Pamela Marie Egan


(415) 688-4622

Practice Groups and Client Sectors:

Bankruptcy, International, Litigation, Restructuring

Areas of Focus:

Bankruptcy Litigation, Corporate Bankruptcy, Cross-border Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation, Europe
Pamela Marie Egan


Cornell University


Dartmouth College

B.A., cum laude, highest distinction in Russian major

St. Petersburg State University

Exchange Scholar, History Department, First American undergraduate to study in this program.

Previous Experience

  • Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
  • Senior Research Fellow at Berkeley Center for Law, Business & the Economy

Bars & Courts

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Oregon (inactive)
  • U.S. District Court for Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for District of Oregon
  • Supreme Court of California


  • English
  • French (conversational)
  • Russian

Professional Experience

Pamela Egan’s practice focuses on bankruptcy and other insolvency-related matters, as well as litigation.
In addition, she counsels clients on fraudulent conveyance, preferential transfer, alter ego and substantive consolidation. She has experience in winding down large bankruptcy cases post-confirmation, including claims objections.

Professional Background

After obtaining a $6 million settlement based on a complaint for equitable subordination in the bankruptcy case of an agricultural cooperative, Ms. Egan joined a national bankruptcy boutique where she remained for 11 years and where she developed deep experience in corporate bankruptcy law across numerous industries, including high tech, manufacturing, agriculture, retail, and real estate.

Ms. Egan also has a strong interest in Russia. She was the first American undergraduate to study for a year at Leningrad State University. She is currently a co-chair of the Eurasia/Russia Committee of the ABA Section of International Law.

Since 2009, Ms. Egan has been a director of the not-for-profit corporation, Alliance Française of San Francisco, advising the Alliance on corporate governance issues. She is currently the Vice President and Secretary of the Alliance Française of San Francisco.


Representative published works of Ms. Egan include:


  • From Russia and With the Scars (and Profits) to Prove It: How Experience in Countries of the Former Soviet Union Can Apply to Cuba, ABA Section of International Law, Fall 2017, Miami, Florida
  • "Beyond the Oligarchs, A Survey of Legal Obstacles to Innovation in Russia." Presented at the ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting - April 2016

Representative Experience

Representative matters in which Ms. Egan has provided counsel include:

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in real estate case in Oakland California. The Committee played an integral and crucial role in selling the main asset of the estate, a residential hotel in downtown Oakland, to a non-profit group which will maintain the hotel as affordable housing for at least fifty-five years. The Committee is also credited with obtaining turnover of debtor's main asset from a Health & Safety Receiver and defeating the City of Oakland's motion to dismiss the case. Dismissal would have prevented the sale of the building to an affordable housing group. The City of Oakland raised complex issues regarding the automatic stay, the City's police powers, and sovereign immunity.

Advising European investor with respect to troubled investment in renewable energy project in Idaho. Recovered 86% of claim without litigation.

Global leader in the packaging industry in the bankruptcy of an agricultural cooperative. Increased recovery from 2% to 50% on $12M claim, and successfully championed complex litigation settlement of equitable subordination claim against secured lenders; adopted and won case against 12 other lawyers from 4 international and domestic law firms by effectively exposing secured lenders’ violation of accounting rules at client’s expense.

Major paper manufacturing company in its bankruptcy case. Achieved smooth resolution of 4,000 claims, involving a total of more than $1.6B, ranging from simple breach of contract claims to personal injury claims involving asbestos; won every claim that could not be settled and was instead brought to court.

Global telecom company in its bankruptcy case. Slashed prepetition liability of debtor for fiber optic leases from approximately $350M to approximately $35M without litigation.

Regional agricultural cooperative. Reduced administrative liability of debtor by more than 50% in its chapter 11 case.

Committee of abuse survivors in multiple church bankruptcies. Won goal of numerous victims of sexual abuse without costly litigation by successfully persuading Archdioceses of Milwaukee and Wilmington to withdraw controversial motions to pay pensions to pedophile priests.

Honors and Recognition

  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Membership in the Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation. Established in 1955, the Fellows support the research of the American Bar Foundation through their annual contributions and sponsor seminars and events of direct relevance to the legal profession.

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, the gold standard in attorney ratings, recognize lawyers rated by their peers for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards.  An elite group of just 8 percent of all attorneys hold an AV Preeminent Rating, a designation trusted worldwide by buyers and referrers of legal services.

  • Co-Chair of Eurasia/Russia Committee of the American Bar Association, Section of International Law. Recipient, 2017 ABA Award, Most Improved Committee.