Aaron J. Malo is a partner working in the Finance and Bankruptcy Practice Group of the firm's Orange County office.
Aaron's practice focuses on bankruptcy and litigation issues. He primarily represents lending institutions, equity groups, financial services corporations, equipment lessors, landlords, real estate developers, and other creditors. Aaron has extensive experience in all aspects of bankruptcy and workout proceedings, and has also served as lead trial counsel for significant jury and bench trials in both state and federal courts. Additionally, Aaron has developed a specialized practice counseling clients on all aspects of high stakes landlord/tenant issues, taking many such matters to trial. He frequently writes, teaches and lectures on bankruptcy, litigation and creditors' rights issues. Previously, Aaron taught bankruptcy law at the Orange County campus of Golden Gate University's Graduate School of Taxation.
Aaron has a strong commitment to community service and the provision of pro bono legal services. He has served on the Public Law Center's board of directors since 2006, has served on that organization's executive board since 2013, and served as president of the PLC’s board of directors for 2017. Aaron leads the Orange County office's pro bono efforts, in which capacity he helped pioneer a new collaboration between Sheppard Mullin, the Public Law Center and Children's Hospital of Orange County that serves the families of ill children seeking treatment at CHOC. Aaron has handled significant pro bono cases protecting the interests of veterans, immigrants, and exploited persons.
Aaron is among the leaders of the Southern California bar, recently completing a four year term as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (2010-2014). As a Ninth Circuit lawyer representative, Aaron attended the Central District of California Judicial Conference and Ninth Circuit Chief Bankruptcy Judges conferences each year. He was invited to speak about modern bankruptcy case solicitation practices as the Ninth Circuit Chief Bankruptcy Judges Conference in San Diego in 2012. In addition, Aaron has served on the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum's board of directors since 2007, was among the initial members of the Central District of California Bankruptcy Bar Advisory Committee (founded in 2009), and was recently appointed to serve on the Central District of California Attorney Admissions Fund Board.