AREA OF PRACTICE

Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring

Biography

Cathrine Castaldi is a partner in Brown Rudnick’s Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring group in California.  Cathrine concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization and commercial litigation.  She has represented Chapter 11 debtors, equity security holders, secured and unsecured creditors, trustees and committees in connection with bankruptcy cases, foreclosure actions, adversary proceedings and related commercial litigation.

Her experience in Chapter 11 cases involves representation of debtors from the inception of the case to matters involving plan confirmation and related issues, DIP financing arrangements, cash collateral disputes, valuation issues and litigation.   

Cathrine also represents individuals and middle market businesses in litigation matters incident to bankruptcy or out-of-court restructuring, including fraudulent conveyance and preference litigation.

Representation

Representation of CEP Liquidation Trustee Peter S. Kravitz.

Representation of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of ClearEdge Power, a venture capital-funded fuel cell company, in its Chapter 11 case in the Northern District of California.

Representation of trustee in Chapter 11 proceeding pending in the Central District of California, resulting in a substantive consolidation of a non-debtor entity and the negotiation and execution of an asset sale involving an operating oil company.

Representation of Chapter 11 debtor in reorganization of oil and gas company and related real property interests in the Central District of California.

Representation of Official Committee of Equity Security Holders in confirming plan of reorganization for debt collection agency and replacing existing board of directors with elected equity committee representatives.

Representation of Chapter 7 trustees as general and special counsel.

Representation of real estate developers and other high net worth individuals in connection with defense of guarantee claims.

Representation of publicly traded companies as creditors in multiple Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 proceedings.

Education

University of San Diego, School of Law, 1991

J.D.

University of California, Los Angeles, 1987

B.A., Political Science

Minor, Women’s Studies

Bar Admissions

California
Various United States District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts in California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Publications
Cathrine M. Castaldi, (2014) Planning Strategies For Corporations Filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcies in, Inside The Minds, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and Restructuring Strategies, Leading Lawyers on Navigating Recent Trends, Cases, and Strategies Affecting Chapter 11 Clients, Thompson Reuters/Aspatore Books, U.S.A.
Speaking Engagements
Panelist, California Bankruptcy Forum, 29th Annual Insolvency Conference – New Developments Regarding 363 Sales, 2017
Lecturer, UCI School of Law, Saturday Academy of Law, 2017
Panelist, The Knowledge Group – “Distressed Debt Investing In The Oil & Gas Industry: Opportunity And Challenges,” 2017
Panelist, Chief Bankruptcy Judge's Meeting, Ninth Circuit
Panelist, Orange County Bankruptcy Forum
Panelist, Orange County Bar Association
Panelist, Federal Bar Association of Los Angeles
Panelist, Chapman University School of Law
Panelist, Western State School of Law
Professional Affiliations
Board of Directors, Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corporation
Community Involvement
Past President and Member, Orange County Charitable Fund
Past President, Orange County Bar Association
Past Board Member, Orange County Bar Association
Past Chair, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section, Orange County Bar Association
Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Lawyer Representative
Bench Bar Coalition, State Bar of California
Volunteer, Public Law Center
Member, Federal Bar Association
Member, California Bankruptcy Forum
Member, Orange County Bankruptcy Forum
Impact Giving, Grant Committee Member