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Bruce Zabarauskas is a bankruptcy attorney and commercial litigator whose practice includes representation of institutional lenders, such as national banks, special servicers, and investment banks, in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and commercial real estate foreclosure matters. Bruce 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.

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 also has extensive experience litigating issues in the professional boxing industry in which he has represented professional boxers, managers, and promoters in proceedings throughout the United States before Federal and State Courts, Court of Arbitration for Sport, California State Athletic Commission, and American Arbitration Association.

Bruce is a member of the Texas, California, and New York Bars and actively practices in each of those jurisdictions.

Recognized as a “Recommended Litigation Firm” in Texas in Benchmark: Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Firms and Attorneys

Received a national first-tier ranking for Commercial Litigation in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2019

Named to New York Metro Super Lawyers® 2019 by Thomson Reuters

  • 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
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed by a nationally franchised hotel in Fort Worth 20 days after commencement of the bankruptcy case
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed by the owner of 26 residential properties in Dallas and Tarrant counties in Texas 54 days after commencement of the bankruptcy case
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case on behalf of lender holding a $62 million claim secured by an office complex located in Houston
  • Defeated confirmation of the debtor’s proposed Chapter 11 cram down plan of reorganization following trial before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California and obtained dismissal of the bankruptcy case with prejudice and with “in rem” relief with respect to a future bankruptcy filing concerning the property at issue
  • Obtained relief from the automatic stay from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in connection with an office building located in Houston
  • Obtained payment on behalf of a secured creditor in connection with a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California by the owner of two shopping centers in Huntington Park, California
  • Obtained an order approving the 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
  • 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
  • Representation of plaintiffs in state court commercial real estate foreclosure proceedings
  • Obtained $60 million judgment from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against the guarantor of a commercial loan based upon violation of non-recourse carve-out contained in a guaranty caused by the borrower’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing
  • Representation of the Creditors Committee in professional malpractice action against an appraiser and attorneys retained pre-bankruptcy by a Chapter 11 debtor
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing legal malpractice claims asserted by a Chapter 7 debtor in an action before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
  • 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
  • Obtained dismissal from New York state court of a breach of fiduciary duty action arising from the alleged conversion of intellectual property
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order from New York state court in connection with the representation of the plaintiff in a shareholder dispute relating to the ownership of a specialized travel agency
  • 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.
  • Obtained a temporary stay from the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit of American Airlines’ 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

Honors & Affiliations

Distinctions/Honors

  • Southern California Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Bankruptcy: Business), 2019
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Bankruptcy: Business; Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights), 2013-2019

Memberships/Affiliations

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

Education & Admissions

Education

  • J.D., 1988, New York University School of Law
  • B.A., 1985, New York University

Admissions

  • Texas
  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Ct., W. Dist. New York
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Second Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Third Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., C. Dist. California
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. California
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. California
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. California
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. Michigan
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. New York
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. New York
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. New York
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. Texas