David J. Barton

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Mr. Barton practices business law, representing both public and private clients in a variety of transactions and specializing in middle-market company M&A, reorganizations, and work-outs. Mr. Barton has extensive experience in both domestic and international transactions, including Australia, Canada, and Mexico. From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Barton was vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Sizzler and remained in charge of the company’s legal affairs throughout its chapter 11 reorganization. Mr. Barton holds an AV Preeminent Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability, and was named to the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in the practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1981. He is a resident of our Los Angeles office.


•PSZJ Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers in America
August 15, 2018
•Uniform Voidable Transactions Act Becomes Law in California
Dave Barton and Gabriel Glazer instrumental in passage of bill
July 24, 2015
•WARNing: PE Firm May Be Liable for Terminating Its Portfolio Company’s Employees
PSZJ Bulletin No. 14, June 2013
•New California Law Eases Restrictions on Dividends
November 2011
•PSZJ Represents Floramoda in Nurserymen's Exchange Asset Purchase
August 2011


•SEC Disclosure, Filing Requirements for Public Companies in Chapter 11
Journal of Corporate Renewal, January 2009
•Tougher SEC Standards Are Clogging the PIPEline
Journal of Corporate Renewal, May 2007
• Keeping the Debtor in 'Suspense': California Corporate Status in Chapter 11, 30 California Bankruptcy Journal 379 (2010)
• Rule 144A: Why Foreign Companies Are 'Taking the Plunge' into the U.S. Private Placement Market, Int'l Executive 9 (Nov./Dec.1990)
• California's Real Estate License Requirement: Obstacles and Risks for Real Estate Syndicators, 5 California Business Law Practitioner 145 (Fall 1990)
• Recent Development, Taxation of Foreign Income -Decree of the Supreme Soviet of U.S.S.R. of May 12, 1978, 20 Harvard International Law Journal 213 (1979)
•Consultant, Advising California Partnerships ch. 2 (CEB 2d ed.)

Programs and Lectures

Speaker, “Assessing, Building and Preserving and Transferring Value in California LLCs,” Lorman Education Services (November 2007)Lecturer, Export Marketing Seminars, Los Angeles District Office of U.S. Department of Commerce (June-July 1990)Moderator, Organizing and Advising California Partnerships, Continuing Education of the Bar and California State Bar Business Law Section (May 1989)


•Avoiding Ethical or Fiduciary Traps: The Real Estate Transaction Attorney’s Guide to Navigating the Ethical and Fiduciary Minefield
USC Gould School of Law’s 2013 Real Estate Law and Business Forum
Los Angeles, March 6, 2013

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Corporate
  • Securities
  • Franchise
  • Asset Purchasers and Investors
  • Restaurant Chains

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
424-281-0553  Phone
310.277.6910  Phone
University Attended:
University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., summa cum laude, 1978; Leningrad State University, USSR, Certificate of Participation, 1977
Law School Attended:
Harvard University, J.D., Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Gamma Mu, Mu Alpha Gamma, Regents Scholar, 1981
Year of First Admission:
1981, California

Professional Affiliations

•Member, Transactions Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar (2012-2015)
•Co-chair, Corporate and Securities Law Committee Insider Trading Procedures Practice Area Group (1997)
•Member, American Corporate Counsel Association Corporate and Securities Committee (1995-1997)
•Representative of Sizzler International, Inc., California Business Roundtable (1992-1993)
•Member, State Bar of California Business Law Section Corporations Committee (1989-1992)
•Member, State Bar of California Business Law Section Partnership Committee (1986-1989)

Birth Information:
Los Angeles, California, February 10, 1956

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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