Bovitz & Spitzer, established in 1991

J. Scott Bovitz

Bovitz & Spitzer
1100 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 2403
Los Angeles, California
90017-1961
(213) 346-8300
bovitz@bovitz-spitzer.com

 

Certifications, AV Preeminent rating, and Super Lawyer selection

Board Certified -- Business Bankruptcy Law -- American Board of Certification (1993-present)

Certified Specialist -- Bankruptcy Law -- State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization (1994-present)

Rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell (AV rated 1991-present)

Selected as Southern California "Super Lawyer" in Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights (2004-present)

 

Adjunct professor of law

Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles -- bankruptcy law, debtor-creditor law, and Uniform Commercial Code (1982-1987)

 

Publications

Coordinating editor, ABI Journal (American Bankruptcy Institute, 2014-2017)

Contributing editor, Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice 3d (2008-2016)

Author, "Travels and Adventures in Ham Radio with Hon. John T. Laney, III," ABI Journal (American Bankruptcy Institute, 2017)

Author, "Amusements Off the Bench: Hobbies of the Hon. Scott C. Clarkson," ABI Journal (American Bankruptcy Institute, 2016)

Author, "Judicial Perspectives on Life, Bankruptcy Law, and All That," ABI Journal (American Bankruptcy Institute, 2016)

Author, "On the Dangers of Asteroids and Other Disclosure Statement Lessons," ABI Journal (American Bankruptcy Institute, 2016)

Author, "Lawyers and Judges Who Rock," ABI Journal (American Bankruptcy Institute, 2015)

Author, "Refinements to the Federal Rules," ABI Journal (American Bankruptcy Institute, 2015)

Author, "A Bankruptcy Lawyer Does his State Court Jury Duty," ABI Journal (American Bankruptcy Institute, 2015)

Author, "Doodles from the Bench and BAP: the Cartoon Magic of the Hon. James M. Marlar," ABI Journal (American Bankruptcy Institute, 2014)

Author, "Memorable Legal Insults," ABI Journal (American Bankruptcy Institute, 2014)

Author, "Things They Didn't Teach You in Moot Court," ABI Journal (American Bankruptcy Institute, 2014)

Contributing author, "Law Firm Job Survival Manual, From First Interview to Partnership" (Wolters Kluwer, 2014)

Author, "Technology Checklist for Certified Specialists and other Bankruptcy Professionals: Modern Rainmaking and Law Office Tools," ABI Journal (American Bankruptcy Institute, 2013)

Author, "What's on your iPad, Mr. Certified Specialist?" ABI Journal (American Bankruptcy Institute, 2013)

Coauthor, with Hon. Elihu M. Berle, "Bankruptcy Proceedings in State Courts," Los Angeles Daily Journal (2011)

Author, "The Lawyer's Toolkit," ABI Journal (American Bankruptcy Institute, 2011)

Author, "Closing Argument -- Lessons from 30 years in the Courtroom," Los Angeles Lawyer (2011)

Author, "Lawyer's Toolkit," Key Note, Northeast Texas Association of Paralegals, Inc. (2011)

Contributing author, "California Real Estate Bankruptcies: Law and Litigation" (CEB Continuing Education of the Bar, 2010)

Columnist on technology and the law, California Legal Specialization Digest, "Technical Notes from bovitz.com" (2000-2011)

Executive editor and contributing author, Personal and Small Business Bankruptcy Practice in California (CEB Continuing Education of the Bar, 2003-2006)

Columnist, California Legal Specialization Digest, "View from the Chair" (2005-2006)

Coauthor, with Hon. Elihu M. Berle, Supervising Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court, "Impact of Bankruptcy on State Court Litigation" for California Superior Courts (2005, 2007, 2009)

Coauthor, with Hon. Elihu M. Berle, Los Angeles Superior Court, "Bankruptcy Primer for California Judges" (2004)

Coauthor, with Hon. Elihu M. Berle, Los Angeles Superior Court, "Automatic Stay Primer" for California Education Division/Center for Judicial Education and Research of the Administrative Office of the Courts (2004)

Author, "Valuation Issues in Fraudulent Transfer Litigation," Sanli Pastore & Hill newsletter (2004)

Author, "Perspectives and Tools of the United States Bankruptcy Trustee," Shore to Shore magazine (Winter 2000)

Coauthor, "The Central District Bankruptcy Court Goes Online," Los Angeles Lawyer (2000)

 

