Samuel KidderKTBS Law LLP, Los Angeles, CA
SAM is a partner with KTBS Law LLP (f/k/a Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP). He specializes in bankruptcy-related litigation and complex commercial disputes. His recent representative litigation engagements include counsel to the defendants in Kravitz v. Samson Energy Co., a fraudulent transfer action alleging billions in damages in which the Delaware Bankruptcy Court entered judgment in favor of the defendants on all counts; counsel to an Am Law 50 law firm in defense of fraudulent transfer and other claims, in which the district court dismissed the complaint for failure to state a claim; and counsel to the liquidation trustee in numerous fraudulent transfer actions arising from the Woodbridge Group of Companies Ponzi scheme.
In addition to his litigation experience, Sam has represented debtors, trustees, postconfirmation trusts and creditors in such chapter 11 bankruptcy cases as Imerys Talc America, LTL Management LLC and Bridgemark Corp. He also served as special counsel to the debtors in the Amyris, Inc. chapter 11 cases, in which he assisted the debtors’ independent director in conducting an investigation of potential estate claims against directors and officers. Previously, he clerked for Hon. Kim McLane Wardlaw of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and was a bankruptcy associate with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.
Sam has written articles and practice guide chapters for several bankruptcy publications, including the “Appeals” chapter in the Collier Practice Guide and articles for Law360. He is a member of the California State Bar, the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum (for which he just began a term on its board of directors), the Turnaround Management Association and the Financial Lawyers Conference. He also is an ABI member and serves as an advisory board member for its Bankruptcy Battleground West conference, and he has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers every year since 2018. Enthusiastic about teaching and mentoring the next generation of restructuring lawyers, he is a lecturer at UCLA, where he teaches Business Bankruptcy, an upper-division course on chapter 11 law and practice.
“Sam is an exceptionally bright, hardworking, dedicated, enthusiastic, and thoughtful restructuring professional. He is a practical and productive attorney, embodying the spirit of compromise and collegiality for which the bankruptcy practice is known.”