James C. Bastian Jr.
Practice Admission: California
James C. Bastian, Jr. is a partner resident in the Irvine and Riverside offices. Mr. Bastian heads the Firm’s Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice Areas and serves as the Firm’s Director of Marketing.
Mr. Bastian joined the Firm in 1995 after serving as a judicial law clerk for one year to the Honorable Kathleen T. Lax, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California. Mr. Bastian received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1991 and his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in 1994.
Mr. Bastian has represented nearly every type of party in a Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding, including bankruptcy trustees, debtors-in-possession, creditors’ committees, purchasers of assets, individual creditors, secured creditors, plaintiffs and defendants in avoidance actions, plaintiffs and defendants in discharge actions, directors and officers and interest holders. As lead counsel, Mr. Bastian has successfully confirmed over twenty five plans of reorganization on behalf of Chapter 11 debtors. While based primarily in Southern California, Mr. Bastian has represented parties in interest in every district in the State of California and has been specially admitted to represent parties in over ten additional jurisdictions nationwide.
Mr. Bastian also has extensive experience representing trustees, estate representatives and defendants in avoidance actions which arise in bankruptcy proceedings. Mr. Bastian has represented parties in hundreds of these matters, the overwhelming number of which settled before trial. Mr. Bastian also devotes a large part of his practice to out of court workouts and restructurings, helping dozens of companies and individuals avoid bankruptcy. Mr. Bastian has recently developed a niche practice of representing construction companies and their principals who are involved in public construction projects and are in financial distress.
Mr. Bastian also has utilized alternative dispute resolution and mediation to resolve these and other contested matters in bankruptcy proceedings and has mediated dozens of contested matters and adversary proceedings throughout his career, including serving as mediator to successfully resolve several matters. Mr. Bastian also serves on the panel of arbitrators with U.S. Arbitration and Mediation Midwest, Inc. Mr. Bastian has built a reputation as a consensus builder and analytical mediator who can break down each party’s position on a given issue and provide an honest assessment of each party’s strengths and weaknesses to drive them to a successful resolution and avoid costly litigation.
Over the years, Mr. Bastian has served as a panelist or moderator in over thirty Continuing Legal Education seminars. From 1997 – 2003, Mr. Bastian served on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum, including serving as its youngest-ever President in 2002. Mr. Bastian also served on the Board of Directors of the California Bankruptcy Forum from 2000 – 2003. Mr. Bastian is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Orange County Bar Association Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section.
Mr. Bastian has long been committed to community service dating back to when he received the Chancellor’s Service Award while an undergraduate at UCLA. Currently, he is the Golf Committee Chair and a member of the Board of Directors of the Mission Hospital Foundation, a member of his local Rotary Club where he served as President in 2007 – 2008, is past President of the Bell Tower Foundation, is a member of his church’s Finance Committee and has served as a youth sports coach for over twenty five years. Mr. Bastian is also active in helping to raise money for numerous charitable organizations, including Education for the Children, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, The Public Law Center and other organizations.
Areas of Practice
- Business Reorganization
- Bankruptcy Litigation
- Out of Court Workouts/Restructuring
- Construction Contractor Insolvency
- Real Estate
- Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
- J.D. - 1994
- University of California, Los Angeles
- B.A. - 1991
- Honors: Chancellor's Service Award
- Major: Political Science
Honors and Awards
- Chosen for 2006 Super Lawyers magazine
- Rotarian of the Year 2005 – 2006
- Rotary Business Ethics Award 2010 - 2011