Bankruptcy mediator

Mediator, Bankruptcy Mediation Program, United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California (1995-present); tied for most frequently selected mediator (Los Angeles Division, 1999-2000; Northern Division, 2012-2013)

 

Professional matters

Speaker, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section, "Hon. Ernest M. Robles: Pet Peeves and Best Practices" (scheduled, 2017)

Speaker, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section, "The Uncomfortable Intersection of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, California's Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and Bankruptcy Law" (2017)

Speaker, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section, "Litigating fraud cases under 11 U.S.C. §523(a)(2)(A)" (2017)

Speaker, Central California Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association, "Bankruptcy Mediation in Consumer Cases" (2017)

Speaker, American Bankruptcy Institute, Winter Leadership Conference, "Nuts and Bolts of Evidentiary Hearings" (2016)

Speaker, American Bankruptcy Institute, Winter Leadership Conference, "Marketing Your Bankruptcy Practice Today: SEO Optimization, Social Media, or the Phone Book?" (2016)

Speaker, Federal Bar Association, 13th Annual Bankruptcy Ethics Symposium, "The Emergence of Robot Lawyers: California State Bar No. 93548 vs. Legal Zoom, the Cloud, and You Tube" (2016)

Speaker, United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, annual mediation program lunch, "Three Things They Didn't Teach you in Mediation School" (2016)

Speaker, Bar Association of San Francisco, "Federal Rules of Evidence" (2016)

Speaker, Orange County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, "Common Evidentiary Mistakes in Bankruptcy Court" (2016)

Speaker, American Bar Association, Center for Professional Responsibility, National Specialization Roundtable, "Legal Certification Examinations -- Efficient and Effective Examination Creation and Preservation" (2016)

Speaker, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Specialization, Annual National Roundtable on Lawyer Specialty Certification, "Legal Specialization Workshop: Certification Hypotheticals (Saturday Morning Players)" (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)

Speaker, California Bankruptcy Forum, Insolvency Conference, "The Chapter 7 Trustee Received the Gold Mine and the Debtor got the Shaft: Exemptions and Such" (2016)

Speaker, American Bankruptcy Institute, Bankruptcy Battleground West, Judicial "Hot buttons in the Bankruptcy Shark Tank: Discharge of Student Loans" (2016)

Speaker, Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, "Inside the Judge's Studio with the Hon. Alex Kozinski" (2016)

Speaker, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section, "Admit What (Evidence) You do not Know: Common Evidentiary Mistakes in Bankruptcy Court" (2016)

Speaker, Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference, "Hot Topics in Chapter 11 (Structured Dismissals, Gifting, and MSore)" (2015)

Speaker, Federal Bar Association, 12th Annual Bankruptcy Ethics Symposium, "Leveraging Technology in the Small Law Office: Tips and Ethical Missteps" (2015)

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trial Practitioner Section, Inn of Court, "How to Overcome Objections and Get Your Evidence In" (2015)

State Bar of California, Young Lawyers Association, “How to Prepare for a Career as a Legal Specialist” (2015)

Speaker, Central California Bankruptcy Association, Central California Bankruptcy Institute, "Defending Nondischargeability Litigation" (2015)

Speaker, Central California Bankruptcy Association, Central California Bankruptcy Institute, "15 Minutes with a Bankruptcy Humorist" (2015)

Commercial Law League of America, "Where the Rubber Hits the Road on Enforcement of Judgments" (2015)

Speaker, California Bankruptcy Forum, "Exemptability of Retirement Plans" (2015)

Speaker, California Bankruptcy Forum, "Hardship Discharge of Student Loans in Bankruptcy" (2015)

Speaker, American Board of Certification, "Certification Review Course -- American Board of Certification: Chapters 1 through 5; Consumer Bankruptcy Overview; and Hot Topics in Business Bankruptcy" (2015)

Speaker, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section, "The Middle Game in Adversary Proceedings: Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26 and Crafting the Pre‐Trial Order" (2015)

Speaker, Loyola Law School (Prof. Joel Weinberg -- Bankruptcy Law Seminar), "Fraudulent Transfers and Setoffs" (2015), "Preferences" (2013), Automatic Stay" (2006, 2009, 2011), and "Claims, Bankruptcy Discharge, and Dischargeability" (2010)

Speaker, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, "Dischargeability of Claims" (2015)

Speaker, Federal Bar Association, 11th Annual Bankruptcy Ethics Symposium, "Best Practices for Small Law Firms with Limited Budgets: E-mail Protocol and Disclaimers; Client Intake Sheets and Other Client Communications; Office Procedures; Record Keeping and Destruction; Electronic Filing Nightmares; and Appearance Counsel" (2014)

