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Richard W. Havel (Retired)


Current Position

Retired Partner
Sidley Austin LLP
Los Angeles, CA 90013-1010

Class: VIII (1997)Circuit: Ninth


University of Notre Dame, B.A. (1968)
University of California at Los Angeles, J.D., Order of the Coif (1971)
Note and Comment Editor, UCLA Law Review, Vol. 18 (1970-71)

Professional Career

Senior member of Sidley Austin's bankruptcy and corporate reorganization practice. Started practice in the area of Chapter 11, bankruptcy and corporate reorganization with Shutan and Trost. In 1980,, Shutan & Trost, by merger, started the Los Angeles office of Sidley & Austin. Represented parties in informal workouts and Chapter 11 proceedings, and has served as counsel to creditors' committees, Chapter 11 trustees, debtors and other parties.
Instructor in Law, "A Creditors Rights," Loyola University, (Fall 1975-80)
California Continuing Education of the Bar, Advanced Real Property Series: The Impact of Bankruptcy on Real Property Transactions (1986)
Panelist on Annual Presentation of Bankruptcy, Law & Business, Inc.
Litigation Institute, San Francisco, California (1988-1993)
Numerous Dinner Presentations in Continuing Legal Education at Financial Lawyers Conferences (1991-02).,
ALI-ABA - Panelist for Programs on Recent Developments in Lender Liability, (1989-91)


Los Angeles County Bar: Bankruptcy Subcommittee for Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section (1984-86); Executive Committee of the Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section (1986); Lawyer Assistance Committee (1985-92)
Board of Governors for Financial Lawyers Conference (1991-98; 01-)
Financial Lawyers Conference, Officer (1998-01)
Industrial Development Authority for the City of Los Angeles: Board of Directors (1993-98); Chair, Board of Directors (1998-00)
UCLA Law School Alumni Association, Alumni Representative and Board of Trustees (1996-00)
American College of Bankruptcy (1996-)
Jonsson/UCLA Cancer Center Foundation, Board of Trustees (1998-08)