Victor A. SahnMediator / Arbitrator
Victor A. Sahn’s experience as a lawyer makes him uniquely qualified to act as a mediator or arbitrator in connection with any bankruptcy or commercial law disputes. Mr. Sahn has tried avoidance actions, valuation hearings, plan confirmation disputes, adversary proceedings under state law and has represented all of the constituent parties in these matters including debtors in possession, bankruptcy trustees, creditors’ committees, secured creditors, purchasers of assets, and plaintiffs and defendants in dozens of adversary proceedings. He understands the process completely by which each of these kinds of disputes are both tried and settled and is always prepared as a lawyer to do either. Mr. Sahn will bring the same skills, understanding and experience as a mediator or arbitrator for the constituent parties’ benefit.
Background & Education
- Member/Principal, SulmeyerKupetz, A Professional Corporation (1987-Present)
- J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 1979
- B.A., Syracuse University, New York, 1976, graduated Cum Laude
- American Bar Association
- Financial Lawyers Conference
- Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association
- American Bankruptcy Institute/ABI Bankruptcy Battleground West
Mr. Sahn specializes in representing chapter 11 debtors and creditors’ committees, as well as secured creditors, equity committees and individual unsecured creditors in bankruptcy cases. He has frequently worked with asset purchasers in chapter 11 and chapter 7 cases as well as plan proponents in chapter 11 cases.
Mr. Sahn has been involved in some of the most significant regional and national cases, including Art & Architecture Books of the 21st Century, Seacatch Seafoods, The Club at Shenandoah Springs, Inc., Meruelo Maddux Properties, Inc., DS Ventures and Related Entities, Dr. Randy Rosen, R2D2, LLC and Thinkfilm, LLC, Fisherman Johnny Companies (chapter 11 debtor); Wareforce, Inc. (creditors’ committee); Friedman Bag Company (creditors’ committee); Premium Finance Corporation (major securities fraud case in Miami, Florida); Wickes Companies (representation of landlord and secured creditor); Maxicare (representation of claimant holding $2,000,000 unsecured claim); Standard Brands Paint Company (representation of Insurance Company Lenders holding secured claim of $110,000,000); Paramount Petroleum (creditors’ committee counsel); SMC Real Corp. (Major Los Angeles real estate syndicator); Tarnutzer Family Trust (representation of debtor owning real property valued at $35,000,000); Hoffman Bros. Meat Packing Co. (creditors’ committee); County of Orange chapter 9 case (representation of Orange County Transportation Authority, holder of largest claim in the case totaling $1.3 Billion and Chairperson of Committee for Orange County Investment Pools); Pan Pacific Fisheries Holdings, Inc. (representation of Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors for Fish Canning Business with $50 million in Sales Volume); Capitol Metals Co., Inc. (representation of chapter 11 cebtor engaged in business of steel processing $35 million of yearly sales)
Speaking & Writing Engagements
Mr. Sahn frequently lectures on bankruptcy topics before local and regional groups, including the American Bankruptcy Institute, the ABI-Bankruptcy Battleground West, the Financial Lawyers Conference, the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and Accountants. Mr. Sahn has written about the Orange County bankruptcy case, the Pacific Gas & Electric bankruptcy case, the City of Detroit bankruptcy case, and academic subjects concerning the Bankruptcy Code.
- Legal Extern, Honorable Herbert Katz, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of California
- Law Clerk, Honorable Peter M. Elliott, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Central District of California, Santa Ana Division