Victor A. Vilaplana

Victor A. Vilaplana

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San Diego, CA
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ABOUT

Victor A. Vilaplana is a business reorganization attorney focusing on the handling of insolvency matters, particularly complicated business bankruptcies and international transactions. His experience includes representing businesses in multiple fields, from medical device companies to agricultural producers in chapter 11 cases. He represents creditors, debtors as well as official committees in chapter 11 cases and he has also represented state court receivers and assignees for the benefit of creditors. He is also well versed on cross border transactional matters, specifically involving Mexico and Canada. 

 Victor has authored articles on the administration of multi-national bankruptcies and prepackage chapter 11 plans of reorganization. He is co editor of Advanced Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Practice for the American Law Institute and published the article, “Restructuring Tips for Single Asset Real Estate Debtors,” in the publication, Law360.

ADMISSIONS

  • California

LANGUAGE

  • English
  • Spanish

EDUCATION

1973
Stanford University
J.D.
1970
George Washington University
M.A., with highest honors
1968
San Diego State University
B.A., with honors

AWARDS

  • Consistently recognized as a Best Lawyer in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency  
  • One of 500 US and Global Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers by Lawdragon 
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization, Litigation – Bankruptcy Law (since 1993) 
  • Peer Review Rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ 
  • Selected for inclusion to the San Diego Super Lawyers lists (2007 – 2016) 
  • Ranked as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in San Diego (2013 and 2016)

FUN FACTS

FAVORITE QUOTE

Favorite Quote

Ever tried, ever failed, no matter, try again, fail again, fail better.

Samuel Beckett
  • Favorite Book
    Favorite Book

    The Brothers Karamazov

    by Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • Favorite Movie
    Favorite Movie

    Ronin

  • Favorite Vacation
    Favorite Vacation

    South of France

  • Favorite Artist
    Favorite Artist

    Francis Bacon

ALTERNATE CAREER PATH

Alternate Carrer Path

“If I weren’t a lawyer, I would be a tennis player (had I had the talent), but more likely an economist.”

ADMISSIONS

  • California

LANGUAGE

  • English
  • Spanish

EDUCATION

1973
Stanford University
J.D.
1970
George Washington University
M.A., with highest honors
1968
San Diego State University
B.A., with honors

AWARDS

  • Consistently recognized as a Best Lawyer in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency  
  • One of 500 US and Global Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers by Lawdragon 
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization, Litigation – Bankruptcy Law (since 1993) 
  • Peer Review Rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ 
  • Selected for inclusion to the San Diego Super Lawyers lists (2007 – 2016) 
  • Ranked as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in San Diego (2013 and 2016)

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Prior to joining Practus, Victor was Of Counsel at Foley & Lardner, a shareholder of a nationally recognized firm, as well as a managing partner of the San Diego office for a globally established firm. 

 

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Represent Southern Calif restaurant chain in executing chapter 11 plan  
  • Represent REIT as landlord in dealing with distressed tenants  
  • Represent Canadian developer in ancillary chapter 15 case  
  • Represented the Port of San Diego in connection with insolvencies of its tenants 
  • Represented the Organization of Parishes in the chapter 11 case of the San Diego Catholic Diocese 
  • Represented Sotera Wireless, Inc. in its chapter 11 reorganization 
  • Represented Quantum Technologies in its chapter 11 case 

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & BOARD MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Bar Association
  • American Law Institute 
  • Fellow for the American College of Bankruptcy 
  • Delegate to UNCITRAL on various international insolvency projects Founding member of the International Insolvency Institute 
  • Trustee, UC San Diego Foundation 
  • Commissioner, San Diego Port Authority 
  • Trustee, San Diego Children’s Hospital 
  • Vice president and director, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art

PRESS

Victor is a frequent lecturer for the California Continuing Education of the Bar, Practicing Law Institute, Law Education Institute and National Institute of Trial Advocacy on the topics of insolvency, uniform commercial code and various U.S./Mexico related issues, such as real estate ownership, commercial law, equipment leasing and debtor/creditor relations. He is also an ALI-ABA lecturer on practice under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act. 

 Victor has authored articles on the administration of multi-national bankruptcies and prepackage chapter 11 plans of reorganization. He is co-editor of Advanced Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Practice for the American Law Institute and published the article, “Restructuring Tips For Single Asset Real Estate Debtors,” in the publication, Law360.


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