Jacquelyn H. Choi counsels secured and unsecured creditors in connection with all facets of corporate bankruptcy. She has significant experience advising trade creditors, municipalities, lenders, real estate funds, commercial landlords, and corporate franchisors concerning their contractual, leasing, and franchise rights in bankruptcy. Ms. Choi has a robust practice representing California municipalities in bankruptcy. Her clients have included, amongst others, the State of California, and the Counties of Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Merced, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Barbara, and San Diego.
Prior to joining Rimon, Ms. Choi practiced at DLA Piper during the 2008 global financial crisis, where she represented Chapter 11 debtors, individual creditors and creditors’ committees concerning bankruptcy, restructuring and out-of-court workouts across all industries, including the retail, hospitality, and real estate space.
- Represented the County of Los Angeles and the County of Alameda in the seminal case of In re Palmdale Hills Property, LLC wherein the 18% redemption penalties under state law were successfully characterized as “interest” under the Bankruptcy Code.
- Represented the People of the State of California and the County of Los Angeles in the matter of In re Barton Wayne Fishback involving the enforcement of governmental police and regulatory powers surrounding the debtor’s illegal waste dump operations.
- Represented the County of Los Angeles in the matter of In re Verity Health System of California, Inc. as a proposed overbidder involving the 363-asset sale related to the proposed acquisition of the debtor’s hospital.
- Represented the County of San Bernardino in the matter of In re Halo Sports Bar and Grill, Inc. involving in rem relief from the automatic stay to foreclose on a retroactive basis.
- Represent the County of Sonoma in the matter of In re Palm Drive Healthcare District involving the post-confirmation dissolution and transfer of assets and liabilities.
- Represented the County of Merced in the matter of In re Carson Valley, LLC concerning the substantial recovery of taxes, penalties and interest from the 363 sale of debtor’s contaminated property.
- Represented the County of Santa Barbara in the matter of In re Carpinteria Partners Limited Partnership involving chapter 11 conversion and in rem relief from stay.
- Represented the County of Contra Costa in the matter of In re Rockenbaugh involving serial bankruptcy filings and in rem relief from stay.
- Represented the County of Santa Clara in the matter of In re PG&E Corporation involving counseling and advice in connection with plan confirmation issues.
- Represented the County of San Diego in the matter of In re A-1 Express Delivery Service, Inc. involving dismissal of a suit for alleged preferential and fraudulent transfers prior to responsive deadline.
- Represented numerous California Counties successfully defending allegations concerning violations of the automatic stay and requests for punitive damages surrounding issuance of tax sale notices during bankruptcy proceedings.
- Represented Domino’s Pizza involving various franchisee bankruptcies and issues surrounding debtors’ proposed assumption of franchise agreements, plan exclusivity, substantive consolidation and plan confirmation disputes.
- Represented Swift Financial Corporation (acquired by Paypal Holdings, Inc.) in the matter of In re Randazzo involving grant of summary judgment under non-dischargeability complaint arising from bankruptcy fraud and award of attorney’s fees and costs against debtor.
- Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of In re Ahava of California, LLC involving opposition to secured creditor’s venue transfer request from California to New York.
- Represented the appointed Chapter 7 Trustee of In re Flashcom, Inc. prosecuting 125+ preferential transfer suits resulting in successful recovery of over $1.25 million on behalf of estate.
- Represented various real estate investment funds of Wells Real Estate Funds, Inc. as commercial lessors involving FDIC’s receivership of IndyMac Bank, F.S.B. and subsequent bankruptcy proceeding.
- Represented real estate investment trust Archstone Properties involving residential tenant bankruptcies.
Author of “A Franchisor’s Guide to Surviving Franchisee Bankruptcies”, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (2010)
- “Understanding the Complex World of Bankruptcy Taxation” (California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors’ Education Conference; October 2020)
- “Bankruptcy Law Primer Amid the Pandemic” (County of Santa Barbara; September 2020)
- “Bankruptcy 101: Back to the Basics” (California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors; August 2020)
- “Nothing Is Certain But Property Taxes” (County of Santa Clara; Feb. 2020)
“Demystifying the World of Bankruptcy” (California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors Area IV Meeting; Nov. 2019)
“Bankruptcy – Maneuvering Through the Process and Avoiding Lawsuits” (Annual Conference of California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors, Nov. 2017)
"Bankruptcy Basics" (Merced County; July 2017).