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Kathy Bazoian Phelps

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Partner, Raines Feldman LLP, Los Angeles, California

Admitted to the California Bar, 1991

Juris Doctor, University of California at Los Angeles, 1991

Bachelor of Arts, Pomona College, 1988

Professional Concentration

Kathy represents trustees and receivers, debtors, and secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy cases, with extensive litigation experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of bankruptcy litigation matters.

She has significant experience in tracing and recovering assets in large-scale complex cases and is familiar with all issues arising in Ponzi cases. She represents many different types of parties who may become involved in a Ponzi scheme case, including investors, defendants in litigation, and trustees and receivers.

She also frequently represents operating and liquidating trustees in cases pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court as well as receivers in the United States District Court and the Superior Court of the State of California.

Kathy also serves as a mediator in bankruptcy matters, other complex disputes, and mediations requiring a subject matter expert on fraud and Ponzi schemes.

Mediation Panel Positions

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)

United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California

United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Arizona

Publications

Chapter, In Pari Delicto: Solutions to an Inequity Plaguing Bankruptcy Trustees and Innocent Creditors, Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (West 2015), co-author

Fraud and Forensics: Piercing Through the Deception in a Commercial Fraud Case (Editor and Contributor) (American Bankruptcy Institute 2015)

Equity Receivers and the In Pari Delicto Defense, 69 Bus.Law. 699 (American Bar Association May 2014), co-author

Ponzi-Proof Your Investments: An Investor's Guide to Avoiding Ponzi Schemes and Other Fraudulent Scams (IRR Publishing 2013)

The Depths of Deepening Insolvency: Damage Exposure for Officers, Directors and Others (American Bankruptcy Institute 2013), co-author

Handling Claims in Ponzi Scheme Bankruptcy and Receivership Cases, 42 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 567 (2012)

What Do You Do When the Feds Come For Your Assets? Third-Party Claims in Forfeiture Proceedings, American Bar Association Business Law Section's Online Resource, Business Law Today, June 21, 2012

Supplementing the Tools in the Trustee's Toolbox, NABTalk, The Journal of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Trustees, Spring 2012, co-author

The Ponzi Book: A Legal Resource for Unraveling Ponzi Schemes, LexisNexis (2012), co-author

Liability of Professionals and Insiders in Ponzi Schemes, 27 CEB Cal. Bus. L. Prac. 22 (Winter 2012)

Emergence of Mareva by Letter: Banks' Liability to Non-Customer Victims of Fraud Business Law International, Vol. 12 No. 2, May 2011, co-author

In Pari Delicto and The Blame Game: Should Receivers Get Caught in the Fray?, Receivership News, January 2011

Opportunities for Trustees in Ponzi Scheme Cases, NABTalk, The Journal of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Summer 2010

Bankruptcy Issues Arising in Ponzi Schemes, Century City Bar Association Newsletter, April 2010

Organization Positions

American Bankruptcy Institute

American College of Bankruptcy

California Receivers Forum, Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter

National Association of Federal Equity Receivers

International Chamber of Commerce FraudNet global network, 2012-2015, www.icc-fraudnet.org, Member

American Bar Association, White Collar Crime, Asset Forfeiture and Business Bankruptcy Subcommittee focused on parallel insolvency and criminal proceedings, 2012 to present

Insolvency Law Committee for the State Bar of California, 2000-2003, Member

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Member

Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, Member

Armenian Bar Association, Member

Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, Member

International Chamber of Commerce FraudNet, 2012-2015, Member

Beverly Hills Bar Association, Member

Speaking at Conferences and Seminars

American Bankruptcy Institute

American Bar Association

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

American Law Institute

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Accountants

California Bankruptcy Forum

California Receivers Forum

Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney’s Association

Commercial Finance Corporation of California

Commercial Law League of America

Federal Judicial Center

Institute for Internal Auditors

International Association for Asset Recovery

International Chamber of Commerce FraudNet

National Association of Attorneys General

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees

National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts

National Association of Federal Equity Receivers

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges

Orange County Bar Association – Business Litigation Section

Retirement Industry Trust Association

Special Assets Management Association

Turaround Management Association

Other local organizations in Southern California

Honors

2018 International Advisory Award: Business Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyer of the Year in California

American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow, Inducted into the 27th Class, March 2016

American Bankruptcy Institute, Committee Member of the Year, April 2016

The International Who’s Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers, 2013-2019

Super Lawyers, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Super Lawyers Top Women 2016, 2017

Martindale Hubble AV Preeminent Attorney 2016 - 2020

Bar Admissions

State Bar California, 1991

United States District Court, Central District of California, 1991

United States District Court, Southern District of California, 2011

United States District Court, Eastern District of California, 2011

United States District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2010

Personal

Interests and accomplishments include extensive travel and the study of the Chinese language.


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