Speaker, American Bankruptcy Institute, 22nd Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, "Discharge and Dischargeability" (2014)

Speaker, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Specialization, Annual National Roundtable on Lawyer Specialty Certification, "The Other Credentialing Paradigms -- A Conversation with Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and AVVO" (2014)

Speaker, California Bankruptcy Forum, "Treacherous Surf: The Ethical Use of Social Media" (2014)

Speaker, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section, "Recent Developments in Avoidance Powers: Preferences; Fraudulent Transfers; and Other Such Things" (2014)

Speaker, Norton Bankruptcy Litigation Seminar II, "Claims Litigation" and "Preference and Avoidance Litigation" (2014)

Speaker, Federal Bar Association, Tenth Annual Bankruptcy Ethics Symposium, "Technology Trends and Trapdoors for Lawyers" (2013)

Speaker, Central California Bankruptcy Association, Central California Bankruptcy Institute, "Wrangling those Bankruptcy Rainmakers: Bankruptcy Practice Trends for 2013 and Beyond" (2013)

Speaker, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Specialization, Annual National Roundtable on Lawyer Specialty Certification, "Test Preparation and Validation: Drafting Workshop for Legal Specialization Exams" (2013)

Speaker, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section, "Contested Chapter 13 Bankruptcies" (2013)

Speaker, UNLV Boyd School of Law (Prof. Nancy Rapoport), "Professional Responsibility" (2013)

Speaker, Federal Bar Association, "The Lawyer, Her Technology, and Techno-ethical Issues" (2012)

Speaker, Appraisal Institute, Southern California Chapter, 45th Annual Litigation Seminar, "Real Estate Valuation in Bankruptcy Court" (2012)

Speaker, California Bankruptcy Forum, "Marketing a Bankruptcy Practice (Effectively and Ethically)" (2012)

Speaker, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Specialization, Annual National Roundtable on Lawyer Specialty Certification, "Legal Certification Standards: What is a Passing Grade, Anyway? Should the Opinions of an Applicant’s Peers Matter?ʺ (2012)

Speaker, Professional Fiduciary Association of California, "Bankruptcy Law in a Nutshell; How it Affects You and Your Clients" (2012)

Speaker, Foxmoor Continuing Education, "Asset Protection Planning: The State of the Art in 2011” (2011)

Speaker, Central California Bankruptcy Association, Central California Bankruptcy Institute, "Keynote Presentation on Past, Present, and Future of Bankruptcy Law" (2011)

Speaker, Central California Bankruptcy Association, Central California Bankruptcy Institute, “Becoming a Certified Bankruptcy Specialist” (2011)

Speaker, Commercial Law League of America, "Recent Developments in Preference Litigation: Demand Letters; Settlement Tricks and Traps; Litigation Strategy; and Recent Case Law" (2011)

Speaker, Orange County Bar Association, "What Happens When Bankruptcy and Estate Planning Collide?" (2011)

Speaker, Beverly Hills Bar Association, "How to Become a Certified Bankruptcy Specialist: Taking and Passing the Test; and All Those Other Pesky Details" (2011)

Facilitator and organizer of three lecture series, "Sessions with the Certified Bankruptcy Specialists" (2011)

Speaker, Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys' Association, "Becoming a Certified Bankruptcy Specialist" (2011)

Speaker, Federal Bar Association, "State Bar Disciplinary Proceedings -- with a Bankruptcy Twist" (2010)

Speaker, California Bankers Association, "36 Little Things: What Every Banker Should Know about Bankruptcy" (2010)

Committee Member, Joint Retirement Function (Hon. Mund, Hon. Thompson, Hon. Bufford) (2010)

Speaker, Beverly Hills Bar Association, "Current Developments in Asset Protection" (2010)

Speaker, Beverly Hills Bar Association, "Getting your State Court Dispute out of Bankruptcy Court" (2010)

Speaker, Orange County Bar Association, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section, "Fishy or Flashy? Exemption Planning and Asset Protection" (2010)

Facilitator, UCLA Law School (Prof. Ken Klee and Prof. Jeffrey Diener -- Business Deals Clinic) (2010)

Speaker, California Lawyers for the Arts, "Bankruptcy 101 -- Basics of Bankruptcy" (2010)

Speaker, CLE International, "Bankruptcy 101 for Real Estate Professionals" (2010)

Speaker, Federal Bar Association, "Ethics of Pre-Bankruptcy Planning" (2009)

Speaker, Beverly Hills Bar Association, "2009 Hot Topics in Personal and Small Business Bankruptcy Practice" (2009)

Speaker, Central California Bankruptcy Association Institute, "Removing State Court Litigation to the Bankruptcy Courts" (2009)

Speaker, Central California Bankruptcy Association Institute, Keynote presentation on "Impact of the Recession on Bankruptcy Professionals" (2009)

Speaker, American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, "Asset Protection Meets Bankruptcy Law" (2009)

Speaker, Professional Fiduciary Association of California, "Client Confidentiality for Attorneys and Professional Fiduciaries" (2009)

Speaker, Los Angeles Superior Court, "The Impact of Bankruptcy on State Court Litigation" (2009)

Speaker, Central District of California Annual U.S. Panel Trustee Seminar, "Asset Protection and Bankruptcy" (2009)

Speaker, Los Angeles Public Library, "Who Needs a Record Label? Write, Record, Mix, Master, Post, and Promote your Own Songs" (2009)

Speaker, 21st Annual Norton Bankruptcy Litigation Institute II, "Bankruptcy Appellate Procedures" (2009)

Speaker, 21st Annual Norton Bankruptcy Litigation Institute II, "Administrative Claims in Bankruptcy" (2009)

Speaker, California Lawyers for the Arts, "What Happens to my Intellectual Property in Bankruptcy?" (2009)

Speaker, Federal Bar Association, "Discovery Ethics" (2008)

Speaker, South Bay Estate Planning Council, "How to Live Up to Client Confidentiality Responsibilities" (2008)

Speaker, Beverly Hills Bar Association, "Hot Topics in Personal and Small Business Bankruptcy Practice" (2008)

Speaker, Financial Lawyers Conference, "Evidentiary Potpourri -- Finding and Getting your Documents into Evidence" (2008)

Speaker, California State Bar Convention, "Protecting the Clients' Interests, the Survivors’ Interests, and Attorney's Interests after an Attorney's Disability, Retirement or Death" (2008)

Speaker, California State Bar Convention, Board of Legal Specialization, "Foreclosures and Bankruptcy" (2008)

Speaker, Sacramento County Bar Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, "Getting Your Facts into Evidence in Bankruptcy Court" (2008)

Speaker, California Bankruptcy Forum, "Consumer Bankruptcy Developments" (2008)

Speaker, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Specialization, Annual National Roundtable on Lawyer Specialty Certification, "Developing New Certified Legal Specialties" (2008)

Speaker, Los Angeles Paralegal Association, "Understanding the 2005 Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code and Current Bankruptcy Developments" (2008)

Speaker, Federal Bar Association, "Appellate Ethics and Frivolous Appeals" (2007)

Speaker, Beverly Hills Bar Association, "Critical Developments of 2007 in Consumer and Small Business Bankruptcy Practice -- Views from the United States Trustee and the Trenches" (2007)

Speaker, Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum "Optimal Strategies to Defend and Insulate Preferential Transfers from Avoidance" (2007)

Speaker, International Forum on Asset Protection Planning, "Bankruptcy and Asset Protection" (2007)

Speaker, International Forum on Asset Protection Planning, "Ethical, Civil, and Criminal Issues for the Asset Protection Planner" (2007)

Speaker, Central California Bankruptcy Association Institute, "Practical, Ethical and Uncomfortable Aspects of Asset Protection and Pre-Bankruptcy Planning after BAPCPA" (2007)

Speaker, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Specialization, Annual National Roundtable on Lawyer Specialty Certification, "Lawyer Advertising, Attorney Marketing, and Beyond the Super Lawyer" (2007)

Speaker, Los Angeles County Bar Association, "Representing Trade Creditors under the New Bankruptcy Reform Act" (2007)

Speaker, Sacramento County Bar Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, "Practical, Ethical, and Uncomfortable Aspects of Asset Protection and Pre-Bankruptcy Planning after BAPCPA" (2007)

Speaker, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, "Traps for the Unwary: To File or Not to File a Proof of Claim; Litigating Objections to Claims and Estate Causes of Action; Abstention, Removal and Remand; Withdrawal of the Reference; Waiver" (2006)

Speaker, Beverly Hills Bar Association, "The First Year under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act" (2006)

Speaker, Rochdale Offshore Investment Management seminar, "Asset Protection Planning and Fraudulent Transfer Issues" (2006)

Speaker, Federal Bar Association, Bankruptcy Ethics Symposium, "The New Ethics of Prepetition Bankruptcy Planning" (2006)

Speaker, South Bay Estate Planning Council, "What Every Estate Planner Needs to Know about the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005" (2006)

Speaker, Sacramento County Bar, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, "Avoiding Powers Update (Preferences, Fraudulent Transfers, and More)" (2005)

Moderator and panelist on tour of California cities, CEB Continuing Education of the Bar, "Bankruptcy Reform: Changing the Grounds Rules for Personal and Small Business Bankruptcy Practice" addressing changes under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (2005)

Speaker, Federal Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section, "Ethical Issues arising in Electronic Discovery" (2005)

Panelist, Beverly Hills Bar Association, "The October 17, 2005 Consumer Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code: Chance, Community Chest, Park Place or Debtors' Prison?" (2005)

Member, Blue Ribbon Panel, Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine (assisted in selection of 2006 and 2012 "Southern California Super Lawyers" in field of bankruptcy)

Speaker, Insolvency Law Committee, Business Law Section, State Bar of California, "Board Certification and Legal Specialization" (2005)

Speaker, Los Angeles County Bar Association (Family Law Section) and Los Angeles Superior Court, 37th Annual Family Law Symposium, "Significant Crossover Issues: Bankruptcy and Family Law" (2005)

Speaker, Orange County Bankruptcy Forum, "Catch Me If You Can: Understanding, Prosecuting and Defending Fraudulent Transfers" (2005)

Speaker, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Specialization, Annual National Roundtable on Lawyer Specialty Certification, "Publicity for Legal Specialization Programs" (2005)

Speaker, American Bankruptcy Institute, Caribbean Insolvency Symposium, "Business Reorganization under Chapter 13" (2004)

Speaker, Joint Presentation of the Office of United States Trustee and Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, "Basics of Litigating Claims under 11 U.S.C. § 727" (2004)

Speaker, Fulbright & Jaworski, "Ten Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Bankruptcy" (2004)

Speaker, Chapman University School of Law (Advanced Bankruptcy Law Seminar), "Chapter 11 Confirmation Standards" (2004)

Speaker, Selman Breitman, "Recent Developments in Nondischargeability Litigation" (2004)

Speaker, Commercial Law League of America, Western Region Meeting, "Hot and Emerging Commercial and Bankruptcy Topics" (2004)

Speaker, Sacramento County Bar, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, "Recent Developments under 11 U.S.C. § 523" (2003)

Speaker, Central California Bankruptcy Forum Institute, "Nondischargeability Update" (2003)

Speaker, Joint Presentation of the Office of United States Trustee and Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, "Basics of Litigating Nondischargeability Claims" (2003)

Panelist, Lorman Education Services, "Bankruptcy in California" (2003)

Speaker, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Specialization, Annual National Roundtable on Lawyer Specialty Certification, "Publicizing Legal Specialization -- Video, Billboards, and Courthouse Graffiti" (2003)

Instructor, McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, LLP, "Bankruptcy Law in One Day" (2002)

Panelist, PESI California program, “Asset Protection and Family Security Planning through Going Offshore” (San Francisco and Los Angeles, 2002)

Panelist, PESI Sixth Annual Conference on Offshore Practice & Procedure, "Impact of U.S. Bankruptcy Laws on Offshore Planning" (2001)

Panelist, CEB Continuing Education of the Bar program, "The 21st Century Law Office: Running A Successful Law Practice in the New Economy" (Los Angeles, Garden Grove and San Diego, 2001)

Lecturer, Los Angeles County Superior Court, "Bankruptcy Primer for California Judges" (2000)

Panelist, PESI Fifth Annual Conference on Offshore Practice and Procedure, "Principles of Bankruptcy in Domestic and International Settings for the International and Offshore Practitioner" (2000)

Panelist, PESI Advanced Seminar on Integrated Estate Planning and Asset Protection, "Attorney-Client Privilege" (2000)

Panelist, Beverly Hills Bar Association, "Becoming a Certified Legal Specialist" (2000)

Moderator, Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, "Integrated Estate Planning and Asset Protection for Bankruptcy Lawyers: What Asset Protection Is and What Asset Protection Is Not" (2000)

Speaker, Central California Bankruptcy Association Institute, "It's Amazing! Internet Resources for the Bankruptcy Practitioner" (2000)

Virtual panelist, PricewaterhouseCoopers 1999 Women Litigators Conference, "Law, Technology & Change" (1999)

Panelist, PESI Fourth Annual Conference on Offshore Practice and Procedure, "The Bankruptcy Trustee's Perspective on Going Offshore and Enforceability/Recognition of Choice of Law Elections" (1999)

Panelist (cameo role), Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, "Bias in Bankruptcy Court" (1999)

Panelist, American Lawyer Media, "Doing Business on the Web: Identifying Legal Issues and Avoiding Liability" (1999)

Panelist, Association of Insolvency Accountants, 15th Annual Bankruptcy and Reorganization Conference, "Internet Resources: Treasure Troves and Minefields" (1999)

Panelist, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Spring Education Seminar, "Internet Tools for Bankruptcy Trustees and the NABT Web Page" (1999)

Panelist, Financial Lawyers Conference, "The Internet is Your Friend: How to Use the Internet in Your Commercial and Bankruptcy Practice" (1998)

Panelist, Joint Program of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum and Orange County Bar Association -- Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, "New Local Bankruptcy Rules" (1998)

Panelist, Education Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, 20th Annual Spring Program: "Technology and the Practice of Law: How Going Online Can Improve Your Productivity" (1998 in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego)

Panelist and coauthor of mock trial script, California Bankruptcy Forum, "Bankruptcy Litigation Skills" (1998)

Panelist, Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, "The Electronic Bankruptcy Professional" (1997)

Panelist and Committee Member, Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum State Court Judges Committee, "Impact of Bankruptcy on State Court Actions" (1996)

Speaker, Harrington, Foxx, Dubrow & Canter, "What Every Litigator Needs To Know About Bankruptcy" (1996)

Speaker, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, "What Every Lawyer Needs To Know About Bankruptcy" (1996)

Panelist, Mainsail Financial Group, "Advanced Estate Planning With An Emphasis On Asset Protection Planning" (1996)

Panelist, Orange County Bankruptcy Forum Special Projects Committee, "Workshop On Trial Strategy And Techniques" (1995)

Speaker, Demetriou, Del Guercio, Springer & Moyer, "The Intersection Of Environmental and Bankruptcy Law" (1995)

Speaker, Credit Managers Association of California -- Print Group, "The 1994 Amendments To The Bankruptcy Code" (1995)

Panelist, California State Bar Convention, "Bankruptcy Litigation Skills" (1994)

Speaker, Pasadena Organization of Certified Public Accountants, "What Every Accountant Should Know About Bankruptcy" (1994)

Panelist, American Bankruptcy Institute -- Second Annual Bankruptcy Battleground West, "Alternative Dispute Resolution in Bankruptcy" (1994)

Speaker, Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, "Get Yourself Ready to be a Bar Certified Bankruptcy Specialist" (1993)

Panelist, American Bankruptcy Institute -- First Annual Bankruptcy Battleground West, "Latest Weapons for the Battlefield: Current Developments" (1993)

Speaker, National Business Institute, "Treatment of Secured Claims in Bankruptcy in California" (1993)

Moderator and Speaker, California State Bar Convention, "Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Law" (1984, 1986-1989, and 1991-1992)

Speaker, Bankers' Compliance Group Seminar, "Loan Workouts and Collections" (1992)

Speaker, BEST Seminar, "Real Estate in Bankruptcy" (1992)

Speaker, Braverman, Codron & Co., "What Every Accountant Should Know About Bankruptcy" (1992)

Speaker, McClintock, Weston, Benshoof, Rochefort, Rubalcava & MacCuish, "The Conflict Between Environmental and Bankruptcy Laws" (1992)

Speaker, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Bankruptcy Litigation Subcommittee Meeting, "Current Issues in Bankruptcy Litigation from the Ninth Circuit Perspective" (1991)

Panelist, Infocast, "Bankruptcy Cases and Lending Institutions" (1991)

Panelist, Infocast, "Chapter 11" (1991)

Speaker, Coopers & Lybrand, Business Investigation Services Meeting, "Protecting Professional Fees from Recovery by the Bankruptcy Trustee" (1991)

Speaker, Poms, Smith, Lande & Rose, "The Impact of Bankruptcy on Licensors and Licensees of Intellectual Property" (1991)

Panelist, Infocast, "Lender Liability" (1990)

Speaker, South Bay Bar Association, "Chapter 7" (1984)

 

Legal associations

American Board of Certification: Director (2009-present); Standards Committee (2009); State Bar Liaison Committee (2010); Chair, State Bar Liaison Committee (2011-2014); Faculty Committee (2014-2016); Secretary (2015); Treasurer (2016); President-elect (2017)

