Cecily A. Dumas

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San Francisco
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"[Cecily] is very smart and skilled." "She is wonderful to work with."

— Chambers USA 2021

Overview

Cecily Dumas is the firm’s senior bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer based on the West Coast. Her years of experience representing debtors, trustees, committees and creditors have earned her a reputation as a tough, creative and practical lawyer that gets results for her clients.

Select Experience

  • Counsel to the Official Committee of Tort Claimants, the official committee representing the interests of over 70,000 victims of Northern California wildfires in the chapter 11 reorganization of Pacific Gas and Electric Company and PG&E Corporation. PG&E is the largest bankruptcy case ever filed in California and the sixth largest case ever filed in the United States.
  • 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.
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Experience

  • Counsel to the Official Committee of Tort Claimants, the official committee representing the interests of over 70,000 victims of Northern California wildfires in the chapter 11 reorganization of Pacific Gas and Electric Company and PG&E Corporation. PG&E is the largest bankruptcy case ever filed in California and the sixth largest case ever filed in the United States.
  • Counsel to the Ad Hoc Committee of Deed of Trust Holders in the chapter 11 liquidation of PFI and its affiliates, real estate investment companies operated as a Ponzi scheme. A member of the investors’ leadership lauded Cecily’s skillful representation: “I have worked with many lawyers across my career, and I can say without reservation you are in a class by yourself."
  • 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 refinancing and restructuring numerous secured loans aggregating $50 million covering a business park in Central California and 14,000 acres of farm and grazing land. The lengthy engagement involved refinancings, forbearances, resolving ownership and priority disputes, title issues and the application of California’s one form of action rule.
  • 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.
  • Ongoing representations of several Fortune 500 Silicon Valley companies regarding strategic transactions, corporate financing, customer credit and bankruptcy matters. Cecily possesses a depth of experience in treatment of all types of technology 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 2022)
    • Band 3 (2020 to 2022), 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 Lawyer" (2007 to 2021)
    • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Northern California (2012 to 2013)
  • Daily Journal, Top Woman Lawyer (2019)

Memberships

  • Board Member, American College of Bankruptcy Foundation, 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 present)

Community

  • San Francisco Youth Soccer: Board of Directors
  • Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum: Board of Directors
  • Legal Aid at Work: Board of Directors (2018 to 2020)

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