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David R. Zaro

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David R. Zaro is a partner in our Los Angeles office, where his practice focuses upon litigation with an emphasis upon creditors' rights, bankruptcy litigation, and state and federal receiverships. David represents a wide range of clients including banks and other institutional lenders, developers, landlords, receivers, examiners, secured and unsecured creditors, and other business enterprises.

David has extensive experience as a bankruptcy lawyer as well as a trial lawyer in federal and state courts in California and several other jurisdictions. His experience in the field of insolvency, creditors' rights, and bankruptcy litigation includes out-of-court workouts and restructurings, federal and state court receiverships, and bankruptcy reorganization proceedings. David also advises residential and commercial lenders and others regarding all aspects of commercial law with regard to commercial and residential mortgage litigation, bank regulatory disputes, and collection actions.

David's representative cases include the representation of Court Appointed Receivers in a $1.2 billion fraud action brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the sale of TIC and other interests in 300 assisted living facilities; and a $750 million ponzi-like scheme involving the purchase of medical related receivables and related lending transactions; representation of lender in workout of mezzanine financing on a multi-building office park; defense of actions in bankruptcy by junior lienholder and debtor against lender on an industrial park; and structure lease termination and modifications for commercial and retail tenants both in and out of bankruptcy.

David has lectured on matters regarding residential and commercial mortgage litigation and workouts, creditors' rights, construction law, and other real property remedies.


  • Financial Lawyers Conference 
  • American Bankruptcy Institute 
  • Turnaround Management Association


  • Awarded Turnaround Management Association's Transaction of the Year- Large Turnaround Award (2011)


David received his B.A. from Stanford University and obtained his J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of The Law.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

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