Janet Dean Gertz Partner
Janet counsels clients in the areas of bankruptcy and insolvency, financial restructuring, and creditors' rights in large chapter 11 reorganizations. She also advises on related general business litigation and appeals, appearing regularly in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy courts and courts of appeal across the country. In addition, Janet maintains a significant transactional practice including debtor-in-possession financing, restructuring of private activity bonds, and leveraged lease transactions. Her clients have included a variety of creditors, creditor committees, mass tort claimants, trustees, and debtors-in-possession, along with acquirers of distressed assets.
Janet is appreciated for her analytical skill, meticulous attention to detail, and extensive knowledge of the UCC and commercial law. Her experience enables her to analyze complex debt instruments, intercreditor agreements and material contracts, which enables her to identify key issues and thereby advise her client of optimal strategies through an insolvency event at any stage of development.
She is also valued by clients and colleagues alike for her clear, succinct and convincing writing and communication style, which has resulted in numerous successful outcomes on appeal, including published decisions in the Third, Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal.
Prior to law school, Janet served in product management positions at information technology companies. Janet’s in-house experience helped her to appreciate the challenges that businesses face with respect to their investors, stakeholders and customers and arrive at solutions that meet the client’s business objectives.
Professional and Community Involvement
Co-Chair, Lawyer Representative, Southern District of California; participates in meetings with judges of the Southern District of California and helps them develop programs for the enhancement of the courts
Member of the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative Coordinating Committee regarding Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference; coordinates programs with the Chief Bankruptcy Judges in the Ninth Circuit
Ex-officio member, Bankruptcy Rules Advisory Committee, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
Member, Insolvency Law Committee of the Business Law Section, Publications Committee, State Bar of California
Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
Member, California Bankruptcy Forum
Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers