Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP announced today that George Webster II has joined the firm as Of Counsel in the Los Angeles office. Webster, a former partner at the bankruptcy-law boutique Stutman Treister & Glatt, which recently closed its doors, has more than 36 years of experience practicing bankruptcy law.
“We are thrilled to welcome George to the firm,” said Sheldon Eisenberg, partner in charge of the Los Angeles office and member of the firm’s Litigation Group. “ I have known George for more than 25 years. He is one of the best bankruptcy lawyers in the country and will be an incredible resource for the firm and our clients if they have issues relating to insolvency or restructuring.”
Mr. Webster commented, “I am tremendously pleased to be joining Drinker Biddle, whose stellar reputation I have known since my days in law school, and I am especially happy to have the opportunity to work with Sheldon Eisenberg, who was my co-counsel in the Knudsen Foremost chapter 11 cases.”
Admitted to the California Bar in California in 1978, Webster’s experience encompasses all aspects of Chapter 11 proceedings. Over the course of his career, Webster has represented debtors, creditors, including managed funds, purchasers, and committees in cases including Itel Corporation, Sambo’s Restaurants, Leasing Solutions, Inc, DDI Corp. and Lehman Bros.
He is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Law School, where he has taught bankruptcy since 2001. He was an Adjunct Professor of Law in Bankruptcy at Loyola University School of Law in 1983 -1984, 2000 - 2001, and spring semester 2001. Webster is the author of "Collateral Control Decisions in Chapter Cases-Clear Rules v. Judicial Discretion," 51 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 197, 1977; and “The Purple Elephant at Court- A Preview of Executive Benefits.” 23 Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law & Practice 1, 2014.
Webster attended the University of California at Santa Cruz and University of California at Berkeley (B.A., with highest honors, 1974) and received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1978. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Adrian J. Duplantier, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, in 1978 -1979.
He is a member of The State Bar of California (Debtor/Creditor Relations Committee, 1984 -1987); Los Angeles County Bar Association (Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section) Executive Committee Member, 1999 - present; Chair of the Executive Committee, 2005-2006; Bankruptcy Committee Chair 2001-2002; and the American Bar Association (Section on Business Law). Mr. Webster was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy in 2002.