Dean A. Ziehl

Dean A. Ziehl

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

Recognized since 2015

New York, New York

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Bankruptcy

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Bankruptcy
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Mr. Ziehl has been a managing partner of the firm since it was founded in 1983, overseeing its growth into the nation’s largest law firm specializing in insolvency matters. Admitted to the bar in both California and New York, he has a national bankruptcy and litigation practice, specializing in complex bankruptcy proceedings and business litigation, with significant trial experience in both state and federal courts.

Mr. Ziehl has represented debtors, creditor committees, bondholders, trustees, examiners, and equity holders in many of the firm’s most notable engagements, including the high-profile chapter 11 cases of Lehman Brothers, Adelphia Communications, American Suzuki Motor Corporation and TK Holdings (Takata), as well as numerous out-of-court workouts. He is or has been involved in many other significant chapter 11 cases, including Washington Mutual, Mike Tyson, Webvan Group, Chrysler Corporation and Polaroid Corporation. In addition, he currently serves as the liquidation trustee and disbursing agent for SFX Liquidating Trust and as chair of the trustees overseeing the liquidations of Adelphia Communications and Physiotherapy Associates. He has also represented the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees as amicus curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court as well as on numerous appeals in federal courts of appeal and state supreme and appellate courts.

Mr. Ziehl currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society, the advisory board of the Loyola Law School Advocacy Institute, and the board of directors of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society. He is a former chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Litigation Section and the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Central District Lawyers Representatives.

Mr. Ziehl is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and received his J.D. from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Loyola Law Review editorial staff. Following law school, he clerked for the Hon. Albert Lee Stephens, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Mr. Ziehl has long held an “AV Preeminent Peer Rating,” Martindale-Hubbell's highest recognition for ethical standards and legal ability; has been voted by his business litigation peers as a "Super Lawyer" since 2004 (Los Angeles Magazine); and was selected by Best Lawyers in America for his work in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law as well as Commercial Litigation. In 2014, the Century City Bar Association honored him as its “Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year.”

  • 780 Third Avenue, 34th Floor
    New York, NY 10017-2024
  • Loyola Marymount University, J.D.
  • University of California Berkeley, B.A.
Bar Admissions
  • California, 1978
  • New York, 2003
  • District of Columbia, 2002
  • Litigation Counsel of America - Fellow
  • Loyola Law School Advocacy Institute - Advisory Board
  • U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society - Board of Trustees
  • United States District Court, Central District of California - Member of court-appointed committees
Federal Clerkships
  • United States District Court

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Bankruptcy
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy, Los Angeles (2021)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Super Lawyers: Recognized in 2004-2020 editions
  • Century City Bar Association: Named Bankruptcy Lawyer of the year in 2014
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy

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