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Bernard  Bollinger

Bernard Bollinger



  • Insolvency & Financial Law Group

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California, U.S.A.


Bernard (“Bo”) Bollinger’s practice focuses on corporate restructuring and regularly represents secured and unsecured creditors and debtors in various bankruptcy cases across a wide array of industries. Practicing for over 30 years, he has substantial experience in nearly every phase of the reorganization process.

Mr. Bollinger regularly represents creditors and acquirers in real estate related bankruptcy cases, including multiple engagements for some of the largest real estate development companies in Southern California. This expertise was the basis of multiple presentations, including, “Out of Mind But No Longer Out of Sight – Bankruptcy Issues Real Estate Professionals Will Soon Face,” an educational program that Mr. Bollinger presented to numerous organizations, including the San Francisco Real Estate Roundtable; various developers; a nationally-known real estate brokerage company; and to aspiring real estate developers at the University of Southern California’s Graduate School of Policy, Planning and Development. Mr. Bollinger is Chair of the Firm’s Insolvency and Financial Solutions Practice Group, and the Firm’s Chief Practice Management Officer. He is also Chair of the Firm’s Continuing Legal Education Committee and Chair of the Firm’s Technology Committee.

Mr. Bollinger speaks regularly on various insolvency-related topics. Most recently, he presented “LLC Membership Interests as Collateral and as Property of the Bankruptcy Estate: Value More ‘Limited’ Than You May Think,” at the Financial Lawyer’s Conference and was the panel moderator on Stern v. Marshall at the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal Symposium in Atlanta (2012). He also presented “Restructuring TICs: Strategies for Troubled Loans Secured by Tenant-In-Common Interests” at the Financial Lawyers Conference. He has been a guest speaker for the Los Angeles County Bar Association (Real Property Section) concerning insolvency-related real estate issues, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association (Commercial Loan and Bankruptcy Section) concerning Ninth Circuit decisions (2009). Mr. Bollinger has also lectured at Loyola Law School, Southwestern University School of Law, and at the University of Southern California Graduate School of Policy, Planning and Development.

Mr. Bollinger, who is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leader in the field of Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring and as a 2016-2021 Best Lawyer in America in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights and Insolvency and Reorganization Law. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the Financial Lawyers Conference and a member of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum.

When not assisting his clients with financial solutions, Mr. Bollinger is active in numerous community-based organizations, including serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Emanate Health (f/k/a Citrus Valley Health Partners). He was formerly Chair of the Citrus Community College District Citizens Oversight Committee and is a past President of the Claremont Friends of the Library and a past Chair of the Citrus College Foundation and of the Claremont Community Foundation. Mr. Bollinger also moderates sessions on Dialogues On Freedom, an annual program presented by the Los Angeles County Bar Association in cooperation with the Los Angeles Superior Courts and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Loyola Law School
  • University of Southern California
Areas of Practice

Insolvency & Financial Law Group

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Secured Creditor and stalking horse bidder for acquisition of prime commercial real property in downtown Los Angeles ( In re Holy Hill Community Church)
  • Joint debtors in restructuring of $160 million credit facility secured by portfolio of multi-family residential apartment complexes ( In re Gulfstream Apt. Portfolio, LLC)
  • Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors ( In re Mancha Development Company, Inc.)
  • Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (In re Benjamin S. Catlin, IV)
  • Acquirer of parcels of real estate from the bankruptcy case of a developer ( In re Landsource Communities Development LLC, et al.)
  • Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors ( In re Active Wallace Group)
  • Potential Acquirer of claims held by a secured creditor in the bankruptcy case of a developer ( In re Laughlin Ranch, LLC)


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