Mr. Ziehl has represented debtors, creditor committees, bondholders, trustees, examiners, and equity holders in many of the firm’s most notable engagements, including the high-profile chapter 11 cases of Lehman Brothers, Adelphia Communications, American Suzuki Motor Corporation and TK Holdings (Takata), as well as numerous out-of-court workouts. He is or has been involved in many other significant chapter 11 cases, including Washington Mutual, Mike Tyson, Webvan Group, Chrysler Corporation and Polaroid Corporation. In addition, he currently serves as the liquidation trustee and disbursing agent for SFX Liquidating Trust and as chair of the trustees overseeing the liquidations of Adelphia Communications and Physiotherapy Associates. He has also represented the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees as amicus curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court as well as on numerous appeals in federal courts of appeal and state supreme and appellate courts.
Mr. Ziehl currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society, the advisory board of the Loyola Law School Advocacy Institute, and the board of directors of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society. He is a former chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Litigation Section and the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Central District Lawyers Representatives.
Mr. Ziehl is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and received his J.D. from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Loyola Law Review editorial staff. Following law school, he clerked for the Hon. Albert Lee Stephens, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Mr. Ziehl has long held an “AV Preeminent Peer Rating,” Martindale-Hubbell's highest recognition for ethical standards and legal ability; has been voted by his business litigation peers as a Super Lawyer since 2004 (Los Angeles Magazine); and was selected by Best Lawyers in America for his work in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law as well as Commercial Litigation. In 2014, the Century City Bar Association honored him as its “Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year.”
•Law clerk, Chief Judge Albert Lee Stephens, Jr. (C.D. Cal.)
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August 15, 2018
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January 25, 2017
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August 17, 2015
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•Dean Ziehl: Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year
Century City Bar Association
April 9, 2014
•Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones: Five M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards
•Ten Southern California Super Lawyers at Pachulski Stang
Los Angeles magazine, February 2014
•American Suzuki Swiftly Glides to Plan Confirmation
March 6, 2013
•Eight Southern California Super Lawyers at Pachulski Stang
Los Angeles magazine, January 2013
•Eight Southern California Super Lawyers at Pachulski
Los Angeles Magazine, March 2008
•Litigation trustee and disbursing agent for SFX litigation trust. SFX is a live events, ticketing, and digital entertainment conglomerate that owned or operated electronic dance music festivals and concerts worldwide.
•Chair of the board of trustees overseeing the PAH litigation trust. Physiotherapy Associates was the largest pure-play provider of outpatient therapy services in the United States with over 1500 clinicians and 581 rehabilitation, orthotics, and prosthetics clinics in 29 states and the District of Columbia.
•Chair of the board of trustees overseeing the liquidation of the Adelphia Communications estate and the prosecution of litigation claims held by the Adelphia Recovery Trust, a public Delaware grantor trust. Adelphia was the fifth largest cable company in the U.S. before filing for bankruptcy after accounting scandals revealed $2.3 billion of off-balance-sheet debt.
•Board of Trustees, U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society
•Advisory Board, Loyola Law School Advocacy Institute
•Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
•Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society Advisory Council, 2011-2012; Board of Directors, 2012-present
•Member of court-appointed committees, United States District Court, Central District of California
•Chair, Los Angeles County Bar Association Litigation Section (2001-02)
•Chair, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Central District Lawyer Representative (1995-96; served multiple terms)
•American Bar Association Business Law Section Task Force on Insurance Insolvency Steering Committee (1992-95)
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