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Ted G. Fates

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Ted G. Fates is a partner at Allen Matkins who practices in the firm's Receiverships, Lenders and Special Creditors Remedies, Real Estate Finance, and Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy practice groups. He specializes in the areas of receivership, creditors' rights, bankruptcy and commercial litigation, including representation of creditors, receivers and trustees.

Ted represents lenders, real property owners, and other creditors in a wide variety of matters, including loan defaults and restructures, lease and other real property disputes, bankruptcy, receivership, and litigation matters.

Ted has extensive expertise regarding equity receiverships initiated by federal regulatory agencies. He has represented equity receivers appointed for various securities trading and investment firms, real estate and healthcare industry lenders, Internet-based investment programs and Ponzi schemes. Collectively, these entities raised more than $2.5 billion from their participants. His clients also include state court receivers appointed to manage and/or sell real estate and other business assets.

Prior to joining Allen Matkins, Ted clerked for the Honorable John E. Ryan (Ret.), U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California and Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.


  • Federal Bar Association, San Diego Chapter, Past President (2010)
  • National Association of Federal Equity Receivers
  • California Receivers Forum
  • San Diego Bankruptcy Forum
  • San Diego County Bar Association


  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2018 - 2019)
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers' San Diego Rising Stars (2015 - 2016)
  • Named among The Daily Transcript’s Top Young Attorneys in San Diego (2010)
Rated by Super Lawyers


Ted graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2003, where he served on the Editorial Board of the San Diego Law Review and was awarded membership to the Order of the Coif. He received his B.A. in political science from Emory University in 1999.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

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