Jamie P. Dreher

Jamie P. Dreher

Partner / Pro Bono Partner

Jamie P. Dreher

Partner / Pro Bono Partner

Jamie Dreher helps clients navigate the maze of options in complex corporate reorganizations and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.

He advises and represents Debtors, Creditors Committees, and both secured and unsecured creditors in financial restructuring, commercial litigation, and planning for and navigating complex corporate reorganizations and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.  In addition to representing companies and individuals as lead trial counsel in state and federal court litigation and bankruptcy courts, Jamie is called on to counsel clients facing insolvency-related issues.

Jamie frequently represents commercial lenders in pursuing defaulted or distressed obligations, including both judicial and non-judicial enforcement mechanisms, suits and arbitrations enforcing guarantees, and foreclosures of deeds of trust. He also represents banking, financial institutions and other lenders in protecting their collateral through receiverships, and receivers in their capacity as court-appointed fiduciaries in both California and Nevada.

Jamie serves clients throughout California, Nevada, and in major bankruptcy cases nationwide.


  • Obtained $10.0 million+ judgment for non-dischargeability, revocation of discharge, fraud and damages including fees and costs, after multi-day trial in bankruptcy court involving medical billing mismanagement, fraud, HIPAA violations, and other wrongful conduct.
  • Confirmed chapter 11 plan of reorganization for luxury houseboat rental and sales operator, including payment in full to unsecured creditors and restructure of matured secured debt at favorable terms.
  • Currently represents the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the SK Foods, L.P. chapter 11, one of the largest chapter.11’s filed in the Eastern District of California (Sacramento Division).
  • Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Matterhorn, Inc. case, a large scale manufacturer of ice cream and novelty confections.
  • Represented a Lake Tahoe timeshare developer in Chapter 11 including related shareholder litigation, leading to confirmation of liquidating plan.
  • Confirmed Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization for organic foods retailer leading to successful post-confirmation sale of business.
  • Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in Chapter 11 case involving a U.S subsidiary of an international medical device manufacturer, resulting in substantial distribution to unsecured creditors.
  • Specialized experience in multiple charter school dissolutions and/or bankruptcies.
  • Represented Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee in multiple matters, including estate sale of both a Debtor's and co-owners interest in a ranch concern in Northern Nevada.
  • Defended companies from preference or fraudulent transfer actions brought in bankruptcy cases or by trustees following assignments for the benefit of creditors.
  • Experienced in nondischargeability litigation, lien enforcement, judgment enforcement procedures and practice.
  • Represented ownership group of multiple commercial real estate properties in partnership dispute, sale of properties in related bankruptcy and related securities fraud litigation.
  • Represented both sellers and buyers of assets in bankruptcy cases, ranging from real property to intellectual property.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • State Bar of California, Business Law Section, Insolvency Law Committee, 2012 - 2015
  • Bankruptcy Dispute Resolution Program, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of California, Resolution Advocate, 2008 - present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law section, President 2013; Officer 2010 -2013
  • Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2016
  • Washoe County Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • California Receivers Forum
  • Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy Forum
  • Federal Bar Association

Honors And Rankings

  • Sacramento Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2015-2018
  • Sacramento Magazine, Top Lawyer, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor, 2015-2019
  • Best Lawyers in America©, Litigation-Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2018-2020
  • Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Christopher M. Klein, Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, 2002-2003
  • Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Christopher M. Klein, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of California, 2001-2002
  • Judicial Extern for the Honorable Roderick R. McKelvie, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, 2000

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