Greenberg Traurig Adds Restructuring Shareholder David Guess in Orange County

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has added member David Guess as a shareholder in the firm’s Orange County office. Guess, who joins the firm from Bienert Katzman, focuses on business bankruptcy cases, out-of-court workouts, and bankruptcy litigation.

“Greenberg Traurig’s Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice is proud to welcome an attorney of David’s caliber and reputation to the firm and our practice,” noted practice co-chairs Mark D. Bloom, Shari L. Heyen, and David B. Kurzweil. “David is a stellar attorney who is highly regarded in the Restructuring & Bankruptcy community. He adds great experience and depth to our team in California and nationally.”

“David’s depth of experience in bankruptcy law makes him an outstanding addition to our office,” said Orange County co-managing shareholders Bruce Fischer and Susan L. Heller. “We are thrilled to welcome him to Greenberg Traurig and to continue to grow our Orange County team of attorneys.”

Guess represents debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, asset purchasers, trustees, committees, liquidation and litigation trusts, fraudulent transfer defendants, landlords, and others. He has particular experience in real estate, hospital, skilled nursing facility, retail, and restaurant bankruptcies; bankruptcy appeals; and fraudulent transfer litigation arising from failed LBOs and spinoffs. Guess has been frequently recognized for his achievements by publications such as Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. Guess was the only practicing lawyer in California to be honored by the American Bankruptcy Institute as a 2018 “Top 40 Under 40” Emerging Leader in the Insolvency Practice.

Deeply involved in the national, regional, and local bankruptcy bars, Guess is an advisory board member of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Southwest Bankruptcy Conference and Bankruptcy Battleground West Conference; as well as the Communications Manager for the Institute’s Commercial and Regulatory Law Committee. He is also a board member and the Secretary-elect of the Turnaround Management Association Southern California Chapter, a board member and the Secretary of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, and a board member of the California Bankruptcy Forum and Orange County Bankruptcy Forum. He is also a pro bono volunteer mediator for the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California.

Guess earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where he was order of the coif and an editor of the UCLA Law Review; he earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from University of California at Los Angeles.

“I am excited to join a restructuring team of this caliber and play a role in the growth of the practice and the Orange County office,” Guess said. “I will continue to provide my clients excellent service, and I am confident that they will benefit from Greenberg Traurig’s global platform of resources.”

Founded in 2004, Greenberg Traurig’s Orange County office’s work encompasses corporate and securities; energy and natural resources; intellectual property and technology, litigation; real estate; restructuring and bankruptcy; and tax matters.