Shirley S. Cho

Shirley S. Cho: Attorney with Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP


Ms. Cho specializes in corporate reorganization, insolvency, and bankruptcy law. She has represented some of the largest companies in America in connection with their corporate restructuring efforts, as well as acquirers of assets out of bankruptcy, and dozens of official committees of unsecured creditors across a variety of industries. Ms. Cho has significant experience representing U.S. debtors involved in cross-border proceedings and has also represented foreign creditors, including Fortune Global top 20 companies, to successfully pursue their claims in chapter 11.

Ms. Cho is listed among Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers in the practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law as well as being listed among the Top Women Attorneys in Southern California for Bankruptcy. Ms. Cho was part of a team of two attorneys who won the Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year (Lower Middle Market) by the M&A Advisor for her work on behalf of the creditors' committee of The Walking Company.

An active member of the community, Ms. Cho serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of California Hastings College of the Law, and the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA. Ms. Cho has also served as the past co-chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute Battleground West and the co-chair of the Annual Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors Conference. Ms. Cho is a member of the California and New York bars.


•Law clerk, Judge John E. Ryan (Bankr. C.D. Cal. 1997-98)


•Twenty-One PSZJ Attorneys Named 2019 Southern California “Super Lawyers”
January 30, 2019
•PSZJ Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers in America
August 15, 2018
•Twenty PSZJ Attorneys Named 2018 Southern California “Super Lawyers”
January 31, 2018
•Thirty-Five PSZJ Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America
August 15, 2017
•Eighteen PSZJ Attorneys Named 2017 Southern California “Super Lawyers”
January 25, 2017
•Linda Cantor and Shirley Cho: Top Women Lawyers in Southern California
September 2016
•Nineteen PSZJ Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America
August 2016
•Seventeen PSZJ Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America
August 17, 2015
•Thirteen PSZJ Attorneys Selected as Southern California Super Lawyers
Los Angeles magazine, February 2015
•Ten Southern California Super Lawyers at Pachulski Stang
Los Angeles magazine, February 2014
•Reorganized MMFX Technologies Corporation Emerges Stronger; PSZJ Negotiates Good Return for Unsecured Creditors
July 2011
•Pachulski Stang Honored for Work on Flying J and The Walking Company Chapter 11 Cases
M&A Advisor Fifth Annual Turnaround Awards
The M&A Advisor, March 9, 2011
•Rhodes Emerges From Chapter 11
April 1, 2010


•The Role of Insolvency Practitioners in the United States
Presented to the INSOL International Seoul One-Day Seminar, February 2017
•Trustees: When Retaining Counsel, Don’t Forget About Special Counsel
23 Journal of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees 22 (No. 3 Fall 2013)
•Delaware Bankruptcy Court Weighs in on Intercreditor Agreements
31 American Bankruptcy Institute Journal 14 (No. 6 July 2012), July 2012
• Chapter 11 Bankruptcy After BAPCPA - A Closer Look at Critical Trade, Exclusivity, and Dismissal/Conversion, 63 Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report (Spring/Summer 2009)
•Coauthor, A Comparison Shopping Guide for 363 Sales (ABI 2009)
•Coauthor, Clear Channel Muddies the Waters of Section 363(m) Mootness Protection, 22 Bankruptcy Strategist 1 (No. 2 Dec. 2008)
•“The Intersection of Critical Vendor Orders and Bankruptcy Code Section 503(b)(9),” 29 California Bankruptcy Journal 1 (2007)
•“The Southern District of New York Adds Its Two Cents to the Catapult Debate,” 4 ABI Technology & Telecommunications Committee Newsletter (No. 2 June 2007)
•“A Closer Look at Critical Trade; Exclusivity; and Dismissal/Conversion, published in materials for American Bar Association Annual Meeting (2006)
• The Danger Zone: Fiduciary Duty Issues Impacting Directors and Officers in the Zone of Insolvency and Beyond, published in materials for Strategies for Distressed Companies Conference (CLE Int'l Nov. 2001)
• What To Do When Your Payor Goes Under, published in materials for American Hospitals & Health Systems Law Institute Conference (2000)
• Continuing Economic Reform in the People's Republic of China: Bankruptcy Legislation Leads the Way, 19 Hastings International & Comparative Law Review 739 (1996)
•Coauthor, U.S.-Canadian Cross-Border Insolvencies -- A Survey of Recent Ancillary Proceedings, published in materials for Canadian-American Symposium on Cross-Border Insolvency Law (ABI Feb. 2005)
•Coauthor, A Model for Canadian Cross-Border Insolvency: Core-Mark International, Inc., 22 Bankruptcy Strategist 1 (No. 6 Apr. 2005)
•Coauthor, The Zone of Insolvency: When Has a Company Entered Into It and, Once There, What Are the Board's Duties? published in materials for Bankruptcy 2002: Views From the Bench (ABI 2002)

Programs and Lectures

American Bar Association


•Shark Tank
ABI Bankruptcy Battleground West
Los Angeles, March 21, 2017
•The Role of Insolvency Practitioners in Rehabilitation-Technical Programme
INSOL International Seoul One-Day Seminar
Seoul, South Korea, February 23, 2017
•Grocery Store Bankruptcies
32nd Annual Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors Conference
June 10, 2016
•Everything-Must-Go Sale: The Ins and Outs of Retail Bankruptcies
ABI 24th Annual Bankruptcy Battleground West
Los Angeles, March 11, 2016
•Tricks of the Trade in Dealing With Executory Contracts
American Bankruptcy Institute Unsecured Trade Creditors' Committee
Dial-in conference call, February 4, 2015
•Great Debate: Chapter 11, Soup to Nuts-Hot Topics in Chapter 11 Cases
22nd Annual ABI Bankruptcy Battleground West
Los Angeles, March 11, 2014
•Hot Topics Related to Use & Disposition of Property: Efficient Exits From Bankruptcy, Credit Bidding in Light of RadLAX, and ABA Model Bankruptcy APA
86th Annual National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
San Diego, October 25, 2012
•Municipal Upheaval in California: Is Chapter 9 the Solution?
19th Annual Bankruptcy Battleground West
Los Angeles, March 4, 2011

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
424-281-0553  Phone
310.277.6910  Phone
University Attended:
University of California, Berkeley, B.A., magna cum laude, 1994
Law School Attended:
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1997
Year of First Admission:
2002, New York; 1997, California

Professional Affiliations

•Board of trustees, University of California Hastings College of the Law (2017-)
•Board member, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (fka Asian Pacific American Legal Center)
•Executive Advisory Board Member, American Bankruptcy Institute Bankruptcy Battleground West
•Cochair, American Bankruptcy Institute Battleground West (2014, 2015)

Reported Cases:
Representations: Chapter 11 debtors: American Suzuki; CyberDefender Corporation; Rhodes Homes; William Lyon Homes; Solyndra; Creditors' committees: New Cal-Neva Lodge; Anna's Linens; Martifer Solar; Wet Seal; Orchard Supply Hardware Stores; Rodeo Creek Gold; Contract Research Solutions; Alethia Research & Management; Nevada Cancer Institute; Coach America; Palm Harbor Homes; CB Holdings (Charlie Brown's); Souper Salad/Grandy's; ISE Corporation; MMFX Corporation; Gas City; The Walking Company; S&K Famous Brands; Fleetwood Enterprises; Daphne's Greek Cafe; DIP lender: New Century Financial Corporation ($150 million credit facility); Asset purchasers: Steering division of Delphi Corporation (estimated value $700 million); East Orange General Hospital (estimated value $100+ million)

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