United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California: Bench/Bar Judicial Variance Committee (1994-1997); Guest, Judgeship Survey Team, Administrative Office of United States Courts (2011); Legal Specialist Speakers Series (2011); Information Technology Committee (2012-present)

State Bar of California, Committee of Bar Examiners: Member (2011-2014); Subcommittee on Operations & Management: Member (2011-2013), Chair (2013-2014); Subcommittee on Examinations: Member (2011), Chair (2012-2013); Subcommittee on Moral Character (2011-2012, 2013-2014); Subcommittee on Educational Standards (2011)

State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization: Commissioner (2001-2004); Chair, Subcommittee on Publicity/Public Awareness (2001-2004); Chair, Subcommittee on Rules (2004-2005); Vice-Chair (2004-2005); Chair (2005-2006); Member, California State Bar Affinity Administrator Evaluation Working Group (2006); Advisor (2006-2007); Council of Past Chairs (2007-2010)

Personal and Small Business Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization: Commissioner (1997-2001); Vice-Chair (1999-2000); and Chair (2000-2001)

Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum: Secretary (1997-1998);  Program Chair (1998-1999); Vice-President (1999-2000); President (2000-2001); Director (1994-2001); ex officio Director (2001-present); Webmaster, labankruptcyforum.org (1998-2013); Webmaster, bankruptcydog.com (2007-present)

California Bankruptcy Forum: CBF Director (1998-2001, 2008-2009); Co-chairman (Education), CBF Insolvency Conference (2001); Co-Conference Chair, CBF Insolvency Conference (2004); Sponsor, Bankruptcy Poetry Competition, CBF Insolvency Conference (2011-2012); Co-chairman, Consumer Bankruptcy Program, CBF Insolvency Conference (2013); Sponsor, Bankruptcy Joke Contest, CBF Insolvency Conference (2013); Sponsor, Bankruptcy Photography Contest, CBF Insolvency Conference (2014, 2015, 2016)

Financial Lawyers Conference: Board of Governors (2003-2006); recording engineer for selected dinner programs (2006-2007)

CEB Continuing Education of the Bar: Member, CEB Business and Intellectual Property Law Advisory Committee (2004-2008)

American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Specialization: Accreditation Review Panel (2012)

Federal Bar Association: planning committee, bankruptcy ethics seminar (2011-2015)

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section: Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Proposed Official Revisions to Local Bankruptcy Rules (1997-1998)

Los Angeles County Bar Association: Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section

American Bankruptcy Institute

 

Media

Guest, "Your Legal Rights" with Chuck Finney, KALW 91.7 FM (NPR affiliate), San Francisco (1999, 2001-2006, 2011, 2015)

Regular guest, "Bob McCormick's Money 101" on KNX 1070 AM, Los Angeles (2008-2012) and KFWB 980 AM, Los Angeles (2011-2014)

Interview, California Bar Journal, "Q&A: Legal Specialization a Boon for Consumers" (2013)

Guest, "The Financial Fitness Show" with Chip Cummings (2013)

Guest, Adam Levin, "Credit Line Radio," KFWB 980 AM, Los Angeles (2011)

Guest, Jeff Levy, "Living the e-Life," KFWB 980 AM, Los Angeles (2011)

Periodic bankruptcy commentator for reporter Dave Lopez, KCAL Channel 9 and KCBS Channel 2 (CBS television network, Los Angeles) (2011-2012)

Director, videographer and editor of Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum film, Hon. Arthur M. Greenwald retirement dinner (2005)

Interview, "Case n' Point Newsletter" (CEB, 2003)

Director, videographer, and editor of Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum film for Hon. Geraldine Mund, "The Passing of the Gavel" (2003)

Writer and moderator of cable television talk show, "Lex Loci: The Law of the Land" (1982-1983, Melanie Savage, producer)

Quoted in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the Recorder, the Los Angeles Business Journal, the New York Times, the Seattle Times, the Charlotte Observer, the Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review, Business Week, Art News, theartnewspaper.com, law.com, legalweek.com, law360.com, abajournal.com (ABA Journal -- Legal News Now), lawyersusaonline.com (Lawyers USA), and ARTFORUM.com

 

Internet

Webmaster of bovitz.com (portal), bovitz-spitzer.com (law firm site), bovitz.net (photography site), bovitz.biz (music site), n6mi.com (ham radio site), labankruptcyforum.org (Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, 1998-2013), bankruptcydog.com (master calendar for Los Angeles bankruptcy professionals)

