- Bank Defense
- Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Workouts
- Claims and Recovery Litigation
- Commercial Foreclosure and Real Estate Litigation
- Commercial Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Creditors’ Rights in Bankruptcy Proceedings
- Debtor-in-Possession Finance
- Distressed Investing
- Fiduciary Litigation
- Financial Advisor Retention
- Municipal Restructuring and Workouts
- Workouts and Out-of-Court Restructurings
California Western School of Law, J.D., 1996
University of Minnesota, B.A., political science and Japanese language, 1992
Minnesota State University, Akita, Japan
East China University of Politics and Law, Shanghai, China
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. District Court, Nevada
U.S. District Court, Colorado
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Bench-Bar Liaison Committee - United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California
Bar Association of San Francisco, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
Law clerk to the Hon. Merlyn H. Hoyt of the Seventh Judicial District Court for the State of Nevada
Todd Dressel is a partner in Chapman’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group and Litigation Group. He joined the firm in 2010.
Todd’s practice is focused on corporate and municipal bankruptcy and restructuring matters and he has represented financial institutions, hedge funds, indenture trustees, institutional investors and other creditors, including official and ad hoc committees of creditors, through both in- and out-of court matters. Todd has advised his clients from when a matter first enters distress throughout the bankruptcy process, including adequate protection/stay relief, the sale of assets, DIP financing and plan confirmation.
Todd also has extensive experience pursuing and defending commercial claims in both state and federal court, including foreclosure actions, breach of contract, fiduciary claims as well as general commercial litigation and bank defense matters. Throughout his career, starting as a prosecutor in the Special Prosecutions Unit for the Nevada Attorney’s General, Todd has advocated for his clients throughout the judicial process, including federal and state jury trials, bankruptcy matters and circuit court arguments.
Todd’s representations have involved a wide variety of industries, including agriculture, real estate, financial services and banking, telecommunications, technology, mining, construction, medical and transportation.
Todd was selected by the judges of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California to be a member of the court’s Bench-Bar Liaison Committee from 2012 – 2016 and co-chaired the committee from 2014 – 2015. From 2010 – 2011, Todd was the Chair of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco and he also co-chaired that section from 2009 – 2010.
Todd’s legal career began with a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Merlyn H. Hoyt of the Seventh Judicial District Court in Ely, Nevada. After his clerkship, he joined the Nevada Attorney General’s Office as a deputy attorney general in the Special Prosecutions Unit where he received a Declaration of Excellence from Nevada State Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa.
- Co-Author, "Equitable Mootness in the Municipal Bankruptcy Context," Law360. October 21, 2016.
- Co-Author, "Sixth Circuit Dismisses Appeal of Detroit's Plan of Adjustment as Equitably Moot," Client Alert. October 12, 2016.
- Co-Author, "Congress Approves Measures to Return Puerto Rico to Financial Stability," Client Alert. June 30, 2016.
- Co-Author, "Red or Black? Difficult Decisions Ahead for Atlantic City," Law360. June 23, 2016.
- Co-Author, "U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Puerto Rico's Attempt at State-Level Restructuring Regime," Client Alert. June 15, 2016.
- Co-Author, "New Jersey Approves Atlantic City Stabilization Plan," Client Alert. May 31, 2016.
- Co-Author, "Illinois Supreme Court Invalidates Chicago Pension Reform Law," Client Alert. March 30, 2016.
- Co-Author, "Make-Whole Update: Delaware District Court Follows New York's Lead in Disallowing Make-Whole Premium in Bankruptcy — Dispute Moves to Third Circuit," Client Alert. February 29, 2016.
- Co-Author, "So Long as It's Your Own Money — Third Circuit Allows Secured Creditors to Resolve Sale Objection Even When More Senior Creditors Receive Nothing," Client Alert. September 24, 2015.
- Co-Author, "Legislation Opens a New Chapter for Municipal GO Bondholders in California," Client Alert. July 27, 2015.
- Co-Author, "Another One Bites the Dust — Energy Future Decision Likely Precludes Future Arguments to Lift the Automatic Stay in the Make-Whole Context," Client Alert. July 23, 2015.
- Co-Author, "It's Not All Bad: ABI Proposals That Could Benefit Secured Creditors," Client Alert. May 12, 2015.
- Co-Author, "Your Blanket (Lien) May Have Holes: Proposed Amendments May Further Erode Secured Lenders' Rights," Client Alert. February 2, 2015.
- Co-Author, "Twin Daggers: Proposed 363(x) Amendments and Revisions to Adequate Protection Provisions Would Significantly Erode Secured Creditors' Recoveries," Client Alert. January 15, 2015.
- Co-Author, "Redemption Option Value: Broad Implications for Secured Lenders," Client Alert. January 5, 2015.
- Co-Author, "The ABI Commission on Reform of Chapter 11 Issues Final Report: What Secured Creditors Need to Understand," Client Alert. December 17, 2014.