Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek is a trusted resource and advisor when businesses discover that their tenants, customers and vendors file for bankruptcy protection or when business owners need to restructure their bank loans or their business model.

Bankruptcy involves unique procedures, and valuable rights can be lost for failing to timely file an objection or claim. Complex business disputes that traditionally were resolved in state court or in arbitration are now being resolved in bankruptcy courts. SCMV’s attorneys have been involved in every stage of restructuring and liquidation issues that cross multiple jurisdictions and borders. Our clients in bankruptcy matters include owners, investors, borrowers, vendors, banks, lessors and prospective purchasers of assets. Working with your financial advisors, we emphasize the wisdom of involving counsel early on when a possible bankruptcy is suspected down the road.

We handle business insolvency matters throughout Southern California.The bankruptcy judges and insolvency specialists in the San Diego community know of our reputation for integrity, for the results we achieve for our clients and our effective and zealous advocacy of our client’s financial rights and interests.

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  • Business Insolvency
  • Receivership
  • Asset Sales
  • Commercial transactions
  • Related Business Litigation

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Practice Area Leader
Dennis J. Wickham
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P: 619.685.3135
E: wickham@scmv.com
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Christine M. LaPinta
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P: 619.685.3088
E: lapinta@scmv.com
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Bankruptcy Year In Review 2016

Bankruptcy Year In Review San Diego County Bar Association Presented by Dennis Wickham March  14, 2017 UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT Husky International Electronics, Inc. v. Ritz 136 S.Ct. 1581 (2015) Discharge exception for actual fraud…

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Bankruptcy Year In Review 2015

Print Bankruptcy Year In Review San Diego County Bar Association February 23, 2016 UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT Baker Botts LLP v. Asarco LLC 192 L.Ed.2d 208 (2015) Bankruptcy Code does not permit bankruptcy courts to…

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Bankruptcy Year In Review 2014

By Dennis Wickham San Diego County Bar Association February 17, 2015 UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT Clark v Rameker, 573 U.S. ___, ___ S.Ct., L.Ed.2d ___ (2014) Funds in an inherited IRA are not “retirement funds”…

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Chapter 11 Confirmation Issues

By Dennis Wickham The goal of Chapter 11 is reorganization through confirmation of a Plan of Reorganization. There are three steps toward confirming the Plan: (1) obtaining court approval of a disclosure statement, whose purpose…

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Overview Of Bankruptcy Basics

By Dennis Wickham The purpose of bankruptcy laws has changed greatly over the years. The word “bankruptcy” stems from the practice in the middle ages when merchants could not pay their creditors. The unpaid creditors…

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Annual Review of Cases and New Development in Bankruptcy 2013

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Automatic Stay Litigation

By Dennis Wickham, Shareholder Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek The mere filing of a bankruptcy petition creates an injunction preventing acts against the Debtor or its assets. The injunction applies to all creditors whether or not…

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Annual Review of Cases and New Development in Bankruptcy 2012

Bankruptcy Section of the San Diego County Bar Association   UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT Radlax Gateway Hotel LLC v. Amalgamated Bank 566 U.S. ___; 182 L.Ed.2d 967; 132 S.Ct.2064 (2012) Chapter 11 cram down plan…

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Annual Review of Cases and New Development in Bankruptcy 2011

UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT Ransom v. FIA Card Services ___ U.S. ___; 178 L.Ed.2d 603; 131 S.Ct. 716 (2011) Chapter 13. A debtor who does not actually have car loan/lease payments may not use the…

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Annual Review of Cases and New Development in Bankruptcy 2010

San Diego County Bar Association UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT Hamilton v. Lanning ___ U.S. ____, 130 S.Ct. 2464, 177 L.Ed.2d 23 (2010) Court may consider future income/ expenses known or virtually certain at the time…

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