Reed S. Waddell


Mr. Waddell's practice focuses on the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency, commercial finance and creditors rights litigation. He has more than 25 years of first chair experience counseling and protecting banks, secured and unsecured creditors, asset purchasers and indenture trustees in all aspects of bankruptcy cases, adversary proceedings, pre-bankruptcy workouts, Chapter 11 restructurings, receiverships and all related state and federal commercial litigation.

Mr. Waddell business experience also includes being one of the Founding Partners of Kinko's, and spending more than 5 years as a full time real estate developer.


Bankruptcy & Business Reorganization

Creditors Rights & Commercial Litigation

Business Litigation

Real Estate Finance & Litigation


University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A. (with High Honors), Political Science and Economics, 1979

University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, Juris Doctor (Order of the Coif), 1982


State Bar of California, 1982
United States Court of Appeals, Third and Ninth Circuits
United States District Court, California (All Districts)
United States Bankruptcy Court, California (All Districts)


Financial Lawyer's Conference
California Receivership Forum


Mr. Waddell has been a Lecturer for the California Continuing Education of the Bar -- Recent Developments in Business Litigation, and for numerous Bank and other client groups from time to time providing updates on new developments in the law that could impact the way they do business.


Lead Counsel for a publicly traded Health Plan in the largest healthcare practice management provider conservatorship and bankruptcy ever filed in California. Worked directly with the Health Plan's CEO and Office of the General Counsel to meet the political and business demands of the Governor and the Department of Insurance, while heading an informal Health Plan/Hospital task force charged by the Governor to overhaul and reorganize the health care delivery and payment system for more than 2 million California patients via multiple Chapter 11 reorganizations, asset sales, and related replacement provider restructurings.

Represented the interests of a large national bank in its capacity as Indenture Trustee for more than $90 Million in publicly traded debt in the Chapter 11 reorganization and subsequent liquidation of a large national railway and trucking delivery company.

Represented the interests of a large national Bank as secured creditor in the Chapter 11 of a Southern California Oil & Gas Refinery, responsible for negotiating and documenting, among other things, a complex DIP Financing Agreement, and the ultimate sale of the refinery to a third party who assumed a significant portion of the client's debt.


Served as General Volunteer Chairman of the 2011 LPGA Kia Classic, responsible for the recruitment, deployment and on-site site management more than 800 volunteers for the only nationally televised LPGA Tour event held in the greater Los Angeles Area during the past decade.

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Reed Waddell, Attorney at Law