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Geoffrey L. Berman

DSI Los Angeles
Wells Fargo Center
333 South Grand Avenue Suite 4070
Los Angeles,  California 90071-1544 

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Geoffrey L. Berman, Senior Vice-President of DSI, joined DSI in 1997 and is resident in our Los Angeles office, where he brings his unique background to the role of dispute resolution professional. Geoff received his mediation training and certification in 1995 in conjunction with becoming qualified for the Central District of California mediation panel, where he continues to serve as one of the few non-practicing legally trained mediators on the panel. He was named to the District of Delaware’s panel in 2003 upon its inception. Geoff has also brought his skills to the mediation training now offered through the American Bankruptcy Institute, having served as a course instructor in that program’s inaugural four-day course in 2011 at St. John’s University in New York.

Geoff possesses 40 years years’ experience in all types of insolvency case administration, with a special emphasis in the area of general assignments for the benefit of creditors and post-confirmation estate management through liquidating and creditor trusts under confirmed Chapter 11 Plans of Reorganization. In that work, he has prosecuted thousands of preference demands in both state and federal proceedings, often resolving those claims without the need for a trial on the merits. He has also been involved in numerous complex litigation matters through his role as a post-confirmation trustee in cases across the country.

Notable assignments include:

  • Trustee of the USA Commercial Mortgage Liquidating Trust
  • Trustee of the HNR (Horizon Natural Resources) Liquidating Trust
  • Trustee for the Syntax Brillian Corporation Lender and Liquidation Trusts
  • Overseeing DSI’s role as Liquidating Trustee for the Appalachian Fuels Creditor Trust
  • Post-Confirmation Plan Administrator and sole remaining officer of Vista Hospital Systems
  • Trustee of the Sizzler Restaurants International Creditor Trust
  • Oversight of hundreds of general assignments, including the largest general assignment in Maine history (Avian Farms, Inc.), Howard and Phil's Western Wear, Granny Goose Foods, Inc., Morgan Confections, Inc. EnerTech Environmental, LLC. and Contessa Premium Foods, Inc.
  • Bankruptcy Court Examiner and Federal Equity Receiver
  • Geoff served as the President of the American Bankruptcy Institute from April 2011 to April 2012, and was its Chairman from April 2013 to April 2014. His other ABI roles have included Vice President of Publications, with oversight of the monthly ABI Journal and other publication projects, and service as a member of ABI’s Board of Directors for twelve years and a member of its Executive and Management Committees.

    He chaired the ABI Task Force on General Assignments and wrote the ABI manual on general assignments, “The ABCs of ABCs”, which is now in its second edition. He also served as contributing editor and co-executive editor of the ABI Journal and has authored a paper published in the ABI Law Review. Geoff is an ex-officio member of the ABI’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11, which issued its report in December 2014, and was an ex-officio member of the ABI’s Ethics Task Force, both of which he formed during his year as ABI’s President.

    He is a member of the Los Angeles and Bay Area (CA) Bankruptcy Forums, and the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors (AIRA). He speaks frequently on out-of-court and post-confirmation case administration issues. He graduated with honors from the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California, with a degree in business administration (accounting and finance), wrote an Undergraduate Honors Thesis in Finance and has a Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law, in Los Angeles, California. Geoff is available to serve as a mediator in cases across the country.

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