Education

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

Admitted

California, 2002

Nevada, 1996

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

Memberships

Bench-Bar Liaison Committee - United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California

Bar Association of San Francisco, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section

Clerkships

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.

Publications