Bruce J. Zabarauskas

Bruce J. Zabarauskas

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Partner

  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    707 Wilshire Blvd
    Suite 4100
    Los Angeles, CA 90017 USA
    310.203.6902
    214.880.3105
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Bruce Zabarauskas is the Los Angeles Office Leader. Bruce is a commercial litigator whose practice includes representation of institutional lenders, such as national banks, special servicers, and investment banks, in commercial real estate foreclosure matters and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. In addition, he has substantial experience, at both the trial and appellate levels, litigating corporate breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, defamation, and First Amendment issues. Bruce is a member of the California, New York, and Texas bars and actively practices in each of those jurisdictions.

Bruce also has extensive experience litigating issues in the professional boxing industry, where he has represented professional boxers, managers and promoters in proceedings throughout the country before Federal and State Courts, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the California State Athletic Commission and the American Arbitration Association. His professional boxing clients have appeared regularly on boxing events telecast nationally on premium cable television networks.

He has authored numerous articles on federal bankruptcy law and has been retained as an expert witness in connection with a multitude of bankruptcy related issues.

Experience

Financial Services Litigation

  • Representation of institutional lenders in Chapter 11 single asset real estate bankruptcy cases in connection with proceedings to vacate the automatic stay, or dismiss the debtor's Chapter 11 case
  • Representation of plaintiffs in state court commercial real estate foreclosure proceedings
  • Obtained confirmation of secured lenders' liquidating plans of reorganization on numerous occasions in bankruptcy proceedings pending before the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • Defeated borrower's cramdown plan of reorganization and obtained relief from the automatic stay following trial in tenant-in-common Chapter 11 real estate bankruptcy case before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California
  • Obtained order approving sale of an office building in Dallas for $65 million following an evidentiary hearing before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • Representation of an institutional lender with respect to defamation claims brought against it in New York state court by the principals of the borrower

Commercial Litigation

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the plaintiff in a declaratory judgment action relating to the ownership of intellectual property in an action before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California

  • Representation of a luxury ski lodge in breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty action pending before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah

  • Representation of Creditors Committee in professional malpractice action against appraiser and attorneys retained pre-bankruptcy by Chapter 11 debtor

  • Obtained dismissal from the New York State Supreme Court of a breach of fiduciary duty action arising from the alleged conversion of intellectual property

  • Obtained a temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court of the State of New York in connection with the representation of the plaintiff in a shareholder dispute relating to the ownership of a specialized travel agency

  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing malpractice claims asserted by a Chapter 7 debtor in an action before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York

Sports Litigation

  • Obtained a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport in favor of the WBC Heavyweight Boxing Champion, which struck down the WBC's Order requiring the champion to make a mandatory title defense against the #6 ranked challenger

  • Obtained dismissal of breach of contract claim asserted against the IBF Heavyweight Boxing Champion and a California based boxing promotion company, in connection with a breach of contract action arising from an alleged oral contract for a heavyweight title fight at Madison Square Garden

  • Successfully obtained the termination of a professional boxing promotion agreement on behalf of the IBF Featherweight Boxing Champion in connection with proceedings before the California State Athletic Commission

  • Obtained dismissal of a breach of contract action before the United States District Court for the District of Nevada with respect to a proposed Mike Tyson fight in Malaysia

  • Represented challenger in negotiation of agreements relating to welterweight championship fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Appellate

  • Obtained a temporary stay from the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit of American Airline's acquisition of the assets of TWA in connection with TWA's bankruptcy case in Delaware

  • Represented Amicus Curiae before the California Court of Appeals in obtaining reversal of an order dismissing plaintiff's Free Speech claims under the California State Constitution against a shopping center

  • Represented the appellee in successfully obtaining an order from the New York State Appellate Division, affirming the dismissal of breach of fiduciary duty claims brought against the client in a shareholder dispute

Distinctions/Honors

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights); 2013-2017

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute; member of Real Estate, Business Reorganization, and Bankruptcy Litigation committees

  • Member, Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum

  • Member, Sports Law Association

  • Member, Orange County Bar Association