Rodger M. Landau
Los Angeles Office
1880 Century Park East, Suite 1101
Los Angeles, CA 90067
I have been a corporate bankruptcy lawyer and litigator for 30 years. I spent the first two years of my practice at Latham & Watkins, LLP and then the next 14 years at McDermott, Will & Emery LLP. I have most enjoyed the past 14 years practicing at my own firm as I weathered the ups and downs of running a small business first-hand. My clients have included fortune 50 companies, some of the wealthiest people in the world, and some with neither of those distinctions.
My Chapter 11 debtor representations have been extensive – the most recognizable likely was my filing of FirstFed Financial Corp. during the mortgage lending financial crisis. My Chapter 11 Committee representations have included the representation of very large creditor groups – the most recognizable but certainly not the biggest was my representation of the Creditors’ Committee in In re Fatburger Restaurants. My representation of fiduciaries, in large cases such as In re Point Center Financial, have required me to pursue a variety of claims, including based on D&O and fraudulent transfer liability, in cases that sometimes require me to argue in the United States Courts of Appeal. I have represented some of the largest hospital chains, manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, food companies, insurance companies and banks in this country.
Because of my experience as a business owner as well as a business advisor, I not only have advised clients about commercial leases but have first-hand experience negotiating my own leases, I not only have advised clients about employment matters but have first-hand experience addressing my own employment concerns, I not only have advised clients about vendor and supplier concerns but have first-hand experience addressing those concerns, and I not only have advised clients about corporate loans and tax issues but have first-hand experience with the financial management of my own business. Because of these additional experiences, I pride myself on being a counselor for my clients as well as advising them concerning the applicable law.
I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, attended Haverford College (B.A. Economics, 1985), attended the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine for two years, and then completed my education at the University of Chicago School of Law (J.D. 1990). I have lived in Los Angeles for 30 years and have engaged in a variety of civic endeavors, including a two-year stint on the then five-person L.A. Citywide Planning Commission. My wife (Jennifer) and two sons (Josh and Sam) keep me busy and fulfilled outside of work.
Haverford College, B.A. in Economics, 1985
University of Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1990