Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring


Cathrine Castaldi is a Partner in the Firm's Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Practice Group. Cathrine concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, and commercial litigation. She has represented Chapter 11 debtors, equity security holders, secured and unsecured creditors, trustees and committees in connection with bankruptcy cases, foreclosure actions, adversary proceedings, and related commercial litigation.

Her experience in Chapter 11 cases involves representation of debtors from the inception of the case to matters involving plan confirmation and related issues, DIP financing arrangements, cash collateral disputes, valuation issues, and litigation.   

Cathrine also represents individuals and middle market businesses in litigation matters incident to bankruptcy or out-of-court restructuring, including fraudulent conveyance and preference litigation.



Representation of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of BGD LV Holding, LLC (Metal Partners Rebar, LLC), a steel fabricator.

Representation of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Red Rose, Inc. (Petersen-Dean), a roofing, energy storage and solar power installation company.

Representation of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Alpha Guardian, a secure storage company.

Representation of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of logistics company Jagged Peak.

Representation of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Ironclad Performance Wear Corporation, a glove manufacturer and wholesaler.

Representation of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Zacky & Sons Poultry, LLC, an agribusiness.

Representation of CEP Liquidation Trustee Peter S. Kravitz.

Representation of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of ClearEdge Power, a venture capital-funded fuel cell company, in its Chapter 11 case in the Northern District of California.

Representation of trustee in Chapter 11 proceeding pending in the Central District of California, resulting in a substantive consolidation of a non-debtor entity and the negotiation and execution of an asset sale involving an operating oil company.

Representation of Chapter 11 debtor in reorganization of oil and gas company and related real property interests in the Central District of California.

Representation of Official Committee of Equity Security Holders in confirming plan of reorganization for debt collection agency and replacing existing board of directors with elected equity committee representatives.

Representation of Chapter 7 trustees as general and special counsel.

Representation of real estate developers and other high net worth individuals in connection with defense of guarantee claims.

Representation of publicly traded companies as creditors in multiple Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 proceedings.


University of San Diego, School of Law – J.D., 1991
University of California, Los Angeles – B.A., Political Science

Minor, Women’s Studies, 1987

Bar Admissions

Various US District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts in California
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Author, "Planning Strategies For Corporations Filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcies in, Inside The Minds, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and Restructuring Strategies, Leading Lawyers on Navigating Recent Trends, Cases, and Strategies Affecting Chapter 11 Clients," Thompson Reuters/Aspatore Books, U.S.A. (2014)
Speaking Engagements
Panelist, California Bankruptcy Forum, 30th Annual Insolvency Conference – Finding Hidden Assets, 2019
Panelist, Orange County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Forum, 2019
Panelist, California Bankruptcy Forum, 29th Annual Insolvency Conference – New Developments Regarding 363 Sales, 2017
Lecturer, UCI School of Law, Saturday Academy of Law, 2017
Panelist, The Knowledge Group – “Distressed Debt Investing In The Oil & Gas Industry: Opportunity And Challenges,” 2017
Panelist, Chief Bankruptcy Judge's Meeting, Ninth Circuit
Panelist, Orange County Bankruptcy Forum
Panelist, Orange County Bar Association
Panelist, Federal Bar Association of Los Angeles
Panelist, Chapman University School of Law
Professional Affiliations
Board of Directors, Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corporation
Awards and Honors
Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Community Involvement
Director, The Pacific Club
Director, Orange County Bankruptcy Forum
Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Lawyer Representative
Past President and Member, Orange County Charitable Fund
Past President, Orange County Bar Association
Past Board Member, Orange County Bar Association
Past Chair, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section, Orange County Bar Association
Bench Bar Coalition, State Bar of California
Volunteer, Public Law Center
Member, Federal Bar Association
Member, California Bankruptcy Forum