THOMAS G. KELCH
Of Counsel

Mr. Kelch has substantial practical and academic experience in the areas of bankruptcy, financial restructuring and commercial law. He began his career as a business litigator in Los Angeles, but quickly gravitated to bankruptcy and commercial law. Most recently, he was of counsel to the bankruptcy firm, Peitzman, Weg and Kempinsky in Los Angeles, and prior to that practiced with Rutan and Tucker in Orange County and Gendel, Raskoff, Shapiro and Quittner in Los Angeles.

During his career, Mr. Kelch has represented debtors, creditors, creditors' committees and asset purchasers in chapter 11 cases, including representing major creditors in cases like Enron, PG&E and Mirant Energy. Mr. Kelch is also a Professor of Law at Whittier Law School, where he has taught Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization classes, as well as Corporations, Contracts, Commercial Law, Real Estate Finance and Professional Responsibility. He has published extensively on bankruptcy, real estate and animal law, and has lectured on bankruptcy and animal law issues. Among his publications are the book, Real Property Issues In Bankruptcy, co-authored with Michael Slattery, and numerous articles on business restructuring and bankruptcy, including articles on corporate governance and fiduciary duties in chapter 11 cases, and on derivatives contracts in bankruptcy.

Mr. Kelch graduated with a Bachelor of General Studies with high distinction from the University of Michigan and received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School. He also has an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California and a Masters Degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Irvine. Mr. Kelch is admitted to practice in California and is a licensed real estate broker in California.

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