Malhar S. Pagay

Malhar S. Pagay

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

Recognized since 2018

Los Angeles, California

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Litigation - Bankruptcy

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Mr. Pagay is a business lawyer whose practice focuses on the development and implementation of strategic alternatives for and against distressed businesses. He has substantial experience representing chapter 11 debtors, trustees, unsecured creditors, creditors' committees, and other parties in the contexts of bankruptcy cases, adversary proceedings, commercial litigation, mediations, domestic and international business transactions, business reorganizations, and out-of-court corporate restructurings of debt. He has broad industry experience, including healthcare and life sciences, real estate, technology, retail, manufacturing, transportation, sports, and entertainment. Recent representations include advising a creditors' committee in connection with a successful hospital reorganization; assisting physician groups in resolving disputes with their care network and affiliated hospital, respectively; counseling a company in connection with the multiple sales of resort and industrial properties throughout the United States; and completing the sale through section 363 of the United States Bankruptcy Code of a $100 million Class A commercial office property over the objections of co-owners. He has served as principal counsel to China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (SINOSURE) and its Chinese policyholders and clients in complex United States insolvency matters. Mr. Pagay is a member of the firm's Healthcare Restructuring Group. He has lectured both in the United States and internationally regarding a variety of legal issues, including cross-border transactions and insolvencies. He was named among "Southern California Super Lawyers: Rising Stars" in 2005, 2006, and 2007, and a "Super Lawyer" in the field of Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights every year since 2009 in a peer survey conducted by Law & Politics and the publishers of Los Angeles magazine, an honor bestowed on only 5% of Southern California attorneys. Mr. Pagay holds an AV Preeminent Peer Rating (Martindale-Hubbell's highest recognition for ethical standards and legal ability). He has been listed among The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy in the publication's 2018 and 2019 editions. Mr. Pagay is a graduate of Yale University and received his J.D. from the University of Southern California.

  • 10100 Santa Monica Boulevard, 13th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90067-4003
  • University of Southern California, J.D., graduated 1994
  • Yale University, B.A., graduated 1989
Bar Admissions
  • California, 1997
  • American Bar Association Conference of Minority Partners in Majority Corporate Law Firms - Member
  • American Bar Association Business Law Section Health Care Committee Restructuring Subcommittee of the Health Law and Life Sciences Committee - Chair
  • American Bar Association Health Law Section - Member
  • American Bar Association Section of International Law & Practice, China Law Section - Member
  • American Bar Association Section of International Law Insolvency Interest Group - Co-chair
  • American Health Lawyers Association - Member
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association Bankruptcy Section - Executive Committee
  • California Society for Healthcare Attorneys - Member
  • Health Care Restructuring Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section Health Law and Life Sciences Committee - Member
  • INSOL International - Member
  • Institute for Conflict Management LLC - Certified Commercial Arbitrator
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Healthcare Law Section - Member
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Council - Lawyer Delegate
  • South Asian Bar Association of Southern California - Member
  • The Inter-Pacific Bar Association - Member
  • Turnaround Management Association - Member

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Super Lawyers: Recognized in 2009-2020 editions for Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • Super Lawyers: Recognized in 2005-2007 editions as a Southern California Rising Star
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Health Care Law
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy

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