David M. Reeder

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David M. Reeder is an attorney with 29 years of experience focused on bankruptcy cases, business reorganizations, bankruptcy litigation, loan workouts, bankruptcy trustee representation, and the representation of purchasers of distressed assets.

David takes a proactive stance with his clients. His highly strategic approach focuses on practical business results for businesses and their owners. 

He excels in educating and counseling his clients and showing them their realistic alternatives.  David helps clients deal with not only the legal aspects of their situation, but also the internal, organizational, and even emotional components. 

A frequent speaker and author on bankruptcy topics, David's extensive past experience includes establishing the bankruptcy department at Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith's Downtown Los Angeles office.

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"I have known David Reeder for nearly 30 years as a colleague and a friend. In David's capacity as bankruptcy counsel and in my capacity as a real estate lawyer we have worked together on many cases involving large and valuable real estate holdings and complicated issues of bankruptcy law. David's knowledge of bankruptcy law is encyclopedic and he has also mastered the art of litigation. I have the highest respect for him as a lawyer and a human being."   Peter F. Harris,  Chair, Real Estate Department,  Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith,  Los Angeles, CA

"I have known David Reeder for over 20 years as a colleague in the Los Angeles area. I have referred him to numerous clients all over the state when there are complex issues or complex financial profiles. David maneuvers the Bankruptcy Courts easily, and has done an excellent job for my clients. Personally, a debtor was trying to avoid paying me and David masterfully foiled her efforts. He is persistent, thorough and aggressive in winning for his clients."   Barbara Frantz,   of counsel, Alvis Quashnock and Associates,  Brentwood, CA

"David has broad and deep expertise in bankruptcy, creditors' rights and the all the related fields of law, and has remarkable talent at explaining the relevant issues and choices to be made to clients and thick-headed types such as me. I have full confidence in referring such matters to him."   Ronald Coleman,  Commercial, IP and business litigation lawyer,  New York, NY

“If it were not for David Reeder my company and I would have lost a ten- round expensive chapter 11 fight with a much larger competitor and creditor who’s only aim was to put my company out of business. Having David in my corner was the best decision I made. It was clear that David cared and took the gloves off when needed against multiple opposing attorneys in the courtroom. David was able to get the judge to understand what was really going on. He was able to eliminate approximately $315,000 dollars from one creditor and allowed me to keep my company and developed a plan that worked. Thank you David!”    D.S, former client

"David came to me highly recommended; he is very professional, and gets the job done. He communicates clearly and is a pleasure to work with."   Doug Graham,  Owner - "Helping Others, Help Themselves!" Former client

"David is a practical and pragmatic attorney who is a strong advocate that knows when to fight and when to settle. David's personal attention to cases allows experienced advocacy for all his matters."   Michael Schwarzmann,  Financial Advisor, Crowe Horwath,  Costa Mesa, CA

"David is ethical, knowledgeable and a credit to the legal profession."   John Rea,  Partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP


  • Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors' Rights Group
  • Litigation Group


  • Bankruptcy


  • California, 1988
  • New York, 2008


  • Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa. B.A., History, 1972
  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, J.D., with honors, 1987; member of the Drake University Law Review, 1986-1987.


  • Editorial Board,  California Bankruptcy Journal  
  • Former Education Director, International Committee, American Bankruptcy Institute


  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Financial Lawyers  Conference  


  • United States District Courts for the Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern  Districts of California
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York