Amir GamlielPerkins Coie LLP, Los Angeles, LA
AMIR is a Bankruptcy and Restructuring partner with Perkins Coie LLP and represents clients in business reorganizations, out-of-court restructuring work, and litigation involving complex financial transactions. He is experienced in such industry sectors as finance, including commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), technology, aerospace, real estate and retail. In his national bankruptcy practice, he counsels secured creditors, including through the largest CMBS special servicers in the country, as well as unsecured creditors, ranging from licensors of intellectual property (IP) to major landlords, property lessors and committees of unsecured creditors. He also advises financially troubled businesses regarding bankruptcy and nonbankruptcy alternatives, and directors and officers of such businesses on mitigating litigation risk. In addition, he represents buyers in distressed-asset and debt acquisitions, and defends parties in preference and fraudulent transfer avoidance actions.
In his restructuring practice, Amir counsels parties on complicated supply chain issues, including access and accommodation agreements, assignments for the benefit of creditors, and orderly dissolutions. He has presented programs on complex bankruptcy transactions, receiverships, preferences and fraudulent transfers, national retail tenant bankruptcies, and other crossover issues involving financial transactions and bankruptcy law, and he has developed extensive business litigation experience in state and federal courts and in arbitrations. Super Lawyers has named him a Southern California “Rising Star” every year since 2017, and he was named an “Up and Coming 100: Southern California Rising Star” for 2022-23. Chambers USA also recognized him as an “Up and Coming” California Bankruptcy/Restructuring Lawyer in 2023.
Amir immigrated to the U.S. from Israel in 1985 with his family, and subsequently became a first-generation UCLA college and law school graduate. In 2017, he also completed the Executive Program in Management at UCLA Anderson School of Business. Within his firm, he serves on the firmwide Associate and Counsel Evaluation Committee, and the Los Angeles office’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Hiring Committee and Summer Associate Committee. In addition, he regularly takes on mentees through UCLA School of Law and continues to maintain relationships with assigned mentees and fellow mentors. Outside of the office, he has served on the New Leadership Council of Bet Tzedek and provided pro bono legal services for its Holocaust Reparations Project, and he has volunteered for The Jewish Federation’s Community Service Day. He also serves on the advisory board for ABI’s Bankruptcy Battleground West and is a member of the Legal Advisory Committee for the Anti-Defamation League. In addition, he was recently installed as a member of the board of directors for the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum (LABF).
“It is indeed a mark of a gifted attorney to effectively negotiate the terms of a DIP credit agreement in one case, only to pivot and manage intricate discovery issues in the next. Amir’s remarkable ability to do so testifies to his talent and competence in his field.”