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Benjamin S. Seigel

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Benjamin Seigel has a significant practice representing businesses and stakeholders within the textile and apparel industry. Mr. Seigel represents his clients in both transactional and litigation matters involving corporate, labor, transportation, construction, and real estate issues. He has represented significant parties in numerous business bankruptcy cases of local and national prominence, serving as counsel to secured and unsecured creditors, creditors committees, liquidating trustees, property owners and landlords, equity groups, secured lenders, and public retirement systems. Over the course of his legal career, he has represented multiple interests in bankruptcy and commercial law cases in California and other areas of the country.

Mr. Seigel serves as a mediator for the United States Bankruptcy Court and the U.S. District court, and as a private mediator under the auspices of Judicate West and the American Mediation Association, Inc. He has successfully mediated numerous disputes involving nearly every aspect of bankruptcy and commercial law, real estate, construction, banking and finance matters.

Prior to joining Greenberg & Bass, Mr. Seigel was Of Counsel to Buchalter Nemer’s Los Angeles office. He served as chair of the firm’s Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group and as a member of the Apparel Industries Practice Group.

Mr. Seigel served as an Officer in the United States Navy aboard aircraft carriers and, as a collateral duty, was Trial and Defense Counsel for Special Courts-Martial. He drafted Assignment for Benefit of Creditors Legislation that was enacted in California in 1992 and 1999, and is a former adjunct instructor at the University of West Los Angeles School of Law and Paralegal Studies.

Mr. Seigel is a frequent lecturer to accounting firms, financial institutions and other organizations on debtor/creditor topics, including the financial and psychological benefits of resolving disputes through mediation. He is active in numerous charitable and civic organizations.

Education

J.D., CumLaude, University of West Los Angeles
B.S., University of Missouri, Columbia
Mediation Skills Training Program, Institute of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law

Admissions

State of California
United States District Courts in California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Tax Court
United States Claims Court
United States Supreme Court

Professional and Community Activities

Founder & President, American Mediation Association, Inc.
Founding President, Director, California Bankruptcy Forum
Director, Former President, Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum
Member, Financial Lawyers Conference
Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
Member, Executive Board, California Fashion Association
Member, Apparel Industries Group of City of Hope
Chairman Emeritus, Israel Cancer Research Fund

Publications

Mediation of Professional Liability Disputes
Los Angeles County Bar Update
March 2006

Using Contingent Liability Analysis in the Loan Approval Process
Co-authored with Sandra Stevens, Esq.
Risk Management Association Journal
December 2005-January 2006

Valuation of Contingent Liabilities: Some Risk Management Considerations for Lenders
Risk Management Association Journal
September 2005

Mediation of Bankruptcy Disputes: A Risk Assessment Lesson for Lenders
Thompson West Bankruptcy Litigation Reporter, February 2005
Thompson West Bank & Lender Liability Litigation Reporter, March 2005