Office: (415) 444-6684
Office: (415) 444-6684
Chapter 7/Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Our business bankruptcy practice is concentrated on representing clients in the reorganization of financially distressed businesses. Mr. Hansen has represented many clients in chapter 11 reorganization cases and in non-consumer chapter 7 liquidation cases. His clients have included debtors, creditors, committees, landlords, labor unions and retirees. In addition, he has represented debtors in over sixty chapter 11 cases with confirmed plans of reorganization.
Representative clients include:
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in failed bank holding company cases
A committee of retired executives in the Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) chapter 11 case
Three local labor unions as debtors in successful chapter 11 reorganization cases
A committee of grower/members in the Tri-Valley Growers chapter 11 case
Shopping center owners in retail chain chapter 11 reorganization cases
Chapter 9/Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
One of our unique areas of practice is representing local labor unions both as debtors and creditors in chapter 11 and chapter 9 bankruptcy cases. We have successfully taken three local labor unions as debtors through chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, and represented labor unions as creditors or parties to collective bargaining agreements in chapter 11 corporate reorganization cases. We represented three employee labor organizations in the City of Stockton municipal bankruptcy. Stockton confirmed a plan of adjustment that, as the unions strongly desired, left employee and retiree pensions unimpaired. We won an important decision in the United States Court of Appeals, General Teamsters Local 890, that established a rule that the members of a local labor union in bankruptcy cannot be assessed to pay the claims of creditors of their union (see Cases and Articles).
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
A chapter 11 bankruptcy case is often an “umbrella” for litigation within the case between and among various parties, which are called adversary proceedings. We have successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in adversary proceedings in bankruptcy courts involving actions for preferences, fraudulent transfers and objections to creditors’ claims. In addition, we have represented the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in various types of litigation in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. In one case, on behalf of the FDIC, we obtained the appointment of a receiver and relief from the automatic bankruptcy stay to enforce its security interest in a Northern California hotel. Additionally, in ACI Sunbow (see Cases and Articles), a secured creditor we represented obtained an order dismissing a chapter 11 case as having been filed in bad faith.
Labor Unions and Employees
The recent wave of municipal bankruptcies (Detroit, Stockton, and San Bernardino) often involved a contest between bondholders and employees over the limited resources available. We served as counsel for three labor organizations representing employees of the City of Stockton, a municipal bankruptcy debtor. We were successful in protecting the unions’ negotiated contracts and their members’ vested interests in pensions in the city's plan of adjustment confirmed by the court. Mr. John Hansen previously served as counsel for the Transportation Corridor Agencies, a major creditor in the Orange County municipal bankruptcy, which was at the time the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history. His client was one of the seven members of the Pool Participants’ Committee that negotiated the plan of adjustment with Orange County. His clients recovered 95% of their $350 million investment. Mr. Hansen also represented a skilled nursing facility that operated on the campus of the Los Medanos Community Hospital during the latter's municipal bankruptcy case.
FEDERAL & STATE COURT LITIGATION
EMPLOYMENT LAW & DISABILITY ACCESS
John Hansen has represented employees in federal court litigation involving gender, race and national origin discrimination, including two class actions, one of which was Harriss v. Pan American Airways (see Cases and Articles). He has also has authored several articles on disability discrimination. Mr. Hansen assists small business owners to navigate their way through the complexities of federal and state disability access laws and regulations.
FEDERAL COURT LITIGATION
In addition to litigation involving employment discrimination, John Hansen represented numerous conscientious objectors in federal court litigation during the Vietnam War era. He argued and won Strait v. Laird in the United States Supreme Court representing a conscientious objector, and has argued 19 appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Hansen also has served as a volunteer attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union in federal court litigation involving denial of civil rights.
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