Maxim B. Litvak

Maxim B. Litvak: Attorney with Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
Attorney Awards


Mr. Litvak specializes in bankruptcy and restructuring matters. He has represented debtors, trustees, creditors, and creditors' committees in numerous bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings. He has authored a number of papers on insolvency issues and has lectured at various seminars and bar association meetings. Mr. Litvak is a graduate of UC Berkeley and received his J.D. from Duke University. Every year since 2014, he has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer in a peer survey conducted by Law & Politics and the publishers of San Francisco magazine, an honor bestowed on only 5% of Northern California attorneys, and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for his work in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law since 2016. He is admitted to practice in Texas and California, and speaks fluent Russian. Mr. Litvak is a resident in our San Francisco office.


•Northern California Super Lawyers and a Rising Star
March 12, 2019
•PSZJ Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers in America
August 15, 2018
•Thirty-Five PSZJ Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America
August 15, 2017
•Nineteen PSZJ Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America
August 2016
•Four Pachulski Lawyers Named Northern California's Best Lawyers
November 2015
•Seventeen PSZJ Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America
August 17, 2015
•Authoritative Chambers Guides Again Rank PSZJ Among the Best
May 19, 2015
•Four PSZJ Lawyers in San Francisco Named Super Lawyers
San Francisco Magazine
Northern California Super Lawyers, July 2014
•Solyndra Bankruptcy Reorganization Wins ACG Energy Deal of the Year
Third Annual ACG New York Champion’s Awards
June 2013
•Solyndra Liquidation Plan Effective
December 2012
•Auction for Digital Domain Assets Produces $30M - Double Opening Bid
September 24, 2012


•Coauthor with D. Grassgreen: First Day Motions: A Guide to the Critical First Days of a Bankruptcy Case (ABI 2d ed. 2006)
•Author, What Does an Insider Have to Do to Make a Buck? A Commentary on the Recent Revisions to Section 503 of the Bankruptcy Code Limiting the Approval of Retention, Severance and Other Bonus Compensation to Insiders, in Bankruptcy Reform 2005 at 63 (LRP Publications 2005)
•Author, Retention and Compensation of Investment Bankers in Bankruptcy Cases, 23 American Bankruptcy Institute Journal 30 (April 2004)
•Contributing editor, Norton Bankruptcy Law & Practice (2006 - 2010)

Programs and Lectures

Bar Association of San Francisco, American Bar Association, Turnaround Management Association


•Securities Law for Bankruptcy Dummies
ABA Business Law Section Business Bankruptcy Committee
Las Vegas, October 8, 2017
•Clearing the Starting Gate: Maintaining Business Operations During the First 60 Days of Bankruptcy
27th Annual California Bankruptcy Forum Insolvency Conference
Napa CA, May 16, 2015
•What Happens If Your Insolvent Customer Tries to Sell Its Assets
Credit Management Association Webinar
January 24, 2014
•The Sun Goes Down on Solyndra: A Look Beyond the Headlines With Analysis From Company Advisors
Beverly Hills, February 12, 2013
•Distressed Buy-Outs: Finding Hidden Value, Preventing Surprises, and Winning!
Opus Connect SF
San Francisco, July 26, 2012

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Bankruptcy
  • Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
415.263.7000  Phone
University Attended:
University of California, B.A., 1994
Law School Attended:
Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1997
Year of First Admission:
1997, Texas; 2001, California

Professional Affiliations

•Member, Bench-Bar Liaison Committee of the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California (2010-13)
•Turnaround Management Association, Northern California Chapter (Membership Committee, 2007-08; Secretary, 2004-07)

Birth Information:
Reported Cases:
Representations: Chapter 11 debtors including True Religion Apparel (Delaware), A.M. Castle (Delaware), Forbes Energy Services (Houston), Channel Technologies (Santa Barbara), Variant Holding Company (Delaware), Digital Domain Media (Delaware); Solyndra LLC (Delaware), Pacific Energy (Delaware), Woodside Homes (Riverside), Nellson Nutraceutical (Delaware), Proxim Corporation (Delaware), Sydran Services (Oakland), Deltagen (San Francisco), General Magic (San Jose), and Quokka Sports (San Francisco); Creditors' committees including Weinstein Company (Delaware), Bon-Ton Stores (Delaware), Marbles Brain Store (Chicago), Carinalli (Santa Rosa), Humboldt Creamery (Santa Rosa), Pacific Lumber (Corpus Christi), SeraCare (San Diego), At Home Corporation (San Francisco), and Software Logistics (Oakland)

Peer Reviews

San Francisco, California

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