Mary D. Lane

Legal Expertise

  • Distressed acquisitions on the sell or buy side
  • Business debtor representation, in or out of court
  • Business creditor representation in workouts and litigation to enforce creditors’ rights
  • Defend creditors in preference and fraudulent conveyance actions
  • Trustee representation as general bankruptcy counsel or special counsel
  • Creditor committee representation

I represent sellers or buyers of distressed companies or their assets, focusing upon consummating a sale but utilizing bankruptcy when it is the right tool and is cost-effective. I specialize in minimizing bankruptcy risks by providing advice on proper structuring of transactions and settlements. I also give creditors the legal tools to provide the maximum leverage in securing the best recovery. In addition, as chair of the bankruptcy and workout group at my firm, I have immediate access to specialized resources for complex, difficult and specialized cases.


Representative Matters

For buyers:

  • Represent small hospital chain in its acquisition of a hospital out of Chapter 11
  • Advise parties as to pros and cons of various kinds of acquisitions
  • Consult with bidders on acquisition tactics


For sellers:

  • Hospital in Chapter 11 case
  • Medical device maker in Chapter 11 case


For creditors:

  • Represent Chinese EB5 investors in a limited partnership with a lien on a meat packing plant.
  • Represent music publisher in bankruptcy court proceedings of its licensor.
  • Represent official committee of unsecured creditors in hospital, SNF, and RV cases.
  • Represent unofficial committee of capitated providers in Maxicare bankruptcy case.
  • Represent secured entertainment lender in restructurings and bankruptcies.
  • Represent official committee of unsecured creditors in entertainment case decided based on the value of the rights in the library.
  • Represent secured real estate lenders in prosecuting receivership litigation and seeking remedies in Chapter 11.
  • Represent secured lender with security interest in horses and foals.
  • Obtain attachment for unsecured lender and prosecute creditor's rights in bankruptcy court.
  • Advise lenders on bankruptcy issues relating to loan structure.
  • Defend businesses charged with having received fraudulent conveyances or preferences.


For distressed businesses:

  • Represent producer and distributor of children’s programming in Chapter 11 case
  • Represent ambulatory surgery center in out of court workout
  • Represent retailer in successful reorganization
  • Represent hospital in Chapter 11 case.
  • Represent medical device maker in Chapter 11 case.
  • Represent Chapter 11 trustee in ambulatory surgery center case.
  • Represent ambulatory surgery center in Chapter 11 reorganization.
  • Represent ambulatory surgery center in out of court workout.
  • Advise healthcare entities about restructuring options.
  • Negotiate overpayments claimed against distressed entities by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the California Department of Public Health.
  • Represent retail business in its internal reorganization based upon rejection of leases for unprofitable store locations.
  • Litigate and negotiate all types of claims.
  • Prosecute actions to assume or reject executory contracts.
Mary D. Lane

Of Counsel - Los Angeles

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  (310) 312-3195


  (310) 231-8395
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Industry Focus

Healthcare, entertainment, real estate, fashion and design

Education Collapse

  • University of California Los Angeles School of Law, J.D.; Phi Beta Kappa, Order of the Coif, Dean's List
  • Barnard College, Columbia University, B.A.; Magna Cum Laude

Court Admissions Collapse

  • California
  • USDC, Central District of California
  • USDC, Eastern District of California
  • USDC, Northern District of California
  • USDC, Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Publications and Presentations Expand

Professional, Business, and Civic Affiliations Expand

  • ListServ Facilitator, American Bankruptcy Institute Healthcare Committee
  • Chair, Bankruptcy Section Committee of SCG Legal
  • Executive committee, Healthcare Roundtable
  • Turnaround Management Association - Chair of Sponsorship, Organizer and Moderator at Media Distress Panel for the 2013 Western Regional Conference
  • American Bar Association Women Rainmakers Group - Coordinator of and Speaker at Panel in April, 2013
  • Special Events Chair, Health Care Committee of the Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • American Bankrupcty Institute - Healthcare Committee
  • American Bar Association - Business Section Bankruptcy Committee

Other Career Experience Expand

  • Of Counsel, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones
  • Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP