Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that Rebecca J. Winthrop has joined the Los Angeles office as a shareholder in the firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring group.

“Rebecca has built an impressive portfolio in California bankruptcy law, and her 25 years of experience will elevate our dynamic team,” said Karol Denniston, managing partner for the firm’s Los Angeles office. “She has helped a large cross section of entities navigate complex bankruptcy and restructuring issues both in and out of court, and her versatility will benefit our work with current and future clients.”

Winthrop’s background ranges from acting as disclosure counsel in public bond financings to representing banks and other financial institutions in negotiating, documenting and closing secured loan transactions, forbearance agreements, voluntary liquidations and restructuring real estate projects both in and out of court. Additionally, she advises clients in all facets of bankruptcy, and has hands-on experience working with bondholders and indenture trustees, where she will help such clients implement Assembly Bill 506, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed this month. Brownstein helped draft AB 506, a measure that requires a city, county or local government to negotiate with creditors before filing for bankruptcy.

Formerly, Winthrop was of counsel at Ballard Spahr LLP in Los Angeles, where she specialized in bankruptcy, real estate restructuring and labor litigation. She also is a past-chair and current executive committee member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Bankruptcy Section. Winthrop frequently speaks on bankruptcy-related topics involving municipal bond defaults, distressed real estate, loan restructuring, and employment issues for numerous organizations. She received her law degree from Loyola Law School and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, where she graduated magna cum laude.


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