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Mr. Holman advises and represents charter schools in financing transactions and general corporate matters.

Mr. Holman represents financial institutions and other parties in bankruptcy proceedings, out-of-court workouts, commercial litigation and lending transactions.  He has particular experience in business bankruptcy cases where he has represented secured and unsecured creditors, indenture trustees, foreign representatives, creditors committees, debtors and other parties in interest.

Mr. Holman represented the prepetition lenders to Chevys, Inc., the operator of a nationwide chain of Mexican restaurants.

Mr. Holman represented the agent bank in pre-bankruptcy workout negotiations with, and in the prepackaged chapter 11 bankruptcies of, Morrison Knudsen Corporation and Stone & Webster, Inc., worldwide engineering and construction companies.

Mr. Holman has represented banks, energy producers and energy-market makers in the bankruptcy of Pacific Gas & Electric Company and related insolvency proceedings.  He has represented asset-based lenders in bankruptcy cases concerning manufacturing companies, distributors and retail sellers. He also has extensive experience in civil litigation commenced in state and federal courts for the enforcement of creditors' rights and remedies.

Mr. Holman is admitted to practice before all state courts, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Holman is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Los Angeles County Bar Association (currently Chair, Executive Committee of Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section; former member, Executive Committee of Remedies Section), and the Financial Lawyers Conference (former director). He is a director of Synergy Academies, a former director of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation. a former director of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, and a former member of the City of Pasadena's Utility Advisory Commission. Mr. Holman is an adjunct professor of law at USC.  Mr. Holman was selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Holman frequently speaks and writes publicly concerning real estate, commercial law, bankruptcy and charter school matters.  He has been a speaker at annual conferences of the California Charter School Association.  Recent articles co-authored by Mr. Holman include:

"New Concerns For Construction Lender Subordinating Purchase Money Trust Deed," California Mortgage Filnance News, Fall 2013.

“Holder or not Holder, that is the Question,” CMBA Legal News, Spring 2012.

“How to Make Certain Your First Mortgage is First in Line,” CMBA Legal News, Winter 2011.

“Is Your Purchase Contract a Revocable Option?” CMBA Legal News, Summer 2011.

"When May a Bankruptcy Court Enjoin Proceedings Against a Non-Debtor?", Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law, January 2008.

"Second Circuit Expands Standard for Approval of a Settlement Under Bankruptcy Rule 9019," 125 The Banking Law Journal 73, 2008.

"Supreme Court Rules that Federal Bankruptcy Law does not Prohibit an Unsecured Creditor from Recovering Postpetition Attorney's Fees Authorized by an Enforceable Prepetition Contract," 125 The Banking Law Journal 79, 2008.


  • University of Southern California, B.S., summa cum laude, 1977
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1980

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  • State Bar of California
Brian L. Holman
Office: Los Angeles
Phone: (213) 629-7711
Fax: (213) 624-1376
Email: Brian L. Holman
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