Practice. Over thirty years of experience in the following practice areas: Chapter 11 reorganizations; out-of-court workouts; commercial litigation; and federal appellate practice.
Education. Dartmouth College, BA (1980); Fordham University School of Law, JD (1983).
Bar Admissions. New York (1984); California (1986); Virginia (2017); District of Columbia 2018.
Court Admissions. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; Second Circuit Court of Appeals; United States District Court for the Central District of California; United States Bankruptcy Courts in California (all districts); United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York; United States Bankruptcy Court (and District Court) for the Eastern District of Virginia; Supreme Court of Virginia; and New York Supreme Courts. A
Awards and Designations. Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent®; Best Lawyers In America © 2014-2019 (Southern California, bankruptcy and insolvency); 2016 Lawyer of the Year (Southern California, bankruptcy and creditors rights); Super Lawyers© designation 2010 through 2019 (insolvency and bankruptcy law).
Reported Cases. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Howard Law, P.C., 671 Fed.Appx. 954 (9th Cir. 2016); In re Sullivan, 522 B.R. 604 (9th Cir. BAP 2014); U.S. Philips Corporation v. KBC Bank, N.V., 2012 WL 112264 (9th Cir. 2012); In re Hatem Yehia Youssef, 2011 WL 3298903 (9th Cir. BAP 2011); U.S. Philips Corp. v. KBC Bank, N.V., 590 F.3d 1091 (9th Cir. 2010); In the Matter of Checkmate Staffing, Inc., 359 Fed.Appx. 736 (9th Cir. 2009); In re The Legacy Estate Group, Slip Copy, 2007 WL 3261854 (Bankr. N.D. Cal. 2007); In re California Litfunding, a Nevada Corp., 360 B.R. 310 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. 2007); In re Edgewater Place, Inc., 1999 WL 35136576 (C.D. Cal. 1999).
Articles. Sean A. O’Keefe, Marital Settlement Transfers Under California’s Uniform Voidable Transactions Act, 33 Cal. Bankr. J. 345 (2016); Sean A. O’Keefe and Elmer Dean Martin III, Using Federal Guns and Badges to Marshal Estate Assets, 32 Cal. Bankr. J. 133 (2012); Sean A. O’Keefe, Post-Petition Perfection of Assignment of Rent Clauses Under 11 U.S.C. §546(b): A Creative Illusion, 17 Cal. Bankr. J. 123 (1989); Sean A. O’Keefe, Adequate Protection After United Savings v. Timbers of Inwood Forest, 16 Cal. Bankr. J. 8 (1988).
Professional Education Panels. 1990 Annual Conference of the California Bankruptcy Forum, Converting Rents, Rates and Revenues into Cash Collateral: New Challenges to an Old Alchemy: Orange County Bankruptcy Forum, What Price Justice: Is There an Exception to The Absolute Priority Rule?, February, 1993; National Business Institute, How to Protect Secured Interests in Bankruptcy in California, August, 1993; Orange County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Issues Arising From Securitized Loans, February, 2002; Orange County Bar Association, Non-Dischargeability Litigation: Selected Issues, May, 2002: Orange County Bankruptcy Forum, Recovering The Loot: Pursuing and Defending Fraud and Other Claims Against Insiders, Investors, and Aiders & Abettors In Bankruptcy Cases, April, 2009; American Bankruptcy Institute, Battleground West 2012, Failing Lenders: Dueling Bankruptcy Cases, Bank Holding Company Debtors, and Other Key Issues.