Sidney Levinson is a partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Restructuring Group. Mr. Levinson has extensive experience advising a range of clients, including bondholders, secured lenders, debtors, sponsors, trustees and creditors committees in large and complex restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings. His representations include major league sports teams, the retail and gaming industries, airlines, and real estate developers, among others. Among his recent engagements are the largest noteholder of Guitar Center; DIP lenders of Barneys and Alpha Media; noteholders of Bon-Ton Department Stores, Hot Topic, NineWest and numerous other retailers; 1.5 Lien Noteholders of Hexion; term lenders of Red Lobster, NYDJ Apparel, J Crew and Fontainebleau Las Vegas; and second lien noteholders of Caesars’ Entertainment Operating Company. He also has represented companies in out-of-court restructurings and in chapter 11 cases, such as the Los Angeles Dodgers and, on behalf of the chapter 11 trustee, Hawaiian Airlines. In addition, Mr. Levinson has served as lead trial counsel in a number of high-profile cases, including representing Hawaiian Airlines in obtaining an $80 million judgment (plus attorney fees of $3.9 million) against Mesa Air Group arising from Mesa’s breach of a confidentiality agreement, and representing a group of noteholders of Premier Entertainment Biloxi in winning a $9.5 million judgment (plus an award of $1.5 million in interest) against a solvent debtor for violation of a no-call provision.
Throughout his career, Mr. Levinson has been recognized as a leading lawyer by various legal directories and trade publications and has written and spoken extensively on restructuring issues. He is a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and previously served as a subcommittee co-chair for the ABA’s Business Bankruptcy Committee. Mr. Levinson is ranked as a leading restructuring lawyer by Chambers USA. He served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum from 2007 to 2011 and is a former editor of the California Bankruptcy Journal. From 1992 until 1995, Mr. Levinson was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice (Civil Division), specializing in bankruptcy and commercial litigation. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1988 and his B.A. cum laude from Brandeis University in 1985.