Of Counsel
Tel: 310-407-4070
Fax: 310-407-9090
  • Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley (J.D.)
  • UC Davis
Bar Admissions
  • California
Professional Affiliations
  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
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Lee R. Bogdanoff

Lee R. Bogdanoff is counsel with KTB&S.

Mr. Bogdanoff graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Davis, where he was a Regent Scholar, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science. He graduated, Order of the Coif, from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985. He served as law clerk to the Honorable David Thompson, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court, from 1985 to 1986.

Mr. Bogdanoff's practice includes insolvency-related litigation, representation of debtors in and out-of-court, creditors' committees (bondholder, trade), secured creditors (including debtor in possession lenders) and acquirers of assets and debt positions. He has served as lead counsel in some of the largest chapter 11 cases pending at the time.  For example, he successfully reorganized Dolco Packaging Corporation (a publicly held manufacturer), Liquor Barn (a publicly held retail chain), First Executive Corporation (a publicly held parent of Executive Life), Merksamer Jewelers (a large retail jewelry chain), DEP Corporation (a publicly held manufacturer), Westmoreland Coal Company (a publicly held energy company), with Mr. Tuchin, Barry's Jewelers (a publicly held jewelry chain),  Matthews Studio Equipment Group (production equipment for the entertainment industry), Outsource International (temporary employment services), Sun World International (farming operations), Anacomp, Inc. (information, document storage and retrieval technology company),  and Custom Food Products (specialty meat products).  Mr. Bogdanoff is a leading authority nationally in the area of municipal bankruptcy and played a primary role in two large Chapter 9 cases, Orange County, California and Jefferson County, Alabama.  He currently serves as lead bankruptcy counsel for the Chapter 7 trustee in IndyMac Bancorp, Inc.

His recent creditors' committee practice includes unsecured and secured bondholder groups in CORE Media Group, Momentive Performance Materials, Fremont General Corporation, Heartland Automotive Holdings, Inc., Pliant Corporation, Performance Transportation, ICO Global, Quokka Sports, Inc., ZiLOG, Inc. and National Energy & Gas Transmission, Inc. His lender representations include Z Capital Partners and Ableco Finance LLC, including recently in MSD Performance, Inc., Real Mex Restaurants and Classic Party Rentals.

Mr. Bogdanoff served as lead counsel to the Examiner (Kenneth N. Klee) in the investigation conducted in In re Tribune Company, et. al.  In that capacity, working under the Examiner, Mr. Bogdanoff directed all aspects of the examination and served as principal draftsperson of substantial portions of the report.  The investigation and report were conducted and completed in approximately 85 days.   His litigation work includes representing Washington Mutual and Enron.

Mr. Bogdanoff wrote the seminal article on asset sales in bankruptcy (published in the Business Lawyer) and his article regarding insolvency analysis was published in the Distressed Business & Real Estate Newsletter.  He is a contributing author to "Inside the Minds, Chapter 9 Bankruptcy, Strategies" (2011).  Mr. Bogdanoff frequently lectures on bankruptcy-related topics. He has participated on panels for the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the State Bar of California, and the Financial Lawyers Conference of Los Angeles.

Mr. Bogdanoff is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and was named one of the Outstanding Young Bankruptcy Lawyers of the Year in 2000 by Turnarounds and Workouts.  In 2014, he was named Bankruptcy Litigator of the Year by Best Lawyers.  He has been named in Intercontinental Finance Magazine as one of the top 500 lawyers in the world.  He was also named in the K&A Restructuring Register as one of America's top 75 restructuring lawyers and one of the top 16 restructuring lawyers in California, the 2007 Century City Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers USA and Who's Who Legal (Insolvency & Restructuring), among other honors.