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.


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 & Rankings

  • Sacramento Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2015-2019
  • 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
  • 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.

Press Releases

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Speaking Engagements / Events

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  • September 22, 2016
    Post Law v. Siegel: A Fresh Look at California Exemption Law
    Co-presenter, Central California Bankruptcy Institute
  • April 20, 2016
    Recent Developments Regarding the Burden of Proof on Objections to the Claim of Exemption in California
    Co-presenter, Sacramento County Bar Association Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section
  • May 15, 2015
    California Bankruptcy Forum 27th Annual Insolvency Conference
    Insolvency 101: Evaluating An Insolvent Entity And Rehabilitation Strategies
  • April 30, 2015
    California Receivers Forum, Sacramento Valley Chapter
    Receivers Operating In Bankruptcy
  • May 20, 2014
    Beware the Bankruptcy Trustee, South Placer Estate Planning Council
    Presenter
  • May 2012
    The Litigation Lifecycle: Panel Discussion regarding Litigating Avoidance, Relief from Stay and Other Actions and Contested Matters in Bankruptcy Court
    Presenter, California Bankruptcy Forum, 24th Annual Insolvency Conference
  • January 2012
    Meet the Judge—A Panel Presentation Regarding Current Receivership Trends with Judge David Brown, California Receiver’s Forum, Sacramento Valley Chapter
    Panelist
  • November 16, 2011
    Select Issues in Unsecured Creditor Committee Representation, Sacramento County Bar Association Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Luncheon
    Panelist
  • 2009
    Judgment Enforcement in California, Lorman Education Services
    Presenter
  • 2009
    Bankruptcy in California, Lorman Education Services
    Presenter
  • 2009
    FORECLOSURE 101: Basic Foreclosure, Workouts, and Real Property in Bankruptcy and What They Mean to You, Association of Commercial Real Estate, Make More Money seminar series
    Co-Presenter
  • 2009
    How To Get The Upper Hand In Lease Transactions, Association of Commercial Real Estate
    Co-Presenter
  • 2009
    Negotiating Commercial Leases, Sterling Education Services
    Co-Presenter

Blogs

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Publications

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Outside of the office, Jamie shifts his client-focus and dedication to running ultra-marathons, competing in Ironman triathlons, and skiing powder in the Sierras, where he will be happy to meet for any initial client meeting.


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 & Rankings

  • Sacramento Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2015-2019
  • 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