Cecily A. Dumas

Partner

Los Angeles
T +1.310.442.8886
F +1.310.820.8859

Overview

Cecily Dumas represents clients across diverse industries in all facets of financial distress, notably debt restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and chapter 11 cases. Her significant background with business insolvency has led to favorable results for debtors, creditors’ committees, chapter 11 trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, lessors and assets acquirers. Creative and collaborative, Cecily's strengths as a bankruptcy attorney have led to a solid reputation with leaders in technology, healthcare, biopharmaceuticals, real estate, energy and other fields.

Cecily is frequently asked to speak on panels and at corporate events, sharing her knowledge of the complex processes and procedures of bankruptcy cases.

Select Experience

  • Counsel to a Silicon Valley company that designs and manufactures computer data storage products, in its chapter 11 reorganization and acquisition, through which pre-petition debt was converted to sole equity ownership while preserving $390 million of net operating loss carryforwards. Transaction honored as "Top Midmarket Turnaround" in Global M&A Network's 10th Annual Turnaround Atlas Awards.
  • Restructuring counsel to a nonprofit healthcare system in the divestiture and recapitalization of its $700 million Catholic hospital network.
  • Advised agricultural landowner/commercial developer in complex restructuring involving $25 million mezzanine financing, and refinancing and restructuring of $50 million secured loans covering 14,000 acres of farm and grazing land, as well as business park in Central California.
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Experience

  • Counsel to a Silicon Valley company that designs and manufactures computer data storage products, in its chapter 11 reorganization and acquisition, through which pre-petition debt was converted to sole equity ownership while preserving $390 million of net operating loss carryforwards. Transaction honored as "Top Midmarket Turnaround" in Global M&A Network's 10th Annual Turnaround Atlas Awards.
  • Restructuring counsel to a nonprofit healthcare system in the divestiture and recapitalization of its $700 million Catholic hospital network.
  • Advised agricultural landowner/commercial developer in complex restructuring involving $25 million mezzanine financing, and refinancing and restructuring of $50 million secured loans covering 14,000 acres of farm and grazing land, as well as business park in Central California.
  • Counsel to the chapter 11 trustee in the bankruptcy cases of mortgage loan originator and blind pool fund involving $180 million Ponzi scheme-related claims.
  • Counsel to the debtor in the chapter 11 cases of Mortgage Fund '08, Laboratory Skin Care, Wilkes Bashford Company and Ring Enterprises.
  • Represented more than 175 former partners in the bankruptcies of three major law firms with respect to claims by trustees for recovery of partner distributions and unfinished business claims.
  • Ongoing representations of several Fortune 500 Silicon Valley companies regarding customer credit and bankruptcy matters. Possess experience in treatment of technology equipment leases and licenses in bankruptcy.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Daily Journal, Top 100 Lawyers in California (2019)
  • American College of Bankruptcy, Class XXI: Fellow
  • Chambers USA: Bankruptcy/Restructuring in California (2017 to 2019)
    • Band 4 (2017 to 2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2017 to Present)
    • California: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
    • Bankruptcy and Debtor/Creditor (2007 to 2018)
    • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Northern California (2012 to 2013)
  • Daily Journal, Top Woman Lawyer (2019)

Memberships

  • American College of Bankruptcy: Ninth Circuit District Council
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum: Board Member (2014 to 2016)
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
    • Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section: Chair (2002)
  • Northern District of California: Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative (2009 to 2012)

Community

  • San Francisco Youth Soccer: Board of Directors

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • California

Education

  • J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law
  • A.B., University of California, Berkeley