Freeman, Freeman & Smiley LLP

Professional Details

Theodore B. Stolman, Partner

Theodore B. Stolman’s renowned experience in the insolvency and bankruptcy practice has provided countless businesses the highly-specialized representation required for successful financial resolution for debtors, creditors, committees, and trustees.  Mr. Stolman consistently provides effective debt restructuring in complex Chapter 11 matters, orchestrating corporate reorganizations and commercial workouts.  When litigation is necessary, Mr. Stolman’s commercial litigation experience provides our clients the confidence that their financial interests will be maximized throughout the process.

Mr. Stolman began his legal career with the United States Justice Department, Tax Division, in Washington D.C. representing the government’s interests in connection with tax claims in pending bankruptcy cases.  Following his tenure with the Justice Department, he relocated to Los Angeles, and in 2014, joined Freeman, Freeman & Smiley. Prior to joining Freeman Freeman & Smiley, Mr. Stolman was a member of Stutman Treister & Glatt where he handled some of the largest bankruptcy cases to be filed in Southern California.

As a highly regarded authority of financial restructurings, Mr. Stolman frequently participates in educational and business panel presentations.

Mr. Stolman has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Bankruptcy and Insolvency. He has been awarded an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. He has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list (2005, 2012-2019), a designation bestowed on only the top 5% of lawyers in this region.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association | Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
  • American Bar Association | Business Law Section
  • State Bar of California

Representative Clients and Matters

(Served as lead counsel for the debtor)

  • Fremont General Corporation—Parent Company to the third largest subprime lender in the Country
  • Daewoo Motor America, Inc.—Exclusive U.S. Distributor of Daewoo automobiles
  • Leisure Technology, Inc.—Developer of retirement communities throughout the Country
  • Maguire Thomas Partners—Affiliate-Owner of the Gas Tower Office Building in Downtown Los Angeles
  • Northview Corporation—Diversified real estate development company
  • Peregrine Entertainment, Inc.—Entertainment company that included a film library that resulted in the infamous Peregrine decision that requires the recording of copyright mortgage to perfect a security interest in copyrightable materials.