Speaker, Central California Bankruptcy Institute, "Bankruptcy Law Firm Web Sites" (2001)

Speaker, Legal Tech 2001, "Web Sites for Solos and Small Firms" (2001)

Speaker, American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Specialization, National Roundtable on Lawyer Specialty Certification, "Using the Web to Market and Add Value to Your Legal Specialization Program" (2001)

Instructor, UCLA Extension, "Legal, Ethical and Design Aspects of Law Firm Web Sites" (2000)

Speaker, PricewaterhouseCoopers FAS meeting, "Internet Resources for Professionals" (1999)

State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization: Chair, Internet Committee (1999-2001); co-webmaster of californiaspecialist.org (now a part of ls.calbar.ca.gov) (1999-2004)

Author, Los Angeles County Bar Association Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section Newsletter, "Technical Notes for Bankruptcy Lawyers" (1997)

Start-up consultant on financiallawyers.org (Financial Lawyers Conference site) (2000)

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, College of the Extended University: "Webmaster Certificate, Web Design Specialist" (1999)

 

Ham radio

Amateur Radio Extra Class license, N6MI (1969-present)

Volunteer Counsel (pro bono work), American Radio Relay League (1981-present)

Transmitter hunting activities profiled, Los Angeles Times, Outdoor Section (March 30, 2004)

Portable amateur radio contest operations profiled, CQ magazine (2012)

Member, United States National Radiosports Team, International Friendship Amateur Radio Games (silver team and personal bronze medals 1991, 1993)

Speaker on radio direction finding (transmitter hunting), ham radio contests, audio, photography, and other technical amateur radio topics at:

Amateur Radio Relay League -- National Convention (1992, 2012)
Amateur Radio Relay League -- Pacific Division Convention (2016)
Amateur Radio Relay League -- Southwest Division Convention (1988, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Amateur Radio Relay League -- Northwest Division Convention (1991)
Downey Amateur Radio Club (1997, 2012, 2015)
Boy Scouts of America, Troop 860, Hermosa Beach (2013)
Pasadena Amateur Radio Club (1997, 1998, 2012)
61st Annual International DX Convention (2010)
Amateur Radio Association of Long Beach (2010)
Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps SATERN (2010)
South Bay Amateur Radio Club (2006)
Fullerton Radio Club (1992, 1994, 2000)
TRW Amateur Radio Club (1996, 1998, 1999)
Southern California DX Club (1998)
Riverside County Amateur Radio Association (1998)
Edgewood Amateur Radio Society (1997)
Annual VHF/UHF Conferences (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996)
Antelope Valley Amateur Radio Club (1992, 1995)
Anaheim Amateur Radio Association (1995)
Western Amateur Radio Association (1995)
Cal Tech Amateur Radio Club (1995)
Beach Cities Wireless Society (1995)
San Fernando Valley Radio Club (1994)
Moreno Valley Radio Club (1994)
Associated Radio Amateurs of Long Beach (1994)
San Gabriel Valley Radio Club (1991, 1994)
Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (1993)
Orange County Amateur Radio Club (1993)
Victor Valley Radio Association (1990)

 

Education

Bachelor of Arts, with High Honors, double major in economics and political science, University of California, Santa Barbara (1977)

Juris Doctor, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (1980) (American Jurisprudence and Hon. Benno M. Brink Memorial awards in bankruptcy; staff member, International and Comparative Law Annual)

Diploma in Taxation, University of San Diego (1983)

Admissions

California, 1980
All California federal district courts, 1981
United States Tax Court, 1981
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1986

 

Qui omne dicit, nihil excludit

Bovitz' photos are featured on: the CD jacket for "Sunsets and Silhouettes" (Planting Seeds Records, 2005); the CD jacket for "Hellcat Susie" (Hellcat Susie Music, 2011); the book cover for "Protrepticul" by Aristotle (Humanitas, Bucharest, 2005); the Rowland Heights Connection (County of Los Angeles publication, 2008); licensed T-shirts; and third party web sites. Hundreds of Bovitz' photographs are posted on bovitz.com and bovitz.net.

Recording engineer, Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic (2009-2017). Recording engineer, Gary Greene, Esq. and his Big Band of Barristers (2012-2015). Recording engineer and mixer, Big Band of Barristers, "The Chicago Album" (2014). Produced or composed, mixed, and mastered 354 songs (bovitz.biz).

Co-founder of the "Monday Night Lawyer Movie Club Unless It's On Tuesday" (2009-present).

Producer, multi-media presentation, REDCAT Lounge, Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (2009).