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David M. Poitras

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Tel: (310) 201-3571
Fax: (310) 712-8571

1900 Avenue of the Stars
7th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90067

Billie Terry
310.203.8080 Ext: 6472

David M. Poitras is a partner in the bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors’ rights practice group at JMBM, and a member of the Global Hospitality Group®. For over 21 years, Mr. Poitras has specialized in representing companies and individuals in all areas of bankruptcy (debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees, asset acquirers, investors and trustees), receiverships, assignments for the benefit of creditors and out-of-court financial restructurings, throughout the United States.

In his financial restructuring practice, Mr. Poitras has represented numerous financial institutions, private equity lenders, investment banks, public and private corporations, municipalities, limited liability companies, partnerships, and individuals across a wide expanse of industries, including aerospace, airlines, audio and video, automotive, auto rental companies, apparel, building supply, construction, entertainment, food service, franchisors, furniture, healthcare, hospitality, import/export, jewelry, manufacturing, oil and gas, plastics, printing, post-production, professional service firms, real estate, retail, software, sub-prime mortgage lending, technology and textile.

Recent Representative Experience:

Debtor/Company Side

  • QHL Holdings, Fund Ten, LLC and Golden State T.D. Investments, LLC
  • Solafide Incorporated
  • Lorber Industries of California
  • Network Services, LLC
  • Queen Mary
  • Axium Entertainment
  • Gold Mountain Enterprises
  • Los Angeles Checker Cab Cooperative
  • Richter Furniture Manufacturing
  • South Coast Oil Corporation

Lender/Creditor/Franchise Side

  • Creditel (Secured Lender’s counsel)
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation (Co-Counsel for Franchisor in Franchisee chapter 11 case(s)
  • American Honda (Creditor’s counsel)
  • Toyota Motor Corporation (Creditor’s counsel)
  • Honeywell International Inc. (Creditor’s counsel)
  • Little Caesar Enterprises (Franchisor’s counsel)
  • CNL Financial Services, LP (Creditors’ counsel)
  • Gadzooks (Counsel for Asset Acquirer Forever 21)

Trustee Side

  • Estate Financial Mortgage Fund, LLC (Counsel for Chapter 11 Trustee)
  • Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison (Special Counsel for Chapter 7 Trustee)


J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 1988

B.S., Suffolk University Business Administration, 1985

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California
State Bar of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California


California State Bar Bankruptcy-Debtor/Creditor Committee of the Business Law Section 1998-2000

Bankruptcy section of American Bar Association's General Practice and Small Firm Section 1998-2002

Financial Lawyers Conference

Los Angeles and Orange County Bankruptcy Forums

American Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Initial law clerk to the Honorable Alan M. Ahart, United States Bankruptcy Judge, Central District of California, 1988-1989
  • American Jurisprudence Award for the study of bankruptcy law

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist: State Bar of California Business Law Section Education Institute, 2000, "The Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2000: Changes in Practice Under Chapter 11"
  • Panelist: Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2000, "Who's the Boss, Exploring Ethical Issues and Conflicts in Bankruptcy Cases"
  • Panelist: Los Angeles Paralegal Association, 2001, "Who's the Boss, Exploring Ethical Issues and Conflicts from the Paralegal's Perspective"
  • Panelist: State Bar of California 2001 Annual Meeting, "Is There a Safe Harbor? Ethical Dilemmas of Pre Bankruptcy Exemption Planning & Other Transfers"
  • Panelist: Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section—Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2001, "Cash Collateral—Back to the Basics: The ABC's of Using Cash Collateral in Bankruptcy"
  • Lecturer: Pepperdine University Graduate School of Management, February 2002, "Corporate Restructuring and Valuation Seminar"
  • Panelist: Anderson School at UCLA, July 2002, "Buying and Selling a Company in a Tough Economy—How to Optimize Price and Liquidity in a Buyer's Market"
  • Panelist: California CPA Education Foundation's 2002 Bankruptcy Conference, September 2002, "Claims Litigation"
  • Moderator: Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2003, "Judicial Experience Since General Order 02-02: A Three-Judge Perspective"
  • Lecturer: Pepperdine University Graduate School of Management, February 2003, "Corporate Restructuring and Valuation Seminar"
  • Panelist: Real Property Law Section—Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2003, "Issues Arising Out of Bankruptcy Filing by Tenant"
  • Panelist: Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors, June 2003, "Issues and Strategies for Forensic Investigations"
  • Panelist: California CPA Education Foundation's 2003 Bankruptcy Conference, September 2003, "DIP Financing: Financing the Chapter 11 Debtor"
  • Panelist: Financial Lawyers Conference, October 2004, "Current Ethical Issues Facing Commercial and Bankruptcy Professionals Representing Debtors, Creditors and Lenders in the 'Zone of Insolvency'"
  • Panelist: Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, 2008, an LABF “Smackdown”: Sections 365 vs. 363; Entz-White; and El Toro.

Personal Bio

The word that best describes me is ‘resourceful.’
If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be a rancher.
My favorite city in the world is Boston.