Samuel M. Kidder is a member of KTBS.

Mr. Kidder represents clients in high-stakes bankruptcy-related litigation.  He has extensive experience litigating adversary proceedings and contested matters in large, complex chapter 11 cases.

Mr. Kidder recently represented the defendants in Kravitz v. Samson Energy Co. (Bankr. D. Del.), a fraudulent transfer action alleging more than $5 billion in damages.  Following a 12-day trial, the bankruptcy court entered judgment in favor of Mr. Kidder’s clients on all claims alleged in the complaint.  Other recent litigation engagements include: counsel to the Woodbridge Liquidation Trustee in numerous fraudulent transfer actions arising from the Woodbridge Group of Companies Ponzi scheme (Bankr. D. Del.); counsel to an Am Law 50 law firm in defense of fraudulent transfer and other claims (Bankr. S.D. Cal.); and counsel to a publicly traded REIT in defense of a preferential transfer claim brought by the Department of Justice under the Federal Debt Collection Procedures Act (C.D. Cal.).

Mr. Kidder is a lecturer at the UCLA School of Law, where he teaches Business Bankruptcy.  His writing on various bankruptcy topics has been published in the California Bankruptcy Journal (forthcoming 2024), Collier Practice Guide, UCLA Law Review, and Law360.

In 2023, Mr. Kidder was honored as a top “40 Under 40” insolvency professional by the American Bankruptcy Institute.  He was also named a Rising Star in the field of corporate bankruptcy by Super Lawyers magazine on several occasions.

Mr. Kidder is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, Turnaround Management Association, and the Financial Lawyers Conference.  He serves on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum and the advisory board for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s annual Bankruptcy Battleground West Conference. 

Mr. Kidder received his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was a member of the UCLA Law Review.  Following law school, Mr. Kidder served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.