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John A. Graham

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Tel: (310) 201-3523
Fax: (310) 712-8523

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

Wilma Escalante
310.203.8080 Ext: 6467

John Graham is co-chair of the Firm's Bankruptcy Group and a member of the Firm's Litigation Group and Global Hospitality Group®. He has served as counsel for financial institutions for 30 years on a wide variety of legal matters.

John specializes in complex federal and state court litigation relating to business disputes, commercial law, lender liability claims, fraudulent business schemes, and fraudulent conveyances, as well as major workouts and Chapter 11 reorganizations.

His practice also includes problem-solving and litigation under the Uniform Commercial Code, including Article 9 secured transactions, real estate secured transactions, the one-action rule, security-first rule, antideficiency statutes, and mixed-collateral foreclosures.

Representative Experience:

  • Represented Union Bank in its appeal to the United States Supreme Court in Union Bank v. Wolas, 502 U.S. 151 (1991), which resulted in a unanimous decision in favor of petitioner Union Bank
  • Represented clients in many national Chapter 11 reorganizations, including such cases as Alamo Rent-a-Car, Storage Technology Corporation, NuCorp Energy, Maxicare, and Leisure Technology
  • Retained by Visa and Mastercard to represent credit card industry on an issue of national significance regarding bankruptcy fraud standards. Household Credit Services, Inc. v. Christopher W. Ettell; Marla Ettell, 188 F.3d 1141 (9th Cir. 1999)
  • Represented the American Bankers Association, California Bankers Association, and the California League of Savings Institutions in their amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in Timbers of Inwood Forest, 484 U.S. 365 (1988)
  • Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Parker North American case which resulted in a favorable Ninth Circuit opinion protecting attorney-client privilege between creditors committees and counsel (Marcus v. Parker, 978 F.2d 1159 (1992))
  • Represented Crocker National Bank as trial counsel in In re American Mariner, 734 F.2d 426 (1984)


J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 1976

B.A., Pennsylvania State University College of Science, 1972

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California


Financial Lawyers Conference

Los Angeles County Bankruptcy Forum

Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, 1994-96

Orange County Bankruptcy Forum

American Bankruptcy Institute

United States District Court, Central District of California, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
Court-Appointed Attorney Settlement Officer

United States Bankruptcy Court Mediation Program, Central District of California
Court-Appointed Mediator

Los Angeles Superior Court, 1993-95
Judge Pro Tem

Los Angeles Municipal Court, 1989-92
Judge Pro Tem

Pepperdine University School of Law, Institute for Dispute Resolution Graduate

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized as one of Los Angeles Magazine's Southern California's Best Lawyers, 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum
  • Orange County Bankruptcy Forum
  • California Bankers Association Bank Counsel Seminar
  • California League of Savings Institutions
  • Equipment Leasing Association of America
  • United Association of Equipment Lessors
  • Western Association of Equipment Lessors
  • Western Independent Bankers
  • Robert Morris Associates
  • Hotel/Motel Summit