Prominent San Diego Bankruptcy Attorney Joins Sheppard Mullin

Restructuring & Insolvency Partner Boosts Core Practice

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 8, 2008 — LAWFUEL – Legal Newswire – Margaret M. Mann has joined the San Diego office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP as partner in the firm’s Finance and Bankruptcy practice group. Mann most recently led Heller Ehrman’s Restructuring and Insolvency practice and was the firm’s National Hiring Chair.

Mann has significant experience in large, complex domestic and international insolvency proceedings on behalf of creditors, fiduciaries, borrowers and other interested parties, with expertise in the franchise and tax credit syndication industries. She is skilled in negotiating, documenting and litigating complicated financial transactions, particularly in the technology field and in regard to financial contracts such as swaps, repo agreements and forward contracts.

“Margaret is one of the preeminent bankruptcy attorneys in San Diego and is well known in bankruptcy circles nationally. She is smart, affable and industrious,” said Guy Halgren, chairman of the firm. “The timing of Margaret joining us is perfect, as San Diego partner Laura Taylor was recently appointed to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.”

“With more than 25 years of experience, Margaret adds significantly to our bankruptcy practice,” commented Alan Martin, the head of the firm’s Finance and Bankruptcy practice group. “In the current business climate where restructurings and insolvencies are on the upswing, Margaret’s commercial litigation and bankruptcy expertise is of even greater value to clients.”

Commented Mann, “Sheppard Mullin occupies a strategic position in California and beyond, and offers the support needed to handle sophisticated bankruptcy matters. I am greatly impressed by the firm’s dedication to client service and its reputation as a ‘go-to’ firm for banking and restructuring clients.”

Mann’s recent, representative matters include: In re First Magnus (represented agent for syndicate on $100 million repurchase facility), Washington Mutual Capital Corporation (represented in repurchase trades), enforced rights for major tax credit syndicator in In re 500 West Broadway and In re St Casimir Development LLP, In re Magis Networks (debtor’s counsel in wireless video Chapter 11 with technology sold in 45 days), In re PinnFund (represented preference recipient and obtained $4 million summary judgment), Commercial Money Center (creditor counsel in $400 million failed pooled investment fund), and In re Cimm’s, Inc. Consolidated Case (debtors’ counsel in $100 million franchise case, successfully reorganized in one year).

Sheppard Mullin has 80 attorneys based in its San Diego offices. The firm’s Finance and Bankruptcy practice group includes more than 70 attorneys firmwide.

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Mann earned a J.D. from the University of Southern California School of Law in 1981 and was a member of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program. She received a B.A. in finance, with distinction, from University of Illinois in 1978. Mann is a fellow in the American College of bankruptcy.

About Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Sheppard Mullin is a full service AmLaw 100 firm with more than 520 attorneys in 10 offices located throughout California and in New York, Washington, D.C. and Shanghai. The firm’s California offices are located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Century City, Orange County, Del Mar Heights and San Diego. Founded in 1927 on the principle that the firm would succeed only if its attorneys delivered prompt, high quality and cost-effective legal services, Sheppard Mullin provides legal counsel to U.S. and international clients. Companies turn to Sheppard Mullin to handle a full range of corporate and technology matters, high stakes litigation and complex financial transactions. In the U.S., the firm’s clients include more than half of the Fortune 100 companies. For more information, please visit

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