Mr Craig Barbarosh > Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP > Los Angeles, United States > Lawyer Profile

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
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United States

Work Department

Insolvency & Restructuring


Craig A. Barbarosh handles major insolvency engagements throughout the country. Chambers USA notes that he is “masterful in helping [clients] navigate the waters” of bankruptcy and “is an incredibly measured and practical negotiator.” Additionally, Chambers USA says clients who are “impressed with his energy and intelligence” describe him as “a truly amazing and effective attorney” and “a talented, creative lawyer who is attentive to the needs of his clients” with an “impressive ability to manage large complex matters.” Clients also note that Craig “is strategic, understands his client’s definition of success and focuses like a laser on achieving that success” (U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”). 

Craig practices in the areas of financial restructuring, bankruptcy, insolvency and related corporate law. He serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and the firm’s Board of Directors. He manages his nationwide practice from Katten’s Orange County, California, and New York offices.

Craig’s clients include institutional lenders, investment and private equity funds, indenture trustees and bondholders, official and unofficial creditors’ and equity committees, distressed debt investors, trade creditors, real property and equipment lessors involving commercial, real estate and intellectual property collateral and debtors in and out of insolvency proceedings. He represents clients in financial and operational restructurings throughout the United States in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, real estate, retail, oil and gas, gaming and hospitality, aviation, life sciences, food and beverage, chemical, and mortgage lending. In addition, he has extensive experience representing corporate entities in business acquisitions in bankruptcy and receivership proceedings nationwide.

Craig is a frequent speaker at seminars discussing insolvency and corporate governance issues and is the author of numerous published articles addressing current business and legal topics. Prior to joining Katten, he was a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where he held a number of leadership positions. He also served as an extern law clerk to the Honorable James N. Barr, US Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California.

Craig currently serves as an independent director on the board of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII), where he is the vice-chairman of the board, chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee, a member of the Transaction and Compensation Committees and a member of the board of the company’s wholly owned India subsidiary. He also serves as an independent director on the board of Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBRA), where he is the chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee.


JD, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law with distinction, Order of the Coif; BA, Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Katten is experienced in representing financial institutions and lender groups in restructuring and bankruptcy-related financings, including DIP financing. The firm is also known for its work with indenture trustees relating to credit default administration and subsequent litigation, as well as for acquiring and selling assets of companies in distress. Chicago-based John Sieger leads a national practice with offices in Illinois, California and New York. The New York office was recently boosted by the arrival of a team from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, including the ‘exceedingly sophisticated‘ Steven Reisman (now head of insolvency and restructuring in New York), Theresa Foudy, Cindi Giglio, Shaya Rochester and corporate specialist Evan Borenstein. Also notable in the ‘strong team‘ is Craig Barbarosh, who splits his time between Orange County and New York, and was lead counsel to Wilmington Trust, the indenture trustee with respect to $200m of notes issued by Canadian company Nortel Networks; the complex, cross-border matter relates to an allocation dispute involving more than $7bn of the company’s sale proceeds that was litigated in joint trial proceedings in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. In another highlight, the team is representing a joint venture comprising Gordon Brothers Retail Partners and Hilco Merchant Resources in the Chapter 11 of retailers Brookstone Holdings and Samuels Jewelers pending in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware; the team successfully resolved the various objections filed against store closing sales, as well as litigating the application of Section 327 of the Bankruptcy Code to the joint venture.