tiberi is also admitted to practice law in Nevada and currently represents several of the firm’s clients in various Nevada court proceedings.

Irwin M. Wittlin

Irwin M. Wittlin

Associate
phone: (818) 501-3800
fax: (818) 501-2985
email: iwittlin@hrhlaw.com

Irwin M. Wittlin specializes in business and commercial litigation, including a bankruptcy practice involving all chapters of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.  Mr. Wittlin is a proficient litigator with twenty-five years of experience, including vast experience representing major corporations and financial institutions as both secured and unsecured creditors.

Mr. Wittlin is an active member of the National Equipment Finance Association “(“NEFA”) and previously served on the board of directors of UAEL, a predecessor of NEFA. He is a past chairman of the legal committee of UAEL as well. He has spoken on a variety of legal issues, including the topics of, “Effective Lease Collections,”  “Working With Outside Counsel,” “Fraud Prevention,” and “Maintaining Your Business Credit Line.”

Mr. Wittlin served as an instructor for the Certified Lease Program Foundation (“CLP”) on the subjects of lease law, lease documentation, and collections.  Mr. Wittlin is a frequent speaker on various legal and collection-related topics for various professional organizations. He most recently moderated a panel discussion on the topic of lease collections at the 2015 NEFA convention.

Mr. Wittlin has authored numerous legal articles, including “Norvergence Trustee Looks to Lessors for Damages for Failing to Kick the Tires and Look Under the Hood” Lease Enforcement Analysis News (Fall, 2006) and “California Finance Lenders License: Do I Need It?”  UAEL Newsline (Spring, 2007).

Mr. Wittlin also maintains an entertainment practice, representing entertainment-related companies, talent agencies, and individuals in monetary and non-monetary disputes in court litigation and Guild arbitrations.

Mr. Wittlin received his undergraduate degree from the University of California Los Angeles, where he was on the Dean’s List. He earned his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he was selected for the Scott Moot Court Honors Board. Prior to entering private practice, he was awarded a judicial externship with the Hon. Lynn Compton of the California Court of Appeals, Second District.  He is admitted to all state and federal courts in California.